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Merchants’ Post letter from Italy to Bartholomew Corsini in London, with Guild mark (1583)

By the first half of the sixteenth century, the City of London had its own ‘Merchant Adventurer’s Post’ with foreign-language speakers stationed on the Continent. The service was brought about following the launch of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of London which brought together London's leading overseas merchants. This letter sent from Italy to Bartholomew Corsini, a Florentine merchant based in England concerns shipping trunks to Italy via Hamburg-Augsburg-Nurnberg-Cremona. It features a guild sign on its cover.