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Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814) [Indictment of Joseph Harris as a counterfeiter]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08206 Author/Creator: Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Document signed Date: September 1785 Pagination: 1 p.

Summary of Content: Countersigned by Nathan Rowley. Charging Harris with defrauding and injuring the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May 1785 by making 800 pieces of counterfeit money in mixed metals. Paine was Attorney General of Massachusetts 1777-1796.

People: Paine, Robert Treat, 1731-1814
Harris, Joseph, fl. 1783

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: LawCoins and CurrencyCounterfeiting

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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