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To the Right Honble the Lord High Treasurer of England.

May it please yor Lordp

In obedience to yor Lordps Order I have considered what may be requisite for lodging in her Majties Tin in the Mint & delivering it out at a certain price & paying the money into the Exchequer, and am humbly of the opinion that I can do it wth two Clerks added to my own to enter the number & weight of the Blocks of Tin received & delivered & compute the price keep an account of incidents, & wth so many Porters as shall be necessary upon occasions, one of wch may be constant if continual attendance shall be required; and wth the use of the Master & Worker's Offices & Rooms so far as they may be wanted & spared from the coynage, & of the Cranes of the Office of Ordnance, & liberty of carrying the Tin between Tower Wharf & the Mint over the Draw-bridge, an Officer of the Customes being directed to attend the ships there.

Some things are also to be provided as Scales & Weights Sledges & Pulleys & Stamps for numbring the Blocks. And it maybe convenient that their weight be stamped on them either in Cornwall or at their Receipt in the Tower.

And since the Tin is to be delivered out at a certain price I am humbly of opinion that the Blocks should be delivered as they come to hand without giving leave to the Merchant to pick & chuse, setting aside only unlawfull Blocks to be reexamined by your Lordps Order & remelted if any shall occurr.|,| |& remelted or otherwise disposed of.| And that the Tin be delivered only for ready money, & \the money/ be paid into the Exchequer as often as it rises to a certain summ to be named by yor Lordp, & accounted for annually.

All wch is most humbly submitted to yor Lordps great wisdome

[1]

{Is. Newton}

[1] Mint Office 30 Octob. 1703.

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