South Sea Company


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Family and Intimate relationships Mary Lamb
From the age of fourteen Charles Lamb worked as a clerk, first in a merchant's counting-house, then for the South Sea Company and finally, for thirty-three years from April 1792 when he was seventeen, for...
Family and Intimate relationships Catharine Macaulay
Catharine's grandfather Jacob Sawbridge was a director of the notorious South Sea Company . Though he probably saved the greater part of his assets when the crash came, his good name was damaged.
Hill, Bridget. The Republican Virago: The Life and Times of Catharine Macaulay, Historian. Clarendon Press.
Textual Features Elinor James
EJ 's tracts or broadsides (which word simply means a single-sheet publication) are not literature as usually defined. In some ways they are more like ephemera: notices, advertisements, or proclamations. Rather than titles they have...
Textual Production Susanna Centlivre
Her full title is A Woman's Case: in an Epistle to Charles Joye , Esq; Deputy-Governor of the South-Sea.
Foxon, David F. English Verse 1701-1750. Cambridge University Press.
Textual Production Elinor James
EJ published Gentlemen of the South Sea Company, a broadside in favour of trade with France.
The South Sea Company had begun trading four years previously.
British Library Catalogue.
Wealth and Poverty Mary, Countess Cowper
MCC was caught up in the frenzy of the South Sea Bubble (trading in stocks was one of the few areas of life that made no distinction between women and men). While her husband publicly...
Wealth and Poverty Mary Lamb
Their father lost his primary job just as he was becoming too infirm (and disabled in one hand) to work as a butler in the Inner Temple. Their grandmother Mary Field died four days after...


1 August 1711: The South Sea Company, formed on 2 May, officially...

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1 August 1711

The South Sea Company , formed on 2 May, officially began trading.

August 1720: South Sea shares reached £1,000, having stood...

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August 1720

South Sea shares reached £1,000, having stood at £100 in January.


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