View full screen - View 1 of Lot 44. ELIZABETH I | early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North, 1560.
44

ELIZABETH I | early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North, 1560

Margin Scheme

Estimate:

12,000 to - 18,000 GBP

ELIZABETH I | early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North, 1560

ELIZABETH I | early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North, 1560

Estimate:

12,000 to - 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

23,750

GBP

ELIZABETH I


EARLY LETTER SIGNED, TO EDWARD NORTH, FIRST BARON NORTH


commanding him to levy thirty men from Cambridgeshire to be sent north to work on the fortification of the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed ("...our workes and fortificacions at our Town of Barwick beeng [...] of the gretest importance [...] for the defence of our Realme..."), asking him to select men "by reason of theyre youth and strength of body, sparing therwithall [...] as moche as you maye those which be burderned with wiefes and children", 1 page, oblong folio, integral address leaf with an additional note to Lord North ("Maie it please your lordship myne Instructions is that thei be at barwick the tenth of march"), Westminster, 4 February 1560, papered seal


Edward, First Lord North (1504-64) had been a leading figure in successive Tudor governments, but opposed the Elizabethan religious settlement and spent his final years in retirement at his Cambridgeshire seat of Kirtling. Berwick-upon-Tweed, which had for centuries been contested by England and Scotland, was already heavily fortified but the early Elizabethan years saw major enhancements of the defensive walls. Large portions of the town's Elizabethan fortifications remain intact to this day.


PROVENANCE:

Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1976, lot 101


To view shipping calculator, please here

Nicks and dust-staining to address leaf


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.