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Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to James Moore
North Carolina. Council of Safety
August 24, 1776
Volume 11, Pages 346-347

GENL. MOORE FROM SAML. ASHE.
[From Ms. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Wake 24 Augt 1776

Sir,

Inclosed you have the affidavits of Wm. Harrell and David Smith charging David Craig second Lieutenant in Wm. Temple Coles

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Company—with passing Counterfeit Money.—as such practices are now frequent and are of the most dangerous Tendency, it becomes necessary for us to use the most vigorous Measures, and as the proof of passing Counterfeit is direct against him, and we strongly suspect that he is also knowing to the making and engaving of the 5 Dollar plate, we must request the favor of you to have him apprehended, and brought before yourself and Mr. Harnett for Examination, and that you send him to Halifax Town, under Guard, unless you and Mr. Harnett shall be of Opinion that he is not guilty of the Charge. We suspect that some designing persons have been passing Counterfeit among the Soldiers, and send one of the 5 Dollar Counterfeits, which came from Craig, for Comparing to be returned to us by Mr. Harnett.—

It will be proper to direct Craigs Quarters to be narrowly searched. Mr. Harnett knows the four Dollar, & 2½ Dollar Counterfeits,

we are
SAML. ASHE Presdt.