Catalogue Entry: MINT00818

'Draught of a Memoriall by the Officers of the Mint relateing to the Mint privileges'.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Mint 19/III.416-17, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

[Normalized Text] [Diplomatic Text]


On encroachments since 1660 by soldiers of the Tower on property assigned to the Mint. In particular, they have demolished the house of the smith [Thomas Sylvester] (probably with his connivance) and begun building a new one. Sentries continue to be posted within the Mint despite two cases of sentries being caught stealing silver. Request a clear ruling on boundaries, suspension of the building work, control over the Mint gates, and the expulsion from Mint territory of all people not connected with it.

[See also the related memorandum to the Treasury of 16 June 1699, possibly a variant draft of this, in PRO, Works 3/1, ff.12v-13r (printed in NC, 7: 410-11 and The Wren Society Report, 18 (1941), 151-2).]

[1] Memoriall

[2] Memoriall

[3] H. H.

© 2020 The Newton Project

Professor Rob Iliffe
Director, AHRC Newton Papers Project

Scott Mandelbrote,
Fellow & Perne librarian, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL -

Privacy Statement

  • University of Oxford
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • JISC