William Smith - John Bateman - 1714-09-11

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William Smith, Melsonby

William Smith - John Bateman - 1714-09-11
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AuthorAuthor of the document. William Smith
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. John Bateman
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . September 11, 1714
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Melsonby 54° 28' 14.55" N, 1° 41' 41.98" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Obadiah Walker, Guillaume Budé, Georgius Agricola, François Hotman, John Greaves
LiteratureReference to literature. Smith 1729, pp. 1-131, Burnett 2020b, p. 5032
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Weights And Measures, Prices
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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'before I was removed and settled at Melsonby the ingenious Book stiled, Chronicon Pretiosum, was Published by that learned Author; which prevented my further Thoughts on that Subject for some Time: but being informed about a Year after, that there had been Proposals made afresh in Parliament, for lessening the Coin of the Nation, which would have proved a very pernicious Overture, had it been entertained; I began to think again on that Subject; and because I would not Actum agere, resolved to enlarge my View, and take in the Hebrew, Greek, and Roman Prices of Things, as far as there are any Memorials left of them, either in the Bible, or Greek, or Latin Classick-Authors; The greatest Part of which, I have perused, some very few excepted. I have likewise read the best Authors that have writ about Ancient Money, if Mr. Walker's Judgment may be relied on, viz. Budaus, Agricola, Hotomanus, and Mr. Greaves; to which, besides some others, I have added the Elder Gronovious de pecunia vetere, of all which Budaus and Greaves bears away the Bell in my Opinion, the one having first learnedly begun, and the other with great Exactness finished their several Works;... [continues a discussion of above authors]' (Smith 1729, pp. 2-3; Burnett 2020b, p. 503)


  1. ^  Smith, William (1729) Literae de Re Nummaria; in Opposition to The Common Opinion that the Denarii Romani were never larger than Seven an Ounce: with some Remarks on Dr Arbuthnot’s Book, and Tables. And some other Miscellanies relating to the same subject, Newcastle.
  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.