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HEAD OFFICE,

POSTAL ADDRESS,

G.P. O. BOX No 215.
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TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS.

LONDON, E.C.3.

"HHANCHAGE,STOGS,

LONDON

6th July, 1921.

Benjamin Strong, Esq.,

Federal Reserve Sank of New York,
New York.

I have your letter of the 21st June and hasten to

say how pleased Dear Mr. Strong,
we shall be to see Mr.

to London.

You may depend upon us giving him the warmest welcome.
I hope you are well and that we shall see you here,

too,some time before very long.




Yours faithfully,

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6th Llarch,1910.

Benjamin Strong,Jnr.,Esq.,
Ritz flotel,

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Dear sir,
,e have your letter of ye..:ter6ay's date enclosin

3rown Brothers j: Company's letter of Introduction,

to have had the pleasure of seein

7essrs.

rd hay hoped

you before, especially as we

now learn that your stay in Lond on is likely to prove rather
short.

heedless to say we shall be very glEid indeed to see

you any time you can make it convenient to cill, except to-

morrow afternoon, and if your enagements will permit of your
rliking an appointment it would insure that some of our psrtners

woulC be in to see you.
In the meantiLle please adviL.e us if there is any way in

which v:e can be of use to you during your stay in London.




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th April [1928 ?]

1 Dear Mr. Strong
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York and still more distressed
I was so sorry not to see you while in New
sincere sympathy and best wishes for a
to hear of the reason. Please accept my
interesting time at
Mr. Smith + I spent a most delightful and
quick recovery.
of Mr. Case and I cant tell you
the Bank thanks to the kindness and hospitality
how much we appreciated it.
to you and am only so
I enclose a letter which Monty Norman gave me
personally but hope I may have a chance
sorry that I could not hand it to you
of meeting you another time.
With kindest regards
[signed] R.S? Hambro

P.S. Please do not answer this letter.




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January 9, 19140

Dear Sirs

are Pomeroy is busy cleaning up his desk prepattatory to a trip to Africa, and
I have undertaken to answer your letter of the 7th in his behalf.
_

The enclosed copy of a letter we reoantly sent to one of our friends explains
somewhat our position but I want to elaborate on it to you so farces I am abireable.
Our examination of the State and Federal Law since writing the enclosed letter
convinces us that we are without parer under the New York statutes, as they now stand,
The principal obstaole as to trust
to beoome a member of the Federal Reserve System.
companies lies in the difference in reserve requirements, and the same is true of state
banks in New York State, with the added obstacle that state bares are not permitted,
under our Lau, to aan stock except it is aequired in enforcing collateral. While we
have no formal opinion from our counsel, we believe it is their visa that New York
State institutions would require a special enabling act generally, in order to voluntarily
subjoot the institutions to the regulation, control, ┬░zee:dilation, etc. provided in the
Last year a oommission was appointed in this state to effect a
Federal Reserve aw.
thorough revision of our banking law. .ghat coamission is now at work and expects to report at an early date. I have been informed that they oontepplate an amendment to the
law whioheill make it possible for state institutions to become member banks. In the
meantime, I feel as to our own oompway we would likely be guided to some extent by a
little better knowledge of the plans of those who will be ie charge of this great enterprise, and possibly even further, we would like to Yellow who will be the Federal Board
of Management before we ooze to any decision.
Our company might in two ways receive direct and tangible benefit from the
plan. For some years past we have been developing a large foreign business in connection
with which the facilities of the new system might be of some advantage to us, although
probably not very great. VIS have also adonted the policy of purchasing a certain amount
of Brine commercial paper) which would beiof a quality and character available for rediscount in case se joi_7ystem. On the other hand, we rarely have occasion to use
currency in large amomifs, and the privilege of redisoounting would only be availed of
by an institution like ours under one of two condi tions, that Is to say, in time of stress
when we needed the aeoommodation or at such times as it would be profitable for us to
rediscount notes at a lower rate than we bought theme
success. an the
One general attitude is to wish the plan every
whole we regard it as ooeletructive legislation, but defective in detail, and in some
respects unsound, bat nevertheless it is a start in legislation which is badly needed
this country, and experience will doubtless facilitate improvement in the law as its
defects develop.

in

I have written you a little more fully than we have felt willing to write to
any of our oorrevondents, believing t at I might do so in oonlidenee, as we are determined
that at to time may it be stated that we have discouraged participation tj state institua
These institutions which are able to join the system and derive
Lions in this plan.
benefit from it we believe should very seriously consider doina so. Our situation in
New York is peculiar and differs from that of any other section of the country, and must
be considered largely in the light of circumstances which would control our action, but
which would not apply to others.



Very truly yours,

April 12, 1915.

Liy dear Sir Edward:

Mile I realize the heavy; )clurdens you must be carrying those days,

I hope that you may be able to spare tine no
in regard to how matters are going.

and then to send me a few lines

It would be a great disappointment to me,

if nu resignation from the Bankers Trust Co-pany to take my present position,
cost me any of my old bankiw7 friends on your side of the water.

I will be

delighted to reciprocate, although this may not appear to be a fair exchange,
as possibly, I am not now quite as busy as you are.

It was suggested to my mind to write you for a little special information by r adinr a second tine your address to the shareholders of your bank.
I am anxious juctt now to get the most reliable figures available as to the

amount of note issues which have b on made in Germany by their war credit institutions and the amount and character of reserves, if any, held behind them.
I an also !anxious to get reliable information as to the amount of increased
indebtedness incurred
conducting the war.

the various belligerent nations for the purpose of

All of thin can be compiled from various publications,

and is boing assemhled,from time to time, by our men, but I would like to have
information of similar character from you as a chock upon the accuracy of the
sources of our information.

You have doubtless observed tho continued ease of our money position
in this country, and the extent to which it is reflected in securitli prices.




To Gir 3dward Holden

April 12, 1915.

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some very interesting observations could be made on these subjects just now,
chief among which, would probably be that the Yinerian temper-ment, enthusiasm
and enterpris

justifies considering everything possible when money is easy.

Business conditions here are undoubtedly improving, but I shauk7say. not as
rapidly as enthusiastic newspaper men are disposed to report.

have shown an increase for some little time past.

Bank clearings

This is a very deceptive

index, under -present conditions, whore the stock markets have been opened to

freer trad6ng,and greater activity in security trading accounts,for the large
part, if not all, of the increase.

The over-shadowing development in our financial position is, of
course, tie vast increase in cur credit power

reason of rcserves,released

through the operation of the 2ederal Reserve Act and the newly created lendFederal reserve banks.

ing power in th

The re-assuring results from this

development are:
First:

The apparent disinclination of notional banks throughout the country to at once absorb these released reserves by the creation of new credits, and

Second:

The conservative management of the reserve banks and
their willingness to hold their own credit powers in
reserve.

warn recards, believe re,
Faithfully yours,

Sir Ldward Haden,
The London City & Lidland Bank, Ltd.,
London, England.

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THE LONDON CITY

AND MIDLAND BANK LIMITED.

5, Threadneedle Street,
LONDON, E. C.

24th July, 1215.

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL.
My dear Mr. Strong:

I am very sorry that owing to the strenuous
times we have been passing through and in the rush
of business, your last letter to me in which you asked
me for an expression of my views, has somehow got
mislaid.
I hope, therefore, you will pardon me for
not replying to it.
I want to ask you now for your
opinion on the following:Do you think it would
be possible to get the Bankers of the Unitejtates
so interested as to assist by putting out onedimillion
sterling of 5 or 10 year bonds or nctes in your Country,
all other things, such as interest, exchange, etc.
being right?
If you could give me your confidential
cpinion on this point, I should be very much obliged,
and will you kindly keep this letter private.
With warmest personal regards,
Believe me,

Very sincerely yours,

Benjamin Strong, Jr., Esq.,
Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
NEW YORK CITY.









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EXHIBIT No. 2202
[Copy]

[Private & Confidential]

Ave. 13, 1915.

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My DEAR SIR EDWARD: Your favor of the 24th ultimo has just reached me
and I can thoroughly understand that you have found it difficult to keep up with
your correspondence.

Rather than give you an evasive or indefinite answer to the inquiry contained
in your letter, I think I should say that this same inquiry has been addressed to
me a number of times recently by friends on the other side and I have frankly
stated that I would not like to express an opinion on this subject at the present
time.

There seems to be a very strong feeling here that the Federal Reserve banks
are in some way a department of the Government and, while that is not so in a
legal sense at all, I have felt it necessary to avoid any expressions that might
give rise to embarrassment or criticism, and hope that you will thoroughly
understand my telling you this frankly rather than evading an answer to your
inquiry.
There is one thing in connection with the attitude of your banks in regard to
our exchanges which I find great difficulty in understanding. We are exporting
from this country vast amounts of goods, foodstuffs, etc., which must be paid for.
If English banks would open credits with their American correspondents in this
country for the benefit of those who are importing these goods from America so
that our own export trade were financed on dollar acceptances in New York, it
would create a large volume of bills in our market and to that extent relieve the
exchanges. You will say at once that these bills must be met at maturity and
the same difficulty with the exchanges will arise on that account at a later date.
That is true, of course, of any specific transaction (except the sale here of longtime bonds or a large amount of our securities now held abroad) but I think the
fact is overlooked that, if a volume of say one hundred million sterling of bills were

permanently transferred to this market in dollars, it would be the equivalent of
a permanent loan and have exactly the same effect as would be brought about by
a sale of bonds or notes. It would be the easiest credit to establish not only on

account of the ease of money here at the present time but on account of the

eagerness with which business of that character is now being cultivated by American firms and institutions.
Again you may object that this means transferring a considerable portion of
the pabulum of the London market and the profits of the London banks to New
York banks and I think the answer to your objection is that the transfer may and

probably will occur anyway and it is much better to do it now in an orderly
fashion than after the exchange situation gets beyond control.

Possibly a little later I may feel more at liberty to write you on the subject

of a sale of bonds but just now there seems to be so much discussion and agitation
here in regard to our neutrality, etc. that I hesitate to give free expression to my
views.
usting that you keep well notwithstanding the strain
to remain
BENJAMIN STRONG, Jr.

dland Bank,
London, E. C.

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SIR EDWARD HOLDEN, Baronet,
TO

Mr. BENJAMIN STRONG, Junior,
(Governor of dre Federal Ram Beek el New Yee ir.

March 14ri, 1916.
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Holden,
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Thanks for cable.

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TEE LONDON CITY AND MIDLAND BANK, LIMITED

5, Threadneedle Street,
London, E. C.

My dear Mr. Jay:

I have received your letter of June 29th.

I was greatly

shocked to hear that Mr. Strong, for wham I have great admiration
and the warmest regard, was so ill as to necessitate his absence
from the Bank for several months.

I an afraid his boundless enthu-

siasm for his work has led him to lay too heavy a toll upon his
strength and, like many more of us in these awful times, he has not
allowed himself sufficient rest and recreation.

I sincerely hope

his progress towards complete recovery, though

it cannot be rapid,

will be steady -Ind satisfactory, and if not troubling you too much,

I should esteem it a great fnvor if one of your officials could advise me in a little time or Mr. Strong's condition.

Should you be

communicatiiv. with Mr. Strong, I beg you to kindly send him my sincere
regards.

Believe me,

Yours very truly,

(Signed)

Pierre Jay, Esq.,
Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of N. Y.,
New York.




E. H. Holden.

1Lstes Park, Colo., July 19, 1916.

Sir Edward H. Holden, Bart.,
London City & Eidland Bank, Ltd.,
5 Threadneedle St., E. C.,
London, England.
dear Sir Edward:

office has just forwarded to me a copy of your
kind cable of July 8th and I hasten to tel you how grateful
your good wishes.
I am for your expression of sympathy and f
It lookdias though I had a rather bad knoo lout for a while
back at the ofbut the Doctors are confident that
fice after a rest and I am now plaAnIng-to_, S end the winter
s are just what
in Colorado, where the climate )1ndlurround
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i8 needed.

or: shortly after reshe fact is I was taen i
, you have not heard from
turning home and that expld
me long before this. Please Jc-ept this vel belated acsaes extended to me while
knowledgment of your-Trial:7 cou
ost grateful.
It is a
a.
I was in London, 'b,-laa
rdered out here into exile
tremenduous disappointment\
just when I felt " hat impo t nt matters were to be dealt
I shall have a little of'ork.
with between Lone and Ile
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an e closely in touch with my
fice out here,
at keen as I am to make progress
essociatesi-iho art4
in developing the inlerhatiOnal features of the new Federal
reserve! System.

If the spitit should move you to write me sometime,
a lette`,415;t_thisaddress will always reach 40 and will afford
me a grew -deaf of pleasure.




With every kind wish,

I am,

sincerely yours,

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Denver, Colorado,
April 9, 1917.
Sir Edward Holden,
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now assured.
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Deaver, Colorado,
April 1.9,

l:717.

r 'Award:

was most jratifyin,; to me to resolve. your cable and 1 know

ust realize -dhat a great satisfaction it has beu to me to see

and
ry finally taking -part in this groat straaale to protect

o English made inctitutions,

All tho.aaht of half hearted par-

n in the war has disapneared over here and our people era com-

h gre._Itor onthveics-11 oven than I had hoped to en tribute every

financial, econo:Lia and military - in aid of a successful and

onclusion of the war.

have felt during tho first twe'yors of tho war that you and

kin,; friends of mine in island were foolin.; very keenly what

to be an agressivo cam-oaign ou.the part of.Pmerican bankers to

the Enalish bankin

system.

Lay I not remind you and others

don friends of What I said at tho dinner Which the London Clearing

orlittoo were 600d enouji to aivo r:4-i When I was in London:

It

be that one inevitable consoquonce of the war will be a. lo:s by

treet of some part of its financial suprelAacy, not indeed because

rs are sookina to ta'Ke tho busIne.;s away, but because the financial

the war, t!lo interruption of co:amerco,

he ti

boina, inovitable.

co=unication, etc., rakes

Surely it is better that assistareo

country in all linos should be freely =tended, rather thaq that

uauization. of'coorcial ban1,:cin,; credits nould result as a. con-

of the conditions.




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To - Sir id7ard ?;olden.
April 19, 1917.

Our Government is now
coiuitted to v. policy of
financial assistance
to the cause of the
allies Which, in my
opinion, will render all
uncasiness
or concern upon that
score quite unfounded.
Let us,
thlirefore, bond our
energies to the groat
tao'k of keepini; thins
goins, reLprdinis
the facilities
of New York and London
as a cos
funa, with only one
object in mind End
that it success.
o :'

You will bo

interested to knoJ that
ny oldest boy,
1:0D, who is a
Sophomore at
Princeton, has been mustered
into the regular
army and he, with
about a score of his
comrados, is just
now.ens-,ged in guarclin
about 300
German sailors taken From
interned merchant
vessles. 1 have
no doubt he will
be one of the first
to cross the ocean
wit any expeditionary
force. I would
go myself if health
permitted, but I: ,could
liko to have you
and ng other
friends in London
apnrociste thct this is the
only contribution
rake in our common
that I can
cause and it is a very
great ono.
It gives no great
satisfaction to,writo
you this letter and to
ea:prone the hone that
from now on the new
partnership
hetwoen 1;n;land and
the United States kill
promote the development
of our
common institutions
and closer boilds of
friendship and kinship.
With viriAost re arks,

y.

EJ:1,

truly yol;s,

Sir chard H. Holden,
Dart.,
London City
n ilidland

5 Threadneedle St.,
London, Enland.

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AND MIDLAND HANK LIMITED.

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all of us who have sons at the War have to face.
You do net tell me how your health is at
I hope it is mainly re-established,
because 1 take it that your entry into the War 7111
create many difficult problems, the solution of which
will involve all ray banking friends on your side in
long and anxious deliberations.

the present tiftle.

With warmest regards and best wishes for your
personal welfare,
BF:lieve me,

Very sincerely yours,

Benjamin Strong, Esq.,

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://THE LONDON CITY

AND MIDLAND BANK LIMITED.

5,

Threadneedle Street)
London,

E. C.

2.
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Eay, 1917.
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Personal.

Ey dear 11r. Strom;

I have received your letter of the 10th fay
enclosinz copy of an introduction to me which you have
given to your eldest son vTho is going to France on

Ambulance service.

If he has an opportunity of presenting

this letter, I need not say that I shall be delighted to

see him and to do everything I possibly can to
stay here pleasant ard agree.7.tble.

With warmest rer'ards

Yours very sincerely,

C7

74,

Benjamin Strong)




.Federal Reserve BarJ: of 1. ew York,
NEJ YORK :3ITY.

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June 10ih, 1917.

ry dear Sir Edward:
:'any thanks for your kind letters of :ay 23rd -nd
!;-,y 29th, the latter reaching no to-dtty.

I vould have re-

plied to yours of the 23rd some dpysago were it not for the
pressure of vork during the placing of the Liberty Loan.
ilv:t you say about my boy is very deeply appreciated.

He is now in Frqnce, probably in Paris getting his fi-

nal instructions before proceeding to the front.

He certain-

ly would have called at the bank 11:1d it not been that the

steaner he was on landed at Bordeaux.

Possibly, he will pre-

sent the letter of introduction later when his work is finished.

I am hoping in a few days to

:rite you an account of

the cork of selling ,'2,000,000,n0 of bonds.

It

as interest-

ing and inspiring but greatest of all :In overwhel2ing success.

Vith many thans for your kind letter and your interest in the boy, I an,
Faithfully yours,

Sir Edward H. Holden,
5, Threadneedle Street,
bon:len, E. C., 2,
England.

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Eir Edvard Holden.

6/29/17.

of the small allot:ients that
to give up bonds even out
country
if there proved to be
I would not be surprised
they received.



subscribers to the Loan.

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THE LONDON CITY

AND MIDLAND BANK LIMITED.

F, Threadneedle Street,
London,

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30th July, 1917.
Ky dear Kr. Stron,::

Your latter of the 29th June came to hand,
and while I am very sorry your son could not call
upon me on his way to France, I look forward to the
pleasure of having hi/til visit me when he returns.

I quite a ee that your boys in going to
France will serve t bring home to your people a
To us
deeper renlisation of what the War means.
in this Country, t e sight of wounded men in the
streets and elsewls.re has unfortunately long been
familiar, and the/sound of the guns in Flanders - nt
times distinctly,audible here - torrether with the
occasional dropp ng of bombs on the City and the
firing of anti-rircraft guns, brings the whole terrible
business very ear indeed.

I congratulate you all on the wonderful
It speaks volumes for
success of y r first Loan.
the efficie cy of your arrangements and organisation.
ith kindest regards,
Very sincerely yours,

71
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B. Strong, Esq.,
Federal Reserve Bank of Yew York,




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AND M I D LANC3,131111,NK LIMITED.

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Threadneedle Street,
London, 7.1. 6)..
L'41th. February 1P1P.

M

y dear

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Your letter of the 31st. Decent

and

the rublication referred to therWa, have come
safely to hand, and I am greatly obliged to you for
I sh'll read the book with
thinking of re.
particular interest as the subject is one in which,
as you knc,i, T take el very special interest.
I hope sincerely that your health kweps sati-,-fictory
and I should very much like to hear that you intend
'Ve have
shortly to make a visit to this side.
already had the pleasure aril r-ivilece of receiving
many of your distinguished countrymen here, an'
should keenly enjoy a long tall, with you on the
financial cuilook and other topics.
With

warn personal

regards,
Believe me,
Very sincerely yours,
1210.01;',..CuAr=,
w.v....0.044,,dtear.4444

Benjamin Strong 77.:sr,_.,
Governor
Federal Reserve Bank
N87 Ycrk.




I send you here.,with a copy of an address
recently 1elivered b.,y me at our Annual
lleetinr of Sharehol'.'.ers.

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Lake George, 1%. Y.,

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

Tabruary '7, 1919.

ry dear Sir Edward:

I am very glad to have your kind note of the fifth inst

ing of your great bank, ahich

I would like to havo it, but

hree months' rest up here in

rk and help in placing the

fully launched, there is a

red trip to London.

Had it

year, but my health and the

d to make it imooseible,

am,

rs,




LONDON JOINT CITY
AND MIDLAND BANK LIMITED.

LonJon,'7.C.
17th.

1^1.-

MAY 12
l'ersonal.

Ly dear Li-. Strong,
th. Fel,ruary,
I received your letter of tie
which you
dtted from Lake George, and the repo
give me of your health concerns me very much. I ir
Afraid you Are now suffering the results of a long
period of over vork ind Although -e are always reldy
to -Tarn one another against corriting this flul-,1
yet we have all sinned deeply in this respect (lurinrr
How could we help it
the past four awful years.
Let me Tirrre
-7hile the great struggle 1/ As going on
you as strongly 19 T can to now slacken off and t2.1:1
You have been shouldering 1 big ,burden
more rest.
during the War, And now is the time to unlrd a portion

If I ray sly so, your
of it on to A less tired man.
services to tie F.R.B. are far too valu0,1e for you to
nothing corld -ive me
he handicapped by bad health.
so much pleasure as the prospect of seeing you in
'411d
I do hope you will come over this year,
London.
will you Advise me in good time.
":ith warm personal re-trds, And sincerely
wishing you a speedy return to good health,



B-qieve me,

Very truly Yours,

LIBRARY
MAY

13 1919
BANK

FTTER:11U:,SEFNE

May 12, 1919.

P 21331,AI:

My dear Sir Sdward:
It was most kind of you to write mesu.7,h a friendly and

sympathetic letter as that i;ust received under date of ATTU 17th, and
I hasten to lot you know how greatly i appreciate it.

2heso last two 'ears hvo been hard ones, as you say, but it
seems az thou6h the worst of it was now behind us, and after this I am
hoping to take it easier.

We have plenty to do, but I am glad to say

that our organization is ib ekcellsnt shape.
if it is possible for we to ger, to Europe this summer I shall

hope then to have a nine visit with you.
With kindest 1-egards, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Sir alwarci h. holden,
London Joint Jity and ..:inland Bank, Ltd.,
5 Threadneedle Street, London,
J. 2,
Sagl and.

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pear'Ar Eduard:
I had exneotod to aril for Livorpool an the Baltic the 1st of

July, but the schedule of the 'Mite Star Lino has become lomeat
deranged on account of labor trouble at that port, so that my departure
hoe boon postponod to the 12th Instant.
V;ith kindest regards and looking forward rith pleanure to see
Lug you [J.13E:An soon, I am,
Sinoerely yours,

.rt.,
Sir Edward H. Holden,
London Joint City -nd 77idlfnd Bank, Ltd.,
5 Threadneodle streot, London, England.







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LONDON JOINT CITY
AND MIDLAND BANK LIMITED.

5, ThreadneeIle Street,
Lorion, E.C.2.

6th

19%1.

Learn'. Governor,
I

,.,ve received your leiAfr or

21st

Tune enclostns a note of introductionie 7r. Pierre Jay.
/'

It will stye me very great pleasur/to see 7Lb. Jay if he
is so mod as to call upon me ancy/I shall he only too
har,:r,y to do anything in my po)ier to sive

!VIII; a ooAlial

welcome to London.
rith kindest regards and best sis:aes,

/Yours

'Benjamin Strong Esq.
Governor,
The Federal Reserv.? Bank of Yew York,
'77 YORK, U.S.A.










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June 21, 1921.

Dear Sir Richard:

This letter will be presented to you by my friend
and associate, Mr. Robert H. Treman, concerning whose visit
to London I am -ariting by separate letter.

I feel very sure that you will find pleasure in
hiking a chat with Mr. Treman, and he is looking for.iard to
the pleasure of meeting you (luring his stay in Eng1L.nd.

I have not hesitated to assure him that he gill receive a cordial welcome from my friends in London.
Assuring you in anticipation of sty appredt,tion of
any courtesy. you may show Mr. Treman,

I beg to remain,

Faithfully ymurs,

Sir. R. V. Vassar-Smith,
Lloyds Sank Limited,
71 Lombard Street,
London, England.




June 21, 1921.

Dear Sir Richard:

I beg to enclose copy of a note of introduction which

I

an giving to my friend and associate, Mr. Robert H. Treman, who is
sailing for Europe on the Celtic on Saturday of this .veek.

As you are coubtless aware, Ir. Treman is one of the members
of the Board of Directors of this Bank, and was, until recently, one
of its officers.

Mile his trip to Europe is primarily for pleasure, he aill,
I hope, take the opportunity, if time affords, to call upon you.

You sill, I am sure, appreciate the opportunity of having a
chat sith Mr. Treman, and I will greatly appreciate anything you are
able to do to make his visit an agreeable and profitable one.
Iith kindest regards and best iishes, I beg to remain,
Faithfully yours,

Sir R. V. Vassar-Smith,
Lloyde Bank Limited,
71 Lombard Street,
London, England.





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