Money, Alloy and the Decimal Ratio

WHO TALKS LIKE THIS? IT SAYS: Congress assembled Aug 8, 1786 – On a report of the Board of Treasury – resolved, that the standard  of the United States – of America, for gold and silver, shall be eleven parts – fine and one part alloy…

As I tried to read the script in the letter that I had found in my father’s guest room bureau I googled the first few words and to my surprise, I realized I had in my hand the original document written by John Robinson.

John Robinson (Treasury) was born on 15 July 1727 and was an English lawyer, politician and government official. He was the eldest son of Charles Robinson, an Appleby tradesman, who died on 19 June 1760, in his fifty-eighth year, having married, on 19 May 1726, Hannah, daughter of Richard Deane of Appleby. He was educated until 17 and was then articled to his aunt’s husband, Richard Wordsworth, grandfather of the poet William Wordsworth. He was admitted as attorney, practiced law in Appleby, and became town clerk. He was mayor in 1761. Robinson acquired property and local influence, by marriage and inheritance, and through the influence he returned as a Member of Parliament. In 1765 Robinson rebuilt the White House, Appleby, and entertained Lord North the prime minister there. He was created secretary of the treasury by North on 6 February 1770. A quarrel with Lowther blew up in early 1773, over local patronage; it saw a challenge to a duel, which Robinson turned down. Robinson resigned the post of law agent to the Lowther estates, and was succeeded in it by his first cousin, John Wordsworth, the poet’s father.

Here’s a picture of my grandpants. Her maiden name was Robinson.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Does this mean you have more than the Keith’s that we can write about? This is soooo exciting!


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