Jonathan Swift - Edward Harley - 1725-10-26

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Jonathan Swift - Edward Harley - 1725-10-26
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  14628
InstitutionName of Institution. Huntington Library
InventoryInventory number. HM 24016
AuthorAuthor of the document. Jonathan Swift
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Edward Harley
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . October 26, 1725
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Dublin 53° 20' 57.77" N, 6° 15' 38.01" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Andrew Fountaine, Thomas Herbert
LiteratureReference to literature. Williams 1963, vol. 3, pp. 111-121, Burnett 2020b, p. 16272
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Saxon
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Mr Clayton was in such hast to return to England on my coming to Toun, that I had but one half- hour with him. I doubt this Kingdom will make but a poor Addition to your Collection of Coyns. Severall small Silver ones have been sometimes found, but they are onely of some Saxon Kings; which I suppose are no Rarityes. The Copper ones are not above three or four hundred Years old, with the names on them of the Cityes where they were coyned, as Drogheda, Waterford, and the like. For any before the Conquest in Henry the 2ds time, I know nothing. To enquire will cost no Labor, nor money to purchase. And whatever can be got, shall be sent to yr Lordship, which you may through away when you please. If you knew Sr Andr Fountain who was here with Ld Pembroke, he can tell your Lordship more than any body.'

(Huntington Library, HM 24016; Williams 1963, vol. 3, pp. 111-12; Burnett 2020b, p. 1627)

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (fr)

'According to the editor of Swift’s letters, ‘Mr Clayton’ was perhaps a relation of Robert Clayton (1695–1758), later Bishop of Clogher, who ‘on several occasions conveyed missives between Swift and Oxford’: Williams 1963, Vol. III, p. 244, note 4.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 1627 n. 9) (fr)


  1. ^  Williams, H.H. (ed.)(1963-65) The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, 5 vols, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
  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.