The Kings Majesties ANSWER TO The Propositions, propounded by the Ministers of the Church of ENGLAND; concerning the setling of the Presbyterian Government within this Kingdome. With his Majesties Resolution, about giving His Royall Assent thereunto.

Also, the Earl of PEMBROKES Reply to the Kings Majesties Desires.

Published by Authority.

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Printed for B. A. Feb. 12. 1647.

THE ANSWER OF The Right honourable the Earle of Pem­broke and the rest of the English Com­missioners, to the Kings Majesties late Queries, about Church-government.

THe Distractions of this Kingdome is (as we hope) at a full end and period, and the sed expressions of Warre, begins to ring with a tryumphant Eccho of Peace: [Page]therefore, the greatest Object, which we have now to fixe our eyes upon, will be, the set­ling of a pure and firme Government in Church and Common wealth; which God grant, that so the Light of the Gospel, may appear in its full lustre, and shine forth a­bundantly throughout all His Majesties Realmes and Dominions.

But some obstructions doth arise for the retarding of this great and blessed work: For the Kings Maie­sty will by no meanes possible hearken or condiscend to the Desires of the English Commissioners about the setling of Church-Government in the Kingdome of England; and refuseth to hear the English Ministers preach, though they administred the word in the same house where his Maiesty lay.

But Mr. Marshall, (that famous and learned Divin [...]) desired to know his Maiesties reason, why Hee would not hear the English Divines as well as the Scots, both Nations having entred into a Solemn League and Co­venant, for the preservation and defence of the Reformed Religion, now exercized in both Kingdomes.

His Majesty replyed, that hee had setled the Forme of Church-Government within the Kingdome of Scotland and had given his Royall assent thereunto; but for the Government of the Church of England, as it is now exercized, Hee never gave his assent there­to.

And therefore, He hoped, they will allow Him Hi, Conscience, being not willing to bee forced to prac­tise that which Hee at present approves not in Judge­ment, not hath given his Royall assent unto: But its hoped, few dayes will produce, a gallant concurrence betwixt the Kings Majesty, and our renowned Parlia­ment, his Loyall Subjects, and Englands famous Tru­stees.

One thing very remarkable, I shall here recite and Memorable and deservedly to be spoken to the ho­nour of that Nation, is the departure of our Brethren of Scotland, and like worthy of lasting memorie was the proceedings of the Parliament of that Kingdome to a­void all matter of scruple concerning the dispose of his Majesties Person.

Our Garisons in the North are peaceably delivered to us, Carlisle and Barwick slighted, and the Scottish army marching with all the convenient speed that may be quite out of the Kingdome. And so commendabl­was the carriage of Generall Leven towards the coune try, that he made Proclamation, that if any mony were due to them from the Souldiery, they should have sa­tisfaction.

The Parliament of Scotland have had a great debate about reducing of their Army, and wee heare they are come to this result, That their foot shall be reduced to six thousand, and their horse to two thousand, which Forces are to be imployed against Antrim and the for­ces of the Gourdeons, which keepe themselves in the Hill Country, and Generall Lesley, Lieutenant Gene­rall Lesley, and Major Generall Middleton are to com­mand them in chiefe.

The right honourable the Earl of Pembroke doth deport himselfe gallantly, with the Kings Majesty, having lately declared his great loyalty and faithfulnesse towards his Soveraign, by endeavouring to renew a right understanding betwixt the King and His People; declaring, that if his Maiesty will be pleased to hearken to the advice of his great Councell the Parliament, and to unite himself with them, he were confident, the love of all his Subjects would increase in such abundant measure, that nothing would be wanting in them, for the advancing of his Honour and Dignity, and his Royall Poste­rity that shall succeed him.

And further, his Lordship declared, that for his own part, as hee had hitherto appro­ved himself a loyall subiect to his Majesty, & a faithfull Patriot to his Country, so he were resolved to continue his loyalty, and faithful integrity to his death, and that nothing should be wanting in him, which might any wayes tend to the honour of his Prince, and welfare of his Country.

His Lordship, at the close of all, desired [Page]his Maiesty to hearken to his great Councel the Parliament of England, it being the only way to make him a glorious Prince, and his subiects a happy people.

When the Commissioners of Scotland parted with the King, and resigned him up to the English Commissioners, they delive­red a Declaration to his Maiesty, being grounded upon the return from the Parlia­ment of England, as was conceived; they pur­ported many particulars, some of them were, that his Maiesty came to the Scots Armie, without knowledge or consent of the Par­liament of Scotland; that in case he sign the Propositions, and take the Covenant, his Royal person and posterity should not suf­fer.

His Maiesty was much displeased (as is said) at what he received.

His Maiesty is to lye at Nottingham this instant Fryday, with all his gallant Traine, the Convoy consisting of nine hundred horse, commanded by Colonell Graves, and vpon Tuesday next (at the furthest) they are ex­pected at Holmby, where his Maiesty is to remain during pleasure.

The honourable houses of Parliament have Ordered, that the Committee which attend his Ma­iestie, be desired to haue regard to the low condition of the Kingdom, in the expences of their journey. And the house resolved not to settle his Majesties Houshold at Holmby.

It is supposed his Excellency Sir Tho­mas Fairfax will meet the King at Nottin­gham, and accompany him to Holmby, at which place, great preparations are making for the entertainment of our gracious Sove­raign.

The Cavies in the North, gives out strange language against the Parliament, and talketh much of the Northern Armies; but alas, their malipert tongues will loon be silenced; for Generall Leven is going to visit the Rebel­lious Rout under Kilketto, having a gallant Army of Horse and Foot.

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