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The Examination of Moses Stringer of Villers street in York buildings Chymist 29 Iune 1698

He sayth that about 6 or 7 weeks ago calling to see mr Oades Deputy {Receiver} Winchester he found him taking the numbers of a great parcel of Exchecquer bills which were cancelled and to be returned into the Exchequer the next day and thereupon offered the said mr. Oads this assistance in taking the numbers of them and as he was assisting him he said to mr. Oades what a {brave} parcell of bills are here and mr. Oads replyed that they were not all worth 2d. and the Examinant made answer then give me 3 or 4 to wype my        with and Mr. Oades replyed he would not doe the Examinant so much dammage because it was ill p{illeg}ting with such Edge Tooles but afterwards one of them dropping down he took it up privately without the knowledge of Mr Oades and carrying home and being presst with extream necessity he tryed with sweet oyle or Vitriol (vizt 80 of digested with once or twice its weight of ) to take out the Cross with which it was cancelled on the {foreside} and the {Menstruum} took out the cross and left the paper something yellow and brittle read to {cralk} and the Examinant put it off to mr. Cooper a Salesman in Cannon street who offered it to a Collector but the Collector refusing it mr. Cooper brought it back to the Examinant saying it was a {banck} bill <16v> pasted paper on the backside to hold it togeather and then the Examinant shewed it to his wife and told her that he had it of one mr mills and she carryed it to a Goldsmith in Fleetstreet who said it was a good one and afterwards she put it off to a Mercer on Ludgate hill about 3 weeks ago

M: Stringer


The above mentioned Moses Stringer sayth further that half a year ago he borrowed of mr. William Walford of Leadenhall street by Creed Church Oyleman a 5ll. Exchecquer bill to be paid in specie in 5 dayes and that mr. Iohn Matthews against the suger loafe alehouse in Bucklers bury Oyleman and as the Deponent thinks partner with the said Walford was then present and that Mr. Samuel Walsall caffeeman in Bartholomew Lane was surety to mr. Walford for the payment of the money by a Note which he and the Examinant gave to mr Walford, and that Walsall kept the bill till the Examinant paid it awaly So that the Examinant had it not in his hands above 12 an hour and that the Examinant the next day after he thus borrowed this bill of Walford paid it away to one siphorus Lee at the 3 Cups in Tooly street Southwark Furrier for 50s. debt and 47s. 6d ready money and that he never saw in the hands of mr. Oads any Exchecquer bill or bills except at the tyme above mentioned nor ever saw Mr. Oades since that tyme

M Stringer


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[2] Capt die et anno preeduct coram
  Is Newton

[3] Capt Iune 30 1698 coram

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