Harrington

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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