In 1649, Charles I met his end at the Tower of London. Oliver Cromwell was now the ruler of England. Within days, the Scots crowned Charles’ son Charles II. In 1651, Charles II attempted to wrest control of England at the Battle of Worcester but was roundly trounced. He fled to France, where he remained in exile until 1660 – two years after the death of Cromwell. Charles II was a hugely popular king, known to his subjects as the Merry Monarch. His reign was a welcome relief from Cromwell’s Puritanism.
This is a spectacular 9 x 14 inch vellum document bearing a major signature from Charles II (1630-1685) at the top of the page. Charles signs “Charles R” (the R is for Rex – Latin for king). It’s dated November 13, 1668.
The text addresses the Commissioners of the Treasury (including George Monck and the Duke of Albermarle). It requests a salary payment of £100 to Peter Du Moulin, Secretary of the Council for Trade and a chaplain at Canterbury Cathedral.
The piece is mounted on white paper and displays a light tear that goes through signature, along with some toning,
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