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QUEEN ELIZABETH, LETTER TO KING OF CHINA, FEBRUARY, 1583
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Our honest subject, John Newbery, the bringer hereof, who, with our favour, hath taken in hand the voyage which now he pursueth to the parts and countries of your Empire, not trusting upon any other ground than upon the favour of your Imperial clemency and humanity, is moved to undertake a thing of so much difficulty, being persuaded that, he having entered into so many perils, your Majesty will not dislike the same, especially if it may appear that it be not damageable unto your Royal Majesty, and that to your people it will bring some profit. Of both which things he not doubting, with more willing mind hath prepared himself for his predestinated voyage-unto us well liked of.