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history: The Letters Patent.

THIS is a translation of King John's document to Liverpool, popularly, but incorrectly, called the Royal Charter.

"John, by the grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitane, Count of Anjou, to all his faithful people who have desired to have burgages in the township of Liverpool, greeting.

"Know ye that we have granted to all our faithful people who have taken burgages in Liverpool that they may have all the liberties and free customs in the township of Liverpool which any free borough on the sea has in our land.

"And therefore we command you that securely and in our peace you come there to receive and inhabit our burgages. And in witness hereof we transmit to you these our Letters Patent. Witness Simon de Pateshill at Winchester on August 29 in the ninth year of our reign." The Royal Charter was granted on March 24, 1229, by Henry III.

It confirmed most of the rights in the Letters Patent and gave independent jurisdiction to the borough court. It remained the governing charter until 1626.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Feb 3, 2007
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