William Stukeley - Alexander Gordon - 1724-10-24

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William Stukeley, Ordmondstreet

William Stukeley - Alexander Gordon - 1724-10-24
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  16397
InstitutionName of Institution. Edinburgh, National Records of Scotland
InventoryInventory number. GD18/5023/3/12
AuthorAuthor of the document. William Stukeley
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Alexander Gordon
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . October 24, 1724
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Ordmondstreet The following coordinate was not recognized: Geocoding failed.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Claude Génébrier, John Granville, Nicola Francesco Haym, Richard Mead, Edmund Chishull
LiteratureReference to literature. Brown 1987, pp. 121-31, Burnett 2020b, pp. 924, 959 n. 186, 1137 n. 1822
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Carausius , Greek , Physician , Book Production
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

' Our antiquarian society is busy upon putting out an entire metallographia britannica, or an account of the coyns that ever were struck relating to Britain. We divide ourselves into several classes & each takes a share, as Brittish, Roman, Saxon, Danish, Norman, English, &c. The first falls to my share, so if you meet with any in your travels pray send me a sketch of them. Likewise if you send me the legends of any of your Scots coyns I will take care to insert them in the proper series, for they must all pass through my hands. ... I am inclinabl to think that next summer I shall goe to Scotland in company with Monsieur Genevrier, the French king’s physician, who is printing an admirabl book, being the life of Carausius from medals, fasti, history, &c, where he makes him a lawful Emperor & a very great man. This history will be a very great complement to the British nation. ’Tis dedicated to our present Viceroy of Ireland, Ld Carteret.
Dr Mead has lately published an appendix to his oration at our College. ’Tis to show the dignity and honors that have been formerly paid to physicians, especially by the Greeks. There are many medals engraved by your friend Seignior Haym, or Sr Varro as he is to be made next month. This discourse was wrote by Mr Chisul & proves that we ought to be governors of provinces & prime ministers of states, & privy councellors &c , without any qualifications of oaths & sacraments.' (Edinburgh, National Records of Scotland, GD18/5023/3/12; Brown 1987, pp. 121-3; Burnett 2020b, p. 924)


  1. ^  Brown, I.G. (1987) 'Chyndonax to Galgacus: New Letters of William Stukeley to Alexander Gordon', Antiquaries Journal 67.1, pp. 111-28
  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.