May it please yor Lordp

We beg leave to acquint {sic} yor Lordp that by the last Post we h

Mr Daniel Stuart the Collector of the Bullion for her Majties Mint at Edinburgh, being, as we hear, very far spent in a consumption \is dead (as we hear by the last Post)/ so yt his death \when the last Letters came/ we heard last from Scotland was daily expected. We humbly beg leave to aquaint your Lordp therewith & to represent or opinion that upon his death |t|his|e| place should cease of Collector of the Bullion should cease [as being contrary to ye \Scotch/ Act of Parliamt wch setled the Bullion upon the \said/ Mint [& that the oneys in his custody be paid into the hands of ye General & Master of tha|e|t |sd| Mint upon account to be kept in a chest in \ye Treasure of/ the said Mint under the keys of the General the Master & the two WArdens of the said Mint, & \&/ to be accounted for annually by the Master of ye said Mint.] And that \for the future/ the said |sd| Bullion be kept {as} as it shall be be collected in \for the future be/ the manner appointed by the Scotch Act of Parliamt \wch setled this Duty on the Mint/ & be kept in a dis apart \in the Exchequer/ in a proper chest under the keys of the Cash Keeper of North Brittain & also \(if it be thought fit)/ under the Key of the General of the |sd| Mint as the said Act directs, to be issued out thence by {illeg} \from time to time by Warrants to the General & Master of the said Mint & kept/ into the Chest Treasury of the |sd| Mint by Warrants & & kept \there/ under the keys of the said Oficers {to} for the uses of service \General the Master & the Wardens for defraying/ of the said Mint \the charge of coynage & repairs & vaynes of Salaries/ & /be\ accounted for annually by the Master of the said Mint, according to the direction of as the Indenture of her Majties Mints directs.

For putting a|n| stop \end/ to proposals & petitions about the coynage of Copper half pence I humbly represent that about six hundred Tunns of such money is sufficient to stock ye nation \England/ & there being seven hundred Tunns coyned by ye last Patent, the nation is still sufficiently stockt wth them & the \so that/ |a new| coyned|ag|e may be delayed two or three years longer at ye l{illeg} or above & when they b they \such money/ shall begin to be wanted I am humbly of opinion that the coynage of 40 Tunns once in 4 or 5 years will be sufficient to supply the uses of the nation & that they \it/ should be coyned of such copper as will endure ye hammer when heated to a dark red & \(upon account or by a neare estimate)/ of such a value as will pay all charges upon account & or by a near estimate & that it will be above two pence in the pound weight cheaper to make the blanks by casting then by hammering cheapest {to}|&| best \safest best/ to have the whole coinage performed in the Mint the blanks being made by casting, & that the copper be bought {illeg} \at/ the Market price to be allowed by yor Lordp & paid for by the Master & Worker out of the copper money. And that a pound weight be not made into more then 20d unless the price of Copper rise considerably.

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