Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Proprietor and editor of the Philadelphia Gazette. He was appointed clerk in the Treasury Department. He was appointed by Secretary of the Treasury James Guthrie to examine the books of all the assistant treasurers. He died in Trenton, New Jersey.
In 1833 he published A Short History of Money and Banking in the United States, Including an Account of the Provincial and Continental Paper Money, to Which Is Prefixed an Inquiry into the Principals of the Systems with Consideration of its Effects on Morals and Happiness. A second edition was published in 1835. In 1837 he wrote An Inquiry into the Expeciency of Dispensing with Bank Agency and Bank Paper in Fiscal Concerns of the United States. In 1852 he wrote Fiscal History of Texas, Embracing on Account of the Revenues, Debts, and Currency from 1834 to 1851-52, with Remarks on American Debts. It was reprinted in 1969.
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A short history of paper-money and banking in the United States, including an account of provincial and continental paper-money. To which is prefixed, An inquiry into the principles of the system
Overview of paper money for the period covered. See also Kolbe & Fanning's sale #142 (June 2016), lot 297.