The concept of a limitation upon the charges that may be imposed for the hire of money is hardly modem. Although it may not be the oldest usury law, a reference to Deuteronomy should suffice: "Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shall not lend upon usury."
John W. Edmonds III,
Virginia Law of Interest and Usury,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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