The Living Age Volume 200

The Living Age Volume 200

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...escape in case of necessity. At the end of July the day of deliverance approached. We heard the generale beaten, and the conflict of the 9 Thermidor between the Convention and the Municipality of Paris, headed by Robespierre. On the 28th of July we knew the result--and on the 2nd of August I was free. After his escape from prison Mollieu returned to Normandy. When he lost. his father he travelled to England with Adam Smith in his pocket, to gain information about its financial methods. It was only on the accession of Napolcon, whose mastership of France he had predicted, that he again entered the service of his country, at the request of his friend Gaudin, Due de Gaetc, then the finance minister of the Consulate, whilst M. Barbe Marbois was minister of the treasury. This was an arrangement which Napoleon would not alter. The collection of the revenue was entrusted to Gaudin, the spending of it was confided to M. Barbe Marbois. The first appointment Mollien received was that of chief of the Caisse d'Amortissement, which institution was intended to buy up, at the current price, a certain amount of rentes. Napoleon desired an interview with Mollien. The conversation lasted two hours, in the presence of two other consuls who said nothing. Mollien tried in vain to indoctrinate Napoleon with the ideas of Adam Smith. Mollien was asked to dinner, and was pleased to hear, in the course of conversation on finance, Napoleon bring out some arguments of Mollien as his own. At the request of the first consul Mollien drew up some masterly papers on the subject of banking, and in 1802 Mollien was entrusted with the task of re-organizing the Bank of France. Mr. Croker states that "Its system of accounts, introduced by Mol...show more

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  • Paperback | 532 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 939g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968379
  • 9781236968371