A petitionary pamphlet
By HOLLAND, John, 1715
The Directors of the Bank of England Enemies to the Great Interests of the Kingdom; and Also, Not Just to the Trust reposed in them by the Adventures, who Chose them to do their best Endeavours, by all Honest Means, for the Joint Stock.
- Author: HOLLAND, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed for the Author; and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster
- Publication date: 1715
- Physical description: Small quarto (222 by 162mm), title, 15pp., early stab holes to left margin, some mild foxing.
- Inventory reference: 1598
“Until of late Years Merchandizing was the Common and Laudable way by which Men arriv’d to be Considerable and Eminent in this great City; but now, if a Computation be made of those who have raised themselves, for these twenty Years last past, by Merchandize, and those who have attain’d to much greater Estates by adding in the Funds, it is very visible that the First will bear but little Proportion to the Number of the Latter; and the very Men who were bred up Merchants, and were considerable in that Profession, have neglected, and almost left off the Foreign Trade, and fallen into this New, and much more Profitable way of Dealing. How far this is to be Encouraged, that a few particular Men should still go on to grow so very rich at the Cost and Expence of all the People of the Nation; or suck the Blood of the People… deserves the notice of all Men, who love the Publick.…“
This copy of the pamphlet was discovered in a bound volume of British petitions to Parliament published during the mid-1710s, an era of major change in British government that witnessed a sharp rise in the publication of lobbying literature circulated outside the halls of Parliament. ESTC lists copies at five locations in the United Kingdom and six in the United States.
- Gildsmiths 5235. Hanson 2179. DNB IX, p.1044.