Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, Commander by Captain F.P. Blackwood, R.N. in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Other Islands of the Eastern Archipelago, During the Years 1842-46

Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, Commander by Captain F.P. Blackwood, R.N. in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Other Islands of the Eastern Archipelago, During the Years 1842-46

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...This is the Maatschappy (company or factory), a commercial company, established by the late King of Holland in 1824, with a charter giving it a strict monopoly of all commerce to the East Indies for twenty-five years. An extension for ten years more has recently been obtained by the company. The late King of Holland was himself a large shareholder in the company, and the present King, of course, inherits his father s shares, and with them his interest in the pecuniary welfare of this factory. Most of the Members of the Chambers are likewise large shareholders in the Maatschappy, and of course have an interest in supporting its monopoly. The Maatschappy, independently of its monopoly in supplying the islands with all necessaries, acts as agent for the Government, receives the produce monopolized by the Government of Java, carries it home, sells it, and accounts for the proceeds to the Home Government. The Dutch Government are in debt to the Maatschappy about 40,000,000 of guilders (8,340,000l.), and as security for the principal and interest of this sum, they have mortgaged to it all the produce received in the East Indies, and the Maatschappy, when it has realised this produce, only pay proceeds after deducting the interest on their loan and their heavy commission as agents. The finances, however, both of the colonies and the home government have latterly been so much deranged, that the Maatschappy as well as the Government s'e'e the necessity of somesort of modification of this strict monopoly. To relieve the distresses of the colonies, and in the hope of introducing some specie into them (of which, except in the shape of debased copper coin, they are utterly destitute), the Government, it is said, proposeto release onethird of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570782
  • 9781236570789