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To the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of his Majestys Treasury.

A Report of the Officers of His Majestys Mint

May it please Your Lordshipps

In obedience to Your Lordshipps Reference of the 17°th. Instant, Wee have considerd the annexed Petition of daniel Crichlow Cittizen & Button-maker of London; And do find, that the Press of Gerrard Bovey was not licensed by Your Lordshipps as is alleged by Crichlow, but only permitted him by some of the Officers of the Mint, upon his giving security that the Press should not be used any other ways, but in making of buttons only; and to deliver it back into the Mint upon demand.

That this was done before the late Act of Parliament which makes it Treason to have a Press for Coining; and therefore Wee have called it in, conceiving that such a precedent may be dangeous for increasing the Number of such Presses, 'til they become so common, as to be lyable to great abuse

That Your Lordshipps have authority by the late Act of Parliament aforesaid to Licence such Presses: But in what cases such Licence may be granted, without danger of abuse; Wee humbly submitt to Your Lordships Wisdom to determine

Is. Newton

[1]

Tho: Neale

Tho: Molyneux
1698

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Report {of the} Officers {of the} Mint on the Petition of Daniel Chrichlow

My Lords think it {dangerous} to give any {lycence}

[1] Tower Mint Office
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