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SHAKESPEARE'S CHARACTER OF SHYLOCK,
IN AN EXAMINATION OF THE LAWS AND CUSTOMS OF MOSES, AND
ENUMERATIONS OF POPULATION, AND THE
RATE OF INTEREST OF MONEY.
BY GEORGE FARREN,
Resident Director of the Asylum Life Office.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE LAWS OF MORTALITY AND DISEASE AND ON
To those who are acquainted with the pursuits of the Author of the following Essay, it cannot be unknown that the two essential elements of a system of Life Assurance are-The probable duration, or more correctly speaking, the expectation of human existence: and-a defined rate of the breed of money commonly called interest.
For the former-recourse must be had to various enumerations of population, with the relative lists of burial; and for the latter-to the fluctuations in the value of money, influenced by fiscal regulations affecting the precious metals, and by the laws relating to interest.
Now the earliest enumerations and classifications of population are those recorded in Exodus, xxx. 12, 13, 14; Leviticus, xxvi, 3; Numbers, i.-iv. and xxvi. and II Samuel, xxiv. Some of these