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Written by Golda
(5/4/2005 12:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, ch. 14 - the draught scheme, penned by LaurieC
I am unable to answer the rest of your questions about drawing funds from others. It appears to be an alternative to using banks. As banks were less regulated then (remember one of Austen's brothers had a bank that went under), and probably not located in every town, I can imagine the wealthier people in a locality assisting with these types of transactions.
Having said all that, how stupid is the Vicar? And, knowing that Moses was ripped off by this same guy, why doesn't he just head back to the same fair to catch these con men? I console myself that maybe I will read more about this in a future chapter.
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