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called four; and this examinant further says, that Moses Tuttle, Esq., sent his boy and found her pocket, (mentioned in the above examination,) containing one good dollar bill, one counterfeit dollar bill, together with sundry implements which she made use of in counterfeiting the bills. The examinant further saith, that she had no assistance from any person in performing the before-mentioned counterfeits. The examinant further saith, that her husband (Henry Vandyne) at first discouraged her from attempting the counterfeiting of the bills; but after he saw in what manner they were done, and found they would pass, he encouraged her to proceed, by telling her he thought it would do as well as any.


Taken and acknowledged the day and year last above-mentioned.


The Examination and Confession of MATTHEW VANDYNE, taken before me, MOSES TUTTLE, this 5th day of APRIL, 1776.

He saith, That on or about the 1st of March last, he was at Hank Vandyne’s, and heard Hank’s wife ask her husband whether she should show to him, (meaning the counterfeit bills;) and, after some conversation, she showed him a three1 dollar bill, and asked him how that would do; he said he told them that he did not know, but believed it would not do very well. And this deponent saith Hank Vandyne was in debt to him, and he pressed him hard for some money, and seeing a three dollar bill that was good, asked for that, but Hank nor his wife was willing to let him have the good bill then, but made answer that she (Hank’s wife) would try her hand a little longer, then she would let him have it afterwards. She let him have one three dollar bill, which he says he accepted for a good one, and passed the same as such to Mr. Tucker; and on the 1st day of April instant, she let him have another three dollar bill, which he believes to be of her make; but that he has the said bill yet in his custody, and intended to return it to her again, for fear of coming to trouble about it. Matthew saith, that he took both the three dollar bills in part pay for a horse which he sold to Hank Vandyne, and that he did not return any part of the money back again. And further saith not.


Taken before me, this 5th day of April, 1776.



Elizabeth Fordice, of full age, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That some time in March last past, Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Vandyne, paid her a three dollar bill, of Continental money, which she (this deponent) received for good money, not knowing or suspecting it to be counterfeit, until she was told it was counterfeit by Frederick King, this morning; and that her husband (Samuel Fordice) had paid the said bill away, supposing it to be a good bill.


Taken and sworn to this 6th day of April, 1776, in presence of the Committee of Morristoum, before me,



Mark Walton, of full age, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That on Tuesday, the 3d of April instant, he received of Henry Vandyne, at Rockaway, a one dollar bill, made in imitation of the Continental Bills of Credit, in part payment of a debt which the said Vandyne owed to him. The deponent further saitb, that he offered said bill to Caleb Howel, who replied he would not give a copper for it, it was counterfeit; since which he has shown it to others, who all said it was not good; but that he has not offered it to pass to any body since.


Taken and sworn this 6th Any of April, 1776, in presence of the Committee of Morristoum before me,



John Panton, of full age, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: That on the 29th day of March last, at evening, Elizabeth Vandyne brought a three dollar bill, of the Continental currency to him, to buy for her something out of some merchant’s store; but the weather proving stormy, hindered him from going abroad; and further, that the said Elizabeth, on the Sunday following, came to this deponent and demanded the bill again, saying she suspected it was not good, and wanted it to return to the person from whom she got it; upon which this deponent returned the bill to said Elizabeth Vandyne.


Taken and sworn this 6th day of April, 1776, in presence of the Committee of Observation for Morristoum,



Cornelius Davenport, of full age, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith; That some time in March last, Henry and Isaac Vandyne came to his house; and that Henry took from Isaac a three dollar bill, of the Continental currency, which the said Henry gave to this deponent to pay for cider and food which the two Vandynes at that time had; and that this deponent returned the change to Henry; and that Henry returned said change to Isaac. This deponent further saith, he does not know to whom the bill belonged; but believes that Isaac carried the money because Henry had no good pocket; and further, that this deponent has since parted with said bill, not knowing it to be counterfeit.


Sworn this 6th day of April, 1776, in presence of the Committee of Observation of Morristoum, before me,



In Committee of Safety, New-Brunswick, }
April 23, 1776.

Whereas many dangerous consequences will attend the suffering an unrestrained commerce between the inhabitants of this Colony and the Continental Troops stationed in or passing through this Province; therefore,

Resolved, That no inhabitant of this Colony shall be permitted to purchase or receive from any Non-Commissioned Officer or Soldier in the Continental service, unless such Non-Commissioned Officer or Soldier shall first produce a certificate signed by the Commanding Officer of the Regiment or Company to which such Non-Commissioned Officer or Soldier belongs, specifying the particular goods permitted to be sold, with the name of the vender; and every person presuming to purchase any goods, clothing, or effects, contrary to this Resolution, after being notified thereof, shall be deemed unfriendly to the liberties of America, and treated accordingly; and the Committees of the several Counties and Townships in this Colony are enjoined to enforce a compliance with this Resolution.

By order of the Committee:



[Read April 25, 1776, and referred to Mr. R. H. Lee, Mr. J. Adams, and Mr. Hewes.]

New-York, April 23, 1776.

SIR: In a letter which I had the honour to receive from Congress some considerable time ago, they were pleased to ask what rank Aids-de-Camp bore in the Army; from whence I concluded that they had adverted to the extraordinary trouble and confinement of these gentlemen, with a view to make them an adequate allowance; but nothing being since done, or said of the matter, I take the liberty, unsolicited by, and unknown to my Aids-de-Camp, to inform your honourable body that their pay is not, by any means, equal to their trouble and confinement. No person wishes more to save money to the publick than I do, and no person has aimed more at it; but there are some cases in which parsimony may be ill-placed, and this I take to be one. Aids-de-Camp are persons in whom entire confidence must be placed. It requires men of abilities to execute the duties with propriety and despatch where there is such a multiplicity of business as must attend the Commander-in-Chief of such an army as ours; and persuaded I am that

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