About 2 years & an half ago Mr Harris meeting wth Mr Croker \a Jeweller/ & finding yt he could emboss desired him to practise engraving & for his encouragemt promised him that as soon as he could grave well enough for ye service of the Mint he should have \a place &/ an house in the mint & an hundred pounds per ann for his service there & thereupon Mr Croker left his \own/ imployment & practised graving & supported himself at his own charge except that he received of Mr Harris by severall little parcells during the first two years untill the displacing of Mr Roettiers about 80. And since ye displacing of Mr Roettiers he hath received 26 wthout any lodgings or further encouragement. And about whitsonday was a twelvemonth When Mr Harris took Mr Fitches house to work in, he promised Mr Croker that he should have Mr Roettiers Salary|.| of 175 per ann And about 3 months ago when\{illeg}/ Mr Croker complained to Mr Harris that he had no encouragement to go on & prest Mr Harris for a settlement |saying that he could not otherwise work a stroke more| Mr Harris replied that he had promised him an hundred pounds a year & that if he would go off he might when he pleased. And that on thursday was a senight {Mr} Croker presenting Mr Harris wth a paper wherein he represented to him that he had promised him Mr Roettier's Salary & a house {& sho} for graving for the coyn besides what he did for ye medalls [{&} that he was ordered to grave |new| puncheons for a five ℔ piece & double Guinea & for ye small money but had no encouragement] & desired a settlement to depend upon. To wch Mr Harre|i|s (wthout reading the paper) answered \in general/ that he would make a settlement but 3 or 4 days after when Mr Croker spake to him again about it |& told him that he was ordered to grave...but had no encouragemt| he replied that he would do nothing till he was in the other house & then he would make a settlement.

NB. Mr Harris cannot emboss nor punch, nor draw. All ye assistance Mr Croker had from him was \to be/ told of wt Mr Harris thought was faulty {illeg}|&| to be supplied wth pieces of Mr Roettiers & others to copy after.

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