Lot 270: English diplomat and spy (1503–1566). ALS, one page, 8.25 x 12, February 20, 1549. Letter addressed to the French negotiating delegation, "A Messrs Mons de la Rochepot et les aultres deputtes du Roy tres chrestien," agreeing to meet in Boulogne no later than Saturday evening. Signed at the conclusion by four prominent representatives of the British delegation: John Mason; John Russell, First Earl of Bedford; William Petre; and William Paget, First Baron Paget of Beaudesert. Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Mason's hand. Intersecting folds, scattered creases and soiling, and a mounting strip to reverse. These four statesmen served during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI and were granted full power to negotiate with France over the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, occupied by England from 1544 to 1550. The English withdrew and returned to port in exchange for a large ransom as part of the 1550 'Peace of Boulogne,' a treaty between France, England, and Scotland to end the War of the Rough Wooing.
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