Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Charles II manuscript transcript of his speech to both Houses of Parliament on October 10 1667 on the reassembly of Parliament following the disasters of the Dutch Wars. This is a transcript written probably in the early 18th c – watermark of the paper suggests a date of c1730. Written in a neat secretarial hand on 4pp folio. The manuscript opens with a brief speech by the King and then a longer explanation of the state of the nation by Orlando Bridgeman, the Lord Keeper. Charles had prorogued Parliament about 11 weeks before in order to concentrate on the Dutch Wars, but they had gone so badly that in effect he had to come back to Parliament to explain what had happened so that he could be voted more money. The document concludes with a list of 14 points discussed by ‘Ye Committee appointed to inspect ye miscarriage of ye Warr’.