Document, signed "Is. Newton," being an Order to transfer £500 from the royal treasury to the mint, countersigned by James Stanhope, George Baillie and others of the Treasury Board. [London]: 14 August - 4 September 1717
Manuscript document, folio (14 9/16 x 9 1/4 in.; 370 x 235 mm.), 15 lines written, plus nine signatures; a few fox marks, formerly folded, a few tears at edge of folds mended.
newton's signature on a treasury board document
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was appointed warden of the mint in 1696, with the duty of supervising recoinage and prosecuting counterfeiters. He used this position to support young scientists he favored such as Edmund Halley and David Gregory. In the period of this document he was working on the second English edition of the Optics. Newton's signature is quite rare on the market.
James Stanhope (1673-1721), first Earl Stanhope, was first Lord of the Treasury; George Baillie (1664-1738) a member of the Treasury Board.
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