RARE AND ORIGINAL ENGLISH CIVIL WAR-ERA MANUSCRIPT PARLIAMENTARY ORDER. Henry, Clerk of the House of Commons, and close friend of fellow republicans Bulstrode Whitelocke, Keeper of the Great Seal, and John Selden, the eminent legal scholar.
A parliamentary manuscript order for the felling of the timber of'delinquents' [Royalist landowners] for the use of the navy, dated 22 April 1644. Manuscript in ink, written on the top half of one page of a bifolium of laid and watermarked paper (watermark of shield and posthorn, with the name'P Lamy' below). Dated at head'Die Lunae 22º April: 1644'.
10 lines of manuscript text, signed'H: Elsynge Cler Parl: d: Com. Size: unfolded - 30,2cm x 19.2cm. Age toning and some foxing.
Dust marking to folds on either side of the docketed panel. Small tears to top and bottom of central fold (closed tear to bottom, and slight loss to top tear), and old paper residue from prior mounting?Please ask if you require a more detailed condition report, or view gallery images. Having seized control of the Navy in 1642, the English Parliament proceeded to sequester and fine the estates of royalists who opposed the rule of Parliament, termed'delinquents'. The present manuscript order shows the Parliament busily redeploying shipwrights for the felling of timber in order to strengthen the Navy, and follows in the wake of the recently published Ordinance of 16 April 1644'An Ordinance for felling of tymber Trees in the woods of severall Delinquents for the use of His Majesties Navy Royall'. In the hand of parliamentary clerk Henry Elsynge, and signed by him at foot. Parliamentary orders were typically printed, but lesser orders such as this were often recorded only in manuscript. The order reads as follows: It is this day ordered by the Comons Assembled in Parliamt. Wm: Jefferey of Colchester formerly appointed for the Fellinge of underwood belonginge to delinquents Edward Boate, and of the Master Shipwrights at Portsmouth Joseph Scott, Thomas Eastwood, John Jury & Christopher Martin, Shipwrights bee added unto ye Com:y and Master Shipwrights for the fellinge of the Tymber of delinquents appointed by Ordinance of Parliamt: for ye use of the Navy. The item "1644 manuscript parliament order civil war era royalist timber shipwrights" is in sale since Saturday, September 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "kernoozers" and is located in Ascot.
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