An Abraham Newland. A bank-note, so called from Abraham Newland, one of the governors of the Bank of England in the early part of the nineteenth century, to whom the notes were made payable.
Ive often heard say Sham Abram you may. But must not sham Abraham Newland.
“Trees are notes issued from the bank of Nature, and as current as
those payable to Abraham Newland.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894