Comment: Yes. 700+ years. The Tally Stick Accounting: Internal Control.

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Yes. 700+ years. The Tally Stick Accounting: Internal Control.

The reasons for this long reign.... May I call it that? ... The reasons were many. I lost count.

The Tally Stick Accounting: Internal Control.

The tallies reached their peak in the 14th century, but their decline was slow even with the introduction of paper. The role of tally sticks was mentioned by Shakespeare in Sonnet 122.2 from Henry VI:

    “nor need I tallies thy dear love to score” and “whereas before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and tally” (as cited in Baxter, 1989, p. 63). ... In addition, tally sticks were a crude but effective tool of internal control for centuries.

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