BRADSHAW, John (bap. 1602 d. 1659) Lawyer, politician and regicide.
Letter Signed to the treasurers at war (or any two of them), 1 page folio with second leaf and endorsements, Council of State, Whitehall, 20 May 1651. Some splitting to the ends of the folds, papered seal intact.
'These are to will and require you, out of such Moneyes as either are or shall come to your hands for the pay of the Army in Scotland, to pay unto Captaine Richard Fearnes, or to whom hee shall appoint the sume of Thirty five Pounds fourteene shillings and Eleaven pence in full sattisfaction for his disbursments, paines and service in receiving, weighing, shipping, and stowing hay for the use of the Army in Scotland. Of which you are not to faile, and for w[hi]ch this shall bee yo[u]r warrant. Given at the Councell of State at Whitehall this 20th of May 1651.The usual endorsements are to be found on the second leaf, and there is a receipt on the recto signed by Fearnes for the amount in full received from Sir John Wollaston.
Bradshaw had been lord president of the high court of justice set up to try Charles I, and was a signatory to his death warrant. On 10 March 1649 he was appointed lord president of the council, which effectively elevated him to the position of England's first elected executive head of state. After his death he, together with three other regicides, Oliver Cromwell, Henry Ireton and Thomas Pride, was disinterred and his body hanged in his coffin at Tyburn. The heads of all four were displayed in Westminster hall and the bodies reburied beneath the gallows.
Documents signed by Bradshaw are rarely found on the market.
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