Mayer didn’t want to scare his wife Gutle by telling her about the huge tract of land he had recently bought on the outskirts of Frankfurt. It was a parcel of around two hundred acres of forest and marshland to the north of the city, well beyond its walls. Now that Haym was more or less confirming what he already knew regarding America, it was obvious he would need more office space. As soon as the landscaping allowed it, he would go ahead with the building of a grandiose manor that would serve as his headquarters. The marshland would be transformed into a vast botanical garden, and he already had a name for the palatial structure to be built at the north end facing south. It would be called Green Castle. Officially, it would be Peter Heinrich von Bethmann’s residence, but unofficially, it’s where Bethmann would run Mayer’s banking operations. Mayer would keep the top floor of one wing for his personal use. The manor would be a perfect place to initiate his children to the world of finance and to the world of the goys. From the terrace of Green Castle there would be a panoramic view of huge stretches of lawn, trees, ponds and many exotic plants and animals, things that were completely foreign to the Judengasse ghetto. It would be a peaceful place where Gutle could go and enjoy the fresh air and the luscious green beauty with the children. He knew Gutle would find this private green paradise hard to resist once she was introduced to it. Above all, this property was subject to the authority of Prince Wilhelm, not that of the Frankfurt Council.
As expected, on a glorious spring day in 1782, Gutle was truly enjoying a picnic with her family on the grounds facing the newly-built Green Castle. A gentle brook was trickling down into a pond where the swans were slaloming around water lilies. Mayer was sitting by her side, her boisterous children were running around chasing the strange creatures that populated the marvelous gardens, and she was happy. However, even though Mayer owned the property, it was part of the goy world, a world that threatened her family.
Mayer is forever trying to reassure his worried wife. He tells her that though their children will know a different kind of world, the family’s roots are so deep, its values so time-honoured and its commitment to honesty so true, that the children will never forget their upbringing. The boys will become powerful men and live with goys, but they will always remember who they are and where they come from.
Gutle knows Mayer is right. Judengasse may be a narrow sunless street, but it is the artery that has brought life, love, and joy of living to them all. Nobody who has lived there can ever forget the bonds that holds the community together. But now that Mayer’s bank, the Bank of North America, had been accepted as the official bank of the United States of America, Gutle has even more reason to worry.
Mayer is more concerned with what is about to take place in Hanau. Prince William is hosting a meeting in Wilhelmsbad, and the participants are coming from all over Europe. The Illuminati, or Enlightened Ones as they like to call themselves, are preparing to free Europe from the yoke of the Holy Roman Empire. The Huguenots and the Sephardim in the City are apparently planning the destruction of the Ancien Regime of France, the cornerstone of that Empire.
After the Huguenots and Sephardim created the East India Company in 1600, they had immediately started undermining their enemy’s stronghold. In early 17th century, they decided to isolate the French King from Paris, the center of French political power, by financing the construction of the Chateau de Versailles. Now, a century later, they were getting ready to topple Louis XVI, and they needed a communications network on French soil. Since 1773, many Masonic Lodges had opened throughout France, and the City bankers had even recruited the king’s cousin, Louis Philippe d’Orléans, as Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France. At the Congress of Wilhelmsbad, the Illuminati’s intention was to have the French lodges break away from the Scottish rite in order to make them available to all faiths. Members had always been required to swear on the Roman Catholic bible in order to become a freemason, and they wanted to do away with that requirement. Prince William, a Calvinist, had embraced the idea, and had allowed them to hold a meeting in Wilhelmsbad, near Hanau.
Jean-Baptiste Willermoz, a very prominent and well-respected French Freemason, organized the meeting, but violent men like Adam Weishaupt also participated. Weishaupt was heard to say that his only hope was to one day see the last priest strangled with the guts of the last king left standing. This did not augur well for France who was the main target.
With the Scottish rite gone, the Illuminati would then start undermining the French political structures and force the absentee King in Versailles to agree to a Constitutional Monarchy like the one created in England a hundred years earlier. In order to separate Church and State, they would confiscate all Church property and sell it at auction instead of giving it to the aristocrats like Henry VIII had done in England. They had already recruited a very powerful individual by the name of Mirabeau, who just happened to be a physiocrat. Mirabeau believed like many French economists of the times that the wealth of nations was derived from the value of land. Benjamin Franklin had held similar ideas when Mayer had first met him, but his thinking had since changed.
Notes backed by Church property would be a huge success at the outset, but the bankers in the City as well as Mayer in Frankfurt knew that human nature being what it is, the people’s representatives would be inclined to print ever more notes based on that success. The Bank of England would then surely take advantage of the situation by dumping a gigantic number of counterfeit notes into the French economy in order to have the currency depreciate and bring down the regime. The bankers would then facilitate the creation of a Constitutional Monarchy with Louis Philippe d’Orléans as king, and Mirabeau as Prime Minister.
Mayer had good reason to believe what he was hearing, and he came up with a plan of his own. He would ask François, the silk manufacturer, who had been a very successful printer in Lyon before coming to Frankfurt, to meet with him. A few years back, his silk mill had not been doing all that well in Frankfurt, and Mayer had asked him to run the goldsmith house in Hanau. He had since taught gold engraving while working on stereotype printing in his spare time. Printing was his first love, and since he missed France, Mayer would offer him the opportunity to return to Lyon by giving him the necessary financing to start his own printing house.
If the Bank of England could print counterfeit French notes, so could Mayer. If François returned to France and started his printing business in the immediate future, he would be ready to print the counterfeit notes in tandem with the new government when created. Having perfected a wet mat method for creating matrixes for stereotype printing and having access to the same paper as the one that would be used by the new government through Julien Ouvrard, he would be able to produce quality notes many times faster at a fraction of the cost.
Gutle was shocked to hear she was about to become a counterfeiter’s wife, and Mayer was quick to explain that his action wouldn’t hurt anybody. He wouldn’t be taking property from anyone, for the properties would already be confiscated. All Mayer would be doing is buying the confiscated properties at auction with counterfeit notes and selling them back to anxiously waiting Frenchmen for gold. The English bankers’ main objective was to destroy France in order to destroy the Holy Roman Empire. Mayer wanted to have enough gold to take control of the Bank of England in order to create more democracies and have America, France, England and the rest of Europe trade fairly and freely with each other. Mayer’s action would not hurt France, on the contrary, he would turn France into a democracy and he would do it in total anonymity.
Mayer added that he was an Ashkenazi first and a banker second, and though he was very rich, he hadn’t changed as a person. He was still Mayer, the happiest man alive, and it was not due to his business activities, but rather to his family. He admitted his ego did influence his business persona, for it was only natural to be proud. After all, he had devised a way to take over the Bank of England.
French-speaking agents, Huguenots all, recruited in England, the Netherlands and Germany would use the new Masonic Lodges in the various French communities as their base in order to communicate with Julien Ouvrard and François Johannot using the dependable and safe Thurn and Taxis mail service. Speaking French and having an unlimited supply of notes, the agents would easily outbid everybody as the properties came up on the auction block. The properties would be immediately flipped to waiting buyers for gold, and the law firm of Jean-Jacques Cambacérès would do the necessary title transfers. Ouvrard, a young financial wizard working in tandem with Cambacérès, would have the Thurn and Taxis immediately transport the gold bullion down the Seine to a waiting ship in Le Havre headed for London. With the properties being the choicest in the world and the French currency depreciating at a rapid rate, wealthy Frenchmen would want to invest in real estate directly and thus bypass the worthless yet very expensive government Assignats. Mayer expected to have accumulated several thousand tons of gold by the time it was all over. The agents, Cambacérès and Ouvrard would all be compensated beyond their wildest dreams, and the gold bullion transported by Thurn and Taxis would be sure to reach the vaults of the Goldsmid Bros. in the City, in London.
Mayer would not be involved directly, and the French authorities wouldn’t know which way to turn, especially with the English bankers flooding the market with their own counterfeit notes. Within two or three years, Mayer expected to have accumulated more gold than any other individual in the world. In a few years’ time, Nathan would replace the Goldsmid Bros. and personally take charge of things in the City.
Gutle wondered what the City was, and Mayer was more than willing to explain. He told her that, in 1694, the Jewish and Huguenot bankers, in wanting to be completely independent of the English Government, had taken over the City. The City was a financial district on the banks of the Thames and had the status of a territory. It had its own administration and was off limits to English authority. It was unassailable financial ground from which Nathan would soon launch international banking.