HIS MAJESTIES DECLARATION And MESSAGE, To the Marquis of Ormond, in the Kingdom of Ireland, concerning the Parliament of England, assembled at Westminst [...]r, and the Army under the Command of the L G. Fairfax. Wi [...]h a da [...]gerous Declaration and Pro­testation of the said Marquis, to the K [...]ngs most sacred Ma­jesty and all other his loyall and liege People whatsoev [...]r, and his Art [...]cles, Proposalls, and R [...]solution thereupon, to defend his dread Soveraign.

Signed, ORMOND.

Likewise, a new Message from his Excellency, the Lord Gen. Fairfax, to the Lord Major, Aldermen, and Comm [...]n C [...]un­cell of the City of London, on Wednesday night last, and their Results and Proceedings thereupon.


London, Printed in the Year, 1648.

His Majesties Message to the Marques of Ormond, concerning the Lord Generall Fairfax, and his Army.

RIght trusty and entirely beloved Cosin and Counsellor, wee greet you well,

whereas we have received severall informations from our two Houses of Parliament, concerning your proceedings with the Confederate Roman Catholicks in the King­dom of Ireland, (the severall votes and extracts where­of we do herewi h transmit unto you) and for as much as we are now engaged in a Treatie of Peace with our 2 Houses, wherein we have made such large concessions, as we hope will prove the foundation of a blessed Peace. And we having consented by one Article (if the said Treatie take effect) to intrust the prosecution and man­nagement of the War in Ireland, to the guidance and ad­vice of our 2. Houses. We have therefore thought fit hereby to require you to desert from anie farther pro­ceedings upon the matters contain'd in the said papers. And we expect such obedience unto this command, that our 2. Houses desires may be fullie satisfied.

To our right trusty and well-beloved Cousin and Councellor, Iames Marques of Ormond.

The Declaration of the Marquis of Ormund.

TO prevent too frequent prejudices incident through jealousies, distrusts, and mis-constructions to all un­dertakings, We account it not the least worth of our labours, upon the instant of our arivall, to prepare this people, whose welfare we contend for, with right un­derstanding of those intentions in Us, which in order to his Majesties service, We desire may terminate in their goods.

To enumerate the severall reasons by which we were induced (for preservation of the Protestant Religion, and the English interest) to leave the City of Dublin, and other his Majesties Garrisons then under our power in this Kingdome, in the hands of those intrusted by his two Houses of Parliament, were to set out a narrative in place of a manifest. It may suffice to be known, that those transactions had for one main ground this confi­dence, that being under the power of the houses, they would upon a happie expected composure of affaires in England, revert unto, and be revested in his Majesties proper right.

But having found how contrary to the inclinations of the wel affected to his Majesties restauration in England the power of that Kingdom hath unhappily devolved to hands imployed only in the Art and labour of pluck­ing down, and subverting the fundamentals of Monar­chie (with whom a pernicious Partie in this Kingdome, doe equally sympathize and co-operate.) And being fil­led with a deepe sense of the duty and obligations that are upon us, strictly to embrace all opportunities of em­ploying our endeavours towards the recovery of his Majesties just rights in any part of his Dominions.

Having observed the Protestant Armie in the Pro­vince of Munster (by speciall providence discovering the arts and practice used to entangle the members thereof, in engagements as directlie contrary to their duties towards God and man, as to their intentions and resolutions) to have found means to manifest the can­dor and integritie thereof in a disclamor of any obedi­ence to our concurrence with those powers or persons which have so grosely varied even their own professed principles of preserving his Maj. person and rights, by confining him under a most strict imprisonment, his Maj. also vouchsafing to graciouslie accept the Decla­ration of the said Army, as an eminent and seasonable expression of their fidelitie towards him, and in testi­monie thereof, having laid his commands upon us, to make our repair unto this Province, to discharge the duties of our place.

We have as well in obedienne thereunto, as in pur­suance of our own dutie, and desire to advance his Maj. service, resolved to evidence our approbation and e­steem of the proceedings of the said Armie by pub­lishing unto the world our like determination in the same ensuing particulars: And accordinglie we professe and declare,

1. To improve our utmost endeavours for the settle­ment of the Protestant Religion according to the ex­ample of the best reformed Churches.

2. To defend the King in his Prerogatives.

[Page 4]3. To maintain the priviledges and freedom of Pail. and the libertie of the Subjects. That in order hereun­to, we shall oppose to the hazard of our lives, those Re­bels of this Kingdom, who shall refuse their obedience to his Maj. upon such terms as he hath thought fit by us to require it; and we shall endeavour to the utmost, the suppressing of the Independant Party, who have thus fi [...]rcely laboured the extirpation of the true Pro­testant Religion, the ruine of our Prince, the dishonour of Parl. and the vassallage of our fellow Subjects, a­gainst all those who shall depend upon them, or adhere unto them. And that this our undertaking might not appear obnoxious to the Trade of England, but that we desire a firm Union and Agreement be preserved be­twixt us. We do likewise declare that we will conti­nue free traffique and commerce with all his Maj. good Subjects of England, and that we will not in the least manner prejudice any of them that shall have recourse to our harbours, either in their bodies, ships or goods, nor shall we take any thing from them without pay­ment of readie monie for the same, and now, that by his Maj. said Command, We have proceded to reenter up­on the work of his service in this Province, we conceive no higher testimonie can be given of his Maj. accepta­tion, or of the estimation▪ We bear about us, towards their proceedings, then by resorting unto them in per­son with his Maj. authoritie, and exhibiting unto them the incouragement and satisfaction they may receive in this assurance. That as we bear an especiall regard to their present undertakings and performances, accom­panied with a reall sence of their former sufferings, So least there should any advantages be derived unto those [Page 5] who endeavour to improve all opportunities of sowing sedition, and distrust by this suggestion? That the for­mer differences in judgment and opinion, which have induced persons to serve diversly under his M [...]j. and the Parl. will occasion a prejudice or ill resentment to arise towards such p [...]rsons as have not formerly concurred in judgment with others in his Maj. [...]ervice: We do de­clare that we are qualified with speciall power and au­thority from his Maj. to assure them, that no distincti­on shall be made in any such consideration, but that all persons now interested and engaged in this cause, shall be reflicted upon with equall favour and regard.

And that we shall make it our endeavours to improve and confirme His Majesties gracious disposure towards them, as that We will never call to memorie any past difference in Opion, Judgement, Action, or Prof [...]ssion, to the prejudice of any member of this Armie, or any Person rela [...]ing to it; but on the contrarie, shall be re­die to attest ou [...] good affection towards them, in the dis­charge of such good Offices as shall be in Our power; In returne whereof, We shall onely expect their perse­verance in their present engagements for his Majesti [...]s Service, with such allacritie, constancie, and affection, as may suite with their late Publike Declaration, and Professions, To whom We shall in the future use our utmost care and diligence to provide for their preserva­tion from the like hardships, to those they have former­lie undergon; So We have already imploied Our best industrie and endeavours for the settlement of such a course, as we may (with most reason) hope, wil in these uncertaine times produce a constant & competent sub­sistence for them, enabling them to make such a pro­gresse [Page 8] in their present undertakings, as may with the great Ends thereof, establish their owne honour and content: Thus much We have thought fit to publish to the world, to furnish it with an evidence of strong conviction against Us, if ever we swerve (to the best of our power) from the just waies of maintaining the true Protestant Religion, the honour and Interest of His Sa­cred Majestie, the just Rights of Parliaments, the Li­berties of the Subjects, and the safetie, quiet, and wel­fare of the People intrusted to Our care.

On Wednesday night last, His Excellencie the Lord Generall Fairefax, sent a Message to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Councell of the Citie of London, by Scout Master Generall Pitson, intimating his desire, to preserve the peace and safetie of the said Citie; and (as is said) to have the Summe of 40000 l. speedily collected; Whereupon a Common Coun­cell was called, and the results was, That all possible care should be taken, for the satisfying his Excellen­cies desires, and keeping a mutuall correspondencie between the Citie and Armie.


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