Charles II addresses the Corporation
Trinity House Court Minute:
“Trusty and well beloved we Greet you well, Whereas wee have been gratiously pleased to renue and confirme your Charter with Severall additional powers and priviledges both for the advantage of our service and the Publique Wee cannot but lett you know that we expect you should be very carefull in the choice of such as are to be admitted Members of your Society, that they being persons of exemplary piety, prudence and integrity wee may with confidence hope for Gods blefsing in theire endeavours for ours and the Kingdomes service. Wee will and require you therefore that you elect none to be of your body that have sate in any of the late pretended high Courts of Justice, or who signed any Peticon for the Triall of our Father of Blefsed memory, or who continue disaffected to the Peace of theis Kingdomes under our Government, and refuse the Oathes of Allegiance and Supremancy wch. the Lawes exact of all our subjects, And for the better discharge of the Trust reposed in that Society you are to admit none to be Elder Brethren but able and experienced Seamen and Mariners. And soe we bid you farewell.
Given at our Court at Whitehall this 26th. December 1660”