Irish coinage papers

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 comprising transcripts of a report of the Committee of the Privy Council of 24 Jul 1724 and the ensuing Order in Council of 6 Aug 1724, both relating to Wood's Irish coinage, with a copy of 'Mr Wood's Proposals'.

Administrative / Biographical History

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


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Access Information

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

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.