# 22216

JAMES II, King of England, 1633-1701; [MACCLESFIELD, Charles Gerard, Earl of, 1618?-1694]

By the King, a Proclamation. James R. Whereas upon Information We have received against Charles Earl of Macclesfeild (sic), We have thought fit to Direct Our Warrant for Apprehending the said Earl for High Treason, who is since fled from Iustice, and does now lie concealed … Given at Our Court at Windsor the Seventh day of September 1685. In the First Year of Our Reign. God save the King.

London : Printed by the assigns of John Bill deceas’d, and by Henry Hills, and Thomas Newcomb …, 1685. Broadside, folio (355 x 280 mm), printed recto only on wove paper, royal blazon at the head, historiated initial; a fine disbound example with manuscript foliation 24 at top right.

A rare proclamation broadside issued by King James II at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion, ordering the arrest of the Earl of Macclesfield for high treason.

Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield had been named as one of the conspirators in the Rye House Plot of 1683, a plan to assassinate the Stuart monarch King Charles II and his brother and heir to the throne James, Duke of York (later James II). The Earl was sentenced to death, but later received a royal pardon.