Davenant, C (1656-1714.11.6)
Posts Held Commissioner of Excise, 1678-89; Polit. Pamphleteer; Inspector General Exports and Imports, 1702-14; Member of Parliament, 1698-1707.
Publications Books: 1. A Memorial Concerning the Coyn of England (1695), and A Memorial Concerning Creditt (1696), in Two Manuscripts by Charles Davenant , ed. A. P. Usher (1942); 2. The Political and Commercial Works of That Celebrated Writer Charles D'Avenant , 5 vols, ed. C. Whitworth (1771).
Career A political and economic writer of considerable literary skill and with a firm grasp of Petty's political arithmetic. The exigencies of financial survival as a pamphleteer give some of his work an apparent inconsistency which lays him open to the charge of writing solely for immediate advantage. His main original contributions were in the theories of money, international trade and finance, and public finance. These were not, however, isolated insights, for they sprang from an unusually coherent view of the relations between the elements of economic life.
Secondary Literature D. A. G. Waddell, `Davenant, Charles', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 4.
An Essay on the East-India Trade (1697) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
An Essay on the East-India Trade (1697) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
An Essay on the East-India Trade (1697) (unimelb.edu.au)
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