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George Hickes - Ralph Thoresby - 1703-10-30

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George Hickes - Ralph Thoresby - 1703-10-30
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  10746
InstitutionName of Institution.
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AuthorAuthor of the document. George Hickes
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Ralph Thoresby
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . October 30, 1703
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Andrew Fountaine
LiteratureReference to literature. Fountaine 17051, Thoresby 1912, p. 36–372, Burnett 2020b, p. 1604.3
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  saxon, drawing
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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-Lettre du 30 octobre 1703 (de ?) : "I think I formerly told you, that the Numismata Saxonica would be one part of my great work, which is almost ready to be published, in two great folios. The gentleman that undertook this part is very fit for it, being as otherwise a general scholar, so particularly a great nummist, as famous as any at home or abroad, for his knowledge of coins. His name is Sir Andrew Fountaine, formerly bred in Christ Church, Oxon, well known to my Lord Archbishop of York. He hath heard that you have many of the Northumbrian kings, with which he is very desirous to crown his work, having had great supplies from the curious in all parts; and we make it our joint earnest request to you, that you would be pleased to send up those coins to us, for which I will be bound to restore them in any security; or the draughts of them, if you have them suitably delineated, or, if not, that you would be pleased to get them suitably drawn for us, and whosoever you shall employ to do them, shall be rewarded by him. I have had the confidence to desire manuscripts and coins from all persons and places; and my success, who was never yet denied, makes me thus impudent to desire your coins, or a draught of them. If you grant us either of these favours, you will oblige him to make an honourable and immortal mention of you in his preface, and me to do the same in the catalogue of my benefactors" (Thoresby 1912, p. 36–37; Burnett 2020b, p. 1604).


  1. ^  Fountaine, Andrew (1705), Numismata Anglo-Saxonica & Anglo-Danica breviter illustrata, Oxford.
  2. ^  Thoresby, Ralph (1912), Letters adressed to Ralph Thoresby, Thoresby Society Publ. 21, Leeds.
  3. ^  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.