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- noun Plural form of
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Congress could not fairly exact great accuracy from the drawees of its bills, when it never took pains to give notice of the facts of the drawing, of the number of bills drawn, of dates, or amounts; in a word, really gave no basis for account-keeping or identification.
Benjamin Franklin 1888
Transactions were entered into with less confidence, and more scrutiny was given to the drawers and drawees of bills, than had been the case heretofore.