FIVE Matters of State, which hath lately hapned between his Majesty, and his high Court of PARLIAMENT.

First, His Majesties Demands to the Gentry of Yorke-shire, concerning the Towne of Hull, answered by two severall parties.

Secondly, The humble Answer of those, who petitioned to his Majesty the thirtieth of April, and divers other Knights and Gentlemen of that Country.

Thirdly, the humble answer of the Gentry of the County of Yorke.

Fourthly, A Letter sent from Hull, to the Right Worshipfull the high Sheriffes of York-shire, together with the Gentrie of that Countie, now attending his Majesties pleasure at York.

Fifthly, The htmble Petition of the Gentrie, Ministers, and Free­holders of the Countie Palatine of Chester, presented to his Majestie at York. 1642.

London, Printed for F. Coules, and T. Bates. 164 [...].

His Majesties demands to the Gentry of York-Shire, concerning the Towne of Hull, Answered by two severall parties.

WEe conceive that the substance of His Majesties proposition unto us the 30. of April consisted in two particulars, First, to know, Whether wee would defend his Majesties Royall Person from violence, or no, according to our duties. Secondly, To have our advice concerning his Majesties not being admitted in­to his Towne of Hull, and how his Majesty may be vindica­ted in his honour for that affront, and how he may be put in­to the possession of his owne.

The humble Answer of those who Petitioned your Majesty the 30. of April. and divers other Knights and Gentlemen.

May it please your most Excellent Majesty,

WEe shall be ready to defend his Majesties person from violence, by all such waies, as the Law and our du­ties bind us. And for the meanes to uindicate your Majesties honour, and to put you into possession of your owne, Wee conceive that the best advice, that we can of­fer unto your Majesty is, humbly to desire you to hearken to the [Page] Counsels of your Parliament, who (we assure our selves will bee carefull of your Majesties person and honour, and to whom your Majesty hath already bin pleased to direct a message to that purpose.

The humble Answer of the Gentry of the County of Yorke.

ACcording to Your Majesties Command to Your Ma­jesties proposition, we professe our willingnesse, as in duty wee are bound to defend your Majesties Sacred person against all Forraigne and Domestick attempts, to the uttermost of our power, and as our allegiance binds us, And for the keeping of your Majesties honour, touching the bu­sinesse of Hull, Your Majesty being pleased to commend it to Your Parliament, the high Counsell of Your Kingdome, wee doe humbly crave pardon that wee doe not interpose: But forasmuch as Your Majesty may looke for a particular satisfaction at our hands, wee humbly and heartily professe that wee shall be ready to serve Your Majesty in the same and all other occasions, with our lives and fortunes, as farre as your Majesty shall bee pleased legally to enable and com­mand us.

To the Kings most Excellent Majestie: The humble petition of the Gentrie, Ministers and Free-Holders of the Countie Palatine of Chester, and of the In­quests serving at the Assizes for the body of the said Countie.

Humbly sheweth,

THat though our heart-breaking griefes have beene many and great, through a lively apprehension of our wofull distractions, which have beene of late much encreased by this long night of your absence from your great Councell, yet we have had some sur­viving reliques of hope, that the sighs and grones the teares and prayers of so many dutifull and well affected Subjects from all parts might (in time) have been accepted, and at length have pro­ved powerfull to have melted your royall brest into compassion, and with (such a loving and pleasant violence) might have won you to embrace againe with all tendernesse, your whole Kingdom as it is at this present represented in Parliament.

But now we lament, that even those hopes appeare to us gashly, as breathing their last, having little vigour remaining in them to uphold our hearts, for our sorrowes are doubled, our feares multi­plyed, by the report of your Majesties resolutions, to undertake a dangerous voyage into your Kingdome of Ireland, whereon wee look with much wonder & astonishment; far be it from you (dread Soveraigne) to blame our hearts, which (guided by the strength of Law and dutie) cannot consent to a journey so perillous, by which your Royall Person (wherein wee challenge so great an interest, that it is no more Yours than ours) shall undergoe varietie of dan­gers by sea and land, wind and waters, having no difference be­twixt a King and his meanest vassall.

And if God (the Guardian and preserver of Princes) shall safely waft you over, what valuable securitie can bee given us of Your life, being amongst such Popish, barbarous, and cruell Rebels as (having banished the sense of all Religion, Pietie, and Humanitie, and rejecting God, and you their King from raigning over them,) do continue to murther daily your innocent and Protestant Sub­jects, of all ages, sexes, and conditions, and which they would perswade the world they doe act by Your Authoritie, Approbation. [Page] and Command, thereby heaping vengeance upon their owne heads, and rendring them uncapable and unworthy the thoughts of the least grace and favour; let Your Iustice, we beseech Your Majesty, have its proper work upon them, and your mercie upon us, by gran­ting our most humble prayers to these particulars:

To comfort our hearts by your residing where you may with best conveniencie consult with your great Councell before you thus hazard your Person and your people.

To consider to what danger hereby you expose us to the Po­pish faction, when your Majestie shall leave us naked, and not put into a posture of defence, to repell the rage and attempts of the enemies to our Religion, when wee have too just cause to feare, that they do but wait for an opportunitie to bring to birth their Cruell Conceptions. And what so great advan­tage can they hope for, as would be this of Your absence.

To advise whether this journey would not much retard the intended reliefe for Ireland since (upon the first rumour) many who were minded to subscribe thereto, doe demur in their proceedings, and others wish they might recall what they have subscribed.

Not to [...]eprive us at once of that poore remainder of hope we have to reap further good by the endevors of Your Parliament, whereof we shall despaire. when Your Presence shall be wan­ting to infuse life in their Prop [...]sals and Conclusions.

To beleeve that a j [...]urney to White-Hall will be the more f [...]r Your Honour and safetie, and far more acceptable to your truest Subj [...]cts than a voyage to Ireland.

To view at our humble entreaty that part of King Davids story, who being resolved in person to war against his owne Re­bels, acquainted the people with his intention, in these words of resolution, I will go with you my selfe also, but his best Sub­jects (that were ready to hazard their lives for him, would not suff [...]r him to venture his regall Person, which was to them so perillous) opposed him in th [...]se tearmes, Thou shalt not go forth: neither did David reject them as presumptuous, knowing that their confident expression in that particular, was the issues of their dutie and love, but gave them this mild and satisfactorie reply, (which we humbly beg may be your Majesties answer to your Parliament: Vs, and all other your good Subjects) What seemeth you best, that will we doe.

So shall we eve [...] pray, &c.

A Letter sent to the Right Worship­full the high Sheriffe, and the rest of the County of Yorke, now attending his sacred Majesties Pleasure.


NOw (if ever) stand fast, quit your selves as Fa­thers of your Country, let it appeare before God and all the World, that truly generous blood runs in your vienes; Evidence in Gods Name, your heartiest loyalty and dearest affection to his most sacred Majesty. But while you remember the King, forget not the Kingdome for the Lords sake; put not asunder those things which God hath so neerely joyned together, Oh consider the Honour, the cause of God, the good successe of this present Parliament, your lives, Lawes, Liberties, your temporall, your spirituall welfare lye all bleeding this day at your own feet, and earnestly supplicate your best assistance.

Tell Vs We beseech you; shall we dye and you live? Can it possibly goe well with you, while ill with Vs? Is it not your own cause and quarrell? nay, Gods and the Kings which wee maintaine? Stand you not as much interessed and as deeply in­gaged to appear, for God and the Kings honour as we our selves were disposed to recriminate, we could anathomize before God and man the worthlesnesse of those unreasonable, men who seem the great Zealots, not only for the ruine but the ecclipsing of the glory of this blessed Parliament.

But our intent onely is, to beg that at your hands which in Justice you dare not, and in charity; (we are sure) ought not to deny us, and that's your help and utmost indeavour in this nicke of our (we had almost said your) greatest necessity. Be assured there was never a greater prize in your hands then at this time. In poore Hull are imbarked two of the richest Jewels in the world. Gods truth, and Christendomes Peace: each of which in valuation far exceed a Kings Ransome.

We delight not in a needlesse & superfluous expence of words, [Page] and therfore we shall in short tel you, what wee or rather God expects his day at al your hands. viz. That you (and that with instance) petition his most Excellent Majesty, to vouchsafe the influence of his Royal favour and gracious presence to his Great Councell, the High. Court of Parliament, the only way, (in hu­mane apprehension) to stanch the bleeding wounds of Ireland, and distracted England.

That you now help the Lord against the mighty.

That with as humble boldnesse you manifest your extreame unwillingnesse to come in an hostile way against us, least you bring guiltles blood upon your own heads, and kindle such a fire in England, as wil never be quenched: Assure your selves, that without much caution and greatest circumspection, you may raise up such a spirit as will not be conjured down again in haste.

Worthies Ponder we beseech you our present but sad conditi­on, set your selves before Gods awfull bar, make our case your owne.

Let your consciences speake, would you betray so great a trust committed to you, by so great a Councell? would you that we should wound through your sides heaven and Earth? what you shall at­tempt against us, wil in the reflection result upon God, the King, the Church, the State, your selves; Would you to satisfie a good King set open the Gates, and with the same curtesie gratifie a very bad company, who seeke nothing lesse then either the safety of his Majesties Royall Person and Posterity; or the security of his Dominions▪ and Liegepeople? Would you have us wash our hands in your dearest blood? in sum; would you have us render you the people of the Kings wrath? Wee are confident you would not; Do then (according to the primordiall Law) as you would be done unto. Strike in we beseech you effectually whilst you have time [...]t not God upon another course of deliverance, least the honour of York-shire be laid in the dust for ever.

Oh! give us in this great streight, reall restimony of your af­fections; and you shall for ever have the acknowledgement of the reall obligations of all.

Your affectionate friends and humble Servants in the port Town of Hill.

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