Royalist Estates "Confiscated to the Use of the Commonwealth" [Broadside]. [Parliament]. Die Martis, 23 Julii, 1650. Resolves of Parliament, Concerning Such Delinquents as Have Not Paid in their Fines According to Compositions. London: Printed by Iohn Field, Printer to the Parliament of England, 1650. 13-1/4" x 8-3/4" broadside mounted and matted on 20" x 14-1/2" board, text in single column below headline and woodcut Parliamentary arms with a four-line woodcut initial, signed in type by Henry Scobell. Moderate toning, light soiling in places, light browning and wear to top-edge not affecting text or image, fold line to upper right corner. $1,500. * Near the beginning of the first English Civil War, Parliament established two committees to confiscate the estates of Royalists and process the fines owed by "delinquents" who could regain their land with a monetary fee and a promise of future loyalty to the Parliamentarian cause. The fines were then used to fund the Parliamentarian army. This order threatens total confiscation of land within eighty miles of London if the delinquents did not pay. Our broadside is one of three similar variants with the same date; the present variant lists John Field as the sole printer. OCLC, Library Hub and the ESTC locate 3 copies worldwide (British Library, Trinity College Dublin, Yale University). English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) R225774.
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