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The Case of Norwich Mint

At ye setting up this Mint, Tho: Neale Esqr. late Master + Worker of the Mint did appoint Mr. Anthony Redhead a Pewterer to be his Deputy &c.

Mr. Redhead gave then \to/ Mr. Neale a Bond of 2000l to ye King for the due ꝑformances of his Office, + for answering such sum̄e or sum̄s of mony as he should recieve by vertue of his Deputacon.

At ye breaking up of that Mint it appear'd by ye accts. transmitted to ye Mint in ye Tower by ye proper Officers of Norwich that there remained due to severall Collectors + Recrs. of ye publick Revenue 23095oz. of Hammer'd Mony wch.at 5s. ꝑ ounce comes to 5772l: 15s: 00d.

Mr. Neale having in vain pressed Mr. Redhead to give him an acct. of such a Deficiency was at last order'd by ye the Lords of the Treary to sue him upon his Bond, which haveing done he soon obtain'd an Extent agt. him, Confined his Body to Prison (where he still remaines) + gott a sale of his goods + Chattles amounting to 286: 05: 06:

Mr. Redhead exhibited sometime after an Acct. of his transaccons at Norwich Mint, + therein he remaines indebted in ye sum̄ of 3347: 00: 11: {14} if all ye Atricles inserted in ye sd. acct. be approved + allowed of.

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To discharge himselfe of this sum̄ he alledges that he had now by him three Rects. of Mr. Blofield for 2500l dated in Augt. 1697 wch. he pr.sents will Discharge what remaines due to ye sd. Mr. Blofield from that Mint, but as these Notes were given by Mr. Blofield in part of what was then due to him from the Mint, + seeing he has stated wth. Mr. Redhead severall sum̄s from him, for wch. he sign'd ye Tickett Books as was usuall, it is to be fear'd that those three Notes he has now by him have already been accounted for though not taken up by Mr. Blofield, wch. is a fault some other Recrs. did Com̄itt as well as he, as has been proved to Mr. Redhead himselfe in another Case, However this remaines still undetermined because Mr. Blofield as yet has made no formall Demand of the Mint, thô his agent has had orders long ago to peticon my Lord High Trear about it.

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