By Marten Gerbertus Buist
The surroundings for this learn is mirrored within the sub-title 'Merchant bankers and diplomats at paintings. ' the purpose is to stick with the companions of their many and numerous actions: of their dating in the direction of one another, of their contacts with different homes and of their attitudes in the direction of executive of ficials. in addition, the writer has tried to teach the explanations for his or her advertisement and fiscal activities, the place those have been discernible. some degree of departure comparable to this suggests that the surviving correspondence consti tutes the primary resource of knowledge. Quantitative info are integrated, yet inside of this framework their function is subsidiary. simply because this publication is meant for numerous different types of readers, it's been divided into 3 elements. The introductory bankruptcy, which includes an abridged historical past of desire & Co. as much as 1815, is meant for these whose curiosity within the topic is of a extra basic nature. within the related bankruptcy, a few major issues resembling the expansion of overseas loans within the Nether lands and the strategy in line with se of issuing loans are mentioned, and at tention is dedicated to a couple of the issues of alternate and to the query even if desire & Co. may be considered as retailers or as bankers. In end, an impact is given of the half performed through Amsterdam as a monetary centre throughout the Napoleonic period and of the very unprecedented po sition which wish & Co. occupied at that time.
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DO MA. DELE. Final report of the representatives of the holders of Russian bonds, dated December [8[5. Hope decline the offer by the bondholders to share in the costs incurred THE FAMILY AND THE FIRM offered-and these could expose particular weaknesses in the system of government. Sometimes guarantees were demanded which struck at the dignity of a monarch. King Stanislaw Poniatowski, for example, refused for this reason to provide a guarantee by his heir, relating to the mortgaging of the king's personal possessions.
As the Hopes did not develop any activities there, they needed objects in which to invest, and Barings were an excellent starting point. 3 Hope's relationship with Barings was closer than with any other house, and this fact can only be explained by a far-reaching similarity in outlook, in both the commercial and private spheres. This naturally did not rule out differences of opinion in matters of business, or personal tiffs, but these did not impinge upon the underlying mutual confidence. Thus was the foundation laid for a friendship which has survived to this day.
At Spes non Fracta: Hope & Co. 1770–1815 by Marten Gerbertus Buist