John Speed - Robert Bruce Cotton - undated

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John Speed - Robert Bruce Cotton - undated
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15288
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Cotton MS Julius C III, ff.354-8
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
LiteratureReference to literature. Speed 16111, Ellis 1843, pp. 108-9, letter 312, Burnett 2020b, pp. 190, 220, 238-93
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Book Production
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
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'Worshipfull Sir, my thoughts runnyng vpon the well performance of this worke, and fearfull to committ any thing disagreeing from the truth. I have sent you a coppy of some part of that which you have alredy sene, because you left in writing at the Printers that with a fast eye you had overune it, and your leasure better affording that busines in the contrey then here you had ; this therefore hath caused me to send you as much as my Printer cane espare, beseiching your Worshipe to read it more attentyvly, to place the Coynes, and what adicssions you will before you returne it ; and I pray you to past a paper where you doe adde, and not to intirline the coppy, for somewhere we cannot read your Notes because the place geues your pene not rome to exprese your mynd. I have sent such Coynes as are cutt, and will weekly supply the same; so much therefore as you shall perfect I praye you send againe with as much speed as you can; but where you do not want the Coynes, kepe that coppy still with you, untill I send them: for I shall not be satisfied with your other directions or Mr Coles help.' (BL, Cotton MS Julius C III, ff.354-8; Burnett 2020b, pp. 238-9)


  1. ^  Speed, John (1611) The history of Great Britaine under the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans, London, John Sudbury and George Humble.
  2. ^  Ellis, H. (1843) Original letters of eminent literary men of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, London.
  3. ^  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.