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Early use of term "Union Jack" & descriptive of the British flag...

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September 28, 1674

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 28, 1674

* Very early Union Jack Flag description

More than half of the front page is taken up with a notable Proclamation by the King of England concerning use and description of the British flag, and is one of the earliest printed references to the term "Union Jack" for the flag (is it the earliest??).
The Proclamation is a result of merchant ships using flags very similar to the British flag, yet slightly different, noting: "...to evade the punishment due for the same, bear Jacks in shape and mixture of colours so little different from those of His Majesty as not to be without difficulty distinguished therefrom...by this His Royal Proclamation strictly to charge and command all his subjects whatsoever, that from henceforth they do not presume to wear his Majesties Jack (commonly called, the Union Jack) in any of their ships or vessels without particular warrant for their so doing..." with much more. There is also very detailed description of the Union Jack.
A very significant issue both in use of the term "Union Jack" and also in the description of the flag.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, 6 7/8 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's