ANNE, Queen. 11167



Warrant Signed ‘Anne R’ at head, addressed to Robert Earl of Oxford, Our high Treasurer, ordering the payment of £1000 to Matthew Decker “to reimburse him so much which he hath Supplyed to Our Trusty and Welbeloved Thomas Harley Esq at Rotterdam by Letters for Credit pursuant to Our Directions and for Our Special Service”. Countersigned ‘Oxford’. 14 x 9 inches, folds, in good clean condition, Treasury stamps, a few minor marginal tears only. Given at Our Court at Windsor Castle, 5 August 1712. Queen Anne (reigned 1702-1714). Sir Matthew Decker (1680-1749), merchant, wrote two important tracts, Serious Considerations (1743) and An Essay on the Causes of the Decline in Foreign Trade (1744). He was a strong supporter of the doctrine of free trade, and as such was an important forerunner of Adam Smith. Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford (1661-1724), statesman.