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CHARLS, By the Grace of GOD, King of SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, FRANCE, and IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAYTH,
To Our Lovits, [...] Heraulds, Messengers, Our Shyreffs, in that part, conjunctlie and severallie, speciallie constitute Greeting.

FOR-SA-MEIKLE as We are not ignorant of the Great Disorders, which haue happened of late within this Our ancient Kingdome of SCOTLAND, occasioned, as is pretended, vpon the in­troduction of the Service Booke, Booke of Canons, and High Commission, thereby fearing innovation of Religion and Laws. For satisfaction of which feares, We well hoped, that the two proclamations of the ele­venth of December, and nineteenth of Februarie, had beene aboundantlie fufficient: Neverthelesse, finding that disorders haue daylie so increased, that a powerfull rather than perswasiue way, might haue beene justlie expected from Us: Yet Wee out of Our innatiue indulgence to Our People, grieving to see them run them­selues so headlong into ruine, are graciouslie pleased to trye, if by a fayre way Wee can reclayme them from their faults, rather than to let them perish in the same. And therefore, once for all, Wee haue thought fit to declare, and hereby to assure all our good people, that We neyther were, are, nor by the Grace of GOD ever shall bee stained with Popish superstition: But by the contrarie, are resolved to maintaine the true Prote­stant Christian Religion alreadie profest within this Our ancient Kingdome. And for farther clearing of scru­ples, Wee doe heereby assure all men, that Wee will neither now nor heereafter presse the practice of the foresayde Canons and Service Booke, nor anie thing of that nature, but in such a faire and legall way, as shall satisfie all Our loving subjects, that wee neyther intende innovation in Religion or Laws. And to this effect haue given order, to discharge all Acts of Counsell made thereanent. And for the high Commission, We shall so rectifie it with the helpe of advice of our privie Counsell, that it shall never impugne the Lawes, nor bee a just grievance to Our loyall Subjects. And what is farder fitting to be agitate in generall Assemblies and Par­liament, for the good and peace of the Kirke, and peaceable government of the same, in establishing of the Re­ligion presently profest, shall likewise be taken into Our Royal consideration, in a free assemblie & Parliament, which shall be indicted & called with Our best conveniencie. And We hereby take GOD to witnesse, that Our true meaning and intention is, not to admit of anie innovations eyther in Religion or Lawes, but carefullie to mayntayne the puritie of Religion alreadie profest and established, and nowayes to suffer Our Lawes to be in­frindged. And although We cannot bee ignorant, that there may be some disaffected persons, who will stryue to possesse the hearts of Our good Subjects, that this Our Gracious Declaration is not to be regarded: Yet We doe expect, that the behaviour of all our good and loyall Subjects will be such, as may giue testimonie of their obedience, and how sensible they are of Our Grace and Favour, that thus passeth over their mis­demeanors; and, by their future carriage, make appeare, That it was onlie feare of INNOVATION, that hath caused the disorders which haue happened of late within this Our ancient Kingdome: And are confident, That they will not suffer themselues to bee seduced, and missled, to misconstrue Us, or OUr Actions; but rest heartilie satisfied with Our pious and reall Intentions, for mayntenance of the TRVE RELIGION, and LAWES of this KINGDOME. WHEREFORE, Wee requyre, and heartilie wish all Our good People, carefullie to advert to these dangerous Suggestions; and not to permit themselues, blindlie, vnder pretext of Religion, to be led in disobedience, and draw on, infinitelie to Our griefe, their owne ruine; which Wee haue, and still shall stryue, to saue them from, so long as We see not Royall Authoritie shaken off: And most vnwil­linglie shall make vse of that Power which GOD hath endewed Us with, for reclayming of disobe­dient People.

OUR WILL is herefore, and We charge you straytlie, and command, That in­continent these Our Letters seene, you passe to the Market-crosse of Our Burgh of EDINBVRGH, and all other places needfull; And there, by open Pro­clamation, make publication hereof, to all and sundrie Our good Subjects, where­through none pretend ignorance of the same. The which to doe, Wee commit to you conjunctlie and severallie, Our full Power, by these Our Letters; delivering the same, by you duelie executed and indorced, agayne to the bearer.

Per Regem.

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