The Warden of the Mint represented to the Honourable Committee that what past between Mr Harris Mr Morris Peers & Iustice Negus was three months before he knew any thing of their matters. And yet in the Report those things are mixed with what was done under his management as if he had been concerned in the whole.

Peers represented to the Honourable Committee that when he came first to the Warden he told the Warden that he & Iohn Holloway & Yardbury had coyned about 20s after Chaloners new way, at Egham in Surrey by Morris's directions to draw in Chaloner. The Warden denyed that Peers told him of any such directions or designe to draw Chaloner in. That money was coyned three weeks or a month before the Warden knew any thing of their matters as the Warden can shew by an Information of Peers then made. And yet in the Report Peers makes that money coyned after he came to the Warden & the Warden privy & consenting to the coyning thereof to draw in Chaloner.

Mris Collingwood who brought Peers the first time vizt Aug. 13 to the Warden, deposed before the Honourable Committe that the Warden did then caution Peers against drawing in or tempting any body & that Peers made Answer that there was no need to draw them in, for they (vizt the Holloways) were so forward that they were for hiring horses & riding them out of town & selling them abroad to make a stock to go to coyn with. But in the Report all this is omitted & she on the contrary sums to represen the Warden for drawing Chaloner in.

To make out a confederacy of the Mint against Chaloner & that some of them gave Privilege to coyn false money, Peers calls Morris a Messenger of the Mint & yet Morris was no way related to the Mint till Dec. 15 when the Prosecution of Chaloner was over. Chaloner has not proved that any two of the Mint conspired or consulted together against him.

The history of the Wardens proceedings is, that about 3 months after what past without his knowledge between Mr Harris, Mr Morris Peers & Iustice Negus & about three weeks after the coyning of the 20s at Egham, he was sent for to the Secretaries Office to examin a man about a new & dangerous way of coyning, that upon examination he found it was reputed Chaloners invention & scarce known fruther then to Gravener <503v> Peers & the Holloways, that to put a stop to it he sent for Peers took his Affidavit against Holloway & others Aug 13 & imployed him to find out & discover the designes & practises of the rest that he might take them all up, that about tenn days after Iohn Holloway having notice that they were sett by Peers, trickt Peers into Prison & the Warden bailed him & took up the Holloways to examin them & upon Tho. Holloways Discovery committed Chaloner that Chaloner by his Agents bought off Tho. Holloway & sent him into scotland & after the sessions gott ff two other witnesses Peers & Iohn Holloway & got them sworn against the King & making a confederacy against the Warden tempted Hanwell to come into it

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