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.
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'.