Auction Date: 23/02/2019 at 10am
Oliver Cromwell’s “Commissioners Of Discoveries” 9th July 1656 - Worcester House, Order from the Commissioners for Discoveries to Sir Robert Pye 'the elder', of the parish of St. Margarets, Westminster; partly printed with manuscript annotations and signature. Signed "F. Parkhurst.". The order states that "Whereas Edmund Stephens of Lemster in the County of Hereford Gent on the behalf of His Highness the Lord Protector, hath exhibited an Information before the said Commissioners, against Sr Robert Pye the elder". Pye is therefore "desired to appear before the said Commissioners at Worcester House in the Strand, in the County of Middlesex, on Tuesday the fifteenth - day of July". Ferdinando Parkhurst, Registrar to the Commissioners for Discoveries. The printed text usually reading 'required' to appear has been crossed out and replaced by hand with 'desired' to appear, possibly reflecting the delicacy involved in summoning Pye, a former MP and public servant. Size 8” ´ 11¾”.