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Oliver Cromwell. Trading licences issued by Cromwell

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Oliver Cromwell. Trading licences issued by Cromwell
29 March 1655
Level of description
Extent and format
rolled vellum sheet
c 58 x 84 cm
Scope and content
Licence from Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector to Joseph Taylor, commander of the 'Adventure', of London, Thomas Pott, captain of the 'John and Thomas', Michael Dibbs, commander of the 'Good Hope', John Gosnall, master of the 'Lion', and Francis Steward, commander of the 'Phoenix', to trade with India and Persia, and to carry the state naval flag, with freedom from impressment.

Portrait of Oliver Cromwell in the initial letter. Painted border containing, at the head, the arms of the Protectorate (crosses of St George and St Andrew and harp of Ireland), on the dexter side a cartouche of a three-masted ship flying from the main mast the flag of the Commonwealth (cross of St George and harp of Ireland), and on the sinister foliage and flowers.
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