London, South Kensington
27 November 2012
CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Autograph letter signed ('Charles R') to Prince Rupert ('Nepheu'), Oxford, 22 April 1646, one page, folio (some discolouration, minor loss to postscript), laid down on card, with three engravings.
THE ROAD TO MARSTON MOOR. Charles rather vaguely directs Rupert to relieve the Marquess of Newcastle, besieged in York: 'I cannot but recom[m]end theasse Gentlemens Propositions to you, knowing how ill a Case my L[ord] of NewCastell is in, for I belive, that without your assistance, he will not be able to withstand the Scots; yet I will not give you any positive Order in it, but leave it to you knowing you will doe what shall be best for my service, trusting still to your judgement: I heere for certaine, that Manchester is marching this way, for w[hi]ch I am sory ...', regretting that he cannot spare 2000 men for Rupert's reinforcement. A postscript notes Charles Garret's chagrin at having Lord Wentworth appointed 'over his head' as Major General of the Horse.
Rupert's relief of York on 1 July was to be followed the next day by the complete destruction of his army at the Battle of Marston Moor.
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The letter is dated 1644, not 1646 as stated in the catalogue.
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