Treatises on French finance

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing treatises on French finance, 1714-[1783], namely instructions on the general compatibility according to the custom established by the Chambre des Comptes, [1770], including treatises on the accounts of the estates and woods, expenditure and the poll-tax; a paper on foreign exchanges, 1714, with a table of exchange rates for England and Holland; a historical account of the banking reform program of John Law, 1720, including an account of rulings related to finance for 1720 and the preceding years; a treatise on the program of John Law, [1720], presenting arguments for and against Law's operations; studies on the finances of England and France, [1783], attributed to Dr [Richard] Pryce; a paper on the actual state of the finances of Great Britain, 1755. The general title page and table of contents are in a handwriting of later date than the treatises themselves.

Administrative / Biographical History

Information not available at present.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Collection level description.

Alternative Form Available

There are microfilm copies of the two treatises on the system of law (Ref: MIC 208).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript folio, comprising 6 items bound into one volume. Bound in quarter-calf.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

It is likely that the treatises were purchased separately and then bound together by Herbert Somerton Foxwell. The first treatise, on the Chambre des Comptes, is inscribed 'Ch des G. Carton 2d, Cotte 25' and was given to Foxwell in Feb 1892 by Henry Higgs.

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