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Letters credential granted by Elizabeth I to Sir John Norris for his embassy to the Low Countries

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Letters credential granted by Elizabeth I to Sir John Norris for his embassy to the Low Countries

Author
Elizabeth I
Date
9 October 1588
Medium
Manuscript

These letters credential, written in French, were granted by Elizabeth I to Sir John Norris for his mission as extraordinary ambassador to the States General of the United Provinces of the Low Countries. In October 1588 Norris and Sir Francis Drake received a royal commission from the Queen to organise and undertake an expedition against Spain and Portugal in retaliation for the attempt made on England by the Spanish Armada earlier that summer (CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 551). Norris arrived in the Low Countries on 20 October to seek Dutch support (CSP Foreign, Elizabeth, July-Dec. 1588, p. 273). He departed in the latter part of December having secured the States General's agreement that two thousand foot and six hundred horse would be freed from Elizabeth's armies in the Low Countries and for a further ten Dutch companies, provided at their own expense, to support the expedition (CSP Foreign, Elizabeth, July-Dec. 1588, pp. 372, 381; Wernham, Expedition of Sir John Norris and Sir Francis Drake, pp. 42-3).

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