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An inquiry into the original and consequences of the public debt. By a Person of Distinction.
London: M. Cooper 1754 - 8vo., vii + (1) + 40pp., including the half-title, well bound in 20th century vellum boards, spine lettered. A fine copy. Second printing, originally published in Edinburgh the previous year (i.e. 1753). Higgs 796. Goldsmiths 8954. Kress 5343. [But all, erroneously, attributing this to Patrick Murray, 5th Baron Elibank]. Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglington (1723-1769), politician and agricultural improver, was 'the scion of one of the most powerful landed families in west central Scotland. . Problems of credit and banking, for instance, attracted his attention. Having published on the subject as early as 1754, he heavily influenced the 1765 parliamentary Act that ensured Scottish banks dealing and lending through paper credit could no longer defer specie payments for six months'. [Andrew Mackillop in ODNB]. Eglington was to meet a bizarre and untimely death on Ardrossan beach in October 1769. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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