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King Charles I

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1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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1,500 GBP
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Description

  • King Charles I
  • Letter signed ("Charles R") at the head, to "the Governor or Commander in cheif [sic] of our forces or Garrison in or near our Towne of Newarke"
  • ink on paper
advising that "our Nephew Prince Rupert is imployed in an expedition of importance for our especiall service in Lecestershire", and ordering him to provide assistance to Prince Rupert as requested, 1 page, folio, Oxford, 20 January 1642/3, contemporary endorsement, damp damaged with loss at folds incurring damage to about 5 letters, strengthened 

Provenance

J. Eliot Hodgkin, FSA (d.1912); sale of his collection in these rooms, 22-24 April 1914, lot 168, to P.M. Barnard for Miss Scott of Penmaenucha, Wales

Catalogue Note

A wartime letter from the time of Prince Rupert's ascendancy. Rupert spent the first winter of the war assisting with improvements to Oxford's defences and probing Parliamentary forces in the surrounding counties. Leicestershire was of crucial importance as Royalist control there would ease communication with the Royalist army in the north commanded by Newcastle.
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