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NEW PROPOSITIONS From His Excellency Sir THOMAS FAIRFAX, SENT TO The Kings moſt Excellent Majeſty: With His Rea­ſons, why He did not conduct His Majeſty to White-Hall. when His Excellency marched through the City. As alſo, the time wren His Majeſty ſhall come, and upon what tearmes and conditions. And the ſubſtance of the Armies new Propoſals, to be ſigned by King and Parliament.

[C•ROLUS R•X. GENERALL FAIRFAX.: depiction of King Charles I and General Fairfax

Printed at Oxford by Leonard Brown, and Reprinted at London for Robert Williams, Anno Dom. 1647. Aug.: 26:

Certain new Propoſals from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, concerning the Kings moſt Excellent Maieſty.

HIs Excellency Sir Thomas Fair­fax having a tender and deepe ſenſe of ſeverall difficulties and dangers which were like to en­ſue, and of the evill and treache­rous dealings of the publike E­nemies to the Peace of this Sy­on, againſt the Parliament, Ar­my, and Kingdomes peace and welfare; having a long time ſought and endeavoured to breake thoſe ſilver Cords of Amity, which hath been ſo unani­mouſly knit together, betwixt the hearts of our re­nowned Generall, and the whole Kingdome; and fin­ding that all their wicked ſtratagems, and Hell-bred Devices could not take effect, they began to bethinke themſelves of a new Project (which indeed was a moſt horrid and deſperate one) and that was their great activeneſſe in ſending and diſpierſing of their ſeverall Agents throughout many Counties within this King­dome; to the end, that they might uſe their utmoſt en­deavours to ſeduce the People, and to make his Ex­cellency and the Army odious unto them, by defa­ming their juſt and honourable Endeavours, with moſt falſe and ſcandalous aſperſions, and all under this Mask and Pretence, that the Generall and Army ſought their own private ends, more then the good & welfare of this languiſhing Kingdom, with many more ſuch like untruths and falſe aſperſions, and that there was a deſign in hand for bringing his Majeſty to Lon­don, and reſtoring of the Kingdom to their juſt rights and liberties.

All which deluſions could not prevaile to withdraw the hearts of the People from his Excellency, but were reſolved to live and dye with him in the Armies juſt Cauſe and Engagement, &c.

His Excellency, and the Councell of the Army, ha­ving ſeriouſly conſidered the wicked practiſes & evill deſignes of theſe men, and the great ruine that might befall this Kingdome, if not timely prevented, thought requiſite (for ſatisfaction of the whole Kingdom) to Declare as followeth, and to repreſent theſe enſuing Propoſals to the view of the whole world, viz. I. THat when (by the bleſſing of God) all things were com­poſed & the Kingdom reduced to a peaceable condition, there were croſſe workings by a prevalent party, roobſtruct and pervert juſtice, and oppreſſe the peaceable and well af­fected people of the Kingdome and by holding forth preten­ces of Uniformity, oppreſſed the people, and to further their deſignes raiſed jealouſies, and to further their deſignes got a power into their hands of a publike influence, whereby they had the advantage to raiſe a new warre and make diſturban­ces in the Common wealth, and the impeached Members continued about London very active therein and the new Mi­litia joyned with them in••ſting of Reformadoes, & others, by which meanes the Speakers and many fathfull Members of bth Houſes were forced away, after which ſome Mem­bers remaining choſe new Speakers, that they might act ac­cording to their own ends and that the proceedings & votes of the major part of them during the abſence of the Spea­ker, intended to the carrying on of a treaſonable Engage­ment.

After which, all of them concentring (as in other things, ſo eſpecially) in this, viz. To have the King brought up to London without delay, or any neerer ap­proach of the Army. To which his Excellency pro­pounds, as followeth:

  • I. That had the King come up to Londen (as they have ſo oft deſired and attempted) it is apparent they inten­ded and would have made uſe of it, rather to lay the ſtronger foundations of a new war, then any way to ſettle thereby a ſafe and well-grounded Peace.
  • II. And ſince they could not rationally expect ſo caſie an obtaining of the Kings Perſon to London, upon any pretence whatſoever, yet it is evident, that they could intend nothing thereby, but a more plaudible pretence and foundation of quarrell againſt this Army, where­by to engage or incline to their aſſiſtancethe Kings Party, and ſuch others who might bee catcht with the apprehenſion thereof, as a ſpeedy way to Peace (the thing ſo generally longed for) and by ſuch aſſiſtance gained, the better to ruine this Army, and thoſe faith­full Members of Parliament who retired to it.
  • III. Thirdly, For our parts wee ſhall reioyce as much as any, to ſee the King brought backe, to his Parliament, and that not ſo much in place, as in affection and agreement, on ſuch ſound terms and grounds as may render both him and the Kingdom, ſafe, quiet, and happy, and ſhall be as ready as any to bring his Ma­jeſty to London, when his being there may be likely to produce (not greater Diſturbances or Diſtractions, but a Peace indeed, and that ſuch as may not be ſhaped and moulded on­ly to the private advantages of a particular party or faction, but bottom'd chiefly on grounds of common and publike ſafety.
  • IV. That if (without regard to theſe conſide­rations) we would have brought his Majeſty with us to London in our late advance thither (which our Enemies could not hinder or prejudice us in) we had no cauſe to doubt, but (as to men) wee might have had all the ad­vantages, which our Adverſaries promiſed to themſelves thereby, added to the ſtrength & intreſt of the Army, and have inverted the diſadvantages upon them that they intended againſt vs thereby, ſo as his Majeſties coming to London might have beene much to their preiudice and our advantage, if we had regar­ded only our own particulars.
  • V. That we have not minded nor bin acting our own workes and intereſts, but the king­domes, and every honeſt mans in it.

For all which, it is propounded and deſired, that the chiefe Actors of the late Deſigne may forthwith bee brought to tryall; and it is further declared, as follo­weth, viz.

That if any of thoſe Members, who during the ab­ſence of the ſpeakers and the reſt of the Members of both Houſes (forced away by the tumultuous violence aforeſaid) did ſit and Vote in the pretended Houſes then continuing at Weſtminſter ſhall here­after intrude themſelves to ſit in Parliament (before they ſhall have given ſatisfaction to the reſpective Houſes, wherefore they are concerning the grounds of their ſaid ſitting at Weſtminſter, during the abſence of the ſaid ſpeakers, and ſhall have acquited them­ſelves by ſufficient evidence, that they did not procure or give their conſent unto any of thoſe pretended Votes, Orders, or Ordinances tending to the raiſing, and levying of a Warre (as is beore declared) or for the Kingcoming forthwith to London) we can­not any longer ſuffer the ſame, but ſhall doe that Right to the ſpeakers, and Members of both Houſes who were driven away to us, and to our ſelves with them, (all whom the ſaid other Members have in­deavoured in an hoſtile manner, moſt unjuſtly to de­ſtroy,) and alſo to the Kingdome, which the endea­voured to imbroyle in a new Warre,) as to take ſome ſpeedy, and effectuall courſe whereby to reſtraine them, from being their own, and ours, and the King­domes Judges in thoſe things wherein they have made themſelves parties, by this meanes to make way that both they, and others that are guilty, and parties to the aforeſaid treaſonable, and dectructive practiſes, and proceedings againſt the Freedome of Parliament, and peace of the Kingdome may be brought to condigne puniſhment (and and that at a Judgement of a Free Parliament, conſiſting (duly, and pro perly) of ſuch Members of both Houſes reſpectively, who ſtand cleare from ſuch apparent, and treaſonable breach of their truſt, as is before expreſſed.

By the appointment of his Excellency, and the Generall Councell of his Army. Signed, Iohn Ruſhworth, Secr.

The Army are perfecting of a modell by way of Propoſitions to be confirmed by King and Parliament for ſetling a firme Peace, they are the ſubſtance of their former Propoſitions.

FINIS.

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TextNew propositions from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, sent to the Kings most Excellent Majesty: with his reasons, why he did not conduct His Majesty to White-Hall, when His Excellency marched through the city. As also, the time when His Majesty shall come, and upon what tearmes and conditions. And the substance of the armies new proposals, to be signed by King and Parliament.
AuthorFairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671..
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Bibliographic informationNew propositions from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, sent to the Kings most Excellent Majesty: with his reasons, why he did not conduct His Majesty to White-Hall, when His Excellency marched through the city. As also, the time when His Majesty shall come, and upon what tearmes and conditions. And the substance of the armies new proposals, to be signed by King and Parliament. Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671., England and Wales. Army. Council.. [8] p. Printed at Oxford by Leonard Brown, and reprinted at London for Robert Williams,[London] :anno Dom. 1647.. (Dated and signed at end: At the head quarters at Kingston upon Thames, Aug. 18. 1647. By the appointment of his Excellency, and the Generall Councell of his army. Signed, Iohn Rushworth, Secr.) (The imprint is false; "There never was a Leonard Brown at Oxford, and the Proposals were never printed there"--Madan.) (With a title-page woodcut captioned: Carolus Rex. Generall Fairfax.) (Signatures: A⁴.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: between 'New' and 'propositions': "false"; "Aug: 26".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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  • Charles -- I, -- King of England, 1600-1649 -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Early works to 1800.

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