[in pencil] Feb 18, 1703/4
Copy of the Earl of Nottingham’s Letter to You about Trade with the Spanyards.
The States General of the United Provinces haveing represented. To the Queen, the Advantages and conveniencies of the Trade with Spain in the West-Indies Her Maie upon Consideration of the reasons alledged by them has thought fitt to approve of their Proposall, and to continue the Trade & commerce with the Spanniards in those Parts, during this war, in all commodities Excepting stores of War and ammunition, and such Commodities as are Prohibited by law to be carried from her Maie’s Plantations, directly to any forreign Countrey and her Maie has commanded me to signify her Pleasure to you, that you Permitt, and suffer, her subjects freely and openly to carry to any place or Territory under the Dominion of Spain in America, all such Merchandizes, and Commodities as might have been carried thither before the war, Provided there be not among them any stores or ammunition of war which you
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