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Trade of the United Kingdom
Table of Foreign Exchanges on England.
Commerce and Navigation of the United States.
Commerce of New Orleans..
Imports and Exports of Specie..
Commerce of Maine, from 1820 to 1838.
Commerce of Alabama, from 1818 to 1838..
Comparative Statement of Exports of Cotton from the United States..
Commerce with Brazil-Rio Janeiro..
Exports of Silk from Georgia, from 1755 to 1773.
Comparative Price of Wheat....

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BANK STATISTICS.

Bank of France..
Paris Savings Bank
Scotch Banks
Condition of the State Banks...
New York State Security Banks.
Joint-stock Banks in England...
Banks of Mississippi..
Associations under the General Banking Law
Bank of England...
Banks in South America
Loss of Bank Notes.
Ratio of Specie in the Banks of Massachusetts.
Ratio of Specie in the Banks of Boston ...
Statement of the Situation of the Banks in New Orleans, on Oct. 21st, 1839.

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NAVIGATION.

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Liverpool Packets- A comparative Table of the Passages of the different Ships of
the several lines of Liverpool Packets.

84
Important to Owners of Vessels

85
Channels of Rivers.

86
Law of Storms...

86
Atlantic Steam Ship Great Western.
Trans-Atlantic Steam Ships Company's Ships Royal William and Liverpool. ...180
Cape Cod Harbor..

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Ships struck by Lightning.

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Beverly Fishing Trade.

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Recklessness of Human Life-Francis's Life-Boats

266
March of Steam

266
Patent Sheathing

267
Bethell's Patent Diving Apparatus ..

268
New Light Houses on the French Coast

268
Notice to Mariners.

268
The British Queen, Liverpool, and Great Western

269
Great Western and British Queen.

363
Loss of Steam Boats in the West in 1838.

361
Mississippi Steamboats...

457
Rates of Pilotage established by the Bahama Legislature..

457
Passages of the Liverpool Packets..

93

COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS AND TREATIES.

Mercantile Regulations at Singapore
Commercial Regulations at Canton
To Merchants trading with the Roman States..
Treaty between Holland and the United States.
Regulations at Havana......
New Mercantile Regulations at Venezuela..

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Mercantile Library Association
Donations to the Mercantile Library Association.
Boston Mercantile Library Association.
Cincinnati Mercantile Library Association
Philadelphia Mercantile Library Society,
Mercantile Library Association of New York
Oficers of the Mercantile Library Society of Philadelphia
New York Mercantile Library Association
Nineteenth Anniversary of the Boston Mercantile Library Association.
Mercantile Library Company of Philadelphia ....
Young Men's Institute of Hartford, Connecticut..

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ate Banks of Massachusetts.

549
be Barks of Bosion....

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Simion of the Banks in New Orleans, on Oct. 215. 1550........55)

NAVIGATION.

MERCANTILE MISCELLANIES.

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Ters of Vessels

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Ship Great Western.
Seam Ships Company's Ships Rosa' WWE and Liverpool. ...IN

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Lightning

Trade...
Human Life--Francis's Life-Boats

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New species of Cotton......
United States Mint--Coinage for 1838
An honorable Merchant ....
The benevolent Merchant..
Hits at the Times.
French Brandies..
Lace made by Caterpillars
Machinery..
Jewellery
Wool...
Commercial Affairs..
McCulloch's Dictionary of Commerce.
Manufacture of Sago..
Improvement in the Manufacture of Sugar.
Beet Sugar in Michigan ....
Native Gold.
Leghorn Straw.

Daily Value of Sunshine.
-Louisiana Tobacco Trade..

Increase of Flour...
Bradford's Atlas of the United States
Glass Works at Sandwich, Mass..
Comparative Wages of English and Foreign Operatives..
Measurement of Goods....
Manufacture of Gum Elastic in Havana.
The Opium Trade of China..
Usury...

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id British Queen..
ats in the West in 1838...
boats..
established by the Bahama Legislature.
iverpool Packets...

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D.MMERCIAL REGULATIONS AND TREATIES.

itions at Singapore
lations at Canton
ding with the Roman States..
Lolland and the United States.

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Regulations at Venezuela..

United States Commercial and Statistical Register.

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Beware of Over-trading..

436
Do not make too much haste to be rich.

417
Book-keeping...

462
Goodrich's Pictorial Geography of the World.

463
- Importation of Wheat,

461
Gold and Silver......

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French Corn Averages..

92
Curious Articles of Commerce.

187
Treasury Notes...

275
Camboose...

364
North American Mails-Cunard's Contract

455
Chain Cables.

456
Letters to Havana and Matanzas.
Never talk of your Designs till they have been accomplished, and even then the less
you say the better.

.475
Do not, like a foolish Mariner, always calculate on fair Weather.

493
Cash Purchases..

.517
East India Company :

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Currency of Great Britain.....

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Value of the Pound Sterling, or British Sovereign..

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Sugar in France...

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Immediate Relief.

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No. I.

JULY, 1839.

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Art. I. - INTRODUCTION.

In legal phrase, we would prefer being judged by our acts — and in commercial parlance, being credited with our performances — to making promises in advance of our publication. But custom having rendered it necessary, on the appearance of a new work, to accompany it with some indication of the plan upon which it will be conducted, and the objects it is intended to subserve, we comply with the requisition.

In the first place, as an excuse for its appearance at all. we may say, that such a publication as the present is imperiously demanded by the wants and wishes of the commercial part of the community, and we believe that such a work, conducted upon enlarged and liberal principles, is calculated to be eminently useful, and will prove highly acceptable, not only to the Merchant, but to all who feel an interest in promoting information on subjects deeply identified with the wealth, the greatness, and the happiness of our common country. Commerce is not only a business, but a science, extremely intricate in some of its developments, and calculated to elevate the mind, and enlarge the understanding, when pursued upon legitimate principles, and with high and honorable views.

Essentially and practically a trading people, the commerce of the United States has been pushed, by the enterprise of her citizens, to every part of the habitable globe - her ships penetrate every ocean, and her canvas whitens every sea, bringing home the varied productions of every soil and climate, and while rewarding individual enterprise and exertion, adding to the store house of general knowledge, and increasing the prosperity of

the country.

The questions which arise in such extended intercourse with the world, are multifarious and diversified, The knowledge and information necessary to guide the adventures to a successful termination, is often complex and difficult of solution; the sources whence it is to be obtained are not always accessible, and operations are often begun in a reckless spirit of speculation, and end, as might have been anticipated, in defeat, simply because

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VOL. I. - NO. I.

some element necessary to success, or some piece of information essential to the adventure, had, in the ardor of pursuit, been disregarded.

One of our prominent objects will be, to raise and elevate the commercial character to point out the requisites necessary to form the thorough and accomplished merchant. An expensive education, and a long course of study, is necessary to form the statesman, the physician, or the common lawyer; but every clerk seems to think he can at once assume the practical merchant, and spring, ready armed and equipped, into the active business of life, like Minerva from the head of Jove; forgetful that as pretenders in one case soon sink into oblivion and disgrace, he cannot expect otherwise than loss and discomfiture, if wanting the elementary information necessary to success.

We shall, therefore, from time to time, point out the headlands in the commercial chart, and endeavor to mark the quicksands where oftentimes shipwreck has been made, not only of property, but of probity, and that high sense of honor, wanting which, however abounding in every thing else, a man may assume the name, and be totally deficient in all thăt forms the high and honorable merchant.

With these views, it will necessarily be inferred that we are the strenuous friends and ardent supporters of the Mercantile Library Associations of this and of our sister cities.

Wherever the minds of the young are to be formed, and an incentive given to those who, after the present busy actors in our crowded marts of commerce are removed, are to occupy their places, they will find us inspiriting them in their career, and doing all in our power to aid the incipient merchant in his high and honorable avocation.

We say high, because commerce is now the most honorable pursuit in which a man of talent and enterprise can engage. Commerce is now the lever of Archimedes; and the fulcrum which he wanted to move the world, is found in the intelligence, enterprise, and wealth of the merchants and bankers, who now determine the questions of peace or war, and decide the destinies of nations. An adaptation to commercial pursuits does not, in our acceptation of the term, mean the mere accumulation of dollars and cents, which may be gained without merit, or lost without reproach, by disastrous reverses, which may baffle the most sagacious and well directed operations, and the most skilful combinations; not that ingenuity or tact which is directed to overreaching and circumvention, and to which the frank and the honorable oftentimes fall victims; but a profession embracing and requiring more varied knowledge, and general information of the soil, climate, production, and consumption of other countries -- of the history, political complexion, laws, languages, and customs of the world — than is necessary in any other ; and honorable, because a merchant, formed on our ideas of commercial character, would be fitted and qualified to act a part which would not only do himself, but his profession and country, honor.

Inseparably connected with commerce, are its handmaidens, agriculture and manufactures, and we shall endeavor to point out how they mutually assist and sustain each other— Agriculture and manufactures being the circular segment, and commerce, as it were, the key stone of the arch, which renders every thing secure, and wanting which, they would want the incentive to production.

With these objects and views, it will be seen that our plan is something like that laid down by Chief Justice Blackstone for himself, in his admirable

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