Charles II of England
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."
|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|