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Edward Misselden

(fl. c. 1605—1664) merchant and writer on economics


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Misselden first appears in records as a servant of the Merchant Adventurers in 1616, and it can be surmised from this that he was born before 1590–5. He died some time after 1654, the date of his last known letter. From 1623–33 he was deputy governor of the Merchant Adventurers station in Delft. From 1623–4 he was also employed by the East India Company in negotiations with the rival Dutch East India Company. The aggressive governor-general of the Dutch company, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, had pushed the English traders out of nearly all their trading stations in the East Indies, and Misselden was employed as a negotiator in Amsterdam, attempting to make peace with the Dutch and preserve what remained of English interests there. The arrest and execution of a number of English traders at Amboyna in 1623 ended these negotiations, and Misselden returned to Delft. He then entered a long-running dispute with the East India Company, which had failed to pay some of his expenses.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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