Content: Collection formerly known as South Sea Company Miscellaneous Papers.
Content: The South Sea Company was formed circa 1711 by the Britishgovernment with a monopoly on trade in South America in exchange for liquidating the British national debt by selling shares in its trading enterprises and funding payment of the debt from a part of the company's capital stock. In 1721 the inflated value of the company's shares collapsed which brought on the fall of the British government and widespread financial and political ruin. The Mississippi Scheme was a rival project in France devised by the Scottish economist John Law.
Ownership: 1897 Maitland, Alexander Gift
Ownership: MSS 86M15
Content: Collection consists of correspondence and papers concerning the South Sea Company and the Mississippi Scheme.