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" je Marygold,"
No. 1, FLEET STREET.
The history of the Banking-house of Messrs. Child and Co. is interesting on account of its being universally acknowledged to be the first Banking-house in succession to the goldsmith's trade from which it sprung, and from the business having been carried on in the same premises from those
very early times. Friends and customers of the Bank are frequently wont to inquire of members of the house the date of the commencement of the Banking-house. The reply they usually receive to such a question is, “It is difficult to say: we had the cash accounts of Oliver Cromwell*, Nell Gwyn, and that of her executors at her decease in 1687, also the account of King William the Third and his Queen, Mary, which we can prove by our ledgers; but how long we were established before that time we can't exactly say.”
This is simply because no one has had either the time or inclination to search the archives and discover the real truth. And these interesting archives would never have seen the light but for the following circumstance.
* The ledger which contained this account is missing.