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A Bill [As Amended] To Provide for the Liquidation of a Debt Due to His Majesty From the Late Abraham Goldsmid, Merchant, and His Surviving Partners; and to Confirm and Establish Certain Agreements Entered Into for That and other Purposes Relating Thereto
London: Ordered by the House of Commons, 1812. First edition. Softcover. vg. Folio. 23pp. String-bound double-sided leaves. This parliamentary bill provides for the liquidation of the massive debts of merchant and financier Abraham Goldsmid (c. 1756-1810), his brother Benjamin Goldsmid (c. 1753-1808), and other partners, owed to the British government. This bill, dated April 17th 1812, and printed on behalf of the House of Commons, sought to provide a framework, where upon the enormous business debts of the Goldsmids could be absolved. Mentioned in the text among many other aspects of dense and legalistic language is a specific debt amount of "�466,700" sought on behalf of the government. The text includes a large initial on the first page, and some instances of printed text in the side margins, summarizing and commenting on the content in the body of the main text. The verso of the final leaf has a short summary of the subtitle of the bill in smaller text, printed in landscape orientation, on the right half of the page. Starting in business together around 1777, the brothers (sons of a prominent Jewish mercantile family of Dutch origin) found great success in the money market during the French Revolutionary and Napoleaonic wars and had many joint financial dealings and agreements with the British government. The brothers (and by extension the Goldsmid family in general) would go on to become extremely wealthy and were among the most prominent Jews in Britain of their day. Due to economic recession and a string of bad luck, including the suicide of his brother/partner B … [Click Below for Full Description]
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