Correspondence with the Pretender Act 1697

The Correspondence with the Pretender Act 1697 (9 Will.3 c. 1) was an Act of the Parliament of England which made it high treason to correspond with the deposed King James II. (This Act replaced an earlier Act of 1691.) When James II died and his son "James III" asserted his own claim to the throne, the Correspondence with James the Pretender (High Treason) Act 1701 was passed to replace this provision.

Correspondence with the Pretender Act 1697
Long titleAn Act against corresponding with the late King James and his Adherents
Text of statute as originally enacted

It was also treason under this Act for a person who had been to France since 11 December 1688, or performed military service for France or for James II, to return to England without a licence to do so.

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