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Daily life at the 18th-century Bank of England

Anne L. Murphy provides a vivid picture of clients, clerks and couriers, pay and perks, cases of fraud and incompetence and the underappreciated threat of fire and violence

3 June 2023

9:00 AM

3 June 2023

9:00 AM

Virtuous Bankers: A Day in the Life of the Eighteenth-Century Bank of England Anne L. Murphy

Princeton, pp.288, 30

The England cricket team was once greeted at an Ashes test by an Australian banner with the immortal words ‘WOTHAM IS A BANKER’, the simple genius of the line being that you knew Wotham was being insulted before you had worked out quite who Wotham was, or what exactly he was being accused of.

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