CHARLES II (1630-1685). King of Great Britain and Ireland.
Document Signed 'Charles R', during his exile, 1 page on vellum, ca 75 x 190 mm. (3 x 7½ inches), with a fine papered seal bearing the royal arms. A commission for a colonel of a regiment of horse, the name of the officer left blank, and giving authority to levy 500 men, and create whatever officers should be necessary. Undated but probably from Brussels, about 1659.
An evocative relic of the Civil War and Commonwealth. Such a small document could be folded (there are two slight original folds) and perhaps sewn into the hem of a garment to be smuggled back into England for use in raising troops for the royalist cause.
'... And therewith to fight, kill and destroy all who are in Armes against Us; And to seize on any Fort, Castle, Towne or Citty in rebellion against Us. ...'
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