1893 text

King Charles II. his Declaration to all his loving Subjects of the Kingdome of England, dated from his Court at Breda in Holland 4/14 of April, 1660, and read in Parliament with his Majesties Letter of the same date to his Excellence the Ld. Gen. Monck to be communicated to the Ld. President of the Council of State and to the Officers of the Army under his Command. London, Printed by W. Godbid for John Playford in the Temple, 1660.” 40, pp. 8.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Proclamation declaring Charles II's right of Accession:printed broadsheet 8/may/ 1660 Guildhall Library London;
"the exiled King's Declaration to the Navy and the Loyal response which Montague and Pepsy thoughtfully prepared before the Council of War could discuss it Pepys signed it, with eye to publicity" (from Geoffrey Trease Samuel Pepys and his world p32 Putnam 1972) Note it has and advertisement for "An excellent chymical Powder which never fails the cure of any ague....( I will scan it it for any body so interested else off to the guild hall.

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Here is a rough copy of the letter the cheers were for the last line but one. ` (414)

His Majesties letter to the Generals of the Navy at Sea.

Charles Rex.

Trusty and well Beloved, We greet you well: it is no small comfort to us, after so many great troubles and miseries, which the whole Nation hath g[r]oaned under; and after [s]o great Revolutions which have still increased those mi- series, to hear that the Fleet and Ships which are the W[i]ll of the Kingdom, are pu[t] under the Command of two [ ]crions so well disposed and concerned in the peace and happiness [o]f the Kingdom, as we believe you to be; and that the Officers and Seamen under your command, are more inclined to return to their duty to us, and put a pe[ri]od to the distempers and distra ctions which have, o impoverished and dishonoured the Nation, then to widen the breach, and raise their fortunes by rapine and violence; which gives us great encouragement and hope, Th[]t God Almighty will heal the wounds by the saine Plaister that made the Flesh raw ; that he will proceed in the same method in pouring his blessing upon us, which he was p[l]eased to use when he began to { [a]instuct us;} and that the manisestation of the good affection of the Fleet and Sea-men towards us and the N{a} ation, may be the Prologue to that peace which was first inter- ruptee by mistake and misunderhanderling of their Predeces- sors, which would be such a blessing unto us all, that We should not be less delighted the manner then the matter of it.

In this hope and confidence, we have sent the inclosed Decl- ration to you; earnestly desiring you, that you will cause it {to} be published to all the Officers and Seamen of the the Fleet; And you are also to tell them, That we have same gracious pur- pose towards them, which we have the already expressed to the Army at Land, and will provide to pay for all A[rrear]. So de- pending upon Gods blessing, which are best for us all ,We bid you farewel,

Given at Our Court at Breda this 14 day of April
1660 in the 12th year of our Reign

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Report of Council of War by SP(415)
At a Council of War held on board the Nasby the 3rd of May, where were present the General, Vice-admiral, Rear-admiral, capt: Cuttance,cap,Clark,cap,Hayward,cap,Penrose,cap,Wager,cap, S[]arling,and cap,Mootham &c. Upon the Generals communica- ting [n]nto them a letter from his Majesty directed to Gen. Monck and himself bearing date April 14. and a Declararation of his Ma- jesty of the samed d[a]te.

Resolved ([n]emine contradicente)

That the Commanders and Officers of the Fleet do receive the gra- cious Declarationof his Majesty, as also the expressions of his gracious purpose towards them,[a]nd the whole Fleet,(communicate{p}[d] in a Letter to the Generals, with great joyful[n]essof heart; and for them do return unto his Majesty their most humble thanks, declaring and professing their exact loyalty and duty unto his Majesty, and desire the Generals of the Fleet humbly to represent the same unto him.

It was also Resolved, that the said Letter,Declaration and Vote, should be publickly read to the re{spe}rve ships and Companies of the Fleet now in the {Downs},to know their{sense} concerning the same.

Which being according performed, they did by loud accla- mations,and other expressions of Joy, declare their assent to said Vote, not one person in the whole Fleet mani[f]{s}esting any dis- sent thereunto.

Samuel Pepys,Secretary.

Report of a Council of War signed by Samuel Pepys.
From the Faithful Post 53, 8 May 1660 Bodlein Library, Oxford followed by
An Advertisement

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Although it can no way be doubted, but that his Majesties Right
and Title to his Crowns and Kingdoms, is and was every
way Compleated by the Death of his most Royal Father of
glorious Memory without the Ceremony or Solemnity of a
Proclamation: Yet since Proclamations in such Cases have
been always used, to the end that all good Subjects might up-
on this occation testifie their Duty and Respect; And since the
Armed violence, and other the Calamities of many Peers last past, have hitherto
{bep[ri]ed+} Us of any such Opportunity, Wherein We might Express Our Loyaltie
and Allegeance to His Majesty: We therefore the Lords and Commons now
assembled in Parliament, together with the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Com-
mons of the City of {London*} and other Freemen of this Kingdom now present
doe according to Our Duty and Allegiance, heartily ,joyfully, and unanimonsly
Acknowledge and Proclaim, That immediately upon the Decease of Our late
Soveraign Lord King {Charles*},the Imperial Crown of the Realm of {England*}
and all of the Kingdoms, Dominions, and Rights belonging to same, bid by
Inherent Birthright, and Lawfull and undoubted Succession, Descend and
come to his most Excellent Majesty, {Charls the second*} , as being Lineally,
Justify, and Lawfully next Heire of the Blood-Royal of this Realm; and that
by the Goodness and Providence of Almighty God, He is of {England, Scotland*,}
{France*}, and {Ireland*} the most Potent, Mighty, and undoubted King: And there-
unto We most humbly and faithfully doe Submit and Oblige Our Selves,
Our Heires, and Posterites for Ever.

God Save the K I N G
Tuesday May 8th, 1660.
Ordered by the Commons assembled in Parliamentt, That this Proclamation be forth-
with Printed and Published
Will: Jessop Clerk of the Commons
House of Parliament
London, Printed by Edward Husbands and Thomas Newcomb, Printers to the
Commons House of Parliament .

{* small type in enlish} The rest Printed in Gothic type

+{denied} could not decipher
The Belated Proclamation of Charles II at the Guildhall Library

vincent  •  Link

another version from Hhomeboy on Sat 5 Apr 2003, 7:35 am |

vicente  •  Link

another source for THE CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS OF THE PURITAN REVOLUTION 1625-1660 this incluudes declarartion of Breda. worth while reading all of the papers. the last item at the bottom of the page


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