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Mémoire sur le bimétallisme international, par Rochussen, La Haye, 1890. Le problème monétaire et sa solution, par G. M. Boissevain; Amsterdam, 1891

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    “It may be interesting to mention that the doctrine of bimetallism originated (with us) at a time when nobody saw the necessity of its practical application in other countries besides those where it existed. Dr. Mees brought it forward as a mere scientific contribution, never believing, when he did so, that bis theory would, within a few years, assume a highly practical character.” — Mr. N. G. Pierson in zijn antwoord op de vragen van de Engelsche Goud-en Zilver-commissie, opgenomen in haar 2e Rapport van 30 Januari 1888, blz. 254.

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    In het Financial Statement voor 1891–92 werd er op gewezen, dat het surplus van dienstjaar 1890–91 ad 27.871,000 roepijen voor niet minder dan 17,265,000 roepijen te danken was aan gunstiger koersverhoudingen in den loop van het kalenderjaar 1890; maar, zoo werd er aan toegevoegd, “this result, satisfactory so far as it goes, has not been attained without inflieting injury on the commerce of the country. For a time, trade between England and India was reduced to mere gambling, the fluctuations in exchange being so great as to more than counterbalance the effect of the other elements which the trader has to take into consideration. It has even been said, with some truth, that at one time it would have been better for the merchant to dismiss his establishment and confine himself to speculations in silver; his expenses would have been less, and his chances of profit quite as good as in his legitimate business.” (§ 36.)

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    Die resolutie luidt als volgt: “That this Chamber believes that any attempt to raise the value of silver would, if succesful, seriously impede the progress of India, and it deprecates all action on the part of Government to subordinate the interests of this dependency to those of foreign powers, or to those of any other part of Her Majesty's dominions.”

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    Zie o. a. de Memorie van de Soerabaiasche Vereeniging van Suikerfabrikanten van 18 December 1889.

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    “The definite adoption of the gold valuation by the majority of the civilised states must involve its extension over all the other nations with with which they stand in commercial intercourse. The idea has been mooted that America and Europe might use gold, and that East India and China might use silver. A moment's reflection however will show that this division into two distinet portions is not tenable, for in the first place, they would thus be unable to settle the respective balances of trade by means of bullion, and secondly, the lead of the civilised States would sooner or later be followed by the rest.” Suggestions in reference to the metallic currency of the United States of America p. 201.

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Van den Berg, N.P. Mémoire sur le bimétallisme international, par Rochussen, La Haye, 1890. Le problème monétaire et sa solution, par G. M. Boissevain; Amsterdam, 1891. De Economist 41, 238–247 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02211760

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