Petitions to the House of Lords: 1613

Petitions to the House of Lords, 1597-1696.

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Poor prisoners and many other loyal subjects. HL/PO/JO/10/1/7 (1613)

To the right Honorable assemblie of the Commons house of Parliament.

A most humble supplication of divers poore prisoners, and many other the kinges majesties loyall subjectes ready to testifie it by the oath of allegeance in all sinceritie, whose Greviances are lamentable only for cause of conscience

Most humbly sheweing That whereas in the Parliament holden in the 7th yere of the Kinges majesties raigne that now is, it was enacted that all persons whatsoever above the age of 18 yeres, not comeing to Church etc. should take the oath of allegeance; and for the refusall thereof, should be committed to prison without baile etc. By which Statute the Popish Recuzantes upon takeing the oath, are daily delivered from imprisonementes: and divers of us also are set at libertie when wee fall under the handes of the Reverend Judges and Justices, But when wee fall under the handes of the Bishops wee can have no benifitt by the said oath, for they say it belongeth onely to the Popish recuzantes, and not to others; but kept have wee bene by them many yeres in lingering imprisonementes, devided from wives, children, servantes and callinges, not for any other cause but onely for conscience towardes God, to the utter undoeing of us, our wives and children.

Our most humble supplication therefore to this high and Honorable assemblie is, that in commiseration of the distressed estate of us our poore wives and children that it may be enacted in expresse wordes that other the kinges majesties faithfull subjectes, as well as Popish Recuzantes may be freed from imprisonementes upon taking the said oath.

And wee shall still (as wee do day and night) pray that the God of Heaven may be in your Honorable assemblie, for by him do Princes decree Justice.

By his majesties faithfull subjectes

most falsly called



Rejected by the Committee