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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.034.02
From Archive Folder Collection of two documents pertaining to forged permission to marry 
Title Andrew Goevansson to John Hancock
Date 24 April 1777
Author Goevansson, Andrew (fl. 1777)  
Recipient Hancock, John  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description States that he received forged a letter which he believed was from Hancock last night authorizing him to join in matrimony Lawrence Wilson and Jane Bevan. He states he performed the act believing the note to be genuine. Asks what he should do when pressed to marry soldiers in the Continental service who do not have enough time to get a legal license. Asks if he can be empowered within limitations to perform marriages without a license from the government. Informs that this letter will be delivered by Mr. [Allcock?] who has an application to be married and is in the same position. Goevansson is identified as a reverend on the docket. See GLC1450.034.1 for the forged John Hancock document giving permission to marry Wilson. Docket is in Hancock's hand.
Subjects Forgery and Fraud  Revolutionary War  Military History  Marriage  Continental Army  Law  Government and Civics  
People Goevansson, Andrew (fl. 1777)  Hancock, John (1737-1793)  Wilson, Lawrence (fl. 1777)  Bevan, Jane (fl. 1777)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Law; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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