To the Rt. Honble The Earl of Oxford & Earl Mortimer Lord High Treasr. of Great Brittain

May it pleas yor Lordp:

The Officer of Graver of the Mint being constituted by a Warrt. under the Broad Seal dated ye 7th. of April in ye 4th. year of Her Majties. Reign whereby for ye Advantage & safety of ye Mint with respect to ye Coin, Iohn Croker, is appointed head Graver wth. a Salary of 200£ ꝑ ann. & Saml Bull & Gabriel Le Clerk Gent. were made Assistants to ye Chiefe Graver Each wth. a Salary of 80£ ꝑ ann. & upon ye voidance of either of ye said Assistants places the same was to be filled up wth. such Probationer or Apprentice as should be psented to Her Majtie. by the Warden, Master & Worker & Compter. of ye Mint by Warrt. under Her Royal Signe manual: we humbly represent to your Lordsp. that ye place of the said Gabriel Le Clerk became Void about three Years ago, & thereupon, one Francis Beresford hath been learning about two years & halfe under the said Mr. Croker to design in order to Learn the art of Graving & and is approved by ye sd. Mr. Croker as wel-quallified in point of Genius & industry to make a good Workman for wch end We humbly pray yor Lordsop. that out of ye sd. 80£ ꝑ ann an allowance may be settled upon ye sd. Francis Beresford for binding him an Apprentice to ye sd. Mr. Croker for {illeg} six years & We humbly propose an allowance of 35 ꝑ ann

All wch. is most humbly submitted to yor Ldps. great wisdom


Craven Peyton

Isaac Newton

E: Phelips

[1] Mint office 16: Iune 1712

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