To the Rt Honble the Ld High Treasurer of England.

May it please yor Lordp

In obedience to yor Lordps Order of Reference of the 19th instant upon Mr Drummond's Letter wherein he proposes that upon the receipt of 400 Tunns of Tin at Amsterdam or within 14 days after, he will there pay to yor Lordps Order 4 pounds sterling per ton symbol in textwt, wch is 32000li sterling in all, at the rate of 10 Gilders 10 stivers pr pound, rebating 4 pr cent for paying ready money; the freight, duty in Holland & all other charges after it is once on board, to be fo{r} his account: We humbly represent to your Lordp that the Tin put on board {w}ill stand her Majty in 4li per ton symbol in textt, (vizt 3li 16s the price sold at here, 3s Custome & 1s petty charge for shipping it;) {a}|A|nd that a rebate of two per cent seems to us a sufficient recompence for paying ready money.

For since Mr Drummond has sold 400 Tunns of Tinn in ten months, as he represents in his Letter; if we should sell the like quantity in the Tower in that time \for small parcels/ for him ready money to him or to other Merchants trading to Holland; the Tin being constantly selling would produce some of the money every day & half of it in half that time: wch would be as advantageous to her Majty as if we were to receive the price of the whole at once in the middle of that time. And therefore if the whole price be paid sooner her Majty should allow interest only till the middle of that time, that is, from the time of payment till the end of the five months next ensuing the delivi|e|ry of the Tin: wch interest in Mr Drummond's case will scarce exceed two \be under about 134 134/ pr cent \supposing money at 5 pr cent per an{sic}/. And so the \rebate of/ four pr cent wch he demands \for ready money in his proposal/ is about 2|14| pr center {illeg}|t|oo much.

And {illeg}|s|ince he \has given|s| |us| no order for insuring & auth{illeg}|o|rity to insure the Tin on his account &/ proposes \only/ to pay for |i|the Tin upon its arrival at Amsterdam, \it implies that/ her Maty \is to/ runs |t|a|he| risque at sea, wch \risque/ Merchants reccon at two pr cent. So that her Majty by this contract would loose 2|14| pr cent interest & 2 pr cent insurance, in all, 4|14| cent, wch is above 3s. |4d| pr ton symbol in textwtt; & in the whole price of 32000li amounts to 125|36|0li sterling.

And there may be a further|,| loss as great\considerable loss/, by paying the money in Holland at 10 Gilders 10 stivers pr pound sterling; the exchange at present being at \above/ 1{illeg}|0| Gilders \15 {illeg}|Or| 16 stivers/ pr {illeg}|p|ound sterling\or above/, as we hear from Merchants.

And we further lay before yor Lordp that the former contracts have hitherto disc{illeg}|o|uraged all other Merchants from exporting Tin into Holland: who, as we are very credibly informed, are ready to export it thither in good quantities so soon as this \branch of/ |ye| Trade shall be left freed from preferenc{illeg}|e|.

All which is most humbly su{illeg}|b|mitted to yor Lordps great


Mint Office 3d March

Is. Newton

And since we cannot yet ensure the Tin witho on his account without his order wch is not yet offered, & he proposes \{illeg}|only|/ to pay for it upon its arrival at Amsterdam; it implies that her Maty is to run the risque at sea; wch risque Mer{illeg}|ch|ants reccon at 2 pr

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