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A LETTER ſent from ſeveral AGITATORS of the ARMY To their RESPECTIVE REGIMENTS: VIZ.

  • The Generals
  • Lieut. Generals
  • Commiſsary Generals
  • Col. Harriſons
  • Col. Hortons
  • Col. Fleetwoods
  • Col. Lilburns
  • Col. Whaleys.

Wherein is diſcovered the ground of the preſent differences between them and the General Councel, concerning the King; and the eſta­bliſhment of Common Right and Freedom, for all People in this Kingdom. With a true Account of the Proceedings of the General Councel thereupon.

LONDON, Printed for John Harris. 1647.

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A Letter ſent from the Agitators of ſeveral Regiments of the Army to their reſpective Regiments &c.

Gentlemen and Fellow Soldiers,

WE eſteem it our duty to render you an Account of the preſent ſtate of our affairs with us, and at the head quar­ter: We have been conſulting about the moſt ſpeedy and effectual ſettlement of your and all the peoples Freedoms, whereby the people may be diſpoſed into a capacity and willingneſs to provide conſtant pay, and ſecure our Arrears: we found by ſad experience, that there was ſo poſſibility of obtaining either ſo long as the ſettlement of the peoples freedoms was delay'd, and therefore as well in love and reall re­ſpects, to you, and to our dear Country; we were conſtrained to propound the foundations of freedome to be forthwith eſtabliſheby a mutual agreement be­tween the people and you: and though we dare aver that there is nothing contained in that Agreement, or in the Caſe of the Army ſtated, which is propounded to be inſiſted on, but what is (at leaſt) the equitable ſenſe4 of our former Declarations and Remonſtrances; yet we find many at the Head quarters, obſtructing and oppoſing our proceedings.

We ſent ſome to them to debate in Love, the matters and manner of the Agreement: And the firſt Article thereof, being long debated, it was concluded by Vote in the affirmative: viz. That all Soldiers and others, if they be not Servants or Beggars, ought to have voyces in electing thoſe which ſhal repreſent them in Parliament, al­though they have not forty ſhillings per annum in free­hold Land; and there were but three voyces againſt this your Native Freedom: after this they would re­fer all to a Committee: And the next General Coun­cel our friends obtained a general Rendezvouz, and a Letter from the Councel to clear the Army from any deſire or intent of conſtraining the Parliament to ſend new Propoſitions to the King, Whereby your Indempni­ty for fighting againſt the King ſhould be beggd of the King, and ſo the guilt of innocent blood taken upon your own heads; and your Enemies ſhould boaſt and inſult over you, ſaying, you were forced to ask them to ſave you harmleſs: At the next meeting a Declaration was of­fered to the Councel, wherein the Kings Corrupt In­tereſt was ſo intermixt, that in ſhort time, if he ſhould ſo come in, he would be in a capacity to deſtroy you and the people; and aſſure your ſelves, if any power be but in the leaſt given to him, he wil improve it to the utmoſt to enſlave or ruin you that conquered him, and to advance your enemies to trample upon you: Upon this we deſired only a free debate of his queſtion, Whethen it were ſafe either for the Army or People to ſuffer any power to be given to the King: And Lieu. Gen. Crumwel5 and the reſt profeſſed as before God they would freely debate it; And Monday laſt a General Councel was appointed for that purpoſe, but when they met they wholy refuſed, and inſtead of that, ſpake very reproachfully of us and our actings, and declaimed againſt that which was paſſed the Coun­cel before concerning the voyces of thoſe in electi­ons which have not forty ſhillings a year free-hold; And againſt the Letter ſent by the Councel to the Parliament: and the day before Commiſſary Ge­neral Ireton withdrew and proteſted he would act no more with them, unleſs they recall'd that Let­ter.

And to prevent any further debate they would have diſſolved the Councel for above a fortnight, and thus our hopes of agreeing together to ſettle your and the Peoples Freedoms were then fruſtrate: and though the chief of them had deſired ſome of our friends not above three days before to go on in their actings; for they might come in when they ſhould do us more ſervice then at that time; yet there they made great out-cries againſt us and complaints of diſtempers in the Army, which were nothing but endeavors after their Rights and Freedoms.

The next day they ſtil waved and refuſed the free debate of the aforeſaid queſtion, and diſolved the Councel for above a fortnight, and for a time re­ſolved; they would only prepare ſome fair propo­ſitions to the Army, about Arrears and pay, and ſent to the Parliament for a moneths pay againſt a Rendezvouze; but they declared they would divide6 the Army into; parts, to Rendezvouze ſeverally and all this appears to be only to draw off the Ar­my from joyning together, to ſettle thoſe clear foundations of freedom propounded to you, and to procure your Rights, as you are Souldiers effectu­ally.

Thus you may obſerve the ſtrange unconſtancy of thoſe that would obſtruct our way, and the great matter wherein the difference lies, and the candid­nes of our Actings: but we hope it wil be no diſcou­ragement to you, though your Officers, yea the greateſt Officers ſhould oppoſe you it's wel known, that the great Officers which now oppoſed, did as much oppoſe ſecretly, when we refuſed to dis­band, according to the Parliaments Order; and at laſt they confeſſed the providence of God was the more wonderful, becauſe thoſe Reſolutions, to ſtand for freedom and juſtice; began amongſt the Souldiers only; and yet now they would affright you from ſuch actings, by telling you it's diſobe­dience to the Generals Command, and diſtempers, and mutinies: Theſe were the words of that faction in Parliament which oppoſed you before; and you may conſider, that you had done as much ſervice for the people, by diſobedience to the Parliament, as ever you did by obedience, if you had fulfilled your De­clarations and Engagements which you then paſ­ſed.

As for the moneths pay, if it come, you may conſider, it's but your due; and yet we beleeve none had been procured for you, unleſs we had thus7 appeared, and if any Declarations or Propoſitions a­bout pay or Arrears be offered to you, remember you have been fed with Paper too long; we deſire that there may be a general Rendezvouze, and no parting each from other, til we be fully aſſured, we ſhal not return to burthen the Country by free quarter, and til our Arrears be actually ſecured, and the Foundations of our Free­dom, peace and ſecurity in the Agreement eſtabliſhed: And likewiſe, until a ſure way be ſetled, for calling Commitees, Sequeſtra­tors, and Parliament men, to account for the Countries money; that ſo the Country may know, we intend their Good and Freedom, we know ſome fair Overtures wil be made to you about pay, Arrears, ſeeming Free­dom and ſecurity; but we hope as you for­merly rejected ſuch Overtures from the par­liament, knowing that without a ſettlement of Freedom, no conſtant pay or Arrears wil be provided: ſo now we are confident you wil not be deceived, and hope you are all reſolved for a General Rendezvouze, that we may all agree together in fulfilling our Declarations and Engagemetts to the peo­ple,8 that ſo we may not become the objects of ſcorn and hatred. We ſhal now add

We are yours, &c.
  • Edward Sexby The Generals Regiment.
  • Robert Everet Of Lieut. Generals Regiment.
  • John Walter Of Lieut. Generals Regiment.
  • Edmont Bear Of Lieut. Generals Regiment.
  • Joſeph Aleyn Col. Harriſons.
  • George Haſsall Commiſſary General IRETONS.
  • William Perkins Commiſſary General IRETONS.
  • Tobias〈◊〉Col. HORTONS.
  • William Ruſſel Colonel WHALEYS.
  • Richard Seal Colonel WHALEYS.
  • Richard Hilyer Col. LIBURNS Regiment.
  • The George Col. LIBURNS Regiment.
  • Iohn Nicholſon Col. FLEETVVOODS Regiment.
  • Will. Pryer Col. FLEETVVOODS Regiment.
  • Will. Mitchel Live-Guard.

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TextA letter sent from several agitators of the Army to their respective regiments: viz. the generals lieut. generals commissary generals Col. Harrisons Col. Hortons Col. Fleetwoods Col. Lilburns Col. Whaleys. Wherein is discovered the ground of the present differences between them and the General Councel, concerning the King; and the establishment of common right and freedom, for all people in this kingdom. With a true account of the proceedings of the General Councel thereupon.
AuthorSexby, Edward, d. 1658..
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Bibliographic informationA letter sent from several agitators of the Army to their respective regiments: viz. the generals lieut. generals commissary generals Col. Harrisons Col. Hortons Col. Fleetwoods Col. Lilburns Col. Whaleys. Wherein is discovered the ground of the present differences between them and the General Councel, concerning the King; and the establishment of common right and freedom, for all people in this kingdom. With a true account of the proceedings of the General Councel thereupon. Sexby, Edward, d. 1658.. 8 p. Printed for John Harris,London :1647.. (Signed: Edward Sexby [and 14 others].) (Imperfect: staining and print show-through.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Nou: 12".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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