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A LETTER From His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, TO Mr. SPEAKER; CONCERNING A Randezvouz of the Army, for the quieting of all Diſtempers therein, and recovering the AntienDiſcipline thereof.

With the Deſires and Propoſals of the Generall Councell of the Army, for the eaſing the Countrey, and taking off Free Qarter.

BY the Appointment of the Generall Councell of the Army.


Nou: 11th London, Printed for George Whittington, at the Blew Anchor in Cornhill neere the Royall Exchange, 1647.

A Letter from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, to the Speaker of the Houſe of Commons.


BEing very much troubled at the ſad diſtractions of the Kingdome for want of Pay, and ſuch other neceſſary ſatiſ­faction as we have long wayted upon you for, not taking ſo much pleaſure to ſay whence the Cauſe of all this trouble comes, as to uſe my endeavour to give a timely and effectuall remedy to ſo much thereof, as is of neereſt concernment to mee. I thought fit to let you know, That by the ad­vice of the Generall Councell of the Ar­my, J have appointed a Randezvouz very ſpeedily, and they have very unanimouſly offered to repaire to their ſeveral charges, and improve to their utmoſt endeavours with the ſeverall Regiments; for the qui­eing of them and recovering of the an­cient Diſcipline of the Army, thereby to render it more ſerviceable to the Par­liament and Kingdome: And to the end, your expectations, and the Deſires of all good men may be anſwered by a good iſſue in this work of ſo much con­cernment to the Kingdome. J thinke fit by the ſame advice to offer unto you theſe particulars incloſed, beſeeching you, That if more weighty buſineſſes of the Kingdom do not let you would bring them to a ſpeedy determination; That ſo your care of the Ar­my may appeare, and my ſelf and the Offi­cerbe thereby inabled to let the Souldiers ſee we take ſuch conſideration of them, as becomes us, and have ingaged our ſelves unto. And J doubt not, but thereby we ſhall be inabled to let you ſee, that this Ar­my wil appear as it hath ever profeſt; to be really ſeeking the good of this Kingdome, and approving it Self faithful in Your ſer­vice, which hath been, and ever ſhal be the deſire of

Your very humble Servant, T. Fairfax.
For the Honourable Wil. Lenthal Eſq; Speaker of the Honorable Houſe of Commons.

The Propoſals of the Generall Coun­cell of the Army to the Parlia­ment.

I. IT is deſired, That ſix Weeks pay (if poſſi­hle) if not a Moneths pay preſently ſent down to the Army.

II That the Arreares may be voted to be paid out of the remainder of Biſhops lands, Deans and Chapters Lands to bee ſold in the ſame manner as the Biſhops Lands, reſerving a competency to thoſe that have a legall intereſt therein, and have not forfeited the ſame by Delinquency, and two thirds out of Delin­quents Compoſitions, who have not yet com­pounded, and out of Forreſt Lands.

III. We deſire, that the houſe will be pleaſed ei­ther to make proviſion; That when this Mo­neths Pay is out, there ſhall be conſtant pay to enable the Souldier to avoid the Oppreſſion of the People by free quarter, then which, no­thing is more grievous unto Us: And in caſe they doe ſo, wee ingage our ſelves to make it death for any man to take free quarter, or if the Parl. do find, That the Counties will not ſo readily bring in their Money, we ſhall un­dertake, if enabled thereunto, ſo to diſpoſe of the Army, and of the ſeverall Counties, as that the Monies ſhall be raiſed, and the People punctually ſatisfied for their quarter; provided that there may be an increaſe of the ſaid Tax to an hundred thouſand pound a Month, for the payment of this Army, and the other Forces continued in the Kingdome, and thoſe that are to go for Ireland, and the disbanding of thoſe that be ſupernumerary, untill the Parlia­ment ſhall otherwiſe provide, by Exciſe, or otherwiſe, for eaſing the ſaid Taxes.

IV. Laſtly, we declare, That if this courſe bee taken, that as we have engaged, that none ſhal upon paine of death, take any thing from any Inhabitant in this Kingdome againſt his will, wherin we ſhal be punctuall depoſitive, ſo al­ſo we ſhall give aſſurance. That no man ſhall be forced to bee quartered upon againſt his conſent, provided there may be an allowance for lodging, firing, and candle, or the owners upon whoſe houſes quarters are aſſigned, to be had in other places, to be allowed to thoſe that ſhall quarter.


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TextA letter from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, to Mr. Speaker; concerning a randezvouz of the army, for the quieting of all distempers therein, and recovering the antient discipline thereof. With the desires and proposals of the Generall Councell of the Army, for the easing the countrey, and taking off free quarter. By the appointment of the Generall Councell of the army. Signed Wil. Clarke.
AuthorFairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671..
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Bibliographic informationA letter from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, to Mr. Speaker; concerning a randezvouz of the army, for the quieting of all distempers therein, and recovering the antient discipline thereof. With the desires and proposals of the Generall Councell of the Army, for the easing the countrey, and taking off free quarter. By the appointment of the Generall Councell of the army. Signed Wil. Clarke. Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671., England and Wales. Army. Council.. [8] p. Printed for George Whittington, at the Blew Anchor in Cornhill neere the Royall Exchange,London :1647.. (The letter is signed and dated: Putney 8. Novem. 1647 T. Fairfax.) (Signatures: A⁴.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Nou: 11th".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • England and Wales. -- Army -- Pay, allowances, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Early works to 1800.

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