John Speed - Robert Bruce Cotton - n.d.

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John Speed - Robert Bruce Cotton - n.d.
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15256
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Cotton MS Julius C III, f.355
AuthorAuthor of the document. John Speed
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Robert Bruce Cotton
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year .
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Jacob Cool, Christopher Switzer
LiteratureReference to literature. Ellis 1843, pp. 111-12, letter 331, Burnett 2020b, pp. 156, 220, 236, 2392
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Engraved Plates , Book Production
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'I have sent you all the coppy of the Roman storye, desiring your corrections and augmentations, both matter, and monuments of your altars, so fare as to your wisdom shall seme mett. Such Coynes as are yet cut I have likewise sent you, I hope so many as will serve the presse a while, and will give time to Mr Swisser to perform the rest. We have been with Mr Cole, who makes it dainty to deliver his Coynes, so that the work man must either take them in his presenc and draw them on the woods, els will he not supply our wants: far from that opinion that your Worshipe, I thanke you, have conceived. The Coynes that you spake to him for, he sayth, he well remembreth not, and therefore we must desire your direction againe.' (BL, Cotton MS Julius C III, f.355; Burnett 2020b, p. 156)

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

Burnett 2020b, p. 156, n. 48: 'The letter is undated, but Ellis 1843, p. 108, attributed it to 1609–10, during the preparation of Speed’s History of 1611. The mention of Switzer shows that this is correct and that the passage cannot refer to the plates made by Speed for Camden in 1600, since they were made by William Rogers.' (en)


  1. ^  Ellis, H. (1843) Original letters of eminent literary men of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, London.
  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.