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THE DECLARATION AND RESOLUTION OF The Countie of Leiceſter.

Delivered in Anſwer to to His Majeſties Speech, made to the whole County. Wherin they expreſſe their Zeal and Loyalty to His Majeſty and alſo their unchange­able conſtancie to maintain the Proceedings of Parliament againſt all Oppoſition.

Alſo the Proteſtation of the County of Lincoln, de­livered to the Lords, by the Lord Willoughby of Parham, and by a Meſſage communicated to the Houſe of Commons, and by them approved of.

Alſo the Parliaments Charge and Command to all Iuſtices.

Ordered, that this be forthwith Printed and Publiſhed.

Hen. Elſing. Cler. Parl. D. Com.

July 29. Printed for J. Wels. 1642.

THE DECLARATJON AND Reſolution of the County of Leiceſter, to his Maieſty.

VVHen His Majeſty came into Leiceſter-ſhire. He was pleaſed to deliver himſelf, his Intentions, and Deſires, to the underſtanding of that County; the Particular Grounds of whoſe Speech, were, That as he was their lawfull Sove­reign ſo he might find their Loyall and faith­full acknowledgement of that Royalty, which he made no queſtion they were fully reſolved was due unto him.

And that they would deliver up un­to him the town of Leiceſter, and the Arms, which he did conceive did be­long unto him, and which was for a long while againſt their Loyalty detai­ned from him, and was diſpoſed of con­trary to his intentions, and their Obe­dience.

And alſo that for the ſafeguard of his perſon, the Trained Bands might attend him, while he ſhould remain in thoſe parts.

His Majeſty having thus delivered himſelf, after ſome deliberation, anſwer was returned again to his Majeſty in the name of the whole County.

That they hoped his Majeſty did not ſo miſconſtrue their true and Loyall hearts, as that they ſhould make any queſtion of his undoubted Supremacie; whom they alwayes held, and will for ever maintain to be their lawfull and Royall Sovereign.

And that they would againſt all op­poſers whatſoever, maintain His Maje­ſties Honours and Dignities, ſo farre forth as his Majeſty ſhall love the Ho­nour of God, and the Liberty of the Subject.

And yet wheras now according to the ancient cuſtome of Parliaments, they and the reſt of the Counties within his Ma­jeſties Dominions; had entruſted ſome ſelect members with their〈◊〉, and liberties, to be directed, and rectified ac­cording to their judgment, and accor­ding to Law and Equity.

And wheras there hath bin bred ſome unhappy differences betwixt his Maje­ſty and his Parliament, occaſioned by the malignants, thinking to bring this Kingdom to deſtruction.

We are very confident, that well af­fected people will not proſecute any thing, but what ſhall be for the glory of God, the advancement of the true Pro­teſtant Religion, the Honour of his Ma­jeſty, the enlargment and advancement of his Crown and Dignities, and the li­berty of the Subject.

His Majeſty having received this Meſſage, ſeemed, and was very much diſ­contented, and moved, and as it is repor­ted, hath raiſed ſome Forces againſt Lei­ceſter Town, and is reſolved to obtaine that by force of Arms, what he could not perſwade nor entreat from them.

Many have bin the troubles in Lin­colnſhire, concerning the Militia, and the Lord Willoughby who was elected by the Houſe of Parliament, as one fit and wor­thy of ſo great a place, had the Militia of that County committed unto him, yet in the execution of that Truſt he hath bin moleſted, and found much op­poſition.

Yet that County hath no way beene defected in their faithfull expreſſions unto him, which moved the Lord Wil­loughby to ſignifie the ſame unto the Houſe.

Whereupon, upon the 19. of July a Declaration or Proteſtation was pre­ſented to the Lords, the Number of them being compleat, by the Lord Wil­loughby of Parham, from the County of Lincoln, which Declared their fidelity co the Houſes Commands, touching the Militia, which being communicated to the Houſe of Commons by a Meſſage, was received with much alacrity, and approved of, and it was deſired that thanks might be returned in both Hou­ſes Names for the ſame.

The Parliaments Reſolution concerning the Commiſſions of Array:

WHeras ſeverall Commiſſions of Array have lately iſsued out under the Great Seal of England, into the ſeverall Counties of Leiceſter, Worceſter, and other Counties of this Realm, tending to the great danger of his Majeſty, and the diſturbance of the peace of this Kingdome: For the preventing thereof, and of the Execution, and iſsuing out of any ſuch Commiſſions for the time to come, It is or­dered by the Lords and Commons, That the Jud­ges and Juſtices of Aſſize, of the ſeverall Counties of England and Wales, bee required in their ſeverall Circuits, at the Aſſizes and great Seſſions to be next held for each County, within th••Realm, and the Dominion of Wales, in open Court, and in their ſeverall Charges to be delivered to the Grand Juries at the ſaid Aſſizes openly to declare and publiſh, that the ſaid Lords and Commons have upon mature deliberation, Reſolved upon the queſtion, That the ſaid Commiſſions of Array are againſt Law, and againſt the Liberty and property of the Subject: And that all thoſe that are A­ctors in putting the ſame in execution, ſhall be eſteemed Diſturbers of the peace of this King­dome, and Betrayers of the Liberty of the Sub­ject.

Ordered that this be printed and publiſhed.

  • Iohn Brown Cler, Parl.
  • Hen. Elſing Cler. Parl. D. C.

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TextThe declaration and resolution of the countie of Leicester. Delivered in answer to to [sic] His Majesties speech, made to the whole county. Wherin they expresse their zeal and loyalty to His Majesty and also their unchangeable constancie to maintain the proceedings of Parliament against all opposition. Also the protestation of the county of Lincoln, delivered to the Lords, by the Lord Willoughby of Parham, and by a message communicated to the House of Commons, and by them approved of. Also the Parliaments charge and command to all iustices. Ordered, that this be forthwith printed and published. Hen. Elsing. Cler. Parl. D. Com.
AuthorWilloughby of Parham, Francis Willoughby, Baron, 1613?-1666., ; England and Wales. Parliament. House of Commons..
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Bibliographic informationThe declaration and resolution of the countie of Leicester. Delivered in answer to to [sic] His Majesties speech, made to the whole county. Wherin they expresse their zeal and loyalty to His Majesty and also their unchangeable constancie to maintain the proceedings of Parliament against all opposition. Also the protestation of the county of Lincoln, delivered to the Lords, by the Lord Willoughby of Parham, and by a message communicated to the House of Commons, and by them approved of. Also the Parliaments charge and command to all iustices. Ordered, that this be forthwith printed and published. Hen. Elsing. Cler. Parl. D. Com. Willoughby of Parham, Francis Willoughby, Baron, 1613?-1666., England and Wales. Parliament. House of Commons.. [8] p. July 29. Printed for J. Wels,[London] :1642.. (Place of publication from Wing.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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  • Leicestershire (England) -- History -- Early works to 1800.
  • Lincolnshire (England) -- History -- Early works to 1800.

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