JAMES II (1633-1701). King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Letter Signed, addressed at the foot to Lord Ranelagh, 1 page folio with endorsement and second leaf (old repairs), Windsor 24 July 1686. Ordering the payment of £2,470 3s. 10d. to Lord Dartmouth for the royal regiment of fusiliers under his command. Countersigned by William Blathwayt (?1649-1717, secretary at war.
George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth (ca 1647-1691) had been appointed master-general of the ordnance in 1682 and admiral of the fleet the following year. In 1688 he was to attempt to prevent the invasion led by William of Orange. William Blathwayt played an important part in the administration of the colonies of North America and was responsible fo the establishment of the charter of the crown colony of Massachusetts Bay, predecessor of the state of Massachusetts. The recipient of the letter, Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh (1641-1712), was at this time paymaster of the forces. In 1703 he would be expelled from the Commons when it was found that he had appropriated more than £900,000 of public funds.
The endorsement to the reverse of the document is a receipt for the full amount signed by Thomas Richers.
'Our Will and Pleasure is That out of the Monies appointed for the Use of Our Guards Garrisons and Land Forces you pay to Our Right Trusty and Welbeloved Councellor George Lord Dartmouth the Summe of two thousand four hundred and seventy pounds three shillings and ten pence the same being certified by you to be due to Our Royall Regiment of Fuziliers under his Command upon the Muster commencing the first day of May last and ending the thirtieth day of June following being sixty one days ...'
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