Conder, James (DNB00)


CONDER, JAMES (1763–1823), numismatist, was the youngest son of John Conder, D.D. [q.v.], pastor of the congregational meeting of protestant dissenters on the Pavement, Moorfields, London, and divinity professor in the dissenting academy at Homerton. He was born at Mile End and educated in the dissenters' school at Ware. For many years he was a haberdasher at Ipswich, where he died on 22 March 1823.

Conder possessed an extensive numismatic collection, and his series of provincial coins was probably unique. He long meditated the publication of a 'History of the Dissenting Establishments in Suffolk,' but this design was not executed. His name is honourably recorded for assistance received in the prefaces to Wilson's 'Dissenting Churches' and Brook's 'Lives of the Puritans.' He published a work of great utility to the provincial jeton collector, entitled 'An Arrangement of Provincial Coins, Tokens, and Medalets, issued in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, within the last twenty years, from the farthing to the penny size,' 2 vols. Ipswich, 1798, 4to, also printed on one side of the paper only, 2 vols. 1798-9, and on both sides in 1 vol. 1799, 8vo. In the British Museum there is a copy of the first edition, interleaved, with engraved specimens and copious manuscript notes by W. Young.

[Suffolk Biography, by J. F.; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Gent. Mag. xciii. (i.), 648-50; Davy's Athcnse Suffolcienses, iii. 129; Clarke's Ipswich, p. 468 ; Biog. Dict, of Liyinff Authors (1816); Nichols's Illustr. of Lit. vi. 331-4.]

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