A prospective for King and subjects.

OR A schort discovery of some treacheries acted against Charles the I. and Charles the II. Kings of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

With Some few advertisements to the people in the 3. Nations concerning the cruel, exorbitant, and most Tyrannical slavery they are now under which they have wrought themselves into, and stil desiring to be, by up­holding of a pretended court of Parliament, altogether ruling contrary to the Lawes of the Lands or any branch there of, and according to there owne Lustful and arbitrary wills.

Romanes the 11. chap: verse the 4. But I haue reserved 7000. man who have not bowed there Knees to Baal.

Written by Wendy Oxford once an honourer of them and there pretences, but now as great an abhorrer of there Macheeslian practises.

Let St. Pauls Epistle to the Romanes, be now judge against such Antichristian Romancing Rulers, as are assembled together at West­minster.
Romanes 1. Chapt. and the 24. and 25. verses. Wherefore God gave them up to uncleassenesse, and to the change the truth into alie, worshipping the creature more then the creatour.

Printed to Leyden by Iohn Pricton in the Ieare 1652.

To the Most High and Mighty sufferer of this age Charles the II. by the grace of God, Right and true Borne King of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Most Gracious Souveraigne.

BEfore I begge your sacred Majestyes patroni­zing this mite, which shal be conneighed into your natur all soyles, for as wel correction to your enemies, as also the cherishing of the star­vinge and dying people therein, who have layd long greived and languishing under an arbitrary power. I beseech you to remember the advice given to your royal Father of blessed memory by a wise man. Make not knowne the cheifest of your determinations to an open councell (al thoughstyled a privy councel) least you faile in the disigne, vera, amicitia, tantum modo est inter bonos mali nec interse amici sunt, nec cum bonis, Neither doe any thing of great concernmēt in councel of a civil freind, in vvhich your Majesty cannot be safe in the execution thereof unlesse it be concealed: Civilem amicum sic habeas ut putes posse in imicúm fieri. Admire not (Gracious Sr.) that in a corner of the earth I vvhis­per this councel unto you, for had your sacred Father beleived the same he had never beene so unhappy as to be murthered by his ovvne people (nay by som of those he made his bosome freinds) and consequently your royal selfe had not beene exposed to such termes as your ovvne soule, better knovves then any. But [Page]vincit qui patitur. No I vvrit this smal ensueing trea­tise unto your Majesty that you may have an insight of vvhat you haue done, and the better you vval discerne vvhat is to be done, by remooving al sychophauts vvho lay parsonally in the breast of your Fathers and your Majestyes, but there harts in the treasury of both your knovvne enemies. Latet anguis in herba! and stil the seeds of those adamites are ingendring in your councels which (gracious Prince) I hold my selfe bound induty to make knowne to your Majesty, & thereby give a ca­veat to you for the future, seing the glory of God & the good of my Soveraigne, and 3 commonwalths at stake If your Majesty should discountenance the worke, my comfort remaines that the frowe of my Prince may turne to the favour of my God nec mendacii utilitas est diuturna, nec veritatis damnum diu nocet, neither shal flattery stil hold in credit, nor truth alway continue in disgrace. No no (Great Sr.) none but such as joyne with your Enemies (knowing you to be Heire apparent of so great a monarch (who was not only defender of the faith, but martyre thereof) dares be tacite (especial­ly) when the christian fayth lyes wallowing in the blood of its owne saints over the whole earth in your Maje­steys being so unlawfully kept from that Scepter, which usvally did protect the innocent, and detect the nocent: which that it may once more be put in the hand of your righteous selfe the vicegerent of the Lords, I here on my bended knees offer unto the most high my hum­blest praiers for your Majestyes safety, and in throning (not doubting but your gracious goodnesse will grant protection to these my desires) and that as dayes [Page]multiplies on your haires and yeares on your people, that the weisdome of God and savour of your owne subjects may be joyned with the helpe of al christian princes (making it there owne cases) to the restablishing of your Majestyes 3. Crownes. This suit wil I never give ouer, in al others, I wil remaine

Your Majestyes faythful and obedient subject during lyfe. Wendy Oxford.

The Epistle to every free borne subject of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Dear Countryman.

I Desire not to hold thee long in the porche, but intreat thee to enter into the house, where if thou findest any thing which thou canst cal thine, I pray take it, and of the rest, if there be any thing which may doe thee good in the time of peace or warre, tri­bulation or prosperity, accept thereof, but as thou rea­dest it, I begge of thee to observe wel, and be an impai­tiall judge of the truth thereof, which if thou beest there in resolved, doe not only of (what is true) lay up, where theeves may breake through and steale it away, but lay the good so up, that thou Majest (upon a good op­portunity) make good use thereof to the freeing thy selfe from the thraldome thou art under, and the dar­knesse of thy Salvation thou art kept in by those who made the glory of God, and thy freedome from Ty­ranny, there pretences, & stalking horses, but they rule notouer you as christians or as the beloved of the Lord but as Servants forcing you to make bricke without straw. Which that you may be freed from, by a most Faythfull Moses, shalbe the harty praiers and wel wi­shis of

Thy loving countryman and Brother in Christ. Wendy Oxford.

A Prospective for KING AND SVBIECTS.

I Have read of William Rufus a King of England was slaine with an ar­row Shotte at a hart by a knight, and in an other History I find that Basilius Ma­cedo A Romaine Emperour was killed with the stroake of a hart in hunting, Cajus and Fulvius Valerius Anastasius (wee read also) the Emperours perished by lightning, as also young Drusus Pompey the Sonne of the Emperour Claudius was choa­ked with a peare which he cast up and caught it in his mouth in a sportiue way, so likewise of Charles King of Navarre wee read he came to a strange and untimely death, for he being sewed up in a sheet by night that he might be bathed in it, he that seued it, went to burne of the thread with the cand­le, and set fire on the sheet, so that the King being so much scorched with the heat, died threon in three dayes. You may likewise read of Euripiudes of very great fame who was unawares torne to peeces by doggs and (as plyny writeth) An acreon was choaked with the stone of a Raysin, and Ma­rius with a haire in a messe of milke, yea I read of Plinie him­selfs perished by a stronge fire of mount Vevesus Whilst he was seeking to know the reason thereof, some ends there lives in laughing as Valerius Maximus, others by sneezing, and as I began with a King of England I wil end with a King of England, whom weread was buggered with a hot spitt [Page 2]through a horne into his fundament up into his body, but this was a cruel act of privacy, but never did you read or heare of any Prince or King murthered after such a manner as Charles the I. was on the 30. day of Ianu. 1648. about 2. of the clocke in the afternoone, niether did I ever heare or read of a­ny Kings or princes so much laid snares for & so much betrayd as there have beene together, vide: King Iames, King Charles the I. and King Charles the II. And if you wil force me to be­leive there hath, I must confesse there hath beene trache­ries, which haue beene acted against Kings, and Princes, but stil have beene discovered, before execution, as Caesar whose life was taken from him as he was goeing to the senate house; yet it was discovered to him in a letter before, if he had read it, to have beleeved it; so, many plotts there was against the late Queene Elisabeth, some dangerous ons against King Iames, but put them altogether, they reach not at the throngs of treacheries, in this our age. For the cheifest of your Royal Fathers Nobility, (Dread Soveraigne) and gen­try, nay whom he made Noble, and whom he preserved from perishing, nay let mee goe higher; some, whom he (by his gracious goodnesse) redeemed from death, which they were condemned unto by Iustice for treason against him selfe, and others formurther; These very people being chosen councellours to him, not only betrayed him from there very beginning of there trusts reposed in them, as to the loosing his peoples harts, but also in the renting his Kingdomes, and al the territories thereunto belonging from him and his po­sterity, nay not resting there, but in the conclusion (casting of the name of treachery) they presumed to take away his life, under the colour of Iustice by a Pylate and pharisaical judges openly to condemne him in the same Hal, whre they should justly haue died formerly, and then executed there cruel murther on him at the gates of his owne court, and on­ascaffold openly in the face of his owne people, as if he had [Page 3]beene a traitor to himselfe, nay they cutt his sacred life of in the most ignominous way that could be inmagined, even as the greatest traitor that ever was since England received chri­strianty even by the hand of the common Hangman belong­ing to Tyburne. O prodigious Monsters? whose persons and actions shalbe some what laid forth in this booke, when I come to my advise to the poore blinded people: but they are more at large painted out to the life in my booke intitu­led. The banis hed mans complaint comming forth.

Should I begin at the sust of King Iames, and so descend to this very day of al the treacheries which have beene acted at home in councels, and a broad against the States of the 3. Kingdomes, I should be in a laborinth, and weary the rea­ders patience, wherefore I wil but cull out some remarkable ons, and indeed but poynt at some of them, enough for for your gracious Majesty to perseive what is meant in the whole.

Did not your royal Father of Blessed memory (al though so crusified by his owne subjects) put his whole trust of the managing, the whole affaires of his Kingdomes in to the hands of his councel: and was he not betrayed (before ever a Parliament was called) by some of them, sworne privy councellers, was it not plainely seene that there was a Spa­nish purse alwaies open a mongst them, was not the Spa­nish faction moulded so high with the riches of the Indies, that never since Queene Elizabeth died, revenge could be endeavoured against the insolent but subtile Spaniard. And was not there a French pox in other some of his councel­lours causing a rottennesse in there harts, to the Keeping his then Maiesty from maiking warres & regaining the lost clai­me of that Crowne, and when at last, some more honest then the rest did perswade an army to besent over, did not then golden french Pistols (by treacheary) overcome the English Steele, whose edge formerly was a terrour to al na­tions [Page 4]And with leave (Great Prince) was not your royal Father betrayed in al his privy councels, councels of warre, and in his very bedchamber at Yorke, Shrewsbury and Ox­ford, was there ever any thing of consiquence, acted there in, nay but spoke on, or was ever designe but intended on his Enemies in the field, or upon any Garrison, but it was presently sent away to the General, or Scontmaster General of his Enimies, or to the Commander in cheife, of the next Garison of Enemies, or if time would premit to the com­mitty of safety, then sitting at Darby House, was it not that your Fathers Enimies there treasury was greater then his (they having the revenues of al his, the Royal Queenes, & your then Princely selfe with your Brothers the Duke of Yorke, and most of al the nobility and greatest gentery in the whole Kingdome, besides there dayly assesments and loanes, and subsidies with many other extraordinary taxes, as excises of al things, together with the infinite and vast sum­mes of monyes raised on Bishops, Deanes and chapters lauds, enough to purhase whole Armyes, Townes, and Cities, as in conclusion they did, for were not thereby whole Armyes, Cities, Garisons of Townes, and Forts sold to his then Maiestyes, and now continuing yours; are not the prover­bes too too much veryfied in these latterdayes. Monyes ma­kes the mare to goe: and an asse laden with gold shal enter in to the strongest city or towne what ever, and the golden Key unlocke the strongest gates that are, yes, your Maisty sees and feeles the truth hereof. For no sooner was the sacred life of your deare Father and our soveraigne taken away, but immediatly messages weere sent to some about your sacred selfe for the holding of correspondency with them at West­minster which the very businesse of Bredah speakes something thereof, for no sooner was anything done (altough never so privatly thought) but with in 3. dayes the whole result was at Whitehal (that once a royal seat for our Kings and [Page 5]Queenes but now a denne of thieves) which would have beene made good to your Maiesty by some what wished hap­pinesse to you at the hague, but truth was crusshed in the shel, and those blasted for there good intentions: But pardon mee (Gracious Sr.) that I am so plaine, I most humbly beseech your gracious Majesty. I must now goe a long with your Maiestyes councellours from Bredah into Schotland, from whence I must tel your gracious goodnesse there was dayly postings betweene some of your chrifest pretended friends and your openest Enemies, (O Sr.) there have pro­ceeded a world of teacheries, as first concerning the holding your Maiesty from taking the Covenant until your thro at was ready to be, cut the steele of your Enimies being thereby prepared, those treacherous vermins that put triphles into your conceience were hired thereunto, for that your Enimies knew, the schotts nation would not trust you nor fight for you, until you had done it, and also thescotts, Iuncto would not doe there ut most in raising of an Army until they had your conscience engaged, which was too late, when you had taken it, for by that time, your Enimies became masters of the field. Next looke upon that most traiterous act of de­livering up of Edenburgh, Castle and Leith, was not 20000. paid downe for it and the Governour thereof now the only man with your Enemies, then was it not a sylver bridge that conveyed your Enemies over in to Fife, did not the silver ore quench the heat of Brent I laud, and so al along in your Maiestyes whole progresse in Scotland, to be short hath not monyes conquered al Scotland.

Now (most suffering Prince) give mee leave to march a long with your councellours from sterling into England, where they layd the plott your Maiestye should be katched in a trappe, to that end you were sussered to goe without let or molestation, your Enemies being assured before hand, that you should not march to London, where you had fini­shed [Page 6]your desines. What was it but monyes that hindered you from suffering the gallant Cavalery under the Duke of Bucks, earle of Cleveland, and Massy, to fal on your Ene­mies at Torwood where God had designed there for your prey had you not beene betrayed. What was it but monyes that when your Maiesty was advised by some of your must faithful subjects to march immediatly to London, that you were advised too lay downe before Carlile a daye & night, on set purpose that Lambert and Harrison Major Generals of 2. brigades of your enemies, horse might be joyned to­gether, and that Cromwel General of your enemies might come up in the reare of your army who was at least 9. dayes march from you, yes, it was monyes that did al this, and those very persons that received it now lye in prison for a colour, but spend after that extraordinary manner, as if they were more then free subjects. Againe was it not 30000. paid to some appoynted to receive it, that caused David Lesly (when as your Majesty had given the Duke of Bucks and that gallant gentleman Massy 500. horse to goe a part from your army, and when the Duke sent for 500. horse more with the harty desire of doeing some acceptable peece of service in breaking an associated committee of Traitors met from divers counties for the raising forces against your Majesty, which the said Duke might easily have taken and dispersed them every on had his grace had the 500. horse sent for) what was it caused David Lesly to come unto your Majesty and tel you that the Duke was a young souldier, and would engage your whole army, and so cause a losse of al presently (which he by a lingring way lost in the end) which caused your Majesty immediatly to send an expresse order under your owne hand & seale for the calling backe the Dake of Bucks to your body: and what was it but a Sylver barre that crossed your rode to London, and what was it that when your army had the bal at there [...]eet at waring [Page 7]ton Bridge and your enemies Lambert and Harnison at the mercy of your army, that they were suffered to goe a way untouched, nay suffering many faithful and gallant gen­tlemen (who were on the for lorne hope) to be taken and caryed away prisoners within lesse then musket short of your whole army, and but by a smal party of the enemy, yet not released by your Generals command but contrary command given that none should stirre. Next let mee remind your faced selfe of the many treachirous acts at Worcester, as first the advice of being drawne to that place of no strength, to be taken in a nett as a covey of partridges: Secondly when as halfe of the army of your enemies were marched under the command of L. General Fleet wood by up ton over the bridge and so came close to the other side Worcester, which is in compasse 18. Miles distant on part from the other part of your enemies army, I say what was it that kept your Majesty from sighting on or the other part of your enemies when your Majesty was advised to it in the steeple of Worcester minster, againe what was it that caused your Majesty to susser a bridge of boates to be made within musket shott of the towne of Worcester, for your enemies to releive on another as they should see occasion, and the enemy to make it without disturbance; Lastly (as to Worcester treachery) what was the cause that when some came and told your Majesty (as you were at dinner) that the enemy was comeing on, and some persons of Honour desired that they might goe out with a party and charge that bold enemy which was comeing on, but David Lesly gave order to the contrary (saying) let them come on I-se make them to garre faether in one houre, then they shal come on in three, which neglect and treachery in conclusion proved to the utter overthrow of your Majesty, the great losse of your nobility & gentry, and as much as in him lay the losse of 3. Kingdomes, O Sir, it was not for want of courage [Page 8]or discipline, but your enemies purse that sealed un assu­rance of victory to your enemies, it was that formerly which gave victory of above 28000. gallant men under Duke Hamil­tons command in 1648. to 8000. under Cromwels conduct in Lancashire: for the nations know, there was not a blow strucke to any commander for the victory but to the Duke in Westminster halyard. So that your Majesly plainly sees your selfe bereaved of duty sidelity and valour of al sides, as your subjects beguiled of there allegiance, by being seduced with faire pretences on the on side, and your subjects in snared to slaufhter on the other by treacherous vermins, O have not many armies in your royal fathers time beene strong in bulke, but weakned by factions amongst the cheife, which caused his commanders (not considing in on another) to provide for there owne safety and subsistence, what was it that bred these distempers but the Parliaments coyne, which the plaine country man saw likewise and made him draw his necke out of the choller. My duty (dread Sove­raigne) teaches mee to let you know as much of the treacheries and corruptions of your enemies as I wel know, which in breife, is, that which you cannot be ignorant of that there is such a large allowance of monyes to the coun­cel of state (styled) for the rewarding of in formers, Spies, and intelligencers even to betray there nearest freinds in all relations, so that where blood and the nearest consanguinity can not find security of councel and action, it is in veine for a Prince to hold himselfe safe in many coun­cellors: great emperours, Princes, and generals in these our dayes (who have made use of councellors as to heare the opinions of every on of them) but they had never effected such great attempts as they did, had they not kept the result of al in there owne harts until the very houre which they in­tended the enterprize: may I be on ce blessed with the sight of your Majesty I shal be more plaine in my expressions [Page 9]then now I am, for that I ossend some so much, that this poore booke could not find a presse until the soarings were a little clipped: and if by my expressions and confessions which I shal then lay open to your Majestyes judgement, Ishal not irritate your displeasure, but merit your gra­cious pardon, it wil engage mee too make the greater disco­very es, which I shal for beare to any what ever but my owne Prince. But thus much I shal presume on in the in­terim, that your Majesty be cautions of some neare you, and then feare not those farre from you.

And let this be a cave at to the Dutch, for no question if it be possibly to corrupt any of there greatest States, which God for bid those of Westminster wil not be wanting to the ut most of there endeavours and stocks (which En­gland with greife may say) are to great. (great Prince) cast of such sychophants (as I sayd already) whose persons are with your Majesty, and there harts in the treasury of your enemies, looke on those (I bee seech your Majesty on my knees) that have lost there fathers, brothers, and kindred, nay al there estates for doeing you service and your roy al father, I say cast not not of your nobility and true harted gentry, they have ever beene formerly accounted ornaments to a crowne the on, and propps thereunto, the other, and al of most honourable respects in a republicke; Although I must confesse (in these our latter dayes) even as some deadly hem locke hath appeared in fertile ground, and the richest ore hath beene digged out of barren soyle, even so hath vertuons and honourable spirits proceeded from meane parentage, and appeared so in your service, and base and ignoble, discended from Honourable progenitors, who have formerly appeared as starres for there Princes, but now gone out as snusses of candles, against them; wherefore wel sayd a holy man, nobility of birth maney times begets ignobility of mind, and untimely honour hinders many from honou­rable [Page 10]attempts but; to such nobility, and such councellours I conclude thus (which I desire may be a caveat to the remai­ning honest of Lords and privy councellors) that great­nesse can not exempt them from the vengeance of God, nor al the wealth in the Parliaments treasury bye them there from, which commandement (contrary to there knowledge and conscience that they should honour God and be true to ther King) they doe thus presumptuously transgresse; which is neither Gods commandement cannot deterre, nor Gods Word advise them, nor his judgements feare them, I wil say as Saint John writes in the 12. Chap. of the revola­tions & the 11. verse, he which is fylthy, let him by fylchy still. Wherefore (most gracious Sr) I be seech you to leave such councellours in time, least your Majesty be left by them in the lurch (A stander by many times sees more then he that playeth) as your Majesty hath beene too often already. Now (gracious King) be pleased too give a poore subject of your Majestyes leave to set downe a few advertisements for the procuring your owne rights and Kingdoms. And first of al (Sr) I be seech your Majesty as to descend so much, as to ad­dresse your selfe to your people in a he avenly way of peace, and goodnesse by way of declerations, and remonstrances, making there in a Covenant with God to follow your vowes and protestations made, or to be made to your subjects, al­though they have beene stubborne and stisse necked hitherto against you, yet behold and see what the Lord God of hosts may doe with there harts: for (great Sr) thinke not to overcome them by sword so easily as by word, no no, they have beene so long embrueng there hauds in bloods on af another, that there harts are hardned against forra igners you may bring in; they may be sooner smitten with your assuance to them, that as you redeme your rights carefully, you wil not only spend them wisely, but that you wil first of all settle the protestant religion amongst them [Page 11]in the purity therof according to the best reformed churches, that when your Majestyes time shal come, when you must give an account to the King of Kings of your vice­gerency and Steward ship, the God of al Gods may say to you welcomely, Euge bone serve? and give your gracious selfe a Crowne of glory which shal never fal from the head of your Majesty, and that your people may have just cause to mourne for suchan earthly losse, and rejoyce that you are els where in glory remaining for ever hereafter, which that your Majesty may attaine unto here, and hereafter, God of his mercy graunt, Amen.

2. Next that your Majesty promise to rule over them with love, and not by feare, the loving way of government being easy and safe, but Tyranny is ever accompanied with care and terror (O Sr) carry this saying in your breast. Ama & impera; Qui terret, plus ille timet, sors illa Tyranno convenit. And truly (Deare Sr.) could your Majesty be but quiet a while longer, your gracious selfe should soone see this saying sulfilled in the now oppressours of your people, there exorbitant oppressions wil force the oppressed to take an advantage of shaking of the yoke they are now under as not being able to beare any longer, neither wil Gods justice suffer the sway which is grounded on there cruel Tyranny to continue.

Now to these two principles which I begge your Majesty to harken unto, let mee speake to my country men concer­ning them.

Remember (fellow commoners) that you by Gods ordi­nance, and humane lawes, are the true and lawful subjects of this King who now you deraine his rights and your owne due obdience from. For heis your naturally borne King, and these you now yeild obedience unto in al there false edicts, have surruptiously gotten the stasse of government over you, and accordingly usurpe there authority, under pre­tence [Page 12]they have gotten it by conquest, but alas they have not conquered there King, nor you, but it was you that con­guered your selves, in conquering your Prince, and those you fought against.

Next remember good country men, and repent as you wil answer at the dreadfull day of judgement (when al your now usurping rulers and your actions of treason and mur­thers must be accounted for) of your holding downe your Prince by the haire of the head whilst these bloodsucking rulers cut it of from his Sacred person remember when you did this murther, you wonded your God through the sides, and so long as you fight against to keepe your native Sove­raigne from his rights and possessions, you deteyne God out of his right, the King being the vice gerent of the Lords so that in plaine termes you tobbe God of his dues and the King of his, contrary quite to our Savious rule give unto Caesar the things which are Caesars, and unto God those things which are Gods.

3. Next (most renowned Prince) promise to the people that you wil doe justice to al (which is termed Regia men­sura) even to the meanest as wel as to the greatest without partiality, neither inclining to the right hand of affection nor to the left hand of hatred. I be seech you toread Sir Francis Bacons Essaies of Iudicature, wherein he speaks to Prince as wel as to Iudges if thou per ceivest (sayth he) on the on side high hils of advantage, powerful combination, and violent prosecution, and on the other side the low vallyes of poverty and dejected nesse, prepose thy way as God did to judgement. Isaiath the 40. Chap: and the 3. verse, by raising vallies and taking downe mountaines, so shalt thou lay the foundation of thy sentence on a sure ground. Then O King as Iehosaphat said. Be of good courage, and doe justice, and the Lord wil be with thee and al nations shal feare thee.

Now let me speake againe to your people as to this 3. advise. And if so that such promises be made to you (good countrymen) by a King, I and by your owne King, not a forreigner, by a protestant Prince of your owne religion, and not of astrangeon, that you shal have your religion resetled, your lawes (now torne to peeces) reestablished, so that in causes of justice and judgment you shal have true sentence, Secundum allegata & probata, and that you shal have Iudges like Elohem upon life and death, and like Solomon when meum & tuum is in dispute, and not like these Kingly usur­pers, who (to your greifes I speake it) had rather Ius dare, to make lawes of there owne upon there authorityes of sic volumus, sic Iubermus, not fearing at al that feareful malediction in Abekuke chapter the 5. and the 1. verse. Cursed is he that remooveth his neighbours land marke, I say they had rather Ius dare, them Ius dicere then to pronounce the old lawes al­ready made. If such things be promised by our dread Sove­raigne; what shal let you (but an extraordinary judgement of God for your sinne of in gratitude) from in throning him in his native rights, and yours, which wil prove in conclu­sion your freedomes, and greatest gaines. But some of these mens, Baal preists may say what wil you extirpate those you have chosen to make and preserve your lawes? I answer, they deserve it, having beene chosen by you to doe so, (nay they having sworne so to doe,) but they have prooved false, for sworne, and grosse covenant breakers, who have wrested the lawes of God, and the gospel of Iesus Christ to there owne ends: the Iustice of God requires it and man also, melius ut pereat unus, quam pereat unitas, better for on to perish, then unity to be destroyed: they terme themselves a Parliament, and as but on body, therefore let that on as a rotten corrupt, and putrified body be cut of to save a whole stocke from perishing, Fiat Iustitia.

Ense reseindendum, ne pars sincera trahatur,

Looke upon the Apostles rule. Nos scimus bonam esse legam, modò index à legitima utatur. We know that the law is good if a man use it lawfully.

To the end of what hath beene hitherto spoken by mee I humbly begge of your Majesty that I may returne unto you, and your goodnesse heare mee.

That your Majesty would not be advised (by any favou­rites) when you shal (by Gods blessing) attaine to your crownes to deale with your people, as physitians sometimes deale with there patients, that they must be recovered by co­rosives, and sharpe remedies; no (Deare Sr.) that you please to cure them with a diat, and asswage with fomentations. And if against the light of nature, and lawes of nations and rights thereof, your people shal persist in there obstinacy, and contemne your many times offred grace, and goodnesse, then you are excused, in the binding, cutting and pruning such stife stakes (that wil rather burst then bend) and al to be really looked on, as to the restoring your selfe to your owne, and them to your selfe, yet you may not extirpate all.

But for the a voyding of this latter I wish (great Sr) that your Kingdomes may be setled without more blood, as firme as mountaines, not to be remooved, your cities returne in obedience, and your strongholds with continuance of the same; al your subjects obsequious, and not to hate mo­narchy under thoughts of freedome, and so conspire stil to with hold there obedience: O that is a greivous sinne, and absolutely unlawfull by the lawes of God and man, to re­solve a redemption by a wicked temptation of liberty: Such subjects must expect to labour under general convulsions, and be wasted with unheard of Lacerations. No, farre be it from your people to entertaine such precipitation of thoughts and farre be also contempt and rigour from your Majesty, least the divine power of God bring to passe that [Page 15]which few feares, none dare attempt, and Prince and people ab horre, wherefore (O Prince) resolve of comeing to your owne (if possibly, by love and peace, and rather suffer a little longer then ruine al. Si vis vincere, disce pati.

Now you that cal your selves the supreame power of England Scotland and Ireland. I can compare you to no other then to the 30. Tyrants of Athens, or to the Tribunes amongst the Romans, either lyke the 30. Tyrants who were chosen by the people to be there conservators of there lawes and liberties, (even so were you) who held the people with goodwords and faire glozzed declarations (as you have done) until they had the opportunity, and strength to per­sist in there designe of Tyranny then they turned the wea­pons of the people against there owne breacts and became absolute Tyrants whole names and deeds had never beene blotted out had not this age bred such monsters as you are to outvy them in the highhest manner that may be, or els you may be compared to the Tribunes amongst the Ro­maines, to be appealed unto from inferiour courts of Iudi­cature, and chosen Parliament men to be advisers about affaires, and assistants to the King, which in a short time, you by your machevilian perjuries, and so phisticated con­jurations to the people namely your declarations, promises, remonstrances &c. In your usurped authority have not only overtopped the Kings power, like the Tribunes, but have cut of King, and power to al posterity. Wherefore al people may justly say either you are without Christ, or Christ without peace, A hard saying (I must confesse) but yet more of truth then wonder which the church of God mourneth for such discords, where in her best earthly Saints lye murthered by you, religion through out the world accu­seth your errors, and you who seeme to be professours accuse religion, by which meanes, Heretickes, Schismatickes, [Page 16]and Blasphemors, Turkes, insidels, and pagans, in sult over Gods children and al of you over the church. But wherefore have you thus betrayed the honour of God, and battered his inheritance? O looke (ye vipers) what Kazienzen saith, ubi nost est pax, non est Mundus: But I feare the saying of Iehu is upon you, what have you to doe with peace? The people have just cause to say of you, nay God himselfe may say, you Hatter him with your praiers, and wound him with your swords; you have the voyce of Iacob, but the hands of Esau, the visage of innocent Abel, but the harts of mur­therous Cain; for you have made bonefires of whole townes in the 3. Kingdomes, and exhibited emblemes of your inflamed minds to the world, and al at the same time when you seeme to congratulate your thankefulnesse to the Lord: but in these things you make God your stalking horse, for whilst you seeme to burne in cense, whole townes are turned in to smoake, O, your weapons reake not with the blood of Turkes, but in the hartbloods of your native King and fellow subjects. O what a miserable resolution have you cloathed your selves with, even to destroyall rather then be destroyed? Are you to be called ministers of State, are you to be called peace makers, and physitians of a commonwealth, no, rather to be called firebrands of a Kingdome, or (in more law like termes) States barrators, who have blasted the hap­pinesse of 3. Kingdomes by your litigious Iuglings, and you have deluded the people thereof into an universal sorrow and complaint, groaning under the heavy pressures of your taxations, being tilted (as empty barrels) in there fortunes by your avaritious and arbitrary exactions. And those who have escaped your swords, you have bereaved of there estates, which must cause famine inevitably to depopulate by lingring deathes, others, who escaped, and yet under your power, live (as in apresse) under your tyrannous calamity: So that al, not only being sequestred from light and conver­sation [Page 17]of that which concernes there soules, but are also se­questred from there country habitations, that they are in a worse condition then the soules of the ayre, neither having rest nor food, & you are not only sufficed here with, but your thirsty blood sucking soules (like the lapathae and Centau­res) who in warring seeke nothing but warre, such are your haughty minds, that you thirst after the blood of your nei­bouring countryes of Scotland and Ireland, nay those being dry land territories, can not quench your thirsts, wherefore you make warre on the seas, and with those who were at peace with al the world, until such time as your pride forceth them to adfence, and I doubt not but they (being borne under awatery climate) may satiate your bloody Stomackes and the Sulphering heat of your bound lesse consciences with water enough, which the Lord of hosts grant they may cutt of as a curse from the earth, and make good the saying of the Apostle. Cutt them downe, cut them downe, why cumber they the ground.

Now according to my promise let mee whisper a word or two to my blind, ignorant, and wilful countrymen, to such as when there King having so often ventured his life for the saving theres, they like barbarians, and the worst of heathens, requited good with evil.

O countrymen remember Worcester businesse, and re­member that from the first entrance of his Majesty out of Scotland through great dangers and hardship by carlile and so a long to Worcester that not 3. hundred of you came into the assistance (casting of al duty and allegiance) to your Prince, but contrarily you stocked into the helpe of those, that you cry dayly tyrannizeth over you, whose confusions in your cuppes you drinke and the health and prosperity of your Prince, yet you are the first that would cutt his Majestyes throat, for did you not endea­vour it at Worcester when you came to the assistance of [Page 18]Cromwel by Thousands, and when that your King had lost the day, you were worse enemies to his nobility and gentry then any of Cromwels men, nay you hunted after the life of his then dis comfited Majesty, like as the hunter doth after his prey: raping, and plundering al before you beating the braines out of the meaner sort and hurrying the greater (after you had sufficiently robbed them) to some traiterous committee or other for are ward. O Country-men, thinke you not that you must answer for these in humane, & bloody acts, for these robberies, and murthers, you then & formerly have committed contrary to the commandements of, thou shalt not steale, thou shallt doe no murther. Who is it for, that you have runne a hazard of damnation of bo­dyes, and soules, it is even for those, whose power can be no other (by the lawes of God and man) then a robbed usur­ping power, so that other nations have just cause now to say, Quales Magistri, tales servi. But he hold and read there peti­tion presented to his Majesty (whom they wilfully mur­thered) on the 16. day of Iuly 1642. there you shal find that these usurpers then called God of heaven and earth to wit­nesse that they would defend his Majesty from all harmes, and dangers, etc. and that they would confirme your, lawes, and redeeme your lost liberties, veiw likewise his Majestyes reply to this petition, that he should not count himselfe safe until they had layd downe there armes, and delivered up his townes and magazines, which they detained from him, and that the tumults of London were suppressed, then veiw the replication of these now usurpers to that replication dated the 29. of Iuly. That they desired his then Majesty to accept of this there just reply, that they could not discharge the trust reposed in them, for the safety of the King, and King­dome (marke that country men King and Kingdome) neither could they yeeld to these demands of his Majestyes, for (say they in that replication) they tooke up armes, and [Page 19]the possession of such townes and maguzines, for the secu­rity of religion the safety of his Majestyes person, of the Kingdome and Parliament all which they saw to be in most eminent danger. (Marke againe al these resolutions) and there in they likewise desire that the King would returne to his court af whitehal, assuring him that his royal person should be as safe there, as in any other place (they having assurance of the loyalty of the city of London to his Ma­jesty, and to that purpose they have taken care to prevent al danger which his Majesty may justly apprehend. (Coun­trymen) by this petition, and the 2. replications with the order of Parliament made there on, Die Iovis Iul. 30. 1642. ordered by the Lords assembled in Parliament, that the pe­tition and replication of the Lords and Commons be prin­ted and published, and that they be read by the parsons and curates in al churches of England and Wales. Iohn Browne Cl. Parl.

I could give you many more of there declarations re­monstrances, engagements, protestations, nay there oaths, and Covenants, where in they have solemnly sworne to maintaine the King in his just priveledges, and to preserve the person honour and dignity of the King with there lives and fortunes and that they would maintaine the just liber­ties and Freedomes of the people.

But now let an inquiry be made, if these usurpers you fight for, have done and performed the least part of this replica­tion, or any of theire remonstrances &c. & first let is inquire what they have acted as to religion. Which they.

1. Have not only lacerated and tourne to peeces the fun­damentals thereof, but they have quite abolished and who­lely extirpated the very rootes and branches therof. Have they not in there very night marches (in which they were conducted by the wofull light of Burning townes) few ma­king resistance al being astonished at the prodigy thereof [Page 20]seeing the churches themselves polluted with horses and even committing beastly acts therein, virgins with rapes, and the cryes of the churchmen heard louder, and farther then the drummes, and trumpets of those you maintaine, seeing the pollution of holy things thus trampled upon, nay holy and godly ministers imprisoned and turned out from there stockes, and (that not al) but put to death for preaching the word of God according to there consciences, and this being done have they not put in anabiptistical, schismatical fel­lowes, doe they not suffer your pulpits to be adulterated by coblers, tinkers, weavors &c. Who teaceth nothing but se­dition conspiracy, false doctrine and Heresy from which good Lord in his due time deliver you.

2. Next let us make an inquiry concerning the Kings per­son and dignity, which they have so often called God to witnesse and other imprecations in there printed acts (but dissembled deeds) that they desired God to deale by them & theres, as they dealt by his then Majesty and progeny, which God grount.

I say (Countrymen) let us inquire if they have not (in stead of maintaining him in his royal dignityes) impri­soned his sacred person, and in stand of preserving his royal life if they have not wilfully murthered him in a most ignominious way, as you already heard, and in stead of ma­king his Crownes to flourish upon him & his posterity, they have sold them to Goldsmiths, and abolished his posterity for ever so farre as in them lyes, and this was there cheifest aimes of there first taking up armes.

3. Thirdly enquire after your freedomes and liberties (deare Countrymen) behold whom you made as Gods a­mongst you, have they not sacrifized your bloods to there fortunes, doe they not drive you on, upon al occasions in the front of battles and stormes, as sheepe to the slaughter. What navyes must be prepared, what armies raised, what [Page 21]warres prosecuted, what cities destroyed, nations depopu­lated on the only effects of there opinions, and none of al this against Heathens or antichristian enemies; but even against there owne fellow subjects, and neighbouring protestant bretheren, with whom there ever was firme league until such sycophants came to be rulers over you.

Must they not be judges and Iuries of your bloods; fortunes, behaviours, and estimations? wil they not utter thinges according to the dictates of there owne affections? doe they not measure al things by the circle of there owne advantages? have they not made your publicke plentyes quitt the preheminence to there private profits? have they not made al that is yours serviceble to there amplitude; in a word, have they not sacrifized your blood and fortunes to there arbitrary wils, and have they not effused blood in these warres at no rate and cherished devisions purposely to pur­chase what they have obtrined hitherto, to be Kings and emperours, over you, in treasuring up vast summis of monyes from you, resolving to leape into an authority of a more hopeful permanency; and have not you brought this upon your selves by sighting for and rising with them upon al oc­casions; but goodnesse for bid that such earthtly wormes should continue over you after such a manner as they have done in making there progresses through smoaking cities, & over the trampled bodies of halfe dead men, and continuing in the exhausting al that is yours, rather then they should be exhausted.

O countrymen looke but upon there waies a little bet­ter and take the length of this my prospective glasse, and you shal perceive, that they know if the administra­tion of the publicke should be regulated according to the lawes of God, by the judgement of a pious and godly Prince, then they must become base, low, and most con­temptible, [Page 22]that they should be exposed to prey and di­reption.

They are neither like the heathens a as Hannibal who sayd, Miles parce ferro? and Marcellus, wishing he could quench the flames of burning Syracusa) no they desire not to bye peace at so deare a rate, nor sell there dominations so cheape, neither would they immitate Tytus (lyfting up his hands and eyes to heaven) wept over the Carkasses of the Iewes. No, they chuse rather to strutte it out with pride, and make themselves inebriate with passion, and strengthen there fury with desolation, nought but in exorable wrathes co­habite with there disloyal mindes. But let them besure that our merciful Lord, wil be offended with the long continuance and these lasting malignityes of there undertakings, they ha­ving ceased to be what they professed long since, they have forgone there declared innocence, and in stead of increasing in reputation of godlinesse and a good cause (which they then pretended to have in hand) they have built up there towers of fury and malice against al goodnesse, both as concerning your religion and estates (nothing at al esteeming of what our saviour sayd) when he commanded al scandals to be re­mooved from religion and out of the temple of the Lord dooming a Milstone to be hanged about there neckes and cast into the sea, and nothing esteeming of another rule of our saviours, love they neibour as they selfe.

I must tel you countrymen the gentiles in times past were amazed at the charity of Christians, to see how they loved each other but now the heathens, behold amongst Chri­stians brother against brother, father against Sonne, de­stroying on another, and butchering each other, prosecuting, and persecuting on another with endlesse hatred, which can not be but a sad Harmony in the greatest of there Iubila­tions; now for al these things are dayly seene by you, yet you wil cleave to these monsters of mankind, you have hi­therto [Page 23]rather chused to perish with them, then to live a godly, quiet, and a sober life, under your King the chosen on of God.

O countrymen I be seech you by the mercies of God and in the bowels of Iesus Christ, to forsake these rulers (who have forsaken God and you, these devourers of holinesse, who have enough to bestow on there owne edifices but nothing to bestow on the repairing the Temples of God, but rather pulling downe the churches as they doe dayly amongst you reedifiing there owne buildings, as it is in Agge the 1. and the 4. verse. It is time for your selves to dwell in your houses and this house to lye waste.

O such wretched cormorants, who doe not onely let the houses of God liewaste, but utterly pul them downe, and pur­chase lands with the spoyles thereof, yet these sacrilegious persons are accounted by you good Christians, yet you sticke and adhere to them who make there buildings as it is spoken in the 6. chap. of Ioshua and the 26. verse. Not laying the foundations thereof in the blood of there bodyes, but in the spoyle of there soules, which God in the conclusion wil make them as swallowes nests, which in the winter fall downe of themselves: and wil you yet thinke upon such people, wil you stil, deny your obedience to your King, who would there on doe as Noah did after the stood who built an alter to the Lord Gen. the 8. and the 20. verse.

I wil here conclude deare countrymen with this my last advise to thee. Which is. That thou forsake this pretended Parliament who have brought thee to this miserable condi­tion that they have left no authority in England able to set­tle peace; your lives & fortunes being liable to there lustful wils by illegal accusations blanke impeachments, threatning declarations who have put out the eyes of the Kingdome (the two universities of Oxford & Cambridge) knowing that learning is a steppe to Religion, & both to your lawes & liber­ties, [Page 24]and al enemies to there barbarons, irrational and illegal way of Government, al which when you tooke part first with these members, wee that have Christianity doe beleive that you were seduced by these faire pretences of defending Reli­gion, King, lawes, and liberties, which they first held to you; and you thereby being unwilling to have a Parliament con­quered by the sword and consequently your selves, and you not thinking that they could so farre prevaricate as to con­spire against King, Parliament, and your selves, to the utter subversion of al lawes, liberties, and the fundamental Go­vernment of the Land, betraying religion unto Heretickes, and Schismatikes, sharing the spoyles of 3. Kingdomes be­tweene them, & now resolving to enrich themselves more in forraigne Lands, I say that (as my selfe was once at the first blinded) you my countreymen had no intention they should be so farre intrusted as you have found to your greife they have engaged you before you were aware: (but thinke it not yet too late to draw backe your feet, and yet stippe the bridle out of your mouthes, with which bit they thinke they have you at there checke, having girt the saddle so fast to your galled backes, and they as ranke riders mounted, who have not only spurred you out of your estates, lawes; and li­berties, but wil spurre you into hel by new oathes, Treasons, Covenants, &c. If you take not the more heed, and be not the more resolute, for now they have Squeezed what they can out of the Kings party, they cal them home, beginning to make up there bottomelesse vessels ful out of your estates who have beene there freinds.

Now I have shewed you the Lyon whome they hunted after (the Lord of the forrest) not only to be sicke and weake and so become a prey to them, he is not only goared by the oxe, bitten by madd doggs, and kicked by Asses, and as our saviour was spittedon by pharises, but even as our saviour was become a prey and crusified for our sinnes, so was [Page 25]your King for your lawes liberties, and the sinnes of the whole three Kingdomes.

Now to al Christian Princes I speake to you especially of blood or the same religion which this martired King Charles the, first was.

Looke I say (you neibouring Kings and Princes) upon this sad example, unheard of President, and unparelled violence, and the Lord graunt you may apply it to your owne soules, and lay your councels and forces in conjunction to make examples of such murtherous subjects, thereby you shal not only feare your owne people from the like attempt but reestablish him who no doubt may be able to helpe any of your greatnesses in such or any other distresse, and I am confident wil be willing to his utter most power. And you wil have (O Princes) the hearts and praiers of al our gracious Kings leidge people in his three Kingdomes of England Scotland and Ireland, for your redemption of them likewise from slavery and bondage, to which I cry. Amen.


And declaration of the penman.

Most Gracious Souveraigne.

TO shew your gracious Majesty that I love my coun­try so much that I could devote my selfe to death for it as the Decij in Rome have done and that I resolve to be such, Quem neque pauperies, neque mors, neque vincula terrent; I (in the presence of God and in the name of al the freeborne commoners of England) doe declare, that there is no legal Parliament in England nor lawful Government in Scotland and Ireland, that there is not 495. Commoners by names of Knights and Burgesses neither is there a house of Lords, nor is there a King with out any of which by the knowne lawes of England, petition of right by which Kings formerly knew what was theres, and the subjects theres, nor by there ordi­nances remonstrances and declarations made in the yeares 1642. 1643. where in they declared they intended not, neither could they make law without his them Majestyes consent; I doe farther protest against those arbitrary, ex­acting, and usurping few members remaining at Westminster, that what ever they have done, or shal doe, as thay now are, is void, and null by law ab initio, and of none of effect by there owne doctrines, and judgements declared in there ordi­nance made by them the 20. of August 1647. where in they made void ab initio al votes, ordinances, and orders, passed by the then Lords and Commons from the 26. of Iuly 1647. to the 6. of August following, when there speaker with some other renegadoes of them huried away to the army then at Windsor, and this faith I resolve to live and die in as

Your Majestyes loyal subject. Wendy Oxford.

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