Charles II of England

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Charles II of England



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Autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides) - with address page on the reverse of an adjoining sheet, 7,5 x 11,5 inch, Whitehall, 23.05.1677, to Bashaw and the People of the City and Kingdom of Tripoli - expressing the wish that the recently signed treaty between England and Tripoli will allow a normalization of friendly relations, signed by the King in dark ink "Charles R", with intersecting letter folds, two pinholes, a few small tears, light spotting, and remnants of original paper and wax seal - in fine to good condition. Under Ottoman Turkish rule from 1551, but locally commanded by the Dey of Tripoli, the city of Tripoli became a haven for Barbary Pirates in the late 17th century, disrupting European shipping. In 1675, Charles II ordered an English Naval force under the command of John Narborough to intervene. Narborough`s ships entered the harbor at midnight and burned the Tripolitan privateer's ships, forcing the Dey of Tripoli (referred to in the letter as the `Bashaw` or Pasha), to seek a peace treaty. This letter is in response to Narborough's letter informing the King of the treaty: "We were sorry that any occasions should be given which should necessitate a break between us, but since the same is happily terminated by your renewing of the Peace, we are no lesse ready to returne to our former amity with you."

Additional Information

SKU 6024823
Profession King of England, Scotland and Ireland - he was king of Scotland from 1649 until his deposition in 1651, and king of England, Scotland and Ireland from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 until his death
Year of birth 1630
year of death 1685
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 7,5 x 11,5
Condition fine to good
Type of Autograph letters