Counting house

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Counting room of the Bank of North Dakota (1920)

A counting house, or counting room, was traditionally an office in which the financial books of a business were kept.[1] It was also the place that the business received appointments and correspondence relating to demands for payment.[2]

As the use of counting houses spread in the 19th century, so did their reputation as being often uncomfortable and dreary places to work.[3]

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  1. ^ Nelson, Richard (1902). Commercial and Counting-House Arithmetic. p. 205.
  2. ^ Cross v. Smith, 1 M. & Selw., 545 (KB 13 May 1813) ("The counting-house is the place where all appointments respecting the joint business, and all notices should be addressed, and it is the duty of the merchant to take care that a proper person be in attendance.").
  3. ^ Anderson, Gregory (1976). Victorian Clerks.