Text of the Warrant for building the Observatory

To our right-trusty and well-beloved Counsellor, Sir Thomas Chichely, Knt, Master-General of our Ordnance.


Charles Rex.


Whereas, in order to the finding out of the longitude of places for perfecting navigation and astronomy, we have resolved to build a small observatory within our park at Greenwich, upon the highest ground, at or near the place where the castle stood, with lodging-rooms for our astronomical observator and assistant, Our will and pleasure is, that according to such plot and design as shall be given you by our trusty and well-beloved Sir Christopher Wren, Knight, our surveyor-general of the place and scite of the said observatory, you cause the same to be fenced in, built and finished with all convenient speed, by such artificers and workmen as you shall appoint thereto, and that you give order unto our Treasurer of the Ordnance for the paying of such materials and workmen as shall be used and employed therein, out of such monies as shall come to your hands for old and decayed powder, which hath or shall be sold by our order of the 1st of January last, provided that the whole sum, so to be expended and paid, shall not exceed five hundred pounds; and our pleasure is, that all our officers and servants belonging to our said park be assisting to those that you shall appoint, for the doing thereof: and for so doing, this shall be to you, and to all others whom it may concern, a sufficient warrant. Given at our Court at Whitehall, the 22nd day of June 1675, in the 27th year of our reign.

By his Majesty's command, J. Williamson.