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Monstrous AdversaryThe Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford$
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Alan H. Nelson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236788

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313592

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The Lure of Tin

The Lure of Tin

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70 The Lure of Tin
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Monstrous Adversary
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0071

This chapter focuses on Oxford's tin mining campaign. Oxford planned to ‘farm’ the Queen's tins by securing the ‘pre–emption’ of this wealth–producing metal. Preemption was a monopolistic practice intended to forestall competitive underbidding by suppliers: instead, one person or corporation would buy up the whole annual production and offer it for sale at a controlled price. Approximately one–third of Oxford's surviving letters and memoranda derive from his tin–mining campaign. These missives fall into two groups: first, 15 letters and some three memoranda, 20 March 1595 to 14 March 1596; second, three letters and some six memoranda, in or about June 1599.

Keywords:   monopolisation, tin mining, annual production, underbidding

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