Lord Burghley Letter Replica
Replica of a Renaissance Letter
How were letters folded and sealed before the invention of the envelope? How long did it take this letter to travel from London to Dover in 1588? Where did it stop on the way? What urgent message did it convey to the commander of the English forces at the time of the Spanish Armada? This replica of Folger MS X.d.494 is folded as originally sent, and unfolds to reveal a full description of the physical letter plus a transcription of its contents. Dated August 26, 1588, it was sent from William Cecil, Lord Burghley, to Charles Howard, Baron Howard of Effingham, Lord Admiral of England.
Measures 13 x 9.5 cm folded, 29.5 x 41 cm unfolded