Irish coinage papers: second volume

Scope and Content

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'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Details of the creator were unknown at the time of the compilation of this finding aid.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

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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Collection level description.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2000.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Custodial 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.