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Senate House Library, University of London

Molesworth, Sir Guilford Lindsey


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 516

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Molesworth, Sir Guilford Lindsey

Date(s): 1892

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 4 leaves

Name of creator(s): Molesworth | Sir | Guilford Lindsey | 1828-1925 | Knight | economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Guilford Lindsey Molesworth (1828-1925) was a prolific writer, and published works on politics, economics, decimal and metric measurements and engineering. He published Molesworth's textbook of bi-metallism (E & F N Spon, London) in 1886.
Sir Robert Giffen (1837-1910) was an economist and statistician who published The case against Bimetallism (G Bell and Sons, London) in 1892. Bi-metallism involved the coining of both silver and gold and making them legal tender at a fixed ratio.


Scope and content/abstract:

Carbon copy typescript of 'The case against bi-metallism: Mr. Giffen's error', dated 12 Nov 1892, together with an 'Extract from The case against bi-metallism by Mr. Giffen, p.141'.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

13" x 7"

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Enclosed, together with a printed diagram prepared by Molesworth for the Brussels Monetary Conference of 1892 showing the fluctuating annual value of gold in London, in a volume lettered 'Molesworth-Giffen's error in The case against Bi-Metallism - 1892'.


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Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2001

Coinage | Antiquities | Works of art | Arts
Money | Financial resources | Finance
Movable cultural property

Personal names
Giffen | Sir | Robert | 1837-1910 | Knight | economist and statistician
Molesworth | Sir | Guilford Lindsey | 1828-1925 | Knight | economist

Corporate names