3 December 2003
CHARLES I, King of England (1625-1649). Autograph letter signed to Prince Rupert ('Nepueu'), Buckingham, 22 June 1644, including 3½ lines in cipher with interlinear transcription in a different hand, contemporary endorsement, one page, folio, (integral leaf removed, small hole, professional repair, light damp-stains, traces of guard).
A letter requesting Rupert 'most earnestlie to desyre you (as you love your owen preservation & myne, [in cipher] to send me Generall Goring with all speed', the reasons for which will follow. A postscript adds 'I thanke God my Wyfe is well delivered of a daughter' [Henrietta Anne, 'Minette', later Duchess of Orleans].
Rupert was now in the North, having won successes in Lancashire, and approaching York, while Waller and Essex harrassed the King around Oxford and to the West. Lord Goring was to command the Royalist left wing at Marston Moor in July, where after routing the enemy cavalry he was himself routed by Cromwell.
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