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CP Volume 153 Folio 117
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Transcribed by Samuel Haynes
3 Aug 1562. Resolutions for Sir William Woodhowse
From a Minute of Secretary Cecill.
THE Shipps may goo to the Seas, and lye uponn the Cost of Normandy.
They maye have in them such Nombre of Men, as they may spare five or six hundred good Soldiers, with one principall Captayn for the Governance.
They may have Powder, Armor, Weapons, &c. to serve for the keping of any Place.
Uppon the shew of these Shipps uppon the Cost of Normandy, if Occasion shall be offred to the Queen's Majesty to employ the same overpluss of Men, &c. they may uppon Knoledg from hir Majesty, procede as Cause shall require.
And yet nevertheles in this meane Season, no other manifest Demonstration to be made oppenly to the Sight of the World, but that the Shipps be there to gard the Seas; lest, if no occasion shuld be gyven to employ the Men, no Quarrell might be justly thereof made.
Item, in the meane Season, Preparations wold be made for the having in a redynes a Powre of five or six thousand Men to be raysed to all Purposees ten thousand.