A Briefe RELATION OF The Proceedings OF Our Army in IRELAND, since the Tenth of June to this present Iuly 1642.

TOGETHER With the Petition of the Parliament there Assembled, To the Lords, Iustices, and Counsell.

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LONDON. Printed by R. Oulton. and G. Dexter for Benjamin Allen. An. D. 1642.

The humble Declaration and Petition of the Lords Spiri­tuall and Temporall, and Commons in PARLIA­MENT assembled.

Humbly declareth

THAT the Religion now professed by the Church of Rome (which in fundamentall points is Antichristi­stian) hath of late yeares extraordinarily overspread this Kingdome, and hath the more encreased by the forbearing, to put in execution the wholsome Lawes, and Statutes of force in this Kingdome, against Recusants and others of the Romish Religion, who have of late time more then formerly extreamely swarmed in this Kingdome, and whereas it evidently appeares that the said Antichristian and Hereticall Religion, and the not putting of the said Lawes in execution, hath as the fruits and effects thereof, produced a generall confe­deracy of the Papists in this Kingdome, to destroy and extirpe the Protestant Religion, and all English, Scottish and Irish in this Kingdome professing the same, wherein they have actually pro­ceeded to execrable cruelties (without any provocation given them by his sacred Majestie, by the State and Government, or any Acts of Protestants or any others (the intending utterly to cast of the English Government, and most Royall authority of our Soveraigne Lord the King, and where divers of the Romish Religion, have in all parts of this Kingdome since the two and twentieth day of October last, inhumanely used most bloudy and unheard of barbarous Actions against the persons, as well of the Clergy as of most of the Protestant Religion, within their power not only while life lasted, but even after death digging some of them out of their graves, cutting them in peeces and casting them into ditches, defiling of Churches, and setting up the abominable Idoll of the Masse in stead of Gods true worship and service, and in scornefull and reproachfull manner, tramp­ling under foote the Holy Bible, and disdainefully burning it, and have by the said cruelties already destroyed many thousand Protestants, and of those that remaine and escaped their fury, [Page 7] most of them have beene enforced to flie into England or Scot­land for reliefe, or to beg the charity of well disposed people here.

The said Lords and Commons duely considering the Premisses, and the great dishonour done to his Majesty, to the English Na­tion, and indeed to all his Majesties Kingdomes by the said most wicked Rebellion, plotted and enacted by Titular Bishops, Abbots, Iesuits, Friers, Priests, Monks, and others of the Re­mish Religion, doe humbly expresse their detestation (thereof, and their humble desire of a thorough Reformation of Religion may be had in this Kingdome, to the glory of God and the ho­nour of his Sacred Majesty, and to that end humbly pray that a present and effectuall course may be taken, for putting in exe­cution the Lawes and Statutes of force in this Kingdome, against Recusants, and all others of the Popish pretended Religion in all parts of this Kingdome, where the Lawes doe or may run and for suppressing the usurped power, and Iurisdiction of the Sea of Rome, and particularly in the City of of Dublin, which is now the City of Refuge for most of the distressed and dispoy­led Protestants of this Kingdom who are not without just fears of imminent dangers by reason of the multitude of popish inhabi­tants, and they doe pray that it may bee given in charge to all his Majesties Officers, whom it may concerne faithfully, and with­out delay to proceed therein, and that monethly Sessions be held for that purpose in the said City of Dublin, That Bills may bee forth-with transmitted into England, concerning all such Lawes as are now of force there against all Iesuits, Priests, Eryers, Monks, and other superstitious Orders, and societies of the popish pre­tended Clergy, and their relievers, and against Recusants, and other Papists to be enacted in this Kingdome.

And such further Lawes as are or shall bee needfull in that be­halfe, and that such necessary expressions and provisions may be therein made, as may bee agreeable with the constitution of this Kingdome, and may give hopefull and comfortable assu­rance to your Suppliants and their Posterity, and to all other of the Protestant Religion, who are or shall be in this Kingdome.

That it may not be in the power of any Governour or Go­vernours, of this Kingdom to suspend inhibite or connive at the [Page 8] execution of the said Laws, or any of them, and to this end that your Lordships, who are intrusted by his Majestie, with the Go­verment of this Kingdome, and must one day give an accompt thereof, before the Tribunall of Gods Justice, will give present order for performing your suppliants requests herein expressed, and although since this most hideous and bloody Rebellion be­gun, wee have some succours out of England, which wee ascribe to the great mercy of God, in the great wisedome and pietie of his sacred Majestie, and in the carefull and chargeable indea­vours of the Parliament and Kingdome of England, which his Majesties grace and goodnesse, wee with the duty and loyaltie of faithfull Subjects, doe most humbly and thankfully acknow­ledge to his Koyall Majestie; and doe also render to his Parlia­ment of England: hearty thankes for their said care and endea­vours for us, yet we find with inward sorrow and grief of heart that for want of such powerfull and speedy succour of Men mo­ney Victuall, Cloathes, Armes, Ammunition, and other requi­sites of Warre necessary to bee sent hither out of England this VVarre, for Gods cause, and the cause of his servants in this Kingdom, hath hitherto had but a slow proceeding. They ther­fore most humbly beseech your Lordships, to represent to his sacred Majestie their humble desires and supplications, that it may stand with his Princely pleasure: that an effectuall & spee­dy course may be taken by his Majesties high VVisdom, the care of the Parliament for hasting those needfull succours, which the said Lords and Commons humbly conceive have beene hitherto retarded, longer they doubt and fear can well consist with the safetie of this his ancient Rightfull Crowne and Kingdome and so by the high wisdome and great goodnesse of his Majestie, our great grief and sorrowes converted into joy and gladnesse, Gods true Religion may be the more firmly established, his Majestie in wisedome and power magnified his good Subjects comforted and his enemies, and the enemies of Gods truth disapointed.


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