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American Accounts, 1831-1914

II/3/0-46, 47 volumes

Although numbered consecutively, the volumes in this series are not entirely homogeneous and present something of a problem of interpretation. One volume for 1833-1839 (II/3/1) is labelled 'Private American Accounts' and volume 6, 1852-1873, records Australian accounts only. The dates on the remaining volumes are not completely consecutive until volume 16, which, like 17 and 18, is labelled 'C'. Volumes 9 and 11 contain accounts with British companies dealing with American imports, for example the London & St. Katherine Dock Company, the renting of quicksilver flasks and tobacco sampling. Volumes 19 to 36 (1886-1904) contain accounts for one year only, and are labelled 'R', between 1890 and 1904; these volumes are 'missing' volumes from the series II/20 described below. Volumes 37 onwards are labelled 'S'.

The volumes contain information on stock accounts, commodities, agencies and some private individuals. In the early years, accounts such as 'Philadelphia City 5% Stock', 'City of Newark', 'Boston & New York Canal Co.' predominate, but are outnumbered in later years, from about 1880, by railway company stock accounts. The books also contain records of transactions with Belmont and other American contacts, dividends collected by them, payments made by and for them, amount of remittances etc. They can be related to records in the Correspondence Department. The dividends collected, which appear in Belmont's account, correspond with those recorded as having been received in the American Railway Dividend Account at II/16. The number of individuals' accounts is small and includes Washington Irving (see also II/9/0-2), Alice Woodhall and William Waldorf Astor re the estate of John Jacob Astor.

The entries are mostly made from the correspondence, but in 1908 Charles Rothschild noted that for the purposes of the Journal, the bookkeepers posted from the accounts at the end of the year such amounts as do not appear in the Cash Book, Bills Payable, and Bills Receivable. He also reported that there were two series of American Current Accounts, marked 'R' and 'S'. 'R' is in fact 'American Stock Accounts', II/20.

47 records available

American Accounts, 1915-1945

II/3/47-148 (000/2107), 80 volumes

A continuation of Ledgers in the American Department, American Accounts series.

102 records available

American Government Accounts Current, 1835-1843

II/9/0-2, 3 volumes

These volumes contain details of transactions between NMR and the United States Treasury for most of the period during whica NMR were bankers to the United States Government in Europe. Recorded are details of payments to American consuls and agents, such as Thomas Aspinwall and Washington Irving, and to agents such as Nathaniel Niles in Vienna. There is an index in each volume. The entries relate to correspondence at XI/38/1 and /2 (page C:10) and to drafts at II/46/0 (page C:10).

3 records available

American and 'Other' Accounts, 1874-1894

II/13/0-14, 15 volumes

There is something of a false start to this series, as it continues accounts that appear in II/3/14. The largest single account is for American coupons, noting payments of named dividends to various Rothschilds, the Ironmongers Company and private clients such as Adelina Patti and Count Montgelas. Other accounts include 'Bank of California Wheat Shipments', 'Bank of Bolivia' (detailing drafts) and the 'Earl and Countess of Gosford credit account'. There are several other accounts in the names of individuals, mainly concerning the buying of stock and the handling of dividends, but there are small accounts such as that for Mme Pauline Fowle recording charges for forwarding biscuits (II/13/1, 1875). Accounts for London dock companies feature, as do a few relating to Australian business, such as the winding up of the estate of J. Montefiore.

The Old Catalogue notes that "from January 1903, the books became known as Coupons Bought Account Books and were received in the archive from, and stored alongside, Dividend Office Loans Department Books". None has survived.