Studies in English Commerce and Exploration in the Reign of Elizabeth

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CHAPTER II
THE LETTERS PATENT OF 1581

The usual grandiloquent Elizabethan preamble sets forth that "Where our welbeloved Subjects Edward Osborne Alderman of our Citie of London, and Richard Staper of our sayde City Marchant, have by great adventure and industrie, with their great costes and charges, by the space of sundry late yeeres, travailed, and caused travaile to bee taken, as well by secret and good meanes, as by dangerous wayes and passages both by lande and Sea, to finde out and set open a trade of Marchandize and trafique into Lands . . . of the great Turke, . . . not heretofore in the memory of any man nowe living knowen to be commonly used and frequented by way of marchandize, by any the Marchants or any Subjects of us, or our progenitours; and also have by their like good meanes and industrie and great charges procured of the sayde Grand Signior (in our name) amitie, safetie, and freedome, for trade and trafique of Marchandise to bee used, and continued by our Subjects within his sayde Dominions, whereby there is good and apparent hope and likelyhoode both that many good offices may bee done for the peace of Christendome, and reliefs of many Christians that bee or may happen to bee in thraldome of necessitie under the sayde Grand Signior, his vassels or Subjects, and also good and profitable vent and utterance may be had of the commodities of our Realme, and sundry other great benefites to the advancement of our honour, and dignitie Royall, the increase of the revenues of our

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