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having a very small, and those in the interior or remote towns, a very large circulation. The writer argues that this advantage, of so disproportionate an increase of trading capital, derived from circulation, was not one which of right belonged to them, or which necessarily resulted from their local situation; but that it resulted from the mistaken policy of the conductors of the Boston banks, in not receiving all such descriptions of money, as the citizens in general received in all transactions not connected with the banks. He argues, also, that it is the duty of the banks in town, resulting from the offices which they undertake to perform for the public, to receive in payments, in ordinary cases, such bank notes as are in general currency among the community whom they serve, provided this can be done without any material sacrifice on their part.

This duty, within the last year, several of the banks of this town undertook to perform, and from their concert in this measure, they have been denominated the allied banks. They receive at par in all payments, and on deposite from their customers, the bills of all the banks in New England, in good credit, and transfer them daily at par to one of their number, which, in consideration of a specific sum loaned from each of the associates without in- . terest, returns them to the several issuing banks for redemption, except in cases where provision is made for their redemption here. A large proportion of the bills thus taken, are in fact redeemed here, by the agents of the country banks, or by remittances made by them for the purpose ; and to facilitate this mode of redeeming them, these remittances are permitted to be made in any description of country bills, as well as in Boston bills or specie. The effect of this arrangement on the general circulation, is described to be, to give to each bank the benefit of the principal circulation of its own neighborhood, and to direct the bills of all, on their way homeward, whenever they fall within the natural sphere of the circulation of any other bank. Under this arrangement, more than seventeen millions of dollars, in bills of the country banks, have already been received by the allied banks.

The amount received within the four or five last months, has been more than two millions of dollars a month. The author computes, that the amount exchanged monthly, at the period when country bills formed the general circulation, and the common rate of discount was one per cent, was from two to three millions a month, so that a tax of about three hundred thousand dollars annually was paid in Boston, in premiums for the exchange of money taken at par. This tax, and the inconvenience of being obliged to keep two kinds of money, is now avoided ; the genera! currency is improved by the circulation of a larger proportion of VOL. XXII.-N0. 51.

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bills issued by banks of large capital and extensive business; and the advantages, which the several banks derive from the circulation of their bills, are more equally distributed. The distant banks still have the advantage of a much larger circulation in proportion to their amount of capital, than those which are situated in and near the large towns, but the statements in the pamphlet. founded on the official returns at different dates, show very conclusively, that the inequality is greatly lessened. The amount of bills in circulation issued by banks in Boston, is about double that exhibited by the returns four years ago, while the circulation of the distant banks is diminished by a quarter, although the aggregate of their capital has been increased in a proportion equal to that of the banks in Boston.

NOTICE. We owe an apology to the public, and to the author, for delaying so long to notice, in a proper manner, Mr Dane's Abridgment and Digest of American Law. The publication of this work has been completed, in eight large octavo volumes, constituting an imposing monument of the author's talents, great legal knowledge, and extraordinary perseverance; and containing a mass of materials selected and arranged in such a manner, as to render the work exceedingly important to the Profession in every part of this country. It has been the labor of forty years, with all the advantages, which a public and professional man could possess. Mr Dane was in the Old Congress, and has been a careful observer of the progress of our legal institutions, from the very beginning of the Union. An article is now in preparation, in which this learned author's work will be examined at large, and which may be expected in our next number.

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