UNLICENSED FIREWORKS AND BONFIRES BANNED

ID: 23872
£350.00
At the Court at Whitehall, this tenth of November, 1682.

BROADSIDE: CHARLES II: PROCLAMATION,, At the Court at Whitehall, this tenth of November, 1682. Present, the Kings most Excellent Majesty, His Highness Prince Rupert Lord Chancellor Lord President [and 19 others]. ..... For the preventing tumultuous disorders which may happen hereafter upon pretence of assembling to make bonfires, and publick fire-works, and disappointing the evil designs of persons disaffected to the Government, who commonly make use of such occasions to turn those meetings into riots and tumults ...... London: printed by the assigns of John Bill deceas'd: and by Henry Hills, and Thomas Newcomb, printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. 1682.

broadside (37 x 28cms.), two very minor tears but printed surface not affected, with a fine woodcut of the Royal arms at head, a very good crisp copy with good margins.

Public fireworks and bonfires to be banned unless first approved by the King himself, or by the Privy Council, or by the Lord Mayor of London, or by one of the Justices of the Peace, for Westminster or Middlesex upon pain of prosecution "with the utmost severity of the law". The order is signed by Francis Gwyn (1648/9 - 1734), the politician and public official, who at the time was a Privy Council clerk and Under-Secretary of State.