INTRODUCTION BY G. EDWARD GRIFFIN:
Ten Days at Jekyll Island, a novel by Patrea Patrick, tells the true story of a secret meeting held in November of 1910 on a privately owned resort island, the outcome of which drastically changed the world. It was at this meeting that a banking cartel was forged; a cartel that, three years later, would be issued a government charter to do business as The United States Federal Reserve System.
Drawing from the documentation contained in my own book, The Creature from Jekyll Island; A Second Look at The Federal Reserve, Patrea sets this story at the turn of the century when state banks were failing because they had not maintained cash reserves, as promised. Wall Street was teetering, and New York was in the midst of a bank panic. While some bank presidents shot themselves in despair, J.P. Morgan, who was quietly funded by the Rothschilds in London, was able to buy up the failing firms at fire-sale prices. He was hailed a hero for bringing the country out of the crisis. This real history is the setting for the fascinating story that unfolds in this book.
You will not soon forget the dramatic trip to Jekyll Island. You will meet the five men who joined Senator Nelson Aldrich in his private railroad car as they traveled from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Brunswick, Georgia – and then, by ferryboat, to Jekyll Island. You will witness the extreme measures they took to maintain absolute secrecy, and you will learn why the secrecy was necessary,
This story is surrounded in mystery even today, but Patrea brilliantly reassembles the pieces of the puzzle so that, now, it is possible to view the whole picture, including the human drama, with confidence that it is faithful to history.