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Senate House Library, University of London

Irish coinage papers


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS216

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Irish coinage papers

Date(s): 1724-1725

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 volume containing 2 leaves

Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1724-1725, the British government attempted to impose a new and debased currency of copper halfpence and farthings on Ireland. The "Drapier's Letters" (1724-1725) by Johnathan Swift attacked this scheme, and were part of a successful campaign against it.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume containing papers relating to William Wood and the minting of halfpence and farthings for Ireland, 1724-1725, comprising a copy of a satire on Wood entitled 'A full and true account of the solemn procession to the gallows at the execution of William Wood Esquire', which is a copy of part of a work which has been attributed to Jonathan Swift; and printed material, namely M B Drapier [i.e. Jonathan Swift], A letter to the shop-keepers...concerning the brass half-pence coined by Mr Woods (Dublin, 1724), By the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland. A proclamation...[beginning] Wheras a wicked and malicious pamphlet, 27 Oct 1724, [Jonathan Swift], Seasonable advice. Since a bill..., 11 Nov 1724, The presentment of the Grand-Jury of...Dublin, 28 Nov 1724, [R Lindsay], A letter from a friend to the Right Honourable [Chief Justice Whitshed], 1 Dec 1724, and A second letter from a friend to the Right Honourable, 4 Jan 1725. All the items are bound in a volume lettered 'Wood's Irish Coinage. MSS 1724'.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Open for research. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Archival history:

This manuscript formed part of the collection of James Crossley (1800-1883) [as MS 1724], and was bought by Quaritch [for Herbert Somerton Foxwell] at the Crossley sale, Sotheby's, 11 Jun 1885.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.


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Archivist's note: Imported from the Senate House catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2009.

Coinage | Antiquities | Works of art | Arts
Coinage production | Metal industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Coins | Currencies | Finance
Movable cultural property

Personal names
Swift | Johnathan | 1667-1745 | Anglo-Irish author

Corporate names

Ireland | Western Europe