John Pemble: Rich Britons, 24 September 2009
Show More Who Were the Rich? A Biographical Directory of British Wealth-Holders. Vol. I: 1809-39 by William Rubinstein.
Social Affairs Unit, 516 pp., £20, May 2009, 978 1 904863 39 7Show More
“... This one was his banker. Phenomenal – but not altogether exceptional. New money, fuelling upward social mobility, abounds in Rubinstein’s pages. Some was profits of war, garnered by government contractors during the 23 years of conflict with France. But most of it came from East India and West India trade, shipping, the law and medicine, the ...”