CROMWELL, Oliver (1599–1658). An Act of General Pardon and Oblivion. Tuesday the 24th of February. 1651. London: Printed by John Field, Printer to the Parliament of England, 1651.
Folio (10 1/8 x 6 6/8 inches). 28-pages, numbered 1545-1569. Woodcut arms of the Commonwealth of England on the cover/title, and first page of text, 5-line initial also incorporating the arms of the Commonwealth (disbound).
"The Parliament of England having had good Experience of the Affections of the People to this present Government, by their ready Assistance in the Defence thereof against Charls Stuart Son of the late Tyrant, and the Forces lately Invading this Nation under his Command; and being much afflicted with the sense of the miserable and sad Effects which the late unnatural War hath produced; and resolving next to the Glory of God and the Advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, to make no other use of the many Victories the Lord in mercy hath vouchsafed unto them, then a just Setling of the Peace and Freedom of this Commonwealth;... Be it therefore Enacted by this present Parliament, and by the Authority of the same That all and every person and persons of or within the Commonwealth of England, the Isles of Jersey and Garnsey, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of them and every of them, and all and singular Bodies in any maner Incorporated, Cities, Burroughs, Shires, Ridings, Hundreds, Lathes, Rapes, Wapentakes, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Tythings, and every of them, shall be and are by the Authority of this present Parliament, Acquitted, Pardoned, Released and Discharged (as against the Parliament, the Keepers of the Liberty of England by Authority of Parliament, or any or either of them) of all maner of Treasons, Felonies, Offences, Contempts, Trespasses, Entries, Wrongs, Deceits, Misdemeanors, Forfeitures, Sequestrations, Penalties and Sums of Money, Pains of Death, Pains Corporal and Pecuniary, and generally of all other things, Causes, Quarrels, Suits, Judgements and Executions, had, made, committed, suffered or done before the third day of September, in the year One thousand six hundred fifty one, in this present Act hereafter not excepted nor foreprized."
There were exceptions, of course, amongst them: High Treason and Rebellion, voluntary murder, piracy, buggery, rape and witchcraft. ESTC R209338.