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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Adams to John Jay [Extract]
Adams, John, 1735-1826
April 10, 1787
Volume 20, Pages 661-662

Extracts of Letters from the Honble John Adams, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States at the Court of London, to Mr. Jay.
(From Executive Letter Book.)

Grosvenor Square, 10 April, 1787.

An honest tradesman, whose name is Carpenter, and ingenious Engraver, lately came to me from the remotest part of the City to

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give me information that an unknown Scot had applied to him to engrave a plate for striking the Paper Bills of North & South Carolina, Carpenter went round to all the Engravers in Town and found another to whom the same person had applied.

There is a Vast Sum in Circulation here of base Copper to the amount of several Hundred of thousand pounds. Very lately these half pence are refused everywhere, I suppose in consequence of some concerted Scheme, and it is supposed that they will be all purchased for a trifle and Sent to the United States. The separate States would do well to prohibit this false money from being paid or Received.