Death warrant of Charles I
HLRO Main Papers (1660)

At the high Co[ur]t of Justice for the tryinge and iudginge of Charles Steuart Kinge of England January xxixth Anno D[omi]ni 1648.
Whereas Charles Steuart Kinge of England is and standeth convicted attaynted and condemned of High Treason and other high Crymes, And sentence uppon Saturday last ˆ was pronounced against him by this by this Co[ur]t to be putt to death by the severinge of his head from his body Of w[hi]ch sentence execuc[i]on yet remayneth to be done, These are therefore to will and require you to see the said sentence executed In the open Streete before Whitehall uppon the morrowe being the Thirtieth day of this instante moneth of January betweene the houres of Tenn in the morninge and Five in the afternooone of the same day w[i]th full effect And for soe doing this shall be yo[u]r sufficient warrant And these are to require All Officers and Souldiers and other the good people of this Nation of England to be assistinge unto you in this service Given under o[ur] hands and Seales
To Colonell Francis Hacker, Colonell Huncks   Har. Waller Hen. Smyth A. Garland Symon Mayne Tho. Wogan
and Lieutenant Colonell Phayre and to every of them.   John Blakiston Per. Pelham Edm. Ludlowe Tho. Horton John Venn
M. Liversey J. Hutchinson Ri. Deane Henry Marten J. Jones Gregory Clement
Jo. Bradshawe John Okey Willi. Goffe Robert Tichborne Vinct. Potter John Moore Jo. Downes
Tho. Grey J. Da[n]vers Tho. Pride H. Edwardes Wm. Constable Gilbt. Millington Tho. Wayte
O. Cromwell Jo. Bourchier Pe. Temple Daniel Blagrave Rich. Ingoldesby G. Fleetwood Tho. Scot
Edw. Whalley H. Ireton T. Harrison Owen Rowe Willi. Cawley J. Alured Jo. Carew
  Tho. Mauleverer J. Hewson Willm. Purefoy Jo. Barkstead Robt. Lilburne Miles Corbet
      Ad. Scrope Isaa. Ewer Will. Say  
      James Temple John Dixwell Anth. Stapley  
        Valentine Wauton Greg. Norton  
          Tho. Challoner  
Words in italics have been written over erasures; letters in square brackets represent contractions or abbreviations in the original
Note that the year was held to start on 25th March, and that therefore 29th January was correctly dated as 1648, and not 1649, as it would be reckoned today.

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