The Natural Law of Money

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Putnam, 1894 - 168 pages
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Page 87 - Common consent has consigned it to rest with that kind of regard, which the long service of inanimate things insensibly obtains from mankind. Every stone in the bridge, that has carried us over, seems to have a claim upon our esteem. But this was a corner-stone, and its usefulness cannot be forgotten.
Page 130 - States are expressly prohibited from making anything but gold and silver a tender in payment of debts...
Page 135 - The laws of a country ought to be the standard of equity, and calculated to impress on the minds of the people the moral as well as the legal obligations of reciprocal justice. But tender laws, of any kind, operate to destroy morality, and to dissolve, by the pretence of law, what ought to be the principle of law to support, reciprocal justice between man and man...
Page 86 - I am old enough to have seen a paper currency annihilated at a blow in Massachusetts, in 1750, and a silver currency taking its place immediately, and supplying every necessity and every convenience.
Page 105 - The foregoing is a table from the report of the comptroller of the currency for the year 1903. The national banks, which had 67 per cent of the capital in 1882, had 63.9 per cent in 1892, 52.4 per cent in 1902, and 50.43 in 1903.
Page 35 - Clearly there is no need of making coin a legal tender at any specified weight. If governments would confine their legislation to fixing by enactment the fineness of the precious metal and the number of grains that shall constitute each piece of a given name, they may safely leave the maintenance of coinage. . .and the value of the pieces to be regulated [to] individual interest and action
Page 93 - Something like a middle way finally produced an acquiescing, rather than an affirmative, vote. A charter of incorporation was granted, with a recommendation to the States to give it all the necessary validity within their respective jurisdictions.
Page 124 - The mere announcement of our intention to put our money on a sound metallic basis had brought capital to us in such abundance that the resumption was not only made easy, but the normal rate of interest was reduced, . . . This remarkable reduction ... is explainable only on the ground of a large influx of foreign capital.
Page 90 - There has been no time in the history of our country when the predatory interests have so unblushingly sought legislation for their special benefits.

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