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THOMAS C. SAVILL,

PRINTER, ST. MARTIN's LANE, CHARING CROSS.

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ORIGINAL PAPERS:-

Commerce of the Jesuits in the 18th Cen-

tury. History of Father de la Valette, 1

Dr. Wiseman

9, 124

Commerce of the Jesuits in the Eighteenth

Century.--Legal Proceedings

117

The late S. T. Coleridge on the Sohoolmen 241

Malvern

242

The Dark Ages

245

Circular Letter of the chief Rabbi in Lon-

don to the Jewish Congregations in

England

361

Dr. Lingard and Wilfred

368

Proceedings in Monasteries. Their Mode

of Reading Scripture in the Chapel and

Refectory:- Time Occupied in Reading

through the whole Bible, with some

comments

375

The “ Dublin Review," and Luther's
Translation of the Bible

485
Church of Tor-Mohun

491
Peter the Venerable, Abbot of Clugni 494
The late Great Earthquake in Palestine, 605
Bernard of Clairvaux, and Peter of Clugni, 609
Remarks on the New Edition of Fox's

Work, and on the Work itself, by the
Rev. S. R. Maitland

620
Tracts against POPERY:
The Romish Church is Apostate

... 617

ANTIQUITIES:

Disposal of Higher Church Preferment, 139

255, 381, 506, 625

Inviolability of Cathedral Charters 512

DEVOTIONAL

148, 386

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Extempore Prayer. – Address to the

Archbishop of Dublin

160

Protestant Monasteries

163

Baptism by Immersion

40, 165, 284,

406, 410, 522

Oxford Petition in behalf of Episcopacy

and Cathedrals-1641

169

Distribution of the Elements at the Lord's

Supper ...

171

Metropolitan Churches Fund

172

Ordinations

174

The word “Merit”-Mr. Barter ... 176, 414

Questions

176, 420

Tithe Commutation Act

267

Concert for Prayer. -Rev. J. H. Stewart, 269

Judas Iscariot

273, 276, 531

Church Pastoral Aid Society

277

Mr. Edward Bickersteth and the Bishop

of Peterborough

277

A Visit to Birr- The Rev. Messieurs

Crotty - The Independent Catholic

Chapel of Birr

279

The Athenaeum

282

London Church Committee

283

Misstatement of the “ Record"

288

Pinamonti.-Conversion of Roman Ca-

tholics

391

Letters on the Church of the Fathers, 398, 517

Justin Martyr.-Humanitarians 413, 657

The“ Record” Newspaper

415, 420

Church-rates in Scotland

418

Philalethes Cantabrigiensis. Transub-

stantiation

419

Cambridge Petition of 1641 against the

Abolition of Deans and Chapters 525

Mr. W. Crotty

528

The Conclusion of the Morning Prayer

by a Deacon

529

Conduct of Clergy during the Plague

The word “ Catholic"

532

Rev. J. Mendham's “Index Expurgato-

rius of Sixtus V..

532

Penny Sunday Reader

533

Episcopacy.- Colonial Bishops

Dr. Burton's “ History of the Christian

Church”

535

Baptism during Service

Protestant Monastic Institutions.-Chap-

ters

640

Administration of the Holy Communion, 642

American Prayer on Induction to a Church 643

Clergy Aid Society. - Welsh Church in

London

644

Destruction of the Temple

645

Voluntary Principle

616

Marriage under the New Acts

Altar and Sacrifice

On the Greek Article

651

Review of Mr. Grinfield's Essay

654

Pluralities Bill

655

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SACRED POETRY

20, 151, 263

389, 512, 633

CORRESPONDENCE:-

The Millennium

23

Patronage of the New Churches in the

Metropolis

26

Weekly Communions

Zaccheus ...

32

Turning to the East

34
On Confirmation 36, 274, 276, 42), 542
Concurrence of Festivals

43, 526
Conditions of Salvation.-Robert Hall... 45
Strauss' Theory

47
The Tithe Bill

49
Important Erratum in the “ Record"
Newspaper

49
Substitution of Days for Years

55, 175

Seventh Day

55

Incomes of the Clergy

155
The Anglican Church at Paris and the
" Record"

158

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340, 463, 587, 699

UNIVERSITY News... 101, 224, 344, 467

591, 705

BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES, 105, 227, 347, 471

593, 709

OBITUARY ...

710

EVENTS OF THE MONTH, 106, 228, 348, 472

594, 711

New Books ... 114, 238, 358, 483, 602, 723

Funds, &c. 114, 239, 359, 484, 603, 724

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS, 115, 240, 360

484, 604, 724

678
Of the Archdeacon & a number of Clergy

of the Diocese of Canterbury ... 682
Address of some of the Clergy to his Grace

the Lord Archbishop of Dublin 208
Lynn Charities & West Norfolk Infirmary 211

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THE

BRITISH MAGAZINE.

JAN. 1, 1837.

ORIGINAL PAPERS.

COMMERCE OF THE JESUITS IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY,

THE HISTORY OF FATHER DE LA VALETTE.

The commerce of the Jesuits is a subject which deserves more consideration than it has usually met with in this country. It illustrates, by very plain facts, at once the wonderful power possessed by this extraordinary order of men and the means by which it was acquired and kept. The following narrative, it is hoped, will not be found wanting in interest of another kind, as the history of a man of great enterprise and talent, while the facts which it unfolds serve more than any general statements could do to lay open the muscles and sinews,. hy which this vast frame was moved.

In the year 1743, Father de la Valette, a member of the Society of Jesus, landed on the Island of Martinique, then occupied by the French, in the character of priest of the small parish of Carbet, situated a mile or two from St. Pierre. The Jesuits at that time bad but a slender footing in the West Indies, but Father de la Valette was destined to change the face of affairs within a very few years. His superiors, although he was nominally attached to the cure of Carbet, considered him too valuable a man to waste his energies in evangelizing a small village, and we find accordingly that ere long his operations extended from one hemisphere to the other, and the streams that issued from the fountain head in the West Indies, spread in Europe into a thousand fertilizing rills. To descend, however, from metaphor to plain matter of fact, we find that he almost immediately engaged in the most extensive commercial transactions.

In order to understand the nature of his dealings, we must explain the condition of things at that time, with regard to Martinique and France. French money bore so high a premium at Martinique, that the French crown, of six livres, was worth nine of Martinique currency ; so that, in transmitting money to France, the colonists would lose one

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third of their fortunes. They did not, therefore, transmit silver ; and paper was not usual, because bills can only be drawn upon debtors, and the mother country would naturally be the creditor of the colony. The plan usually adopted was, to send home colonial produce instead of money, and in this they only incurred a loss of about twenty per cent.

Father de la Valette undertakes to remedy this inconvenience, and offers to transmit money to Paris without any loss—in fact, to receive 1000 crowns at Martinique, and to pay for them 9000 livres at Paris ; or, in other words, to receive 1000 and to pay 1500! This appears, at first sight, something like madness, and very unlike the sort of craft which is commonly attributed to the order of Jesuits. We must look, therefore, to the means which the priest of Carbet proposed to use in order to perform his engagements.

1. He takes a long credit, giving bills, in some cases, of thirty, and in some, of thirty-six months.

2. There is a certain gold coin of Portugal (cailed in French, moëtte,) which was worth, in France, forty-two livres, and in Martinique, sixty-six livres.

He, therefore, first converted the money into colonial produce, on which he lost only twenty per cent., and after selling it in France, his agents had orders to transmit the proceeds to Martinique in these Portuguese coins. To take a simple example—he would receive 6000 livres at Martinique which were worth in France only 1000, but by converting it into coffee and sugar, which were sold in France, he obtained 4800 livres, his loss being only twenty per cent.* These would buy him 114 Portuguese pieces, and twelve livres over. These were worth at Martinique 7524 livres, so that, during one voyage, he would gain at Martinique about 1524 livres on 6000. Now the passage might be made three times in the course of the year, so that a profit of about 4574 would accrue on this sum, without supposing any use to be made of the interest on the first two voyages. He would thus, in one year, have more than double the sum required to pay the loss on a transfer.

Even allowing six months for a voyage and return, the profit would be in one year 3048, (without counting the twelve livres over,) which is more than 1000 livres clear above the loss incurred by exchange. In three years, of course, this would be tripled, and he would gain considerably more than 100 per cent., without supposing the first profits to be employed in further trading.

These preliminary statements were necessary to render what follows intelligible; but we may now proceed at once to the eventful drama,

I must here observe, that the French authority from which this statement is taken, calculates the interest differently. They say, 6000 at Martinique=4800 in France, if converted into produce. They add, that these 4800 would buy 117 Portuguese coins at forty-two livres cach, with three livres over; and that at Martinique these 117 pieces were worth 7722 livres, which, with the three above mentioned, nake 7725, and that his profit was, therefore, 1725 livres on a single voyage. This appears to the writer an erroneous statement; he has therefore made his own, without inquiring what the origin of the error may be.

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