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Country House Essays is a reader’s site, one to be enjoyed fireside on those long winter weekends in the country or in fairer weather in a sunlit summer sitting room.

So put the kettle on or decant something a bit stronger and enjoy.

It is not by augmenting the capital of the country, but by rendering a greater part of that capital active and productive than would otherwise be so, that the most judicious operations of banking can increase the industry of the country.

— Adam Smith