To the Rt Honble the Lords Commrs of the Treary

May it please yor Lordps

The Mint is a place not subject \to/ any military power but is immediately\directly/ under the King & Council & {Coun}\the/ Ld Treasurer or Commrs of the Treasury \& its own Officers/. And by the Indentures of the Mint \& on order of K. Charles II/ no persstangers {sic} can be lodgelive or lodge in the Mint without leave of the Officers of the Mint, & by an Order of K. Charles II all strangers were turned of out of the Mint & prohibited to live there any more without the leave of the Ld Treasurer & Chancellour of the Exchequer. b|B|ut notwithstanding these \Orders Constitution/ General Compton the Leieutenant Genera of the Tower has brought the Earl{{illeg}|e|} of Oxford into the House of the Comptroller of the Mint, & there put a guard upon him, as if that house was & by consequence the whole Mint was under his jurisdiction.

My Lords, the safety of the Coynage depends upon keeping the Mint out of the hands of {a|the|} military power\Garrison/, & the safety of Prisoners depends upon keeping them in a legal custody under the jurisdiction of their keepers And I am humbly of opinion that not only that the Prisoner be removed into a legal custody bu but also that something be done which may hinder this invasion of the Mint from being drawn into president hereafter.

All wch &


I. Newton

Wheras Moyder [have upon the Assay {illeg} in weight & fineness been found worth but one pound seven shillings & seven pence farthings & by reason of their being \a/ forreign coyn have bee[the Receivers] being recoined into Guineas produce but one pound seven shillings & seven pence farthing & by reason have & \of/ the charge of recoining them, they have been brought down to one pound seven shillings & six pence: this is to give notice that

[1] Mint Office Iuly 20. 1715

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