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6V. Anſw. No doubt but they will do what they can to keep out all ſuch as adhere to the one ſide, and we humbly beſeech them, that they endeavour like­wiſe to keep out them that adhere to the otherſide: there is no Heretique that will hazard his life for the truth, nor any out-landiſh Souldier will ſight principally for the good of England.

VI. Anſw. We cannot by any means agree to this ſubmiſſion.

  • 1 For we are not by any ſound argument convinced in our conſciences that ſuch a ſubmiſſion may ſtand with our Allegiance to our Soveraign.
  • 2 By this ſubmiſſion we ſhall give His Majeſty juſt cauſe to reject our Petition, which we intend to preſent unto him, and ſhall image him, and his Army againſt us to our utter ruine.
  • 3 By this ſubmiſſion we ſhall give up our Liber­ties and Eſtates to an arbitrary Government, which is one of our greateſt grievances; We ſhall ſubmit our ſelves to the weekly pay, exciſe, twentieth part, and the fifth part of our Eſtates, all which are al­ready required by ordinance of Parliament; and if they require all the reſt, we are bound to yeeld it by this ſubmiſſion.
  • 4 By this ſubmiſſion we give up our under­ſtandings and conſciences too (poſſibly) to an er­ror, for it is poſſible that a Parliament may erre (and that foully) as well as a generall Councell, add yet what error ſoever this Parliament ſhall commit in Church or State (be it never ſo foule and horrid) we, by this Article muſt promiſe to ſubmit unto it.

7VII. Anſw. If we go on ready and••cetly accord­ing to our Articles for making of Peace, there are none but Enemies to Peace, ſelf-ſeckers, and Plun­derers will oppoſe us, and againſt ſuch we are confi­dent, all honeſt men in either Army will aſſiſt us, if not, we hope God will enable us to defend our ſelves, and give us liberty to move according to our own directions.

VIII. Anſw. As we were thankfull unto Sir Richard Grenvile for the good government of his Army, ſo are we no leſſe thankfull to Sir Thomas Fairfax for his good government, and we will continueColonell Wel­den, and Colonell Van­droſſe. our thanks, as moſt due to him, if he continue his good government, and do not, after a ſtrict diſci­pline for a while, let loofe his Army to plunder, as ſome have done before him.

By the Peace-making Army in the Weſt of Sommerſet and Devon, who have refuſed faires Propoſitions from the other ſide; and are reſolved to ſtand to their firſt articles for Peace, and to aſſiſt one another in the proſecution of them.

To the Kings moſt Excellent Majeſty.The humble Petition of your Ma­jeſties moſt loyall Subjects of the County of Sommerſet.

Moſt humbly ſheweth,

THat for the ſpace of theſe three yeers laſt paſt, we have miſerably ſuffered under the Calamities of Civill Warre; and the Miſeries Greaten ſo extreamly up­on us, that without a ſpeedy Accommoda­tion we can expect nothing but utter ruine and deſolation; In a deep ſenſe whereof, being large ſharers in the miſeries, we do in the anguiſh of our ſouls, moſt humbly beg your Majeſty once more, according to your former Princely compaſſion to your People, to invite the Lords and Commons aſſembled at Weſtminſter, to the compoſures9 of theſe unhappy differences by a Treaty; for which purpoſe we alſo intend to petition the Lords and Commons, hoping, by Gods bleſſing upon your Majeſties pious endea­vours herein, we may again enjoy a happy Peace; For which, together with the pre­ſervation of your Sacred Perſon, we ſhall heartily pray, &c.


To the right Honourable the Lords and Commons aſſem­bled in Parliament.The humble Petition of the poor, miſerable, and waſted People of the County of Sommerſet.

Humbly ſheweth,

THat we have a long time groaned un­der the burthen of a Civill Sword, which hath brought this Countrey to ex­tream miſery, and threatneth both it and the whole Nation with ſpeedy ruine and deſtruction, it being the unavoidable Fate of a divided Kingdom: for the prevention whereof we humbly pray you to be pleaſed to be Suitors to His Majeſty, that the late Treaty, ſo hopefully begun, may be renew­ed: And in purſuance of that great truſt re­poſed11 in you, you will vouchſafe your ut­moſtndeavour for a ſettlement of a happy Peace, that we may enjoy our Religion, our Laws, and Liberties; And we ſhall, &c.

The particulars which the Peace-making Armie ſtands for in the Eaſt; and thus farre we in the Weſt are with them.
  • 1 IMprimis, We ſtand for the true Proteſtant Religion as it was ob­ſerved and uſed in Queen Elizabeths time.
  • 2 We are for to defend and main­tain the King, and all the Preroga­tives belonging to the Crown of Eng­land.
  • 3 We are for all the Priviledges of Parliament, with earneſt deſire to ſee the Kings Majeſty and the Par­liament united, as in former time.
  • 134 We are for the Laws of the Realm, and liberties of the Subject.
  • 5 To keep our Houſes from burn­ing, our Goods from plundering, and to take up all ſtragling and abuſive Souldiers, of either ſide, and to give them the Law they deſerve.

Be it ordered by the Lords and Commons in Parliament Aſſembled, that all and every per­ſon of what degree and quality ſoever, that hath lived, or ſhall live within the Kings Quarters, or been aiding, aſſiſting, or adhering unto the Forces raiſed againſt the Parliament, or hath, or ſhall come to inhabite, or reſide under the power or protection of the Parliament, ſhall Swear upon the Evangeliſts in manner following.

I A. B. Do Swear from my Hart, that I will not directly nor indirectly adhere unto, or willingly aſſiſt the King in this War, or in this Cauſe againſt14 the Parliament, or any Forces raiſed without the conſent of the two Houſes of Parliament, in this cauſe or warre. And I do likewiſe ſwear, That my coming, and ſubmitting my ſelf under the pow­er and protection of the Parliament, is without any manner of deſigne whatſoever, to the prejudice of the proceedings of the two Houſes of this pre­ſent Parliament, and without the direction, privity, or advice of the King, or any of his Councell, or Of­ficers, other then what I have now made known; So help me God, and the Contents of this Book.

ANd now letny reaſonable and ientan but compare this Oath now enjoyned by the two Houſes, either with the Oath of Allegiance in­joyn'd by Law, and taken by every one of the Members of both Houſes reſpectively before they were admitted to ſit as Members, or with that firſt Proteſtation made and taken by themſelves, and by them Ordered to be taken by all the Subjects of this Kingdom, & then let him judge whether theſe deſperate men, having ſo often forſworn them­ſelves, have not by this, and other Oaths and Co­venants deviſed and impoſed by them ſince, endea­voured to involve as many others as they can in the ſame crime of Perjury; which, together with Re­bellion, is already the Great Burthen, and crying ſinne of this Nation.


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TextA copy of a petition, commended to the peace-making association in the west, by Colonell Blake, and Colonell Pyne, to be subscribed and presented by them to Sir Thomas Fairfax. Instead of a subscription, they returned this brief and moderate answer. Also a new oath now injoyned by ordinance of both houses, directly contrary to the oath of allegiance, and their own protestation, at the beginning of this Parliament.
AuthorPyne, Colonel., ; Blake, Colonel., ; Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671..
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Bibliographic informationA copy of a petition, commended to the peace-making association in the west, by Colonell Blake, and Colonell Pyne, to be subscribed and presented by them to Sir Thomas Fairfax. Instead of a subscription, they returned this brief and moderate answer. Also a new oath now injoyned by ordinance of both houses, directly contrary to the oath of allegiance, and their own protestation, at the beginning of this Parliament. Pyne, Colonel., Blake, Colonel., Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671.. [2], 14 p. [s.n.],Exeter. :Imprinted in the yeer, 1645.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "About 10th Septemb:".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Peace -- Early works to 1800.
  • Loyalty oaths -- England -- Early works to 1800.

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