To the Right Honourable the Lord High Treasurer of England.

May it please your Lordship

In purusance of your Lordships verbal Order for coyning her Majesties Gold which came from New England, the same has been opened, weighed, melted into Ingots & coyned. It was full weight, but the dust Gold was very foule & being examined with a Loadstone was found full of iron filings, & therefore in the melting lost something more then two pounds in weight, & remained very brittle. The gross weight by the Envoys was 65Lwt. 10oz. 11dwt. 5gr. The standard weight after melting & toughning was 65lwt. 10oz. 11dwt. 5gr, & being coyned it made 2944 Guineas, & 22 grains over: which after the rate of 21s 6d the Guinea & 2d the grain, amounts to 3164li. 19s. 8d, as in the Weigher & Tellers Account annexed.

The charges of sending an Officer of the Mint to Portsmouth & bringing the Gold from thence & melting the same into Ingots were 9li. 19s. 6d, as in the Bill annexed, without allowing the Officer any thing for his trouble, who in modesty would make no demand on that account. I humbly pray your Lordships Warrant for paying the surplus into the Exchequer.

All which is most humbly submitted to your Lordships

great wisdome

Is. Newton

Mint Office.
4th March 17056

In the Envoys the Gold is recconed at 5li 5s the
ounce, supposing it perfectly fine, & counting a
Crown piece at six shillings; which is the rate
in the Plantations: & by this recconing the Gold is valued in the Envoys at 4137li. 15s. 9d. By abating
one shilling in six & allowing for the wast
in melting & toughning & for the want of
perfect fineness, the value comes down to
3164li. 19s. 8d as above.

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