Concerning money, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) wrote:

The Romans worshipped their standard, and the Roman standard happened to be an eagle. Our standard is only one-tenth of an eagle --- a dollar --- and we make all even by loving it with tenfold devotion.

Background for non-numismatists: an "eagle" is a $10 gold piece. This Poe quotation was found (by PD) in J. Willis Westlake's Common-School Literature, English and American; with Several Hundred Extracts to be Memorized (1876), on page 82.

Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 18:28:51 (EDT) = 2000-09-12

TopicLiterature - TopicSociety

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