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TALLIES, evidence. The parts of a piece of wood out in two, which persons use to denote the quantity of goods supplied by one to the other. Poth. Obl. pt. 4, c. 1, art. 2, Sec. 7.

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The qualified negative of the President differs widely from this absolute negative of the British sovereign; and tallies exactly with the revisionary authority of the council of revision of this State, of which the governor is a constituent part.
On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, and stop the passage of all emissaries.
Every miner had two personalised metal tallies that identified them - one went to the 'banksman' to hang on the tally board when they went down the pit, and one stayed with them until they surfaced.