The Hibernian Patriot: Being a Collection of the Drapier's Letters to the People of Ireland, Concerning Mr. Wood's Brass Half-Pence. Together with Considerations on the attempts made to pass that Coin. And Reasons for the People of Ireland's refusing it.
Place Published: Dublin
Publisher: A. Moor
Date Published: 1730
Edition: Leather edition
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 20272
264pp. Octavo [20 cm] Full brown leather with raised bands, and blind stamped decorative patterns on the covers. Good. The boards are split along the joints, however the covers are still holding by all the chords, but one. The leather spine is cracked, has multiple small losses, and has been darkened by smoke. The edges of the covers are rubbed. The underlying boards are exposed at the corners. Contemporary owner's brief notation on the front flyleaf. The pages are subtly stained.
From p. 4- "We likewise beg Leave to inform your Majesty, That the said William Wood has been guilty of a most notorious Fraud and Deceit in coining the said Half-Pence, having, under Colour of the Powers granted unto him, imported and endeavored to utter great Quantities of different Impressions, and of much less Weight than was requir'd by the said Patent." In 1723 there was controversy in Ireland over English entrepreneur William Wood's minting of a debased Irish coinage, termed "Wood's halfpence." Under pressure from, among others, Jonathan Swift, the satirist, whose "Drapier's Letters" ferociously attacked him, Wood revoked his patent in 1725.