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What does this mean?

What does this mean?

Posted: 1172028829000
Classification: Query
This appeared three times in the New-Hampshire Patriot:

""This is to forbid all persons harboring or (trusting?-illegible) my son, WILLIAM WHITCOMB, as I shall pay no debts of his contracting after this date.

ABEL WHITCOMB, Henniker, April 10, 1849""

(quotation markes are mine) William's age was just past his 16th birthday. Was William a scofflaw?

Janet Eagen

Re: What does this mean?

Posted: 1176129814000
Classification: Query
I'm not an expert, but I'm guessing that the son was running up debt (could have been anything-- lodging, food, clothing, books, gambling, etc.) and telling folks that his father would pay. Sounds as if his father had had enough!
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