Many valuable lessons can be drawn from this brief record. The one I would like to leave with those who are to follow is a nice sense of commercial honor; an absolute fairness in all dealings and a willingness to suffer pecuniary loss, rather than tarnish — by one unworthy act — the good name of the firm. Character was more prized than wealth, and it brought its great reward in happy, useful lives. — John Crosby Brown A Hundred Years of Merchant Banking (1909)