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THE PETITION Of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord General AND HIS Councel of Officers, FOR THE Recalling of all Penal Laws made againſt private Meetings, the puniſhing of Prophanneſs, as Swearing, &c. the releaſing of perſons under Reſtraint, and the taking away unneceſſary Laws with their Intricacies and Delays.

Preſented to the PARLIAMENT on Thurſday, Auguſt 16. 1649.

With their Anſwer thereunto.

Aug 18 London, Printed for John Playford, and are to be ſold at his ſhop in the Inner Temple. 1649.


TO THE Supreame Authority of this Nation, the Parliament of ENGLAND; The humble Petition of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, General, and his Councel of Officers;


THat being very ſenſible of that power and preſence of God, which hath lately appeared in Jre­land, as the fruit of that Spirit of Faith and ſupplication, which God hath powred forth on the hearts of his people, to the bringing down the common Enemy, and exalting4 his own Name, that doth great things, by ſmall and contemptible means, That no fleſh may boaſt, but he who glories, may glory in the Lord, We are much preſſed in minde (we truſt by the ſame power and preſence that hath made bare his Arme in the late Victory) to tender to this Honourable Houſe, the annexed Propoſals, that your ſelves being ſet in high Place and power of doing good in this Nation, may in the ſenſe of this late Mercy, ſo ſhine forth in ways of truth and Righteouſneſs, That Gods People, and this Common-wealth, may have cauſe to rejoyce in You, and bleſſe his Name for You.

1. That all ſuch Penal Statutes made under the ſeveral Kings of England, and5 likewiſe any Ordinance made this preſent Parliament, whereby many conſcientious people are much moleſted, ad the propa­gation of the Goſpel hindred may be re­moved, and ſome courſe taken, that the Spirit of Chriſt, flowing forth in his ſer­vants for the declaring his Name in the Nation, may not be ſuppreſsed, but re­ceive all due encouragement, they living peaceably under the preſent Government, without diſturbing the publike Worſhip.

2. And becauſe we are ſenſible, that through the ſubtlety of ſtn the moſt law­ful & Chriſtian Liberty may be abuſed to licentiouſneſs and prophaneſs, which from our hearts, We therfore do humbly declare, That it is not our meaning, that the liberty before deſired by us, ſhould extend to the Toleration of Popery, Prelacy, the Book of Common-Prayer, publike ſcorn or con­tempt of God and his Word; and do fur­ther6 deſire, That through your care and zeal, all open acts of prophaneſs, as drunkenneſs, ſwearing, uncleanneſs, & the like, be vigorouſly proceeded againſt, and puniſht in all perſons whatſoever.

3. That upon the ſence of this great Mercy lately received from God, your hearts would be moved to extend your fa­vour ſo far as may ſtand with the ſafety of this preſent Government to thoſe who have formerly ſerved you, and the Intereſt of this Nation against the Common E­nemies thereof, but of late for their miſ­carriages have fallen under your diſplea­ſure, and are now under Reſtraint, and for the future all diſturbers of the publike Peace be vigorouſly proceeded againſt.

4. That ſpeedy conſideration may be had of thoſe great Oppreſsions which the People of this Nation groan under by Reaſon of the Multiplicity of unneceſſa­ry7 Laws with their intricacies and delays, which tends to the profit of ſome particu­lar men, but much to the expence and da­mage of the whole.

By the appointment of his Excel­lency the Lord FAIRFAX, Lord General, and his Councel of Officers. Signed, Richard Hatter, Secretary.

THis Petition being preſented to the Parliament on Thurſday. Aug. 16. by Coll. Pride, Lieut. Coll. Goffe, and other Officers.

The Officers (after reading the ſame) were called in, and Maſter SPEAKER in the name of the Houſe gave them thanks for their con­ſtant good affections, and in particular, for the Petition, acquainting them that they had the things therein, already under conſideration, but that this ſhould haſten the Granting of the ſame with all poſſible ſpeed and convenience.


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TextThe petition of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord General and his Councel of officers, for the recalling of all penal laws made against private meetings, the punishing of prophanness, as swearing, &c. the releasing of persons under restraint, and the taking away unnecessary laws with their intricacies and delays. Presented to the Parliament on Thursday, August 16. 1649. With their answer thereunto.
AuthorFairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671..
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Bibliographic informationThe petition of his Excellency Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord General and his Councel of officers, for the recalling of all penal laws made against private meetings, the punishing of prophanness, as swearing, &c. the releasing of persons under restraint, and the taking away unnecessary laws with their intricacies and delays. Presented to the Parliament on Thursday, August 16. 1649. With their answer thereunto. Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671.. 8 p. Printed for John Playford, and are to be sold at his shop in the Inner Temple,London :1649.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Aug. 18".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, -- Baron, 1612-1671 -- Early works to 1800.
  • England and Wales. -- Army. -- Council -- Early works to 1800.
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