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Collection of two documents pertaining to forged permission to marry [Decimalized .01-.02]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.034 Author/Creator: Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Header Record Date: 23 April 1777 - 24 April 1777 Pagination: 2 items

Background Information: It was customary for a soldier to get permission for marriage and this soldier had "imagination." He faked Hancock's name to a document for this. Most unusual.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Forgery and FraudRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryMarriageContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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