George North - Andrew Coltée Ducarel - 1748-08-14

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George North, Codicote

George North - Andrew Coltée Ducarel - 1748-08-14
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  14072
InstitutionName of Institution. Oxford, Bodleian Library
InventoryInventory number. Gough Gen. top 108 (1)
AuthorAuthor of the document. George North
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Andrew Coltée Ducarel
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . August 14, 1748
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Codicote 51° 50' 47.15" N, 0° 12' 4.28" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Charles Frederick, William Stukeley, Bryan Fairfax, George Vertue, John Battely, Peter Thompson, Claude Génébrier
LiteratureReference to literature. Génébrier 17401, Burnett 2020b, p. 13122
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Carausius , Local Finds , French , Catalogue , Numismatic Literature
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
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'Dear Sir! I receiv’d the kind favour of Yrs of Tuesday last. I should have thought myself inexcusable in not calling on you, had I not been inform’d you was at Peckham, where my Time & business would not permit me the pleasure of waiting on you. I should be extremely glad to meet Mr Fairfax & our brethren you mentioned could I be sure of the day, & if not prevented by a fellow of Bennet Coll. Camb, whom I every week expect at Codicote. If any day next this week you will let me know if the day is fix’d. & I will do my uttmost to meet the Company. You mistake a little as to my having a Collection of the Coins of Carausius: I had indeed about half a Doz, wch are vanish’d I know not how, they were not rare or curious, tho’ I sent to Mr Vertue one or two, wch Mr Battely in vain sought for; but our friend seem’d afterwards to put no value on them, tho’ identically the same as were wanted. The French Dissertation you referr to I doubt not is Histoire de Carausius Emp de la Grand Bretagne Collegue de Diocletien & de Maximien provee par les Medailles per Genebrier 4to Paris 1740. As none but extreme few of those medals are found any where but in England tis no wonder if some have been found by Dr Stukely which have not appear’d elsewhere & that he should erect a large superstructure upon small material is no wonder. Peter Thompson’s Aquitaine coins I have seen. Mr Frederic has one but of a different mintage, & I have the type copied from Hautin’s scarce book. Had Sr John Brute (as Ld Justice Clerk call’d him in a letter to our Society) been demolished instead of the Mill, I believe but little pity would have follow’d. When I sent your Catalogue of Coins I inclos’d it in a Bag, wch I greatly miss as being very usefull, wch I hope you have taken care of; & may be usefull for a Book wch I intend to borrow of you. The Coins with XII & NE I never knew the History of them before & I am obliged to you for it. I am always glad of any new information, or to rectify an old mistake. To our great Terror, a Locust was found alive between Hertford & Hertingbury yesterday. I am Sir ... G. North Codicote Aug. 14th 1748' (Bodleian Library, Gough Gen. top. 108 (1); Burnett 2020b, p. 1312)

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

Letter is bound into Richard Gough's copy of his The History of Carausius (London, 1762) (en)


  1. ^  Génébrier, Claude (1711), Histoire de Carausius, empereur de la Grande-Bretagne, collègue de Dioclétien et de Maximien, prouvée par les médailles, chez Jacques Guérin, Paris.
  2. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.