Introduction by W. A Shaw,
[Dorso.] MEM. REPORT, SR. ISAAC NEWTON ABOUT TRYALL OF THE COPPER COYNAGE, IRELAND.
To the Rt. Honble. the Lords Commrs. of his Maities Treasury.
MAY IT PLEASE YOR LORDPS.,—
In obedience to yor Lordps. Order signified to me by Mr. Scope in his letter of 10 Apr. instant, concerning the trial of the Pix of copper moneys coyned by Mr. Wood at Bristoll, I humbly represent that the moneys there reserved for a trial are kept lockt up in a box or Pix under the keys of Mr. Wood & the comptroller of that coynage, or of their deputies. And that in my most humble opinion the trial thereof may be more authentick & satisfactory & something cheaper if the Box before opening be brought up to London & the moneys be tried in his Maj ties Mint in the Tower by his Majties Assaymaster before such person or persons as your Lord or his Majty in Council shall appoint to see the Trial performed & report the Treasury Papers, event to your Lordp., & before the officers of the said Mints & before the parties concerned, viz. Mr. Wood & the Comptroller of that coynage who are both in town, & their Deputies, & one or two Gentlemen of Ireland whom your Lordships may give leave to be present if desired. And at the same time any other parcel or parcels of Copper moneys old or new may be tried there before the persons above mentioned & the weight & Value ascertained & compared with the Value of the copper moneys now coyned at Bristoll & the Trial reported to your Lordps.
But if your Lordps. had rather that the copper Pix be tried at Bristoll I will look out for a man to do it & treat with him and see him instructed & furnished with necessaries with all convenient speed.
All which is most humbly submitted to your Lordship's great wisdome.
MINT-OFFICE, Apr. 13, 1724.
Treasury Papers,vol. ccxlvii. No. 39. In Newton's hand.
Html-edition after William A. Shaw's edition in: William A. Shaw, Select Tracts and Documents Illustrative of English Monetary History 1626-1730 (London: Wilsons & Milne, 1896) [reprint: (New York: Augustus Kelley Publishers, 1967)], p.173-174 — webdesign: Olaf Simons, Sep. 2004.