Re: What is an "instrument"? #general

John Byng

Yes it could be a transcription error for "internment".  But if it is not an error, an "Instrument" in England is a document by which something of legal significance is done.  For example a document notifying the authorities of a death (a death certificate) might be described as an "instrument".  In this case the death might have taken place on 30 July, the death certificate might have been completed on 31 July and the entry in the register of deaths might have been made on 21 Aug.

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