NINETEEN PROPOSITIONS MADE BY BOTH HOVSES OF PARLIAMENT, TO THE KINGS MAIESTIE, FOR A RECONCILIATION Of the differences between His MAJESTY, and the said HOUSES.

VVhereunto is annexed, two Orders of Parliament, the one Concerning the IEVVELS of the CROVVN.

The other, for the speedie Returne of the Members of the Honourable house of Commons, by the sixteenth of this Moneth of Iune, 1642.

And also, Sir John Hothams Letter to a worthy Member of the House of COMMONS; Concerning the late discovery at HULL.

And the Oaths of the Kings of ENGLAND, taken out of the Parliament Roll. 1. H. 4. N. 17.

Die Iovis 2. die Iunii. 1642.

Ordered by the Lords in Parliament, that these Propositions, with the two Orders, bee forthwith Printed, and published.

Jo. Browne Cleric. Parliamentorum.

LONDON: Printed the fourth of Iune, for W. Gaye. 1642.

YOur Majesties most humble and faithfull Subjects, the Lords and Commons in Parliament, having nothing in their thoughts and desires more precious, and of higher esteem (next to the honour and immediate service of God) then the just and faithfull perfor­mance of their dutie to Your Majesty and this Kingdome; And being very sensible of the great distractions, and distempers, and of the imminent dangers and calamities which those distractions and distempers are like to bring upon Your Majesty and Your Subjects, all which have proceeded from the subtill insinuations, mischievous practices, and evill Counsels of men dis­affected to Gods true Religion, Your Majesties honour and safety, and the pub­like peace and prosperitie of your people. After a serious observation of the causes of those mischiefes, doe in all humilitie and sinceritie present to your Majesty their most dutifull Petition and advise, that out of your Princely wisdome for the esta­blishing your own honour and safetie, and gracious tendernesse of the wellfare and securitie of your Subjects and Dominions, you will be pleased to grant and accept these their humble desires & propositions, as the most necessary effectuall means, through Gods blessing, of removing those jealousies and differences which have unhappily fallen betwixt you and your people, and procuring both Your Majestie and them a constant course of honour, peace, and happinesse.

1. That the Lords and others of your Majesties Privy Councell, and such great Officers & Ministers of State, either at home or beyond the Seas, may be put from your Privy Councell, and from those Offices and imployments, excepting such as shall be approved of by both Houses of Parliament. And that the Persons put in­to the places and imployments of those that are removed, may be approved of by both Houses of Parliament: And that all Privy Counsellors shall take an Oath for the due execution of their places, in such forme as shall be agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament.

2. That the great affaires of this Kingdom may not be concluded or transacted by the advice of private men, or by any unknowne or unsworne Counsellours; but that such matters as concerne the publique, and are proper for the high Court of Parliament, which is Your Majesties great and supreame Councell, may be de­bated, resolved, and transacted onely in Parliament, and not elsewhere; And such as shall presume to doe any thing to the contrary, shall be reserved to the censure and judgement of Parliament; And such other matters of State as are proper for your Majesties Privy Councell, shall be debated and concluded by such of the No­bilitie and others as shall from time to time be chosen for that place by approbati­on of both Houses of Parliament; And that no publique Act concerning the af­faires of the Kingdome, which are proper for your Privy Councell, may be estee­med of any validitie as proceeding from the royall Authoritie, unlesse it be done [Page 3]by the advice and consent of the major part of your Councell attested under their hands. And that your Councell may be limited to a certaine number, not excee­ding twenty-five, nor under fifteene. And if any Counsellors place happen to be voyd in the Intervals of Parliament, it shall not be supplyed without the assent of the major part of the Councell, which choice shall be confirmed at the next sitting of the Parliament, or else to be voyd.

3. That the Lord high Steward of England, Lord high Constable, Lord Chaun­cellor, or Lord Keeper of the great Seale, Lord Treasurer, Lord Privy Seale, Earle Marshall, Lord Admirall, Warden of the Cinque Ports, chiefe Governour of Ire­land, Chauncellour of the Exchequer, Master of the Wards, Secretaries of State, two chiefe Justices and chiefe Baron, may alwayes be chosen with the approbati­on of both Houses of Parliament; And in the Intervalls of Parliament by assent of the major part of the Councell, in such manner as is before exprest in the choice of Councellors.

4. That he or they unto whom the Government and education of the Kings Children shall be committed, shall be approved of by both Houses of Parliament, and in the Intervalls of Parliaments, by the assent of the major part of the Coun­cell, in such manner as is before exprest in the choice of Counsellors; And that all such servants [...] about them, against whom both Houses shall have a­ny just exception shall be removed.

5. That no Marriage shall be concluded, or treated for any of the Kings Children, with any forreign Prince, or other person whatsoever abroad, or at home, without the consent of Parliament, under the Penaltie of a premunire unto such as shall so conclude, or treate any Marriage as aforesaid, And that the said penaltie shall not be pardoned, or dispensed with, but by the consent of both Hou­ses of Parliament.

6. That the Lawes in force against Jesuites, Priests, and Popish Recusants, be strictly put in execution, without any tolleration, or dispensation to the contra­ry; And that some more effectuall course may be enacted, by authoritie of Par­liament, to disable them from making any disturbance in the State, or eluding the Law by trusts or otherwise.

7. That the Votes of Popish Lords in the House of Peeres may be taken away, so long as they continue Papists. And that his Majestie would consent to such a Bill as shall be drawne for the education of the children of Papists by Protestants, in the Protestant Religion.

8. That your Majestie will be pleased to consent that such a reformation be made of the Church-government, and Liturgy, as both Houses of Parliament shall advise, wherein they intend to have consultations with Divines, as is ex­pressed in their Declaration to that purpose. And that your Majestie will contri­bute your best assistance to them, for the raising of a sufficient maintenance for Preaching Ministers through the Kingdome. And that your Majesty will be plea­sed to give your consent to Lawes, for the taking away of innovations, and super­stition, and of pluralities, and against scandalous Ministers.

9. That your Majestie will be pleased to rest satisfied with that course that the Lords and Commons have appointed for ordering the Militin, untill the same shall [Page 4]be further settled by a Bill. And that your Majestie will recall your Declarations, and Proclamations against the Ordinance made by the Lords and Commons con­cerning it.

10. That such Members of either House of Parliament, as have during this pre­sent Parliament been put out of any place and office, may either be restored to that place and office, or otherwise have satisfaction for the same, upon the Petition of that House whereof he or they are Members.

11. That all Privy Counsellors and Judges may take an Oath, the forme whereof to be agreed on and setled by act of Parliament, for the maintaining of the Petition of Right, and of certaine Statutes made by this Parliament, which shall be mentioned by both Houses of Parliament. And that an inquiry of all the breaches and violations of these Lawes may be given in charge, by the Justices of the Kings Bench every Terme, and by the Judges of Assize in their Circuits, and Justices of Peace at the Sessions, to be presented and punished according to Law.

12. That all the Judges and all Officers placed by approbation of both Houses of Parliament, may hold their places Quam diu bene se gesserint.

13. That the Justice of Parliament may passe upon all Delinquents, whether they be within the Kingdome, or fled out of it. And that all persons cited by ei­ther House of Parliament may appeare and abide the censure of Parliament.

14. That the generall pardon offered by your Majestie may be graunted with such exceptions as shall be advised by both Houses of Parliament.

15. That the Forts and Castles of this Kingdome may be put under the com­mand and custody of such persons as your Majestie shall appoint, with the appro­bation of your Parliament. And in the Intervalls of Parliament with the appro­bation of the Major part of the Councell in such manner as is before expressed in the choice of Counsellors.

16. That the extraordinary Guards and Military forces now attending your Majestie, may be removed and discharged. And that for the future you will raise no such guards or extraordinary forces, but according to Law, in case of actuall rebellion or invasion.

17. That your Majestie will be pleased to enter into a more strict alliance with the States of the united Provinces and other Neighbour Princes and States of the Protestant Religion, for the defence and maintenance thereof against all designes and attempts of the Pope and his adherents to subvert and suppresse it, whereby your Majestie will obtaine a great accesse of strength and reputation, and your sub­jects be much encouraged and enabled in a Parliamentary way for your ayde and assistance, in restoring your royall Sister, and the Princely Issue, to those dignities and dominions which belong unto them, and relieving the other distressed Prote­stant Princes, who have suffered in the same cause.

18. That Your Majesty will be pleased by Act of Parliament, to cleere the Lord Kimbolton, and the five Members of the House of Commons, in such manner, that future Parliaments may be secured from the Consequence of that evill President.

19. That Your Majesty will bee graciously pleased to passe a Bill for restrain­ing Peeres made hereafter, from Sitting, or Voting in Parliament; Unlesse they be admitted thereunto, with the Consent of both Houses of Parliament.

And these Our humble desires, being granted by Your Majesty, Wee shall forth­with apply Our selves to regulate Your present revenew, in such sort as may bee for Your best advantage; and likewise to settle such an ordinary and constant in­crease of it, as shall be sufficient to support. Your Royall dignity, in Honour and plenty, beyond the proportion of any former Grants of the Subjects of this King­dom to your Majesties Royall Predecessors.

Wee shall likewise put the Towne of Hull, into such hands as Your Majesty shall appoint, with the Consent and approbation of Parliament, and deliver up a Just account of all the Magazine; and cheerfully employ the uttermost of Our power and endeavour, in the reall expression and performance of our most dutifull and Loyall affections, to the preserving, and maintaining the Royall Honour, Greatnesse, and Safety of Your Majesty, and your Posterity.

Die Iovis 2. Iunii. 1642.

VVHereas it doth appear to the Lords and Commons in Parliament; That the King, seduced by wicked Counsel doth intend to leavy War against his Parliament; and whereas Information hath been given, That the Jewels of the Crown (which by the Law of the Land ought not to be alienated) are either pawned or sold in Amsterdam; or some other parts beyond the Seas, and thereby great Sums of Money provided to be returned to York, or to some other of His Majesties Servants or Agents for His Majesties use: And whereas 'tis more then probable, That this great Provision of Moneys in such an extraordinary way, is to maintain this intended War, and thereby to bring the whole Kingdom into ut­ter ruine and combustion. It is therefore declared by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That whosoever hath been, or shall be an Actor in the selling or pawning of any of the Jewels of the Crown; or hath, or shall pay, lend, send, or bring any Money in Specie into this Kingdom, for, or upon any of those Jewels; Or whosoever hath; or shall accept of any Bill from beyond the Seas, for the pay­ment of any sum of Money for, or upon any of those Jewels, and shall passe any sum according to such Bill; after notice of this Order, without acquainting this House with the receit or such Bill before he accept the same, Or if he have already accepted any such Bill, then with the acceptance thereof before the payment of the Money, Every such person shall be held and accounted a promoter of this intend­ed War, an enemy to the State, and ought to give satisfaction for this publique dammage out of his own Estate.

H. Elsynge. Cler. Parl. D. Com.
Die Iovis 2d. Iunii. 1642.

IT is this day Ordered by the Commons now assembled in Parliament, That the severall Members of this House, do forthwith give their Attendance upon the publique Service of this Commonwealth with which they are entrusted by their Countreys. And the Sheriffs of the severall Counties of this Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales are required to give Notice of this Order unto all such Members of the House of Commons as are within their respective Coun­ties; and speedily to make return of such their doings, unto the Speaker of that House: And all such as shall not make their personall appearance by the sixteenth day of this instant June, in the House of Commons, shall each one forfeit One hundred pounds, to be disposed of to the Wars in [...] and undergo such fur­ther censure and punishment as the said House shall think fit for so great neglect of their duty in a time that so necessarily requires their assistance.

Provided alwayes, That all such as are specially imployed by this House, are to remain in such imployments, untill they shall have particular directions for their return.

Ordered that it be forthwith Printed. H. Elsynge Cler. Parl. D. Com.

Sir John Hothams Letter to a worthy Member of the House of Commons, concerning the late discovery at Hull.

SIR,

SInce my last to you, It hath pleased Almighty God, out of his great mercy to us here, and the Kingdom, to preserve us from, an eminent danger, and ruin plotted against us here, which I thought fit to acquaint you with. I writ a word of it to the Committee at York, but since have made a more ample dis­covery. I have within my Company, a Lieutenant, his name is Foolks, sonne in law to one Master Thomas Beckwith a Recusant, at Beverley, a good Souldier, but poore. This man, his father in law, thought a fit Instrument to work upon, and to that end, sent for him, to come over to him. The Gentleman presently ac­quaints me with it, and asked my leave and advice therein; Protesting, that both in regard of the honour of a Souldier, and a Gentleman, nothing should passe, but I should know. He had formerly been obliged to me, and therefore I gave him leave to go with directions to yeeld to such Propositions, as should be made him; for otherwise being in their power, I knew not how they might have used him. At his return he told me, that at his first coming, after an unusuall kind welcome, that Master Beckwith broke the matter to him, That if he would do service, &c. [Page 7]he should be rewarded in a great measure, intimating to him, how unable I was to prefer him in any way of subsistance. To be short, He made a plain contract with him, That if he could betray a Port, he should have five hundred pound in hand, and two hundred and fifty pound, per annum, for his life, this he willingly accepted; then Beckwith discoursed with him of the means, how he could do this: he told him. That upon Thursday night, the 26. day of this May, he had the guard at the Northgate, and if Alarum were given at another Gate, called Hassell Gate, he could then let them in. This thus over-night concluded upon next mor­ning he was brought into the presence of one Trist, he was a Papist, and command­ed Mr. Percies Troop of Horse at the defeat at Newbourn, and one Captain Court­ney, and six others; some of which, his father in-law told him, were Lords dis­guised: these promised him to make good his reward; but they doubted, unlesse some Captain might likewise be aiding, it might misse of performance, and there­fore propounded to him to draw his Captain into the businesse. Lowanger a Dutch man (a man truly of that faith, courage, and abilitie, that were I to manage an enterprise of the greatest moment that might be, I would not wish a better se­cond) they propounded to him that he should have in reward 1000 pounds, 500 pounds for his life, and be made a Knight. You see, Sir, what ever the perfor­mance would have been, they were not spare in promises. Trist told him he had a man of his, whom under colour of carrying Arms as a Voluntiere, he might employ as he saw cause, Beckwith, if appears before, had an eye to have corrupted Lowanger, for he had invited Lowanger to his house, and sent him word he would bestow a Gelding upon him, which he presently then acquainted me with, and told me he thought there was some ill meant in it, and so would not go: He hath exceedingly laboured in the discovery of this, being in a great measure sensible of his honour herein. Upon Tuesday we caused the Lieutenant to write back to his father in-law that Lowanger liked well of the businesse, but desired some better as­surance of his reward then Trist and Courtneys words, and sent a boy with the Letter; and that it might appear to Mr. Beckwith to be carried with more secrecy, the boy was caused to put the Letter in his Shoe: the return was this Letter enclo­sed; the originall (being well known to be his hand) I keep (to be sent when the Parliament shall command) lest it might miscarry, as some other Letters of his, whereby his hand may be known. I have Trists man in hold, who confesseth he was sent hither by Trist under colour to carry Arms to give Intelligence: and I find he had endeavoured to send to York diver [...] of my souldiers. This morning I received a Letter from Mr. Major of Beverley, the Copie of which I send you, of divers assembled at Mr. Beckwiths house, We had another as I think, to surprise the Block-house, being the strong Fort of the Town; but now that is, I have not yet made a full discovery.

I have sent to the Major of Beverley to search Mr. Beckwiths house, being a Re­cusant, and to tender them the oath of Allegiance and Supremacy, and to know their names. If there had been open War, I could soon have told what to have done in this businesse. And truly, If I should have let the Plot gone on, and given them what they deserved, I think, being they came that way to have taken the Town, I might have justified it before God and man: But being loath to be the [Page 8]first letter of blood, I resolved of another course, which was, To advertise [...] Majesty of the Plot discovered, lest some should advise Him upon a designe m [...] prove dishonourable and dangerous to Him. This dispatch I sent away last night I shall trouble you no farther, but rest,

Your affectionate faithfull friend, John Hotham.

The true Copy of Master Beckwiths Letter, a Recusant.

SOn, the Iron is hot, I guesse at the sense of your Letter, that all is right as was intended for more security, in the morning, I expect strong here. My Son went yesternight to York, comes with great ones this night Lor: I send what I have from you this night thi­ther: if it may breed suspition, Let your friend beleeve well, and not come to morrow; If I could send safe, I would, But the trust holds on our part, as I shall be advised by your Fathers Master to morrow, I must work; yet this Boy is a fine way to come and return; Your Letters are so wasted in his shoe, as I guesse at the sense, Yet send it broken with my exposition, for I dare not bogle with promises, no doubt is to be made of any thing promised; J write more confidently, because, J know your hand, J name none but your self, he cannot come to morrow J fear, without suspition, But J refer all to your selves, wishing to see him J mean (in the morning) it will be better satisfaction to him, to all here.

T. B.

¶ The Oath of the Kings of ENGLAND, taken out of the Parliament Roll, 1 H. [...]. N. 17.

The form of the Oath wont and accustomed to be taken upon their Coronation.

YOu shall keep the Church of God, the Clergy and people, intirely in peace and concord in God, according to your power.

He shall answer, I will keep them.

You shall cause equall and right justice in all your judgements and discretion, in mercy and truth, according to your power.

He shall answer, I will do it.

You shall grant just Laws and Customes to be kept, and you shall promise that those shall be protected by you, and to the honour of God to be strengthened, which the common people shall chuse, according to your power.

He shall answer, I grant and promise it.

FINIS.

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