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SEVERALL PAPERS From His Excellency Sr. Thomas Fairfax, AND The ARMIE under his Command, de­livered to the Commiſſioners of Parlia­ment and City at Alisbury, July 23. 1647.

OCCASIONED By a late Petition and Engagement of ſome Citizens, Commanders, Officers, and Souldiers of the Trained Bands and Auxiliaries &c.

Being the laſt and moſt deſperate Deſigne againſt the Kingdome and Army. With a Copy of the Engagement.

ALSO, A Proclamation from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, a­gainſt the entertaining of Cavaliers in the ARMIE.

By the appointment of his Excellency Sr. THOMAS FAIRFAX and his Councell of Warre.

Signed IO. RUSHWORTH Secr.

London, Printed for George Whittington, at the Blew Anchor in Cornhill, neare the Royall Exchange, 1647.

My Lords and Gentlemen,

VVE received this incloſed paper the laſt night, from the hands of a very well affected Citizen, it was delivered him by an Offi­cer of the City Militia who being invited to meet ſome Citizens at Skin­ners hall upon Wedneſday laſt, with divers others to ſigne the ſame, and offering to diſpute againſt the matter of it, to ſhew how dangerous and illegall it was, was ſilenc't and told that it was not to be diſputed, but to be ſigned and joyned in, there being diverſe Cittizens and others at the ſame place for that purpoſe, which when he underſtood, he tooke this printed Copy away with him,

By the contents of which when you read it you will eaſily perceive what it tends to, and how deſperate and dangerous it is to the hazzard of the whole Kingdom, and to fruſtrate all thoſe indeavours of the Parl. the army and Kingdome for an happy ſettlement, and likewiſe to pre­cipitate all into a new and bloody war, we cannot therefore but acquaint you that we look on this as a buſineſſe ſet on foot by the malice of ſome deſperate minded men, this being their laſt Engine for the putting all into confuſion, when they could not accompliſh their wicked ends by other meanes. To this have all ſecret liſtings tended, and we wiſh that the needleſſe and ſuperfluous Liſting of Auxilaries and connivance at the continuance of the Reformadoes about the Cities of London, and Weſtminſter, have not had the ſame aime, and by this wee hope it will appeare that our iealouſies and feares of ſome ſuch deſperate deſignes to be harched in and about the City, (conſidering the temper of men there) have not bin groundleſſe, nor our deſires to draw neere the City of Lon­don with the Army to diſapoint and breake all ſuch plots, and to free the Parliament from the violence of them have not bin without juſt cauſe, and wee deſire all indifferent men to judg whether our withdraw­ing from the City in obedience to the Parliaments command was for their and the Kingdomes ſecurity or not: we wonder that divers men did calumniate that our marching ſo neare the City, and put ſo bad Repreſentations upon it, as that it tended to force the Par­liament, or to plunder the City ſeeing our doing ſo, was to breake that blacke deſigne which now begins to ſhew it ſelfe in its colours, whereas indeed our conſciences witnes with us, that our aymes were cleare &••neſt tending to reſtore the Parliament into its juſt liberty, which was much abated in the eyes of all the Kingdome, and no doubt by the Authors and•••ntrivers of this new Covenant and engagement; ſome whereof have been ſo farre from aſſiſting to put the Reformadoes & other dangerous per­ſons out of the Lines that now they are called to joyne in this conſpiracy: we intreate you to give the Parl. a full Repreſentation of theſe things, which that you may do; we have ſent you the Papers, together with ſuch informations as may give them an opportunity to diſcover the bottome of this buſineſſe, we were marching from London (when we received this In­formation) in obedience to the Parliament, and to give the City more con­tent, & to ſtop the mouthes of ſlanderers; But if ſuch Deſignes, ſo diſtructive to the Parliament, and the worke in hand be ſuffered to go on, or that the Parliament be interrupted in the freedome of their debates and proceedings as we heare, within theſe few dayes they were, by thoſe that are invited to partake in this Conſideracy: we begg it of the Parliament, as they tender their own ſafety, the Peace of the Kingdome, and preventing of a ſecond Warre, as they would not have the Kingdome looſe the fruite and benefit of all the blood and treaſure that hath been ſpent in this cauſe, that they would not ſuffer their freedome and liberty to be indangered by ſuch deſignes as theſe, they having an Army which by the Bleſſing of God, in ſpight of all that theirs and the Kingdomes enemies can do, will ſtand and fall with them, and be found faithfull and obedient to them in all things, and as ready to relieve Ireland, when the Peace and rights of this Kingdome are ſeried: We write not this to deſire the Parliament to invite us to march up to them, we care not how great a diſtance we are from London, if it be the Parlia­ments pleaſure, and conſiſts with their ſecurity, and the breaking of thoſe combinations which are hatcht in the Bowels of the City, we are haſtening our Propoſalls which are for the generall ſettlement, and which (we are confident) will ſatisfie all that love truth and peace: But we ſee plainly, we neede more to intend ſecurity then have cauſe to expect to bring things to an happy iſſue by Treaty while ſuch deſignes are on foote: We pray you therefore that the Parliament would ſpeedily and throughly inquire in­to, and break theſe Deſignes wherein as in all things, elſe we ſhall be ready to ſerve them as they ſhall judge it needfull, and when they ſhall command us.

By the appointment of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and his Councell of Warre. Signed, Iohn Ruſhworth, Secr.

BY a Printed Paper come to our hands this day (a Coppie whereof you receive herewith) we ſtill find, and cleerly and evidently perceive that ſome evill Spirits within the City of London, maliciouſly diſaffected to the Peace of this Kingdome, do ſecretly and wickedly endeavour, to bring about that miſchiefe upon the Kingdome, which we have ſo much feared, and by all our ſeverall addreſſes unto you ſought to prevent; which indeede are of that dangerous conſequence as we can expect no other iſſue from, then the unavoydable engaging the Kingdome in a ſecond Warre, if not timely and effectually prevented by your wiſdome and diligence. Wee muſt further obſerve unto you, that whatoever deſign is intended in the for­ſſad Paper, is contrary to the Authority of Parliament, and indirect oppoſiti­on to the proceedings of the Army (which the 2. Houſes have owned as theirs, and approved of their fidelity by committing the forces of the King­dome of England, Dominion of Wales, and Iſlands of Garneſey and Ierſey, under the Generals care and Command) and therefore cannot be effected, but by force of Armes againſt the Parliament and their Armies, which in probability may involve the whole Kingdome in blood; but muſt neceſſarily begin within your own Bowels, and draw the Seate and miſery of Warre upon you and your City.

Alſo we deſire you would conſider, whether we have not juſt cauſe to ſuſpect that an evill party lurkes within the City ready to diſtemper it, and the whole Kingdome upon every occaſion, and whether it be probable ſuch perſons deſire a happy Cloſe between the King and the Parliament, (at leaſt ſuch as will be for the Kingdomes good) when they take upon them the boldneſſe to make new offers to His Maj. with ſolemn engagements to make good the ſame during the time that the Parliament had given us leave to make tender of, and treate with their Commiſſioners about thoſe things which tend to a generall ſettlement. And therefore we cannot but deſire, that you would take a ſpeedy courſe timely to ſuppreſſe this great evill, and to prevent all of this nature for the future, and by making ſome of thoſe ex­amples who have been active to carry on this buſineſſe: We have not had time to enquire into particulars, out ſhall give you onely one inſtance of a meeting at Skinners-Hall, concerning this buſineſſe, where ſome perſons have been very active, (the names of ſome of whom we have given to your Com­miſſioners) and alſo the names of other Citizens who will teſtifie their carri­age there.

Laſtly, we cannot but deſire you to concurwith us in our deſires to the Parliament, to put the Militia into the hands of thoſe that had it before; without which we can have no aſſurance that the City will be free from de­ſignes of this nature, nor can we expect to ſee a happy Cloſe.

By the appointment of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax and his Councell〈…〉

To the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, the right worſhipfull the Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in the Common or Guild-hall of the City of London, aſſembled.The humble Petition of the Citizens, Commanders, Officers, and Soul­diers of the Trained Bands and Auxilaries, the young men, and Ap­prentices of the Cities of London, and Weſtminſter, Sea Commanders, Seamen and Watermen, together with divers other Commanders, Officers, and Souldiers within the Line of Communication, and Pari­ſhes, mentioned in the Weekly Bill of Mortality.


THat your petitioners (taking into ſerious conſideration how Religion, his Maieſties honour and ſafetie, the priviledges of Parliament and liberties of the Subiects, are at preſent greatly endan­gered, and like to be deſtroyed, and alſo ſadly weighing with our ſelves, what meanes might likely prove the moſt effectuall, to procure a firme, and laſting peace, without a further effuſion of Chriſtian Engliſh bloud, have therefore entred into a ſolemne engagement, which is hereunto annexed, and do humbly and earneſtly deſire, that this whole City may joyne together by all lawfull and poſſible meanes, as one man, in harty endeavours for his Majeſties preſent comming up to his two houſes of Parliament, with honour, ſafety, and freedom, (and that without the neerer approach of the Army) there to con­firme ſuch things as he hath granted in his Meſſage of the 12th. of May laſt, in anſwer to the Propoſitions of both Kingdoms, and that by a perſonall Treaty with his two houſes of parliament, & the Com­miſſioners of the Kingdom of Scotland, ſuch things as yet are in dif­ference may be ſpeedily iettled, and a firme, and laſting peace eſta­bliſhed; all which we deſire may be preſented to both houſes of parlia­ment from this honourable Aſſembly,

And wee ſhall pray.

I Doe hereby require the chiefe Officer preſent with every Troop and Company, to make ſtrict inquiry what Cavaliers haue been liſted and entertained in their Troopes or Companies, ſince the Muſter preceding the laſt Muſter; And that all ſuch chiefe Officers ſhall preſently up­on ſuch enquiry as before, put forth of their Troopes or Companies of ſuch Cava­liers as they ſhall find in their troopes or Companies from ſuch Musters (as be­fore) And before they receive any pay upon this laſt Muster, they ſhall expunge the Names of all ſuch Cavaliers out of their Muſter Rolls, as they ſhall have put out of their Troopes or Companies. And if it ſhall hereafter appeare (that any chiefe Officer preſent with their Troope or Company) ſhall neglect to put forth, or caſhiere ſuch Cavaliers in manner as before, or receive any for the time to come upon proof thereof made, he ſhall be liable to a Councell of Warre, and be accordingly proceeded againſt.

Thomas Fairefax,

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TextSeverall papers from His Excellency Sr. Thomas Fairfax, and the armie under his command, delivered to the Commissioners of Parliament and city at Alisbury [sic], July 23. 1647. Occasioned by a late petition and engagement of some citizens, commanders, officers, and souldiers of the trained bands and auxiliaries &c. Being the last and most d[e]sperate designe against the kingdome and army. With a copy of the engagement. Also, a proclamation from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, against the entertaining of cavaliers in the armie. By the appointment of his Excellency Sr. Thomas Fairfax and his Councell of Warre. Signed Io. Rushworth Secr.
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Bibliographic informationSeverall papers from His Excellency Sr. Thomas Fairfax, and the armie under his command, delivered to the Commissioners of Parliament and city at Alisbury [sic], July 23. 1647. Occasioned by a late petition and engagement of some citizens, commanders, officers, and souldiers of the trained bands and auxiliaries &c. Being the last and most d[e]sperate designe against the kingdome and army. With a copy of the engagement. Also, a proclamation from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, against the entertaining of cavaliers in the armie. By the appointment of his Excellency Sr. Thomas Fairfax and his Councell of Warre. Signed Io. Rushworth Secr. England and Wales. Army. Council., Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Baron, 1612-1671.. [8] p. Printed for George Whittington, at the Blew Anchor in Cornhill, neare the Royall Exchange,London, :1647.. (In the title the first "e" in "desperate" has failed to print.) (Signatures: A⁴.) (Originally published in Oxford as: A declaration of the proceedings of the Army.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: July 26.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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