'Those kinde of people may be well spared'


A week after authorising the deportation of 10 Blackmoores, Elizabeth sent an open letter to various public officials, including the lord mayor of London, requiring their co-operation in the deportation of sufficient numbers of Blackamoores to defray the costs incurred by the merchant, Casper van Senden, in returning English prisoners from Spain and Portugal.

No one could be taken without the consent of his or her master. Elizabeth did not offer any compensation, expecting they would 'like Christians rather to be served by their owne countrymen then with those kynde of people'.

PC 2/21, f. 306 (18 July 1596)

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