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The Harburgh Company and its Lottery 1716–23

A fter the accession of George I to the British throne in 1714, English merchants began to explore the possibility of encouraging trade through H arburg and developing its port facilities. During the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries there had been a succession of river improve­ m ent schemes in England linked to the development of trade and industry in which merchants had played a significant part.5 Some of those involved in such enterprises were later to be found among the promoters of the Harburgh Company.