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The ghost of a dollar or the bankers surprize / W. Charles, Del et Sculp.

The ghost of a dollar or the bankers surprize / W. Charles, Del et Sculp.

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Summary

A caricature of Philadelphia merchant and financier Stephen Girard, here called "Stephen Graspall, Banker & Shaver." He stands behind a counter with a small slot in it, staring at an apparition of an 1806 Spanish dollar which hovers before him on the left. He says: "Surely my eyes do not deceive me -- It certainly must be a Dollar! -- I declare I have not seen such a thing since I sold the last I had in my Vaults at 18 per Cent Premium -- If thou art a real Dollar do drop in my till and let me hear thee Chink -- As I have been sued for payment of part of my notes in Specie I must collect some to pay them for quietness sake or the game would be up at once." Behind him hangs his signboard, advertising "Paper Wholesale and Retail. NB No foreign Bank notes taken on Deposit except such as are about 5 per cent above par."

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Date

01/01/1808
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Contributors

Charles, William, 1776-1820, artist
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Source

Library of Congress
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No known restrictions on publication.

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