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To the Rt Honble the Earle of Godolphin Lord High Treasurer of England

May it please yor Lordp

It being yor Lordps pleasure to send Tin in Barrs to storehouses in Lisbon Genoa & Leghorn for supplying Portugal Spain Italy & Turkey with Tin, as Mr Taylor has signified to us, & for this end that we should send it in her Majties Transports to Portsmouth to be there shipt off into her Majties men of warr: we humbly lay before your Lordp that there being but few opportunities of Transports from hence to Portsmouth it will be more expeditious & also cheaper to send it from Cornwall to Portsmouth in the Tin-ships. And therefore we humbly propose that the Commissioners for the Tin affair in Cornwall may be ordered to run \into barrs & ship off annually in deal Boxes to Portsmouth/ three or four hundred Tunns (or such quantity as your Lordp shall think fit) of the Tin at Truro, into barrs annually taking the blocks together as they come to hand without any cutting that the Pewterers here may have no occasion of complaining that the Tin sen{illeg}|t| to the Tower has been culled; And because Barrells are found too weak for this service we humbly propose that the said Commissioners be directed to put the barrs of Tin into boxes made of deale boards of such a size that each Box may hold three hundred weight of Tin,\that they ship off the same in deal boxes it being found by experience that Barrells are too weak for this service & packing up the barrs in deale boxes, it being found by experience that barrells are too weak for this service./ |it being found by experience that barrels are too weak for this service| By this means the charge of carryin|a|g|e| from Portsmouth hither & of unlading \here/ & loding again the Tin here into Transports will be saved, & the Transports will be freed from the trouble of this carriage, & Portsmouth may be always without any difficulty supplied with such a stock of Tin <514v> as shall be sufficient for Lisbon Genoa & Leghor{n}

All which is most humbly submitted to yor Lordps great wisdome

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[1] Mint Office

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