DIE Mercurii, 3 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Case.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Letter from the Parl. of Scotland.
A Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, dated at
Edinburgh, the 26th April, 1648, directed to the
Speaker, was read. (Here enter it.)
The Speaker further declared, "That the Messenger that brought this Letter told him, he had Directions from the Parliament of Scotland, to stay in
England but Fifteen Days after the Delivery of this
Ordered, That this Business shall be taken again
into Consideration To-morrow Morning.
Message to the H.C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To communicate to them the Letter, with the Desires
of the Parliament of Scotland; and to let them know,
that the Messenger that brought them is directed to stay
in England but Fifteen Days.
Letter from the Parliament of Scotland, with the following Desires:
"The Parliament of Scotland now assembled, being
resolved by all faire and just Meanes to indeavor the
preserving and intertayning the brotherly Union and
good Correspondency betwixt the Kingdomes, to
which by soe many Bonds and Tyes they are mutually
oblidged; yet being very sensible that the many just
and necessary Desires given in by their Commissioners,
by Order from this Kingdome, for the Good of Religion, of His Majesty, and for the Interests of Scotland, have not received a satisfactory Answere; and
considering the many greate and iminent Dangers,
threatning Religion, His Majesty's Person and Authority, yea Monarchicall Government itselfe, and the
Peace and Union of these Two Kingdomes of Scotland
and England, by the Power and Prevalency of Sectaryes
and their Adherents; have thought fitt to make
these just and necessary Demaunds to the Honnorable
Houses of the Parliament of England, to which the
Parliament desires a cleere and sattisfactory Answere;
not haveing the least Thought or Intention to incroach upon the Nationall Rights of the Kingdome
of England, nor to intrench upon the Priviledges of
Parliament: But their Zeale to the Glory of God,
their Loyalty to their Kinge, and their Desire of Unity
betwixt the Kingdomes, have moved them to make
these inclosed Demaunds, whereby Religion may be
setled according to the Covenant, His Majesty may
enjoy His Freedome and just Rights; and soe, by
setlinge a religious and safe Peace, the present Confusions and Distempers may be removed, and all Occasions of Mistakes and Differences betwixt the Two
Kingdomes prevented. This is all I have in Comaund from the Parliament; in whose Name this is
Edinburgh, 26th April, 1648.
"Affectionate Freind and humble Servaunt,
"President of the Parliament.
"To the Right Honorable the Speaker of the
House of Peeres pro Tempore; to be comunicated to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, at
For the Covenant to be taken, Herefies suppressed, and the Common Prayer Book, &c.;
"Desires of the Parliament of Scotland, to the
Honorable Houses of the Parliament of England.
"First, it is desired, That an effectuall Course (fn. *) be
taken by the Houses, for enjoyning the Covenant to be
taken by all the Subjects of the Crowne of England,
conforme to the First Article of the Treaty, and conforme to the Declaration of both Kingdomes in A°
1643, by which all who would not take the Covenant were declared to be Publique Enemyes to Religion and the Country, and that they are to be censured and punished as professed Adversaryes and Malignants; and that Reformation and Uniformity in
Religion be settled accordinge to the Covenant; that,
as the Houses of Parliament have agreed to the Directory of Worshipp, soe they would take a reall
Course for practising thereof by all the Subjects of
England and Ireland; that the Confession of Faith,
transmitted by the Assembly of Divines to the
Houses, be approved; and that Presbiterian Government, with a Subordination of the Lower Assemblyes
to the Higher, be setled, and fully established, in
England and Ireland; and that effectuall Course be
taken for suppressing and exterpating all Heresyes
and Schismes, particularly Sosinianisme, Arminianisme,
Arianisme, Anabaptisme, Antinomianisme, Erastinnisme,
Familisme, Brownisme, and Independency; and for
perfecting of what is yet further to be done, for exterpating Popery and Prelacy, and suppressinge the
Practise of the Service Booke, commonly called The
Booke of English Common Prayer.
for a Treaty with the King;
"Secondly, That, conforme to the former Desires
of this Kingdome, the King's Majesty may come,
with Honnor, Freedome, and Safety, to some of His
Houses in or neare London, that the Parliaments of
both Kingdomes may make their Applications to Him,
for obtayning His Royall Assent to such Desires as shal
be by them presented to Him, for establishinge of Religion, as is above exprest, and setlinge a well-grounded
for the excluded Members to return; and for L. Fairfax's Army to be disbanded.
"Thirdly, That all the Members of both Houses
who have bin faithfull in this Cause may freely and
safely retourne, and attend their Charges; the Citty
of London may enjoy its Liberty and Priviledges
which it had before the late Encroachment of the
Army; the Parliament may fitt and voyce with Freedome and Safety; both Kingdomes, without Interruption or Disturbance, may make their Applications
to His Majesty, and the Setlinge of Religion and
Peace may not longer be hindred and obstructed: It
is desired, that the present Army of Sectaryes under
the Commaund of Thomas Lord Fairefax of Camerone be disbanded, and none imployed but such as
have or shall take the Covenant, and are well-affected
to Religion and Government; exceptinge from the said
Disbanding the Garrisons necessary to be kept upp by
the Parliament of England for Security of that Kingdome, which are desired to be commaunded by such
as have or shall take the Covenant and are well-affected to Religion and Government, as aforesaid.
"Edinburgh, the 26th Day of Aprill, A° 1648.
"President of the Parliament."
House adjourned till 10a cras.