HENRY VIII

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Lot 367
HENRY VIII

Sold for £ 9,840 (US$ 13,137) inc. premium
HENRY VIII
Warrant signed ("Henry R" at head), to Sir Edward North (later Lord North), Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations of the Revenues of the Crown, directing him to deliver to Viscount Lisle (John Dudley, later Duke of Northumberland), Lord High Admiral of England, three thousand fothers of lead which Lisle had agreed to purchase over a period of six years at £4 6s 8d a fother, totalling £13,000, "to be delyveryd at the see side in suche portes as shalbe most comodious for hym so that for the purpuses of our Buyldinges fortresses and workes we be not therebye disapoynted" and requiring him to take "sufficient Bonde by obligacion or Recognisaunce" of delvery; countersigned by North ("Edward North"), with papered signet, contemporary dockets, on vellum, minor creasing and light dust-staining, but overall in good and attractive condition, 225 x 315 mm., Oatlands Manor, 6 December [1546]

Footnotes

  • This document belongs to the period of 1545-56 which saw Lisle's major reform of Henry VIII's navy, by which he introduced an administrative structure that was the most developed in Europe at the time, giving the English navy "the edge over its rivals in mobilization, supply, victualling, and logistics for the remainder of the century. The extent to which Lisle was personally responsible for the ideas embodied in this institution is not known, but as lord high admiral at the time he was formally responsible, and such a pragmatic and businesslike arrangement bears the stamp which all his projects show" (ODNB).
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