File NLW MS 24022G. - Documents relating to the Commonwealth,

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NLW MS 24022G.


Documents relating to the Commonwealth,


  • 1651-[19 cent., first ½] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 items.

Placed in melinex sleeves at NLW.

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Archival history

Discovered in an administrative office at NLW in 2012, along with an Edmund Burke letter (now NLW MS 23981E, f. 53); their provenance is unknown, other than that the prices marked in the same hand on items i-iii (see above) and on the Burke letter suggest they were bought from the same seller at some point, probably prior to 1928.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW; Internal transfer (with NLW MS 23981E, f. 53); January 2012; 006206237.

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Scope and content

A collection of documents, 1651-[19 cent., first ½], relating to the Commonwealth and Protectorate in England. They include a warrant, 7 November 1651, from the Council of State, signed by its president John Bradshaw, authorising the merchant Charles Longland to act as their agent in Livorno, Tuscany, in supplying the parliamentarian fleet and providing intelligence (item i); a commission, 15 October 1655, from Oliver Cromwell (signed 'Oliver P.'), appointing George Langford as chirurgeon [surgeon] in Col. Goffe's regiment of horse (item ii); and a further commission, 11 July 1659, from Parliament, signed by W[illia]m Lenthall, Speaker, appointing Langford to the rank of Cornet in a troop of horse under Col. Thomas Saunders (item iii).
Also included is an engraving, 1793, of a 1654 portrait of William Lenthall (item iv); and an engraving, [19 cent., first ½], depicting the trial of Charles I (item v). Two of the documents have papered seals affixed: Cromwell's private seal (item ii) and the seal of the Council of State (Item i).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically at NLW.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Item (v) damaged at upper edge.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24022G.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2013.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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