Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
(x) From the Mayflower Collection
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector
Oliver Cromwell's Stronghold in Protestant Guernsey
1654 (9 June) letter to the Commissioners of the Admiralty ordering the despatch of vessels to Guernsey, Jersey and Scilly carrying regiments of foot:
"From Scilly three companies are to be landed at Plimouth, from Guernsey on company & from Jersey two companies to be landed at Portsmouth or Weymouth" the Commissioner is then instructed to "give direction to that vessell that shall be appointed to goe to Guernsey to call at Weymouth as she goes, & there to take on board Lieutenant Wynn with the money ye lords have ready doe the payment of the fforces in Guernsey".
Signed "Oliver P.".
Some minor paper loss, professional repairs and overall foxing though a fine and unusual Cromwell letter concerning troops in the Channel Islands and Scilly Islands.
Notes: During this period, Guernsey was home of the Protestants and a key stronghold in opposition to Catholic royalists in Jersey, where King Charles II was in exile.
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