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NOTE OF HAND, contracts. Another name, less technical, for a promissory note. (q.v.) 2 Bl. Com. 467. Vide Bank note; Promissory note, Reissuable note.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This 1724 advert, posted by the hood in the lost and found section of the Daily Post, is a perfect illustration of how the sting worked: "Lost, the 1st of October, a black shagreen Pocket-Book, edged with Silver, with some Notes of Hand.