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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...will not yet suffer me."r Were it not for ' London, 2nd Jan. 1558-9.--Fland. Corr. St. P. Off. LETTER ON FINANCE. 257 such ephemeral causes, and Cecil's habit of preserving every written paper which he received, we should have been almost without any of Gresham's correspondence during his periods of residence in England. The following letter, which he addressed to Sir William Cecil in London on the 1st of March, 1558-9, is nearly the last of the kind with which the reader shall be troubled. It would not be right to omit a curious document from Gresham's pen, so illustrative of the financial arrangements of his day; though, for the reader's sake, I wish it could have been a little more entertaining. "It maye like your honnor to understande, that xxx M It. sterling, aftyr xxiij s. iiij d., makyth flemyshe xxxiiij M viii c xxxiij li. vi s. viii d. 34,833J. 6. Sd.;' and aftyr xxiis., (as the exchange now goythe in Lombarde Streat, ) xxxiij M li.: wych ys the halfe of the Quene's Majes-tie's detts that be owing in Aprill and May next. And for the payment thereof, and for keeping uppe of the Exchange, the Quene's Majestic hathe none other wayes and helpe but to use her Merchant adventurers. Wherein I doo right well knowe they will stande very stowte in the matter, by the reason of this new costome; as also for the xx M li. that her Hyghnes doth owe So in the original, but evidently a miscalculation. VOL. 1. S 258 Gresham's Scheme For them. Nevertheless, considering how moche yt doth import the Quene's Majestie's credit, of force she must use her Merchants; and for the compassing thereof, her highnes shall have good opportewnity both to bargayn and to bringe them to what price her Majestic and yow shall think most convenient; as the like proof was made...