Bank of the Manhattan Company; A Progressive Commercial Bank

On May 8th, 1799, the Committee of By-Laws reported “that they had devised a common seal for the Corporation, the description of which is as follows:

“Oceanus, one of the sea Gods, sitting in a reclining posture on a rising ground pouring water from an urn which forms a river and terminates in a lake. On the exergue will be inscribed ‘Seal of the Manhattan Company.'”

There are nine banks now in existence whose history reaches back into the Eighteenth Century. Of these, two are

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