RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 97
Datec 1620
Extent1 file
TitleJohn Keymor's treatise on trade
DescriptionAn early neat copy manuscript of Keymor's treatise, written in the reign of James I, possibly in the author's own hand. This manuscript, which must have been written before 1626, predates any publication. There are other versions in Edinburgh University Library (Laing MS 1152) and the National Archives (SP14/118). The Exeter version is fuller than the latter, and lacks one or two paragraphs of the former, but includes Keymor's name on the front page, and appears to be a presentation copy.
Admin HistoryJohn Keymor, or Keymer, was probably born in the 1550s. In January 1579 he married Joan Jackson at All Saints Church, Cambridge (source: International Geneaological Index), and in 1584, having been licensed by Sir Walter Raleigh to sell wine in Cambridge, was so severely impeded in this by scholars of Cambridge University and one Baxter, 'an esquire beadle', that Keymor's wife's life was threatened. Despite Raleigh's efforts on Keymor's behalf, the matter was referred to the King's Bench. Although he lost his case, Keymor was still trading two years later, although it seems likely that he was eventually stopped. It is likely that the periods of travel abroad (to which he refers in his writings) began in the 1590s. In 1601 he wrote a treatise on the fishing industry for the Queen, in which he demonstrated the importance of the industry and related its wealth to the wealth generated by Spain in the New World. This was followed by pamphlets on the cloth trade and other subjects in which Keymor puts himself forward as an early advocate of free trade. The particular pamphlet represented here, which is assigned to 'about 1620' by archivists in the Public Record Office (the National Archives) and by M.F. Lloyd Prichard of the University of Auckland, was later taken as the work of Sir Walter Raleigh, and published several times under his name. According to Lloyd Prichard's introduction in 'Original Papers regarding Trade in England and Abroad drawn up by John Keymer for information of King James I about 1620' (New York, 1967), the last known mention of Keymor is a deputation of various lords to him in 1622 to discuss his economic theories, shortly after which he is presumed to have died.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThere are other versions of this document in Edinburgh University Library (Laing MS 1152) and the National Archives (SP14/118).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Finding_AidsSingle item.
Creator_NameKeymor; John (fl 1550-1622); writer
Mgt_GroupHistorical papers
DS/UK/87Keymor; John (fl 1550-1622); writerfl 1550-1622
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