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The New RiverA Legal History$
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Bernard Rudden

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254973.001.0001

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The Company (I) Governance and Finance

The Company (I) Governance and Finance

(p.91) Chapter 6 The Company (I) Governance and Finance
The New River


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Throughout the nineteenth century, the 1769 fire was given by the company as the reason for the loss of all its records as, before that Christmas Eve, it had blamed the Great Fire of London. Yet there was preserved among the Guildhall Manuscripts an Inventory dated 26 June 1686 of the documents. All of them have been traced. However, although the foundation documents survived, it was the case that Minute Books, annual accounts, and detailed evidence of the day-to-day life of the company were missing for the first century and a half of its life. This chapter discusses the governance and finance of the company. The governance of the New River was more like that of a partnership than of a large company. Furthermore, there is also a discussion on the company's noted share transfers, received accounts, and capital expenditure and dividends.

Keywords:   Great Fire of London, Guildhall Manuscripts, inventory, governance, finance

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