Excerpt from Select Passages Illustrating Commercial and Diplomatic, Relations Between England and Russia Intercourse between England and Russia began with the chance discovery of the Muscovite Empire in the middle of the sixteenth century by the Willoughby Chancellor expedition. The English merchants at once realised the commercial possibilities of the accident that had driven the explorers upon the inhospitable shores of the White Sea. The Muscovy or Russia Company was at once organised, and a regular trade via Archangel was established. For over a century and a half relations were confined to purely commercial affairs, and were, except during the Commonwealth and Protectorate, uniformly friendly. Peter the Great inherited these traditions of friendship, but his ambitious policy of expansion West wards brought him into con ict with the Continental interests of our first two Georges, and diplomatic rela tions were for a time suspended. When these were resumed the two Governments entered into closer relation ships, cemented by a commercial treaty and several treaties of alliance, tably in 1742 and 1755. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.