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    Sale 5309

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 357

    JAMES II (1633-1701), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Document signed (as Duke of York and Lord High Admiral, 'James'), a warrant to Horatio, Lord Townshend, Vice Admiral of Norfolk, St James's, 19 July 1666, 1½ pages, folio, papered seal, blank integral leaf, contemporary endorsement. Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 22 June 1976, lot 110; Sotheby's New York sale, 13 December 1983, lot 954; the Spiro Family Collection.

    A document reflecting the urgency of strengthening the fleet for the Dutch war: James orders the arrest of masters and seafaring men who have evaded impressment and that they be sent to the Admiralty High Court in London for sentencing and punishment.

    Pepys records in his diary at this time the lack of men in the streets, 'men being so afeared of the press' (6 July 1666).

    Price Realised  

    JAMES II (1633-1701), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Document signed (as Duke of York and Lord High Admiral, 'James'), a warrant to Horatio, Lord Townshend, Vice Admiral of Norfolk, St James's, 19 July 1666, 1½ pages, folio, papered seal, blank integral leaf, contemporary endorsement. Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 22 June 1976, lot 110; Sotheby's New York sale, 13 December 1983, lot 954; the Spiro Family Collection.

    A document reflecting the urgency of strengthening the fleet for the Dutch war: James orders the arrest of masters and seafaring men who have evaded impressment and that they be sent to the Admiralty High Court in London for sentencing and punishment.

    Pepys records in his diary at this time the lack of men in the streets, 'men being so afeared of the press' (6 July 1666).


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