Commonwealth & Regicides. NICHOLAS LOVE, CORNELIUS HOLLAND and others, 19092



Final section only of an original Warrant, addressed to the Receiver General of the Public Revenue, signed by the Earl of Salisbury, Nicholas Love, Thomas Grey, John Lisle and Cornelius Holland, and one other 4 x 7 inches, neatly inlaid. From the Enys Collection of Manuscripts. Westminster, 16 November 1652. A document from the early years of the Protectorate, bearing the signatures of four regicides. John Lisle, appointed Lord Lisle under the protectorate (1609/10–1664), regicide, took a leading role in the King’s trial, sitting next to the president to advise him on legal matters. Cornelius Holland (1600–1671?), politician, was labelled a regicide for having been present on the day of sentencing, although he did not sign the death warrant. Holland was extremely active on the first two councils of state (1649–50), as well as on the fourth (1651–2), and displayed enthusiasm for selling land and property of both crown and church. Nicholas Love (1608-1682), politician, was present at the sentencing of the king, though he did not sign the royal death warrant. He served energetically the kingless Commonwealth set up in the wake of the regicide and the abolition of the monarchy. Thomas Grey (1623-1657) was the second of the 59 regicides to sign and the only aristocrat to sign the death warrant which resulted in King Charles’s execution on 30 January 1649. William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (1591-1668) was a member of the English Council of State from 1649 to 1651.