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(CHARLES II) (1630 - 1685) King of Great Britain and Ireland, routed by Cromwell at Worcester but restored after promising Parliamentary rule. Contemporaneous manuscript fair copy of a speech, entirely in a clerical hand, 1p., folio, with the attached integral leaf, House of Commons, July 29, 1667. Written seven years after his return to England, Charles defends his unpopular wars against the Dutch, in part:"...I wonder what any one thing I have done since I came into England that should give occasion of jealous; and that I doo attend to Govern by a standing Army. I am more an Englishman than thou and if others will observe the law as I doo, there will be no fears of any such thing...". The English Parliament did not proclaim Charles II king at this time, however, and England entered the period known to history as the English Interregnum. The Parliament of Scotland, on the other hand, proclaimed Charles II King of Scots in 1649. Following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester on Sept. 3, 1651, Charles fled to the continent and spent the next nine years in exile in France and the United Provinces. After the Protectorate collapsed under Richard Cromwell in 1659, General George Monck invited Charles to come to England and assume the throne. He arrived on English soil May 23, 1660, and his return marks the beginning of the Restoration period. Age toning, wear to edges, otherwise very good.
Estimate $ 1,200-1,500

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