Roger Gale - William Stukeley - 1732-12-02

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Roger Gale - William Stukeley - 1732-12-02
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  14565
InstitutionName of Institution.
InventoryInventory number.
AuthorAuthor of the document. Roger Gale
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. William Stukeley
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . December 2, 1732
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. London 51° 30' 26.80" N, 0° 7' 39.96" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Nicola Francesco Haym, Thomas Herbert
LiteratureReference to literature. Lukis 1882-1887, vol. 1 pp. 267-81, Burnett 2020b, pp. 972-4, 15782
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Catalogue , Engraved Plates , Annotated Book , Book Production
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'It is long since I had the pleasure of hearing of your good health, I think never since the disappointment I received of your good company at Cottenham. I hope the gout is not gott into your hand. I was last Tuesday night with old Carvilius [= Pembroke], as hearty & well as ever you knew him. He was alone, & I spent the evening till ten very agreeably with him. He showed me all his medalls engraved in 5 large vols. qto upon 300 plates, a most surprising sight for number & value. I hope he will publish them for the honor of himself & the nation, for I am sure there are not three such collections in Europe. He has much impaired the beauty of the plates by scribbling his observations among the medalls, & having them engraved just as he wrote them in his own hand, spelling, & expression, which are not allways very plain, true, & clear. However, the work is so curious, & valuable, that we ought to pardon all these defects if we can but have the medalls publisht, for they, I believe, from what I have observed, are pretty truly taken, & were all drawn by Signor Haym’s own hand. The greatest difficulty as to their publication is that 100 of the plates are irretrievably lost; when that gentleman dyed most of them were in his hands; the widow had sold or pawned great part of them since, severall have been traced to the brasier’s furnace; but by good fortune my lord has recovered two intire impressions of the whole, & I left him under a resolution of having the 100 plates wanting to be reingraved from their draughts in his hands. His lordship has made an addition of four plates more to his book of Statues, & a new title page; he has given them to me to be conveyed to you, which I shall take care to do by the first opportunity; & have promist for you, that you shall not onely add the four new statues to your book, but that you shall destroy the old title-page, & fix that which he now sends you in its place; otherwise you must have returned your book to London.'

(Lukis 1882-1887, vol. 1 p. 267; Burnett 2020b, pp. 972-4, 1578)


  1. ^  Lukis, W.C. (ed.)(1882-87) The Family Memoirs of the Rev. William Stukeley and the Correspondence of William Stukeley, Roger & Samuel Gale, Etc., 3 Vols, Publications of the Surtees Society Vols. 73, 76, 80, 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.