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Compared to a charter, the format of this warrant would appear to be upside down. At the top is the royal monogram and the authorising statement By the King. The body of the letter follows. The dating clause occupies the last two lines of this section. The seal was formerly attached below this. The address to the recipient of the warrant is actually at the bottom.
Royal warrant of 1491 (Nottinghamshire Archives DDFJ 10/9/3). All images by permission of Nottinghamshire Archives.

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