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Anna Mae Maday <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 10:04:04 -0400
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About the word "shillings"   ----I'm sure shillings were not used
in Michigan in the 1880's, but I have a letter from a man who
worked in a sawmill in our area in the early 1880's and he tells
his parents (also in Michigan) how many shillings he makes at the

Even though it struck me as odd for the place and times,
I just thought it  was because his grandparents came from Ontario, and
it was something the "locals" there used to designate money?

It's not an answer to your specific question, but goes to show
how "words" can live on.

Anna Mae Maday
Eddy Historical & Genealogy Collection
Hoyt Public Library
505 Janes Ave
Saginaw MI 48607
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On Wed, 22 Oct 1997, Burrows wrote:

> Can anyone out there provide any information on when New Yorkers stopped
> using the British system of pounds, shilling, and pence? In 1797 the state
> legislature officially endorsed the decimal dollar system established by
> Congress in the 1792 Coinage Act, but I seem to recall that some people
> continued to use the British system as late as the 1820s. I have no
> idea why, however.
> Ted Burrows
> Department of History
> Brooklyn College