Copy of a Let[ter] from the/ Lords of the Councell/ to the L[ord] Cobha[m] touch/ ing Iron Ordinance/
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After oure righte hartie com[m]endac[i]ons to yor good Lor[dshi]p. Wheras/ we ar given to understand from the Lord of Buckhurst that/ our former Le[tte]rs wryten unto yow, for the restreint of makinge/ and transporting of Cast ordnance of Iron, not extending/ to all such as have furnaces, divirs personns who before/ our inhibic[i]on signified, did make Iron onlie, and noe ordnance/ fynding them selves at libertie, and not bound as the rest/ do leave the same, and convert their furnaces to the ma/ king of ordinance in respect of the gayne grouing unto them/ beyond the other by that trade. For the meeting wherw[i]th/ we have thought good to praye and require yo[u]r Lor[dshi]p(following/ o[u]r former direc[i]ons for the manner of the restraint) that you/ cawse bands to be taken of all such as have furnaces or=/ther after shall erect furnaces within yo[ur] iurisdic[i]on exten/ ding the same as well to the Farmers, as to the owners of/ Furnaces that no devise or shift behind, to defraud/ the purpose of o[u]r orders and direc[i]ons in that bahaufe/ given: praying yor Lor[dshi]p moreover to send further then to her/ ma[jes]ties excheq[uer] all such bands as you have or shall cause/ to be taken to that end and unto us a list, conteyning the/ names, bands and sums of names of everie p[er]son that we/ may understand what shallbe delivered Wherof hoping you/ will have cause we byd your Lor[dshi]p hartilie farwell From/ the court at [illegible] <windsor> the of october 1590
Your good Lo[rdshi]p very loving fr[ien]ds/
Chr Hatton Car. wylli[a]m Burghley/
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(with permission of South Staffordshire County Council)
William Lord Burghley.