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Letter: Burghley to Fanshawe, re. Port of Gloucester, 11 June 1582

Manuscript: TNA SP46/32 fo. 250
Transcribed by : Evan Jones (August, 2007) [check 3]

A letter from Lord Burghley, the Lord Treasurer of England, to Thomas Fanshawe, Queen's Remembrancer of the Exchequer, who was responsible for customs and subsidies. The letter concerns the Bristol Petition that Gloucester cease to be a Head Port, 1582 and was sent from Burghley's manor of Theobalds in Cheshunt , Hertfordshire.


Mr Ffanshaw here included I do send unto you a petition
exhibited to her majestie by the Maior of Bristoll against
the custome howse lately erected at Gloucester wherin hir
majesties pleasure is to be informed of some answer to it
which I think were best to be sent to them of Gloucester
to answar. Neverthelesse for that you were acquainted
with the matter when they of Gloucester were petitioners
to hir majestie I thought good to send it unto you that
you might consider of it and advertise me your opinion
touching the same. So fair you well. Ffrom my house
in Thoeobaldes this xi th of June 1582

Your Loving friend

Burghley [signature]

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