Henry VII’s letter to John Morton concerning William Weston’s voyage to the new found land

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An annotated transcription of a letter from Henry VII of England to John Morton, Lord Chancellor, probably written 12 March 1499. The letter concerns an intended voyage to the 'New founde land' by William Weston of Bristol.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 13 Apr 2011

Bibliographical note

Additional information: The following conventions were employed when transcribing the documents: the line spacing, spelling, capitalization, underlining, deletions and punctuation follow the manuscript; reconstructions of suspensions are in italics; ‘u’ and ‘v’ have been rendered according to the document rather than to modern usage. Squared brackets indicate editorial additions – in this case to indicate reconstructions as a result of damage to the manuscript.

Sponsorship: The British Academy, 'The Cabot Project', 2010-11.

Terms of use: A slightly different version of the transcription has also been published in:
E. T. Jones, 'Henry VII and the Bristol expeditions to North America: the Condon documents', Historical Research, 83 (August, 2010), 444-455. First published in 'Early View', August 2009.

Contributor: The National Archives: Public Record Office, UK
Contributor (Other): King Henry VII
Other identifier: C82/332 piece 61 out of 74


  • Bristol
  • John Cabot
  • Discovery
  • 1499
  • Newfoundland
  • William Weston


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