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BANK OF ENGLAND.
The Bank of England was the first Joint-Stock Bank established in England. It was Incorporated by William III. in 1694. When first established the notes of the Bank were at 20 per cent discount, and so late as 1745 they were under par. Bank Bills were paid in silver, 1745. Cash payments were discontinued in 1797, when notes of one and two pounds were first put into circulation. Banks were first established in 808 by the Lombard Jews, some of whom settled in Lombard-street.
The following is the House List of Governors and Directors of the Bank of England:
Governor, Henry R. Grenfell, Esq. | Deputy Governor, J. S. Gilliat, Esq.
Edward C. Baring Henry W. Blake John W. Birch Robert W. Crawford
Mark Wilks Collett James P. Currie Samuel S. Gladstone
Benj. B. Greene
Henry H. Gibbs
Chief Accountant, John Francis.
Chief Cashier, Frank May.
TRANSFER DAYS AT THE BANK. All Stocks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Private Transfers may be effected at other times, providing the books are not closed, by paying 2s. 6d. for each Transfer. Tickets for preparing the Transfer of Stock must be given in at the Bank of England before one o'clock. Expenses of Transfer in Bank Stock for £25 and under, 98.; above that sum, 128.; India Stock, £1 10s.
Powers of attorney for the sale or transfer of Stock are to be left at the Bank, &c., for examination, one day before they can be acted upon; if for receiving dividends, they may be presented at the time the first is payable. Probates of Wills, Letters of Administration, and other proofs of decease must be left at the Bank, &c., for registration, for two or three days. If Life Annuities be transferred between Jan. 5 and April 4, or between July 5 and Oct. 4, dividends are payable on Jan. 5 and July 5. If transferred between April 5 and July 4, or between Oct. 5 and Jan. 4, dividends are payable on April 5 and Oct. 5. Transferred at the National Debt Office, Old Jewry.
The dividends are paid to the public three days after the dates named; if a Sunday intervene, four days after. The hours for buying and selling are 10 to 1; for transferring, 11 to half-past 2; for accepting, 9 to 3; for pay ment of dividends, 9 to 3. Transfer-books are closed at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Dividend Warrants issued as follows:- 1. To the fundholder personally at the Bank of England. 2. Under Power of Attorney, free of stamp duty or any other charge. 3. By post within the United Kingdom.
Fundholders who desire to have their Dividend Warrants sent by post must fill up a form, obtainable at the Bank of England or its branches, and at all money-order offices. For joint accounts, all the parties in whose names the fund stands must sign in favour of the one to whom the warrant is to be sent. Post warrants will be crossed "and Co.," and can be cashed at any money-order office, or paid away as ordinary bankers' cheques. Notice should be given to the Bank of the non-reception of any warrant which has been directed to be sent by post.
LONDON AND WESTMINSTER BANKERS.
British Linen Company, 10, King
Anglo-Austrian Bank, 31, Lombard-
Anglo-Californian, 3, Angel-court,
Anglo-Egyptian Bank, 27, Clement'slane.
Anglo-Hungarian, 46, Lombard-st. Anglo-Italian Bank, 16, Leadenhallstreet.
Australian Joint-Stock Bank, 18, King William-street.
Bank of Africa, Limited, 25, Abchurch-lane.
Bank of Australasia, 4, Threadneedlestreet.
Bank of British Columbia, 28, Cornhill, E.C.
Bank of British North America, 3,
Bank of New Zealand, 1, Queen
Bank of Roumania, 15, Moorgate-st. Bank of Scotland, 45, Lothbury. Bank of South Australia, 54, Old Broad-street.
Bank of Victoria, Australia, 28, Clement's-lane.
Barclay, Bevan, and Co., 54, Lom
bard-street. Barnett, Hoare, and Co., 60 and 62, Lombard-street.
Biggerstaff, W. and J., 63, West Smithfield, & Metropolitan CattleMarket, Islington. Birkbeck Bank, 29 and 30, Southampton buildings, Holborn. Bosanquet, Salt, and Co., 78, Lombard-street.
Brooks and Co., 81, Lombard-street. Brown, Janson, and Co., 32, Abchurch-lane.
Brown, J., and Co., 25, Abchurch-lane. Capital and Counties Bank, Thread
needle-street; 25, Ludgate-hill; and 29, Oxford-street. Central of London Bank, 52, Cornhill. Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China, Hatton-court, Threadneedle-street.
Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London, and China, 65, Old Broadstreet.
Cheque Bank, 124, Cannon-street, and 20. Cockspur-street. Child and Co., 1, Fleet-street, E.C. City Bank, 5, Threadneedle-street; 61, Ludgate-hill; 34, Old Bond-street; 159, Tottenham-court-road; and 24, Edgware-road. Clydesdale Banking Company, 30, Lombard-street.
Cocks, Biddulph, and Co., 43, Charing-
Comptoir d'Escompte de Paris, 52,
Consolidated Bank, 52, Threadneedlestreet; and 450, West Strand. Continental Bank, 79, Lombard-st.
Cox and Co., 1 and 2, Craig's-court, SW
Coutts and Co., 59, Strand. Cunliffe, Sons, and Co., 6, Princesstreet, E.C.
Delhi and London Bank, Royal Bank Buildings, Bishopsgate-street. Dimsdale, Fowler, and Barnard, 50,
Drummonds, 49, Charing-cross, S.W.
English, Scottish, and Australian Chartered Bank, 73, Cornhill. Fuller, Banbury. Nix, and Co., 77, Lombard-street.
German Bank of London, Bartholomew House, E.C.
Gillett, Brothers, and Co., 72, Lombard-street.
Glyn, Mills, and Co., 67, Lombard-st. Goslings and Sharpe, 19, Fleet-street. Green, Tomkinson, and Lloyd, 32, Nicholas-lane, Lombard-street. Grindlay and Co., 55, Parliamentstreet.
Harwood, Knight, and Allen, 18, Cornhill.
Herries, Farquhar, and Co., 16, St. James's-street.
Hill and Sons, 17, West Smithfield; and Cattle Market. Hoare, Messrs., 37, Fleet-street. Hong-Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, 31, Lombard-street. Hopkinson and Co., 3, Regent-street. Imperial Bank, 6, Lothbury; 1, Westminster-chambers, Victoria-street; and 1, Sidney-place, OnslowImperial Ottoman Bank, 26,
Wandsworth Seven Sisters-road,
Mercantile Bank of Sydney, 30, Great
Merchant Banking Co. of London,
International Bank of Hamburgh,
Lacy and Son, 60. West Smithfield;
London and Provincial Bank, 7,
2, Old Broad-street.
London Bank of Mexico and South
London and River Plate Bank, 52,
Oriental Bank Corporation, 40, Threadneedle-street.
Praed and Co., 189, Fleet-street. Prescott, Grote, Cave, and Co., 62, Threadneedle-street.
Provincial Bank of Ireland, 42, Old Broad-street.
Queensland National Bank, Limited, 50, Old Broad-street. Ranson, Bouverie, and Co., 1, Pallmall East.
Richardson and Co., 13, Pall-mall. Robarts, Lubbock, and Company, 15, Lombard-street.
Samuel, Montagu, and Co., 60, Old Broad-street.
Scott, Sir Samuel, Bart., and Co., 1, Cavendish-square.
Smith, Payne, and Smiths, 1, Lombard-street.
Standard Bank of British South
London and San Francisco Bank, 22, Old Broad-street. London and South-Western Bank, Africa, 10, Clement's-lane, City. 7, Fenchurch-street; 27, Regent- Twining, R., and Co., 215, Strand. street; 67, Park-street, Camden Union Bank of Australia, 1, BankTown; High-street, Hampstead; buildings, Princes-street. Circus-rd., St. John's-wood; Clap- Union Bank of London, 2, Princesham-common; Commercial-road, street, City; 66, Charing-cross; 14, Stepney; Bow; 10, Loughborough Argyll-place, Regent-street; Chanplace, Brixton; 304, Brixton-road; cery-lane; and Holborn-circus. Manor-terrace, Kilburn; Westow- Union Bank of Scotland, 62, Cornhill. hill, Norwood; Forest-hill; Ealing; West London Commercial Bank, Thurlow-place, Lower Norwood; Sloane-square, S.W. 98, High-street, Peckham; High- Williams, Deacon, Labouchere, and street, Putney; Bank Buildings, Co., 20, Birchin-lane. In the several Chartered Banks given below the legalised issue is as follows:
English Bank of Rio de Janeiro, Beyond what is covered by gold and silver coin in possession of bank at head offices.
13, St. Helen's-place, Bishopsgate.
† Incorporated by Act of Parliament.
ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES. THE MOON is near Mercury on the morning of the 17th, the day of New Moon. She is near both Venus and Saturn during the evening hours of the 18th, and at some distance left of these two planets during the evening hours of the 19th, Venus being the higher of the two planets. She is to the right of Jupiter during the evening hours of the 19th, and to the left of him during the evening hours of the 20th. She is to the right of Mars during the evening hours of the 23rd, and to his left during the evening hours of the 24th Her phases or times of change are:
Full Moon on the 3rd at 47 minutes after 5h. in the afternoon. Last Quarter New Moon afternoon. First Quarter 23th 56 morning. She is nearest the Earth on the afternoon of the 15th, and most distant on the afternoon of the 27th.
MERCURY is a morning star, rising on the 1st at 5h. 9m. a.m., or 29 minutes before sunrise, which interval gradually decreases to 23m. on the 6th, to 19m. on the 11th, to 16m. on the 16th, to 12m. on the 21st, to 8m. on the 26th, and to 3m. on the last day of the month, the planet rising on this day at 4h. 34m. a.m. He is near the Moon on the 17th.
after sunset, which interval gradually increases to 1h. 11m. on the 11th, to 1h. 24m. on the 21st, and to 1h. 39m. on the last day, the planet setting on this day at 8h. 58m. p.m. She is near the Moon on the 18th, near Saturn on the 19th, and in her ascending node on the 26th.
MARS sets on the 2nd at 2h. 48m. a.m., or 2h. 53m. before sunrise; on the 12th at 2h. 19m. a.m., or 2h. 51m. before sunrise; on the 22nd at 1h. 53m. a.m., or 3h before sunrise; and on the last day at 1h. 36m. a.m. He is due south on the 1st at 6h. 14m. p.m., on the 15th at 5h. 47m. p m., and on the last day at 5h. 19m. p.m. He is in quadrature with the Sun on the 2nd, and near the Moon on the 21th.
JUPITER is an evening star, setting on the 1st at 10h. 38m. p.m., on the 11th at 10h. 11m. p.m., on the 21st at 9h. 43m. p.m., and on the last day at 9h. 19m p.m., or 2h. after sunset. He is due south on the 1st at 2h. 55m. p.m., on the 15th at 2h. 11m. p.m., and on the last day at 1h. 26m. p.m. He is near the Moon on the 20th.
SATURN is an evening star, setting on the 1st at 9h. 11m. p.m., on the 11th at 8h. 39m. p.m., or 1h. 53m. after sunset; on the 21st at 8h. 7m. p.m., or 1h. 3m. after sunset; and on the last day at 7h. 40m. p.m., or 21m. after sunset. He is due south on the 1st at 1h. 59m. p.m., on the 15th at 1h. 11m. p.m., and on the last day at Oh. 19m. p.m. He is near the Moon
VENUS is an evening star, setting on the 1st at 7h. 2 im. p.m., or 53 minutes on the 19th, and near Venus on the same day.