A LETTER VVRITTEN Out of the Country TO Mr IOHN PYM Esquire, one of the Worthy Members of the House of COM­MONS, February 1.

⟨feb: 11⟩Printed for W. WEBB. M.DC.XLII

A Letter to his worthy Friend Msr IOHN PYM Esquire.


I Shall not need to tell you with what tendernesse of care I have hi­therto observed your commands concerning the dispersing of those bookes you sent me, but I find my Arts now to faile, and that which herefore was wont to find a wil­ling, is now to seeke a receit; the Malignant party have infused such principles into them, as begin to shake the whole fabricke, which with so much industry (I am sure on your behalfe) hath beene built. From a right understanding alwaies proceeds a right judgment, (now those I have to deale withall, as they want of the first, so they ever are forward in the latter: and now that their sufferings hath prevailed above your Rhetorick, I am no longer able to restraine their rash Judgments of you and many other worthy Members of the Houses, accu­sing you as the prime Instruments of their miseries. And [Page 2]what more ordinary then the frequency of such like speeches as these? have we at all mended our condition since this Parliament? Nay are we not fall'n almost into termes of absolute ruine? do we not see our estates, not onely taken away without, but against Law, (and that by their authority, who pretended to protect us against all Arbitrary power whatsoever? (Had wee borne the illegall (as they termed it) lay of Ship money even to the period of ours, and our childrens dayes, it had never layne so heavy upon us, as this one of the twentieth, be­sides the guilt that gnawes us, for that it is imployed a­gainst our lawfull King. Nay, as oft as any Order hath is­sued out from either or both Houses (since the decerning spirit of our good King, whom God hath set over us, hath beene absent) hath not the event beene Prophane­nesse, murther, disloyalty in the highest kind, not onely not to assist, but to resist the higher powers? And as oft as our impieties have (for our sins) seemed to prosper, so oft hath thanks been given unto Almighty God; and those things, which in time past were marks of prosperi­ty, are now badges of publike calamities. And if any Or­dinance of Parliament hath bin ordained, new & strange by flattery or base and abject sufferance; how have we cried it up, as proceeding from the infallible Committee Chaire, as if wee had tyed our faith to their sleeves; whose garments have not beene washt from their fil­thinesse, nor their hands from shedding of innocent bloud? Now for the King, what fault hath Hee com­mitted? whom hath Hee offended, that Hee hath not trebly satisfied? whether was it, that He was likely by his unparallell'd virtues, to bring forth an unexampled [Page 3]and every where envied happinesse to the Kingdome of England, with a true and lawfull progeny, to muzzell the mouthes of all pretenders, to establish our peace? or would we, that there should be brought into the Imperi­all dignity the issue of a great Horse, or some such abor­tive Governours? To be short, wee are dealt with by cunning Sophistry, with odious Treason, to rid our selves of our allegeance, and then 'tis an opportunity of no lesse favour to them, if we will part with the twenti­eth part of our estates, there being no way to maintaine one wickednesse, but by another.

Thus are wee brought into danger of our lives (by the Parliament Clients) who shadowing themselves under the name of the people by those usuall termes of Religion and Law, have notwithstanding in effect over­throwne both, having done that under the name of Peace, which would hardly have happened in Warre. First, Armes are taken against the King, there wanted onely a Captaine, which in a Tumult was easily found. The King now might easily leave the Citie, seeing at a becke (in His presence) such Tumults were raised: What hath beene His demeanour since, but a continu­all wooing of us, not to undoe our selves for the private ends of a few, whose deserts have beene onely the shed­ding of the Earle of Strafford's bloud, followed with an Ocean of that of Ireland, and now of England? Bribery from Papists, separating of Protestants, countenancing of Anabaptists, and all other Sectaries, inhibiting good Preachers; favouring ill, yea, even Coach-men and Coblers: Plundring of Houses, Robbing of Orphans, exhorting to all manner of Rebellion and Lewdnesse, [Page 4]while they themselves have Lorded it, free from all dan­ger, and care, but by printing such plausible lies as might draw things into a farther confusion, and by hoording and sending beyond Seas those summes pro­vided for the distresse of this and bleeding Ireland; (for they have notice, I cannot tell by what meanes of those Trunkes, you know by what secrecy were conveyed away.) And as for those Propositions you sent by those Honourable Lords, certainly (had they con­sidered the odiousnesse of them, and what Masters they serve) they would have preferr'd the honour of their ancient Nobility, and the high opinion the Kingdome hath of them, before any obedience to you; and com­ply with His Majesties Justice and Integrity, and hold it much beneath them to stoope to so much vice as is contained in them: and certainly whatsoever discon­tents of theirs you build upon, you will at last finde them to returne to their proper sphere, knowing they cannot avoid the Justice of Heaven, if they move out of their order.

These things (lest your danger and prevention should have met together I thought good to acquaint you with, not doubting but your grave wisedome, as it will endeavour the warding of those blowes are aymed at you, so it will take in good part the faithfull advice of

Your most affectionate friend, and humble servant R. E.


ONe of the Bookes you last sent me, entituled (His Majesties Declaration and finall Resolution, concer­ning the Honourable City of London) though (I assure you) it was framed with all subtilties that heart could wish; yet, (I know not by what crafty eye that pryed into our Mummery) was brought unto the King, and He knowing it to be false, caused it to be burned by the hands of the Hangman, which has added a strange dis­credit to all our devices of that nature; pray be more circumspect hereafter.


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