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NEW PROPOSITIONS Sent from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax To the Honourable Houſe of COMMONS; CONCERNING The preſervation and ſafety of the Kings Majeſties Realmes and Dominions.

Together with the Parliaments Anſwer thereunto.

ALSO, The Armies new Propoſitions in reference to the whole Kingdome, and their further Reſolution cncerning the ſame.

Printed and publiſhed, for the ſpeedy diſpiercing of the fore-going Propoſitions to each reſpective County throughout the Kingdome of England, and Principa­lity of Wales.

Printed at London for Adam Marſhe, and are to beod neer the Royale Exchange in Cornhill, 164. July 22

A DECLARATION CONCERNING The gallant Meſſage and Propoſitions ſent from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fair­fax, to the Honourable Houſe of COMMONS.


HAving lately received a Copy of the gallant Meſſage and Propoſitinns ſent from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax to the Honourable Houſe of Commons; to­gether with the Anſwer and Votes of the ſaid Houſe, to his Excellencies Meſſage and Propoſitions; All which being of great con­cernment to the Kingdome, and worthy of publike view, I thought fit to repreſent un­to you a Copy of the ſaid Papers; to the end, they may be printed, and diſpierced throughout each reſpective County within the Kingdome of England, and Principality of Wales. viz.

1. His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax declares, that by reaſon of the great numbers of ſeverall di­ſtinct and diſ-joynted Forces which (now) lyes diſ­pierced and ſcattered abroad within this his Maje­ſties Realme of England, and Dominion of Wales, which were ſufficient, together with the aſſiſtance of this Army (being united and well mannaged) both to preſerve the peace of this Kingdome, and give pre­ſent reliefe to that poor diſtreſſed and bleeding king­dome of Ireland, without putting this Kingdome to the charge of raiſing new Forces at preſent for that ſervice.

2. That the high and honourable Court of Parlia­ment would be pleaſed to put all the Forces under one and the ſame Command, Diſcipline, and equall eſtabliſhment for future pay and maintenance, which being done, it would give much encouragement to ſome of the Forces that may bee ſpared out of all the Forces mentioned from England, to goe more cheerfully into Ireland.

3. That if there were ſome preſent courſe taken to provide for Arreares, for ſuch Forces as might be ſpared for Ireland, there might in probability be an effectuall Reliefe ſent over into Ireland before this Summer be quite ſpent.

All which particulars, were humbly tendered to the ſerious Conſideration of the Honourable Court of Parliament, by Englands renowned Generall, His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, for the ſafety and preſervation of this his native Countrey, and for the ſpeedy reducing poor bleeding Ireland, from the ty­rannie and oppreſſion of the bloud-thirſty Rebells, who have for many yeares layn waitering in its own bloud, occaſioned by that wicked and Jeſuitical Par­ty.

To which Propoſitions, we have lately received the Anſwer and Votes of the Houſe of Commons, which I ſhall here inſert, to the end they may be all printed together, as alſo the enſuing Papers to be annexed thereunto.

The Anſwer of the Houſe of Commons to the fore-going Prepoſitions.

AFter a long and large debate in relation to the reducing of Ireland, and ſetling the peace of this Kingdome, the Houſe of Commons came to this reſult, and voted.

I. That all the Land Forces within this Kingdome, and Principality of Wales; as alſo the Iſles of Ierſey and Garnſey, ſhall be under the immediate command of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the care of ſeeing the Forces disbanded which left the Army, was left to the Generall.

II. That thoſe Forces which left the Army before, be­ing deſigned for Ireland, and yet remain here ſhal be ſpeedily disbanded.

The proceedings of the late Councell of Warre appointed by his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, for the ſpeedy drawing up of certain Propoſitions, to be preſent­ed to the Parliament of England aſſem­bled at Weſtminſter, for the preſent ſet­ling of this Kingdome in peace, &c.

UPon Fryday laſt, there went about one hundred Officers, viz. Colonels, Lieu­tenant Colonels, Majors, and Captaines, &c, to conſult and debate at a Councell of war, for the drawing up of certain new Propo­ſitions, and grand Propoſals, which they con­ceive neceſſary to inſiſt upon, and to pre­ſent them ſpeedily to both Houſes of Par­liament, viz.

1. It is ſaid, that they much deſire the honour and ſafety of the Kings Majeſty and his Royall Poſterity.

2. That there be an effectuall Declaration forth with publiſhed to the Kingdome, a­gainſt the inviting, bringing, or comming in of any forraign forces, under any pretence whatſoever.

2. That the Army may be paid up equall with the defectors thereof, according to the late Voes of Parliament, And that the army may be forth with put into a conſtant courſe of pay, that they may not be ſo burdenſome and oppreſſive to the Country; for the more ſpeedy performance whereof, We deſire, that the Houſe of Peers would be pleaſed to concur with the Deſires of the Houſe of Commons (ſo often propoſed to them) for reviving of the Committee for the Army, and alſo that the Treaſurers and Commit­tee of Weavers Hall may be ſpeedily called to accompt, in what manner, and by what warrant the two hundred and thirty thou­ſand pounds, lately intruſted in their hands, have been in ſo ſhort a time conſumed.

3. That the Militia of the City of Lon­don, and the Committee of the ſame, may conſiſt of ſuch perſons, and ſpeedily be re­turned into thoſe hands, who formerly du­ring the worſt of times, have therein given large teſtimonies of their fidelity to the Parliament and Kingdome, which beſides the reall ſecurity, will be to the Parliament and Kingdom in preventing of dangers, re­preparing towards a new warre, would con­duce ſo much to the removing of jealouſies, and give ſuch a ground of confidence to the army, as that we might the better diſpoſe it to larger quarters in ſeverall parts, for the eaſe of the Country. Thus having repreſen­ted to your view, the perfect Copies of the fore-going papers, I humbly take my leave, and remain.

Your humble ſervant, A. MARSHE.

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TextNew propositions sent from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax to the Honourable House of Commons; concerning the preservation and safety of the Kings Majesties realmes and dominions. Together with the Parliaments answer thereunto. Also, the armies new propositions in reference to the whole kingdome, and their further resolution concerning the same. Printed and published, for the speedy dispiercing of the fore-going propositions to each respective county throughout the kingdome of England, and principality of Wales.
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Bibliographic informationNew propositions sent from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax to the Honourable House of Commons; concerning the preservation and safety of the Kings Majesties realmes and dominions. Together with the Parliaments answer thereunto. Also, the armies new propositions in reference to the whole kingdome, and their further resolution concerning the same. Printed and published, for the speedy dispiercing of the fore-going propositions to each respective county throughout the kingdome of England, and principality of Wales. Marshe, Adam., Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671.. [8] p. for Adam Marshe, and are to be sold neer the Royall Exchange in Cornhill,Printed at London :1647.. (Not in fact Fairfax's propositions, etc; a letter, rather, dated and signed at end: Redding 21. July, 1647, A. Marshe [i.e. Adam Marshe].) (Signatures: A⁴.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "July 22".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • England and Wales. -- Parliament. -- House of Commons -- Early works to 1800.
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  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Early works to 1800.

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