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During the month of February, we are featuring 18th century life insurance policies and receipts.

This is a receipt for payment of one pound eleven shillings for one quarter’s contribution on the life of Mr. William Ross, as a contributor to the joint stock of the Corporation of the Amicable Society for a Perpetual Assurance Office. The receipt is dated May 5, 1781 at Serjeants Inn, London, headquarters of the office, and is signed by the registrar, Mr. Baldwin. The company’s emblem, a dove standing upon a snake, and motto, prudens simplictas (prudent simplicity) is engraved upon the receipt.