Excerpt from Select Charters of Trading Companies, A. D. 1530-1707
Many interesting charters are omitted because they have already been reprinted.2 References to these are made in the following Intro duction. It attempts to sketch the general development of trading charters in England as well as the rise of particular companies. Its several sections, dealing with the corporateness conferred upon dis coverers, foreign traders, inventors, planters, miners, manufacturers, and others, were substantially advanced before Dr. W. R. Scott's volumes on The Constitution and Finance of English, Scottish, and Irish J oint-stock Companies to 1720 were available. Much financial detail of various joint-stock undertakings has been omitted here since the issue of that exhaustive work, of the value Of which the Editor desires to make the fullest acknowledgment. He is also indebted to the publications of Dr. Cunningham, to Mr. Hyde Price's essay on 'english Patents Of Monopoly, ' and to Sir Frederick Pollock, Mr. James G. Wood, and Mr. W. G. Collingwood for help at various points.
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