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Proposal by Thomas Digges relating to Dover Harbour

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Proposal by Thomas Digges relating to Dover Harbour
late 16th century
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. ii + 32.
Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards. Bound with MSS/0039, MSS/0045. Bookplate, fol. ii, of Robert Cony, MD (d. 1713; cf. MSS/0015).
Scope and content
'A briefe discourse declaringe how.. profitable to youre most excellent Majestie, and howe necessary.. the making of Dover Haven shalbe..' (fol. 3). A project by Thomas Digges (d. 1595), the mathematician, addressed to Queen Elizabeth, c. 1582, for the development of Dover harbour using the pier and other foundations laid by Henry VIII. Includes details of various 'plattes' (plans), fortifications, and computations of costs.

Read to SA, 15, 22, 29 Nov., 6 Dec. 1792 (Minute Book XXIV, pp. 313-16, 317-21, 326-7, 333). Published in Archaeologia, 11 (1794), 212-54; see also ibid., 72 (1922), 185-224; A. Macdonald, 'Plans of Dover Harbour in the sixteenth century', Arch. Cant., 49 (1937), 108-26.

Thomas Digges was appointed muster master general to the Queen's forces in the Netherlands, 1586. He published a number of works on mathematics and military affairs; see DNB.
Digges, Thomas (c 1546-1595), mathematician and MP
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