Letter Patent – George Villiers to Thomas Wentworth – 6 Jun 1673

Document Type: Letter Patent
Date: 6 Jun 1673
Correspondent: George Villiers
Recipient: Thomas Wentworth
Archive Source: AE misc letters
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George Duke Marquis and Earl of Buckingham & Lord [Lieutenant?] of the Westrides [?] of the County of Yorks and of the Citty and County of the Citty and Aynsty of York

To Sir Thomas Wentworth Kn[igh]t & Baronett Captain [?]

By vertue of the power and authority now given by the statute of Letters pattent under the Greate Seale of England bearing date the two and twentieth day of November in the nineteenth year of his Majestys raigne I doe constitute and appoint you Sir Tho[mas] Wentworth Kn[igh]t Barronett and you are hereby deputed constituted and appointed Captaine of the Troop of horses in the Militia already raised in the West Rideing of the County of York and County of the City and Aynsty of York for the service of his Ma[jes]ties you are therefore to take into your charge and take this said Troop as Captain thereof and truly to exercise the inferior officers and soldiers of the same in Armes And also to rise your best endeavour to keep them in good order and discipline commanding them to obey you as their Captain, And you are likewise to observe and follow such orders and directions as you shall from time to time receive from his Ma[jes]ties selfe the Deputy Lord of the West Rideing of the County of York and of the Citty and County of the Citty and Aynsty of York or any two or more of them in pursuance of the Trust reposed in you and your duty to his Ma[jes]tie Given under my hand & Seale this Sixth day of June in the five and twentieth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second [?] by the Grace of God of England Scotland France Ireland and King – defender of the faith Annus Dei 1673 

This command and authority was accompanied by a similar one from Buckingham to Wentworth of the same date enabling him to appoint a quartermaster to his militia troop of horse, the space for the quartermaster’s name being left blank.

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