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CHAPTER VI.-Examination of the common opinion that

banks create capital,

94

CHAPTER VII. On the strict convertibility of bank notes

and credits,

- 100

CHAPTER VIII.-Of the various inodes resorted to by some

banks to augment their dividends,

104

CHAPTER IX.-Of the creation of banks without capitals,

or of fraudulent banks,

110

CHAPTER X.-Of the effects of banks dealing in exchange, 114

CHAPTER XI.-Examination of the common opinion that

the establishment of banks in the western states upon

eastern capital, is beneficial to those states,

124

CHAPTER XII.-On the circulation of small bank notes, 127

PREFACE.

The suspension of specie payments by all the banks in the United States, south of New England, in the year 1814, and of all, with a very few trifling exceptions, in the year 1837, has strongly impressed the public mind with the belief that there is something defective in the present banking system of this country; and it is not, perhaps, venturing too much to assert, that there are now elements at work, which will ultimately overthrow the whole fabric, unless those who have the power to remedy the evil, shall introduce the reforms which can alone render a repetition of such a calamity impossible.

It must be evident to every observant mind, that a dislike to hear the truth, when opposed to one's interests or prejudices, is the principal cause of a large portion of the mischievous errors which so generally prevail. Men of education and capacity, who are best qualified to investigate and understand the important principles which belong to the science of public economy, are too apt to view them as of no account, or to despise them when they come in conflict with their purses, or with their political promotion; and hence that knowledge, which is the most

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