Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Fund: A Boston Land Bank of 1681

An important episode in the story of the New England land banks is The Fund at Boston, in New England, apparently the earliest practical land bank experiment in the colonies. Much of what we know of it comes from a pamphlet with the delightfully cryptic title Several relating to the FUND, Printed for divers Reasons, as may appear (1681 or 1682). Because all that we have of the Severals is one unbound sheet, probably issued as a prospectus, I've simply posted the whole thing up on The Very Idea!.

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