DIE Dominico, 13 Junii.
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
E. of Monmouth, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Earl of Monmouth may have a
Pass, for himself and his Family, Coach, Horses, and
Saddle Horses, to go in and out at the Works, and
the Guards thereunto belonging.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, with Petitions from Norf. &c.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairefax was read, with
Two Petitions inclosed; One from Norff. and Suff. the
other from Essex, to mediate with the Parliament for
settling Peace. (Here enter them.)
Letter from the Commissioners.
A Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, was
read. (Here enter it.)
"As many of your Lordships as are of Opinion
to send down the Letter from the Commissioners before the House be adjourned, say
"Content"; others, "Not Content"."
The Votes were even.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, with Petitions from Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"Having had these inclosed Petitions, in the Name
of the Counties of Norff. Suff. and Essex, directed
and delivered unto me, by the Hands of divers Inhabitants of the said Counties, together with their
Desire, through my Mediation, to have their Grievances (contained therein) humbly presented to the
Honourable Houses of Parliament; I assured them,
that I would with all convenient Speed make them
known unto you, and also use my uttermost Interest
for the speedy obtaining their just Requests.
"And therefore, conceiving it my Duty, I thought
fit to tender them unto your Lordship; not doubting
but that, according to the Encouragement I have
given them, you will please to consider and redress
them herein as speedily as your other Affairs will
St. Albanes, June 12th, 1647.
Petition from Norfolk and Suffolk, to Sir T. Fairfax, to mediate with the Parliament, for settling the Peace of the Kingdom.
"To his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight,
Captain General of the Parliament's Forces.
"The humble Petition of the Peaceable and
Well-affected Inhabitants of the Counties of Norff. and Suffolke, together with
the City and County of Norwich, earnestly endeavouring after the Prosperity
of the Parliament and the Peace of the
"That whereas your Excellency hath been appointed Commander in Chief over those Free Commons
of England that have been invited by the Parliament to stand up in Defence of themselves and Fellow Subjects, in Time of imminent Danger, against
all arbitrary Government, Tyranny, and Oppression;
and that the Parliament hath, by divers Declarations,
Remonstrances, and Protestations, engaged themselves, both to God and the Kingdom, to endeavour
to the uttermost of their Power to maintain the ancient Government of this Kingdom, and to preserve
the Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, and to lay
Hold on the First Opportunity of procuring a safe
and well-grounded Peace: Notwithstanding all which,
there is now an Appearance of a most abhorred Design, to ruin the native Liberties and Privileges of
the Subjects, whereby Discontents are fomented in
the Hearts of the People, and the Kingdom like to
be divided into Factions, to the imminent Danger of
embroiling us yet again in Blood; and, from the
Policy of the Complotters of this Design, we humbly conceive, have already proceeded those sad Obstructions of our free Addresses to the Parliament, in
representing our Grievances, and making humble
Offers to their Wisdom of just Remedies;
"Which have imposed this Necessity upon us,
humbly to implore your Excellency's Assistance, to mediate with the Parliament, in
the Behalf of us and all the Free Commons
of England, for the speedy and peaceable
Establishment of those our native Liberties,
which hath now cost the Kingdom such vast
Expence of Blood and Treasure, that all Obstructions that lay in the Way to hinder the Addresses of the Free Subjects of England to the
Parliament, in representing their Grievances,
Fears, Jealousies, and Doubts, as also Offers
of Remedy, might be so speedily removed; as
that a firm Peace and Union might be yet
again enjoyed in our distracted Kingdom, according to the Intentions of the Parliament
frequently declared, Engagements of the
Army, and the ardent Expectations of all the
Well-affected in the Kingdom.
"And your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c."
Petition from Essex, to the same Effect; and that he would not admit of Disbanding, till Grievances were redressed.
"To the Right Honourable, Excellent, Worthy,
and Pious Sir Thomas Fairefax, General over
those Forces raised in Behalf of the Country's
Rights and Liberties.
"The Petition of the Well-affected in the
County of Essex;
"That your Petitioners, being not a little sensible
of the growing Evils that are like to overspread
this Kingdom, unless the Mercy of God prevent,
which, after so much exhausting our Estates, Loss
of Lives, Engagement of our Persons, to regain
this poor Nation to the Enjoyment of its Rights and
Liberties, and yet like to flow upon us, either by
those which have been our open Enemies, or else a
Party of pretended Friends; insomuch that your
poor Petitioners and all the Well-affected in the
Country have just Cause to fear that, after we have,
by the Blessing of The Almighty (fn. *) from this Army,
been rescued from many Oppressions which lay so
heavy upon us, we are now like to be vassalaged
and enslaved in the Normane
(fn. *) Jacees and Prerogative
Clutches of an ambitious Party in the Nation; and
likewise taking into Consideration, that there is no
Remora to stop the Proceedings of violent Men
against us, but this present Army under your Honourable Conduct, whose constant Fidelity, with faithful Resolutions, together with the Blessings from
Above, have hitherto abashed the Enemies of our
Peace and Safety, and gains the Favour of all those
who are the true Friends to a Free Nation.
"These Things, Right Honourable, sinking deep into
our Spirits, we thought it meet and convenient to
represent our Thoughts unto you; and so much the
rather, because the Petitions of the Free-born Subjects of this Nation have been rejected by those who we
have intrusted for the receiving of them, (fn. †) and ordered
to be burnt by the Hands of the common Hangman; insomuch that we have now no whither else to
appeal but unto your Excellency, from whom under God we expect some Redress of our Miseries.
"Our humble Desires to your Excellency
"1. That, before you disband the Army, you
would be pleased to consider the sad Condition which is like to befal the Free-born
People of England, and likewise our present
Vassalage we groan under.
"2. That you would be pleased to mediate with
the Parliament in our Behalf, and to use all
such Means which you in your Honourable
Wisdom shall think convenient, to settle Affairs in a firm and peaceable Way; so that all
that Renown which Providence hath hitherto
crowned your Endeavours withal may not
now at last be blasted, with the Intentions and
crafty Machinations of yours and the Kingdom's Enemies.
"3. That you would be pleased in no Case to admit of Disbanding, till such Time till you see
yours and the Kingdom's just and legal Requests embraced.
"If thus (Right Honourable) God shall
draw forth your Heart to act for us,
we shall for ever engage ourselves your
Servants, in the Vindication of your just
Proceedings; and ever pray for your
Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, that Sir T. Fairfax will inform them of the Motions of the Army; and desiring a supply of Money for it, to prevent their raising Contributions on the Country.
"For the special Service of the Parliament.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl
of Manchester, Speaker of the House of
"Haste, Haste, Post Haste, with Speed.
"May it please your Lordship,
"We attended the General this Morning before
Sermon, and presented him with a Copy of our additional Instructions; and did desire him with all
convenient Speed to put the Business into a Way of
effecting what was intrusted unto us by that Instruction: We did also desire (to prevent Misunderstandings, and your taking of sudden Alarms) that
he would be pleased not to think of removing the
Army, or a Part thereof, nearer the City, without
giving us timely Notice, that we might advertise
"To the First, the General was pleased to tell
us, "That he would call his Officers together as
soon as might be, and put that Business into a Course,
as was desired."
"And for the latter, he did assure us, "That he
would give Notice to us, if he should remove all or
any Part of his Army nearer towards London."
"At this Meeting the General did acquaint us,
"That he was constrained to keep his Army close
together; and that it was in great Want of Money,
whereof he had by Two Letters desired a Supply
from the Parliament; and if none came speedily,
the Army would be inforced to levy Money upon
the Country; which would be a sad Condition for
the Country, and unacceptable to himself and the
whole Army; and therefore did desire us to represent this to your Consideration:" Which, upon Advice, we did assure him we would not only represent,
but recommend. Which we pray you to receive
from us, as that which in our Judgement doth much
conduce to the Business we are employed in here
by you; which The Lord of Peace give a good
Issue to. So rest
St. Albons, 13th
June, 1647, 2 of
the Clock in the
"Most humble and faithful Servants,
Adjourned, To-morrow 9.