To ye Rt Honble ye Ld High Treasurr of Engld

May it please yr Ldp

In obedience to yr Ldps order of Reference of ye 15th of march last, upon ye memoriall of \mr/ Wm Shepard \mr/ N: Shep{illeg}|a|rd; & \mr/ George Freeman, wherein they desire to have a patent for coyning 40 or 50 tunns \per an/ of copper half pence or farthings, \{illeg}/ for ye space of eight or ten years, of equall weight & fineness wth those now currt. as also yr Ldps order of Reference of ye 22d of march last upon ye p{illeg}|e|ticon of ye Provost & monyers of ye mint, wherein they pray for a License to coyn 30 tunns of copper money \a year/ of ye same value, under ye direction of ye officers of ye mint, & under such restrictions as yr Ldp shall think fit, to reli{illeg}|e|ve ym under ye great straits they are in for want of employmt in ye mint, they being allow'd no salarys

We humbly take leave to remind yr Ldp of a report we made ye 1st of Iuly last upon a peticon of mr Abell Slaney to coin half pence & farthings, wherein we acquainted yr Ldp, yt {illeg} of yt coinages of copper money in yt reigns of K. Charles ye 2d, King Iames ye 2d & in ye beginning of ye reign of ye late King & Queen, had been \carried on/ at ye charge of ye Crown, under ye care & direction of ye Principall officers of ye mint, who kept due Entrys thereof in Books, & ye whole profit & advantage thereof was accounted for \{up} upon oath/ to ye Crown, wch we then thought ye fittest\best/ \& safest/ method to be followed


we have not heard any reasons since to alter our opinions, & therefore humbly propose to yr Ldp, yt whenever her matie shall think fit to order copper money should\to/ be coined, yt it may be performed as near as may \be/ according to ye method of ye mint, yt ye master worker of ye mint may have m{illeg}|o|ney imprest to him out of ye Excheqr to buy copper to be coined into halfpence & farthings of equall value wth these now currant, & to be subject to\under/ ye same cheques that are observed for ye coina{illeg}|ge| of gold & silver & to be coined by small quantitys, sufficient only to answer ye demands of persons, without danger of complaints by overstocking ye nation. out of ye clear profits whereof, her matie may have it in her power either to b{illeg}|r|eliev{illeg}|e| ye wants of ye monyers of ye mint many of whom we must inform yr Ldp are in a starving condition, or to gratify any other persons
All wch is humbly submitted to yr Ldps great wisdom



I. N

I E:


5: Aprill 1705.

Report of the officers of ye. Mint upon the proposall of Mr. Wm. Shepheard, Mr. N. Shepheard & Mr. George freeman for coining Copper half pence & farthings.

[1] mint office
Apr. 5. 1705

© 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 - newtonproject@history.ox.ac.uk

Privacy Statement

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