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Handel the Investor

Handel kept both cash and stock accounts at the Bank of England. Never before fully examined, these illustrate in their deliberate interlocking Handel's close control over his finances, from early in his first years in London through to and including his will and the posthumous payment of his bequests, as well as his ability to deal conservatively in the speculative investment environment of his time. Biographical identification of all the persons named in the accounts reveals that most are established stockbrokers or dealers. The complete transcription of all the accounts includes two ledgers never before published.

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