Alarming Crimes and Unsettling Stories

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI:
Alarming Crimes and Unsettling Stories

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This chapter discusses the elaborate scheme of forgery reported by Robert Perreau, a prominent London apothecary, to the magistrates on March 11, 1775. It notes that Justice William Addington, one of the magistrates of the police office at Bow Street, felt unsettled when Robert Perreau appeared before him with an alarming story of fraud and deception. It mentions that Perreau told his version of events and that the bankers Robert and Henry Drummond were in possession of the forged bond. It describes the detection of the crime of forgery wherein Henry Drummond, the Charing Cross banker reported that Robert Perreau came to him requesting a loan of 1400 pounds. It notes that the crime of forgery presented its victims with difficult calculations and the authorities regularly pronounced the offense one of the most dangerous threats to the life of a commercial nation.

Keywords: forgery; Robert Perreau; apothecary; magistrates; Justice William Addington; Henry Drummond

Chapter.  17254 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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