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A LETTER SENT FROM HIS EXCELLENCY SIR Thomas Fairfax, AND The chief Commanders in the Army.

TO THE Right Honourable the Lord Major, Aldermen, and Common-Councell of the City of LONDON.

LONDON, Printed by Richard Cotes, 1647.


For the Right Honourable the Lord Major, Aldermen, and Common-Councell of the City of LONDON.

Right Honourable and Worthy Friends,

HAving by our Letters and other Addreſſes, preſented by our Generall to the Honora­ble Houſe of Commons, endevoured to give ſatisfaction of the clearneſs of our juſt demands; and alſo in Papers publiſhed by us remonſtrated the grounds of our proceedings in proſecution where­of; all which having been expoſed to publick view we are confident have come to your hands, and at leaſt received a charitable conſtruction from you; The ſum of all which our deſires, as Souldiers, are no other then a deſire of ſatisfaction to our demands, as Souldiers, and repatation upon thoſe who have to the utmoſt improved all opportunities and ad­vantages by falſe ſuggeſtions, miſrepreſentations, and otherwiſe for the deſtruction of this Army, with a perpetuall blot of ignominy upon it, which we ſhould not value, if it ſingly concerned our own particulars, being ready to deny our ſelves in this, as2 wee have done in other caſes for the Kingdomes good; but under this pretence finding no leſſe in­volved in it, then the overthrow of the Priviledges both of Parliament and People, wherein rather then they ſhall far in their deſignes, or wee not receive what in the eyes of all good men is juſt, endea­voureth to engage the Kingdom in a new War, and this ſingly by thoſe, who when the truth of theſe things ſhall be made to appear, will be found the Authors of theſe evils that are feared, as having no other way to protect themſelves from queſtion and puniſhment, but by putting the Kingdom into blood, under pretences of the Honour of, and their love to the Parliament, as if that were dearer to them then us, or as if they had given greater proof of their faithfulneſſe to it then we: But we per­ceive that under theſe veiles and pretences, they ſeek to intereſt their deſign in the City of London, as if that City ought to make good their miſcarria­ges, and ſhould prefer a few ſelf-ſeeking men before the welfare of the Publick; and indeed we have found theſe men ſo active to accompliſh their de­ſigns, and to have ſuch apt inſtruments for their turn in that City, that we have cauſe to ſuſpect they may engage many therein, upon miſtakes, which are eaſily ſwallowed in times of ſuch prejudice, againſt3 men that have given (we may ſpeak it vvithout va­nity) the moſt publick teſtimony of their good af­fections to the Publick, & to that City in particular.

For the thing wee inſiſt upon as Engliſh men, and ſurely our being Souldiers hath not ſtript us of that intereſt, although our malicious enemies would have it ſo; vvee deſire a ſettlement of the Peace of the Kingdome, and of the Liberties of the Subject, according to the Votes, and Declarations of Parlia­ment; vvhich before vve tooke up Armes vvere by the Parliament uſed as arguments and induce­ments to invite us and divers of our deare friends out, ſome of vvhich have loſt their lives in this Warre; vvhich being by Gods bleſſing finiſhed, vve thinke vve have as much right to demand and de­ſire to ſee a happy ſettlement, as vve have to our money, and the other common intereſt of Souldi­ers vvhich vve have inſiſted upon: We find alſo the ingenuous and honeſt people, in almoſt all the parts of the Kingdome vvhere vvee come, full of the ſenſe of ruine and miſery, if the Army ſhould bee disbanded, before the Peace of the Kingdome, and thoſe other things before mentioned, have a ful and perfect ſettlement.

We have ſaid before, and profeſſe it now, we de­ſire no alteration of the civill government.

4We deſire not to intermeddle with, or in the leaſt to interrupt the ſetling of the Presbyteriall Go­vernment: nor doe we ſeeke to open a way to li­centious libertie under pretence of obtaining caſe for tender conſciences; wee profeſſe as ever in theſe things, when the State have once made a ſettlement, we have nothing to ſay but to ſubmit or ſuffer, onely wee could wiſh that every good Citi­zen, and every man that walkes peaceably in a blameleſſe converſation, and is beneficiall to the Common-wealth, may have libertie and encourage­ment; it being according to the juſt policie of all States, even to juſtice it ſelfe.

Theſe in briefe are our deſires, and the things for which wee ſtand, beyond which we ſhall not goe, & for the obtaining theſe things we are drawing neer your Citie; profeſſing ſincerely from our hearts wee intend not evill towards you, declaring with all confidence and aſſurance that if you appear not againſt us in theſe our juſt deſires to aſſiſt that wicked partie that would imbroyle us and the Kingdome, nor wee nor our Souldiers ſhall give you the leaſt offence, wee come not to doe any act to prejudice the being of Parliaments, or to the hurt of this in order to the preſent ſettlement of the Kingdome; Wee ſeeke the good of all, and we5 ſhall here waite, or remove to a further diſtance there to abide, if once wee bee aſſured that a ſpeedy ſettlement of things bee in hand, untill they bee accompliſhed; which done, wee ſhall bee moſt ready either all of us, or ſo many of the Army as the Parliament ſhall thinke fit, to disband or goe for Ireland; And although you may ſuppoſe that a rich Citie may ſeeme an inticing baite to poor hungry Souldiers to venture farre to gaine the wealth thereof, yet if not provoked by you, wee doe profeſſe rather then any ſuch evill ſhould fall out the Souldiers ſhall make their way through our blood to effect it, and we can ſay this for moſt of them, for your better aſſurance, that they ſo lit­tle value their pay in compariſon of higher con­cernments to a publique good, that rather then they will be unrighted in the matter of their hone­ſty and integritie, which hath ſuffered by the men they ayme at, and deſire juſtice upon, or want the ſettlement of the kingdomes peace, and theirs with their fellow Subjects Liberties, they will loſe all; which may bee a ſtrong aſſurance to you, that it's not your wealth they ſeeke, but the things tending in common to your and their welfare that they may attaine, you ſhall doe like fellow Subjects and Brethren if that you ſollicit the Parliament for them, and on their behalfe.

6If after all this, you, or a conſiderable part of you bee ſeduced to take up Armes in oppoſition to, or hindrance of theſe our juſt undertakings; Wee hope by this brotherly premonition, to the ſinceri­tie whereof we call God to witneſſe, we have freed our ſelves from all that ruine vvhich may befall that great and populous Citie, having thereby vvaſhed our hands thereof, vvee reſt.

Your affectionate friends to ſerve you.
  • Thomas Fairfax.
  • Oliver Cromwell.
  • Robert Hamond.
  • Thomas Hamond.
  • Hardreſſe Waller.
  • Nath. Rich.
  • Thomas Pride.
  • Francis Ireton.
  • Robert Lilborne.
  • John Diſbrowe.
  • Thomas Rainsborow.
  • Lambert.
  • Harriſon.

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TextA letter sent from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the chief commanders in the army, to the right honourable the lord major, aldermen, and common-councell of the city of London
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Bibliographic informationA letter sent from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the chief commanders in the army, to the right honourable the lord major, aldermen, and common-councell of the city of London England and Wales. Army., Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671.. [2], 6 p. Printed by Richard Cotes,London :1647.. (Title within ornamental border.) (Reproduction of original in: Huntington Library.)
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Pamphlets.

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