The Architect and Monetarian: A Brief Memoir of Thomas Alexander Tefft, Including His Labors in Europe to Establish a Universal Currency

S. S. Rider and brother, 1869 - 64 ˹
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˹ 25 - The practical inference from this law is, that a telegraphic communication on the electro-magnetic plan may with certainty be established across the Atlantic Ocean ! Startling as this may now seem, I am confident the time will come when this project will be realized.
˹ 5 - Plant ye a tree, which may wave over me, When I am gone, when I am gone, Sing ye a song, if my grave you should see, When I am gone...
˹ 41 - A single standard, exclusively of gold ; 2. Coins of equal weight and diameter ; 3. Of equal quality, (or litre,} nine-tenths fine; 4. The weight of the present five-franc gold piece, 1612.90 milligrams, to be the unit, with its multiples. (The weight of the present gold dollar of the United States is 1671.50 milligrams. The value of the excess over the fivefranc gold piece...
˹ 35 - ... ordinary coins makes unnecessary figures, and a unit so large that the cent is above the common coin, incurs the use of the mill or a third decimal, and thus becomes a heavy, unwieldly system. The unit of the franc is so small that the " centime " is rarely met with, and yet all French money accounts are uselessly swelled out from this reason. " I propose, then, the gold dollar, the same as the present five-franc piece in form, connected with the metrical system, and of the following standard,...
˹ 5 - Smile if the slow-tolling bell you should hear, When I am gone, I am gone. Weep not for me when you stand round my grave ; Think Who has died his beloved to save, Think of the crown all the ransomed shall have, When I am gone, I am gone.
˹ 16 - Narrative of the Origin and Formation of the International Association for obtaining a Uniform Decimal System of Measures, Weights, and Coins.
˹ 34 - America, because it is much more feasible to obtain the desired legislation at first from a limited number of States than from all ; and any plan of currency adopted by the three nations foremost in arts, in manufactures and in commerce, would, without doubt, become the currency of the world. The reasons for selecting...
˹ 6 - He thought he saw in him the germs of unusual powers, and was impressed with his energy, intelligence and power, his love of the beautiful in nature and art, and his taste and skill in drawing. He said to him, in substance, " You must not bury yourself here in obscurity. Go to Providence, and study architecture. Make that your profession, and let our State have the benefit of your acquirements in a department whose esthetic claims have too long been neglected.
˹ 36 - ... in all the ordinary commercial transactions. The value of the franc, the dollar and the pound would remain the same in their respective countries in ordinary trading intercourse. The old gold and silver coin of America, or the silver of France, would only obtain premium rates when taken for exportation or in large specie trades, and then this premium would always be highest at the mint, and therefore the old money would, without expense to government, soon be replaced by the new.
˹ 36 - England obtain a decimal currency founded on the decimal system of weight, employing, at the same time, their most familiar types of coins, a condition essential to any change of currency. " It is this practical view of the subject which has led me to propose the smallest possible change from the present weight of coinage, in order to obtain harmony in the currencies. But let it be distinctly understood that the proposed depreciation of weight would be so slight that it would not be kuown in all...