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ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1558-1603). Document signed, a warrant addressed to Valentine Browne, Treasurer of Berwick, Windsor, 21 February 1564, signed by the Queen in the upper margin, one page, 4to, integral address leaf (occasional spotting, neatly repaired in folds), tipped on guard into an album.
An order for payment to Sir William Drury, who is to succeed Sir Thomas Dacre as Marshal of the town and garrison of Berwick, 'We will and commande you to paye unto him of such our treasure as is or shall come to your hand the somme of one hundred pounds in prest, upon his intertaynment, the severall rates whereof shall appeare to you upon our new establishment which we meane to be allowed to him in consideration of his charges thither from the xxviiith day before the arryvall of him and his numbers to that Towne'. The warrant also enjoins that 'wee be not dubble charged with the wages of Sir Thomas Dacre and his retayners'.
Sir William Drury (1527-1579), a staunch protestant and loyal servant to Henry VIII and Edward VI, prudently retired from Court during Mary I's reign but on the accession of Elizabeth at once returned to public life. He remained at Berwick until 1576 and his reports to Cecil on Scottish affairs are among the most important state documents of the period.
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