William Graeme - John Stuart - 1760-09-15

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William Graeme - John Stuart - 1760-09-15
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  16539
InstitutionName of Institution. Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart, Bute Archive
InventoryInventory number. BU/118/3/14
AuthorAuthor of the document. William Graeme
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . September 15, 1760
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Richard Dalton, George III of Great Britain, Robert Adam, Vettore Zane
LiteratureReference to literature. Russell 2004, p. 361, Burnett 2020b, pp. 1076-72
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  British Royal Collection, Duplicates , Brutus , Collection Value , Gold
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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'There are here in the possion of one Mr Duff a Scots merchant a series of 284 Gold medals Greec and Roman, some of each sort very valuable. they were Colected by one Zane a noble venetian above a hundred years ago. Mr Duff had no other view in buying them but as merchandise to Dispose of. I am no Connoisseur myself but have asked the opinion of severals that are and all agree that there are a great many valuable medals among them and that no shuch collection is to be met with at present. a list of them was sent over to Mr Miller merchant in London to be shown to Mr Dalton in ordre to informe His Royal highness of it and that same list is now in the hands of Mr Adams the architect in Grosvenor Street where your lop may send for it incognito because, in case his R.H. has a mind to for them, it will perhaps raise their price if it be known. by the list you will be a better judge of the value of them then by any thing I can writer. I shal only add that the whole Collection is much more numberous as there are a great many Duplicats of the same medal. all thes Duplicats of the valuable medals may be had or not as the purcher please. there is a brutus among them \for/ which the connoiseurs at room say the owner may aske what he pleases as they do not know of another Gold one. the Series of has been valued in that Capital at 1900 zechines and I belive may be had at present a little cheaper as merchants value money more than antiquitys. if you send me any commands about them they shal be execute le moins mal que je puis.
Venis the 15th 7ber 1760.
[Annotated in a different hand:] Gen. Graham. Septr 15th/1760'

(Russell 2004, p. 36; Burnett 2020b, pp. 1076-7)


  1. ^  Russel, F. (2004) John, 3rd Earl of Bute: Patron and Collector, London, Merriam 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.