Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banks

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Página 109 - The Legislature shall have no power to pass any law sanctioning in any manner, directly or indirectly, the suspension of specie payments, by any person, association or corporation issuing bank notes of any description.
Página 147 - Seldom, if ever, lias the business of Massachusetts been more active, or profitable, than during the past year. The war has brought into activity many mechanical employments for which there is little occasion in time of peace ; such, for example, as the manufacture of arms and ordnance, camp and garrison equipage, saddlery and artillery harness, and military clothing and accoutrements. It has, also, greatly stimulated the manufacture of boots and shoes, and of woollen goods ; while the subsistence...
Página 164 - ... or by the laws of the United States, or of some one of the United States, or by the laws of either of the British Provinces in North America, with the intent that the same shall be circulated as currency, he is to forfeit for every such offence fifty dollars.
Página 164 - The duty of support imposed by the laws of this state or by the laws of the state where the obligee was present when the failure to support commenced as provided in Section...
Página 169 - A bank which loans or issues any of its notes or bills, with an agreement or understanding that such notes or bills shall not be put into immediate unrestricted circulation, or that they shall not be returned to the bank within a limited time, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding one-half nor less than one-fourth part of the amount so loaned or issued.
Página 129 - ... be lawful to loan not exceeding one-half part of the amount thereof, on bonds or other personal securities, with at least two sureties ; provided, that the principal and sureties shall all be citizens of this Commonwealth, and resident therein.
Página 116 - I think, that, far from diminishing, we ought rather to increase and multiply our securities ; and I am not prepared to say that, even with the continuance of the bank charter, and under its wisest administration, I regard the state of our currency as entirely safe. It is evident to me that the general paper circulation has been extended too far for the specie basis on which it rests. Our system, as a system, dispenses too far, in my judgment, with the use of gold and silver. Having learned the use...
Página 131 - ... performing every operation of payment, and may effect a countless number of payments without any redemption being made of them by the bank ; the only difference being that the transfer of bills is by manual delivery, while that of deposits requires a registration by the bank to perfect it By the use of deposits the bank derives a profit, precisely as by the issue and circulation of bills; like bills, they are payable by the bank on demand in specie, and any unusual withdrawal of them affects...
Página 130 - By far the most operative of the causes which have diminished the circulation of bank bills has been the increased use of deposits, bills of exchange, and drafts. To keep a bank account was once the badge of a large mercantile business ; it is now the habit of most shopkeepers, mechanics doing a considerable 1 Report of Massachusetts Bank Commissioners (JF Marsh, Win.
Página 147 - At the breaking out of the rebellion, it was feared that the business of the country would be entirely prostrated, and the banks, which make their gains out of the activity of trade, expected to be the greatest sufferers. Neither of these fears have been justified by the event. Seldom, if ever, has the business of Massachusetts been more active, or profitable, than during the past year. The war has brought into activity many mechanical employments for which there is little occasion in time of peace...

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