17 Martii, 1646.

The Humble PETITION OF The Lord Major, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in Com­mon-Councel assembled, this day delivered TO The Honorable, The Commons Assembled in PARLIAMENT. WITH The ANSWER of the Honorable House of Commons thereunto.

ORdered by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That this Petition, with the Answer, be forth­with printed and published:

H: Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.

LONDON, Printed for Edward Husband, Printer to the Honorable House of Commons. MARCH 18. 1646.

Die Mercurii, 17 Martii, 1646.

THe House being informed, That divers of the Aldermen and Common Counsel were at the Door, desiring to prefer a Petition to this House, they were called in, and Sheriff Edmonds did acquaint the House, That they were appointed by the Lord Ma­jor, Aldermen and Common Counsel of the City of Lon­don, to prefer this their Petition to this House; The Petition was stiled, The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in Common Counsel assem­bled: The Petitioners being withdrawn, The Petition was read, and likewise the Copy of a Petition annexed, which is the same with that printed Copy which was in­formed against, and brought in to this House on Mon­day last.

To the Honorable, The House of Commons assembled in the High Court of Parliament; The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in Common Coun­cel assembled:

HUmbly acknowledging the hopeful progress which this Honorable House hath made upon some par­ticulars of the former Addresses of the Petitioners, wherein as they are confident you will still go forward, so they humbly crave pardon if they continue their im­portunity for such an effectual and speedy reso­lution upon the whole, as may, with Gods blessing, at length setle the Affairs of this long distracted Kingdom.

And now that His Majesty is come nearer in Person to His Parliament of England, the Pe­titioners would gladly entertain some hope, and cannot but earnestly desire, That God would also bring His Royal heart and will nearer to this His chief and greatest Councel: [Page 5]And that His Majesty will now be perswaded to joyn with His Parliament and all His Peo­ple in the National and Solemn League and Covenant, and give satisfaction in the matter of Propositions which the Parliaments of both Nations shall make unto Him, for the full as­surance of His People in the future, and the firm establishment of the Peace and Union of this Kingdom in Church and Commonwealth; without both which the Petitioners cannot ex­pect any firm or real Peace in this Kingdom.

And that His Majesty may be the better disposed to this Conjunction, and the Parlia­ment and this City in the interim secured, the Petitioners humbly offer it unto the wisdom of this Honorable House to take course, That such as have been in opposition to the Parlia­ment may be removed out of this City, and be kept at a distance from His Majesties Royal Presence.

These Are the Hopes and Prayers of the Retitioners, which they humbly pray may be as favorably accepted and inter­preted, as they proceed from a sincere heart; That which the Petitioners intend hereby, is, still more and more to manifest their Integrity to the Parliament, to stop the malicious Tongues of Sectaries on the one party, who have from the [Page 6]Petitioners late humble Addresses, suggested some defection in the City; and to cut off the vain hopes of Malignants, and such as have been in opposition to the Parliament, on the other party; That they can expect no compliance from the Petitioners. For the Petitioners do for themselves, and the whole City whom they represent, Declare unto the whole World, That they still are, and with Gods blessing are re­solved so to remain, in their Zeal as fervent, and in their Respects as humble and real to the Parliament as ever. And according to their Covenant, do next under God wholly relie upon the Wisdom and Justice of the Parliament for the set­tlement of their Peace and Prosperity.

And the Petitioners humbly pray, That this Honorable House will give no credit to any Representation of the minde and sence of the City, contrary unto this their so­lemn Profession, although even some of those who serve for the City, or are free thereof, or any others, should make any other Representation of the same.

Here the Petitioners should willingly have concluded, but that the Army (which they hoped should ere this have been disbanded) is now drawn so suddenly, and quartered so near the Parliament and this City: Besides that in the same juncture of time, a most dangerous and seditious Petition (as they humbly con­ceive) is set on foot, to be presented to this Ho­norable House; the Copy whereof, as it was delivered to them, is annexed: which doth [Page 7]exact this addition from the Petitioners; That this Honorable House would consider, what effect the unexpected approach of such an Ar­my, and the concurrence of such a Petition may work in the People; How long time all maner of Provisions have been dear and searce in this City; How much the same must needs be en­creased, when such an Army must be fed, be­fore they can expect to be served thence, and what murmure the same may raise amongst so great a multitude of Poor, as are already, and do daily encrease in this City.

And then that this Honorable House would be pleased to give Command that the Army may be forthwith removed, and after with all convenient speed Disbanded; That the Pe­tition annexed may be out of hand suppressed, and the Con­trivers and Promoters thereof enquired after; And, that the Parliament and this City may in the mean time be preserved in safety: That this Honorable House would please to give this Court authority, to make Annual Election of the Mem­bers of the Militia of this City, according to their late Petition.

And the Petitioners shall daily pray, &c.

THe Petitioners were again called in, and Mr. Speaker acquainted them, That the House had considered of the particulars in the Petition; and that the House had already most of the particulars under consideration, and have appointed a time to take the rest into consideration, and do resolve to proceed in such maner with them, as may be most for the ease, safety and satisfaction of the City and the whole Kingdom; That a copy of the Petition annexed was lately brought to this House, and that they had put it into a way of consi­deration: He further acquainted the Petitioners, That he was commanded to tell them, That the House take very special notice of the declaration and expressions of the Petitioners, and by them of the whole Cities con­stant, fervent, real and sincere affections to the service of the Parliament: The seasonableness of these expres­sions addes some weight unto them, it being at such a conjuncture of time, when the enemies both to the Par­liament and City, did raise to themselves vain and groundless hopes of some misunderstanding between this House and the City, The contrary whereof this will suffi­ciently manifest; For which he is commanded to give them the hearty thanks of this House.

H: Esynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.

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