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A New Banking System The Needful Capital for Rebuilding the Burnt District   By: (1808-1887)

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A NEW BANKING SYSTEM:

THE NEEDFUL CAPITAL FOR REBUILDING THE BURNT DISTRICT.

BY LYSANDER SPOONER.

BOSTON: SOLD BY A. WILLIAMS & CO.

135 WASHINGTON STREET.

1873.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873. BY LYSANDER SPOONER, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Printed by WARREN RICHARDSON, 112 Washington St

CONTENTS.

PAGE CHAPTER I. A New Banking System, 5 CHAPTER II. Specie Payments, 12 CHAPTER III. No Inflation of Prices, 21 CHAPTER IV. Security of the System, 35 CHAPTER V. The System as a Credit System, 41 CHAPTER VI. Amount of Currency Needed, 48 CHAPTER VII. Importance of the System to Massachusetts, 59 CHAPTER VIII. The True Character of the "National" System, 70 CHAPTER IX. Amasa Walker's Opinion of the Author's System, 75

The reader will understand that the ideas presented in the following pages admit of a much more thorough demonstration than can be given in so small a space. Such demonstration, if it should be necessary, the author hopes to give at a future time.

Boston, March, 1873.

CHAPTER I.

A NEW BANKING SYSTEM.

Under the banking system an outline of which is hereafter given the real estate of Boston alone taken at only three fourths its value, as estimated by the State valuation[A] is capable of furnishing three hundred millions of dollars of loanable capital.

[A] By the State valuation of May, 1871, the real estate of Boston is estimated at $395,214,950.

Under the same system, the real estate of Massachusetts taken at only three fourths its estimated value[B] is capable of furnishing seven hundred and fifty millions of loanable capital.

[B] By the State valuation of May, 1871, the real estate of the Commonwealth is estimated at $991,196,803.

The real estate of the Commonwealth, therefore, is capable of furnishing an amount of loanable capital more than twelve times as great as that of all the " National " Banks in the State[C]; more than twice as great as that of all the "National" banks of the whole United States ($353,917,470); and equal to the entire amount ($750,000,000, or thereabouts) both of greenback and "National" bank currency of the United States.

[C] The amount of circulation now authorized by the present "National" banks of Massachusetts, is $58,506,686, as appears by the recent report of the Comptroller of the Currency.

It is capable of furnishing loanable capital equal to one thousand dollars for every male and female person, of sixteen years of age and upwards, within the Commonwealth; or two thousand five hundred dollars for every male adult.

It would scarcely be extravagant to say that it is capable of furnishing ample capital for every deserving enterprise, and every deserving man and woman, within the State; and also for all such other enterprises in other parts of the United States, and in foreign commerce, as Massachusetts men might desire to engage in.

Unless the same system, or some equivalent one, should be adopted in other States, the capital thus furnished in this State, could be loaned at high interest at the West and the South.

If adopted here earlier than in other States, it would enable the citizens of this State to act as pioneers in the most lucrative enterprises that are to be found in other parts of the country... Continue reading book >>




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