I've resumed my work extracting significant debates from The Index with an 1876 exchange between Ezra H. Heywood and Elizur Wright on the "Family Bank." Heywood takes the standard anti-usury line, while Wright, who was an important reformer in the insurance business, takes what he believes is a more practical tack. There is plenty of work to be done in fleshing out the context of this debate. I would also be unsurprised to find a continuation in the volume for 1877. Stay tuned. . .
Other collected Index debates: