Letter of the Prince of Orange to the Lord Mayor and City of London, December 16, 1688

A printed version of the text can be found on page 178 of A Kingdom without a King: The Journal of the Provisional Government in the Revolution of 1688, edited by Robert Beddard (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1988).

16 December, 1688

For my Lord Mayor, and the Court of Aldermen, and Common Council, London.

My Lord,

I have received just now a letter from the King, in which he intimates to me that he is coming back to London, which is done without my approbation; nor do I think it proper at this time, not knowing what it may produce, considering the present circumstances of affairs. I have, therefore, sent Monsieur Zeulesteyn to desire that he would stay his journey. This I thought fit to acquaint you withall, and to desire you to keep yourself in that posture that may be most for your safety and the security of the City; and I shall make all the speed I can to your assistance, and be with you on Tuesday next. You may give full credit to what these two gentlemen shall further tell you upon this occasion. Assuring you of my kindness and protection on all occasions, I am,

Your most affectionate friend,

W. H., Prince of Orange

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