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COMPENDIUM

OF THE

ENGLISH AND FOREIGN FUNDS,

AND THE PRINCIPAL

JOINT STOCK COMPANIES,

FORMING

AN EPITOME

OF THE

VARIOUS OBJECTS OF INVESTMENT NEGOTIABLE

IN LONDON;

WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE INTERNAL DEBTS AND REVENUES OF THE

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Gas Companies
Greece
Guadalaxara
Guatemala
Holland
Irish Funds
Land Companies
Life Annuities
Long Annuities
Mexico
Mines
Miscellaneous Companies
Naples
National Debt of England
New Granada
New 31 per Cents.
New 5 per Cents.
Peru
Portugal
Poyais
Prussia
Railways, English

American
Reduced 3 per Cents.

3} per Cents.
Regulations observed at the National Debt Office
Relative value of the British Funds
Revenue and Expenditure of Great Britain
Russia
Sinking Fund
South Sea Company

Stocks
Spain
Stocks, English

Foreign
Three per Cents., 1726

Consols

Reduced
Three and a Half per Cents., 1818

Reduced
Transfer Regulations, Government Funds

Joint Stock Companies
Unfunded Debt
Venezuela
Waterworks

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AN EPITOME

OF THE

ENGLISH AND FOREIGN FUNDS, &c.

PUBLIC DEBT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.

The National Debt at the period of the Revolution in 1688 amounted to about £660,000, principally in the form of terminable annuities, specially charged upon certain branches of the revenue. The system of borrowing money on annuities for terms of years and lives, was continued by government for several years subsequent to this period, until the magnitude of the public debt, and the heavy charge thus created, rendered the method no longer practicable.

It was during the war with France in which this country engaged at the time of the revolution, and which continued for a period of nearly ten years, that the foundation of the present national debt was laid. the year 1690 the sum of £750,000 was borrowed for the purpose of prosecuting the war in Ireland, the time of re-payment was limited to three years, and the produce of certain branches of the public revenue was set apart for this purpose ; but the war still continuing, the revenue was found insufficient to meet the increased expenditure, and the government was compelled to raise money upon annuities, and by the issue of exchequer

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