A farthing. So called from Lord Harrington, to whom James I.
granted a patent for making them of brass. Drunken Barnaby says—
Thence to Harrington be it spoken,
For name-sake I gave a token
To a beggar that did crave it.
Drunken Barnaby's Journal.'
“I will not bate a Harrington of the sum.”
Ben Jonson: The Devil is an Ass, ii. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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