PROPOSALLS From his Excellency Sir THOMAS FAIRFAX: AND The Councell of his Army, by way of Addresse to the Parliament, for removing the causes of the Cryes and Groanes of the Peo­ple; For pay for the Souldiers, Relief for Ireland, Disbanding the supernumery of Forces in England. And removing of the Quarters further from London, into severall parts.

Also for inabling the Kingdome to finde Monies, and for making Commodities to be cheaper, and more plentifull The High Sheriffes and not Committees to execute the power.

To prevent the Designes of those that study Anarchy; to remove distractions, and grindings of the faces of the poore, and the wasting of the Counties, And to settle a true peace, and security through the whole KINGDOME.

By the appointment of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the Councell of his Army, Subscribed JOHN BUSHWORTH,Secretary.

THese Proposals from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax,and his Councell, are appointed to be Printed, according to the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament.

Imprimatur,

G. Mtt.

Printed at London by Robert Ibbitson, in Smithfield, neer the Queenes-head Tavern, 1647.

PROPOSALS From His Excellency Sir THOMAS FAIRFAX AND The Councell of his Army, by way of Addresse to the Parliament, for removing The Causes of the cryes and groanes of the PEOPLE.

Mr. Speaker,

THe great sense we have of the cryes and groanes of the people, under Free quar­ter, and those unutterable calamities, that must inevitably befall this poore King­dome, presses us sore, And invites us to make this earnest addresse unto you; that you would please to take it into your present con­sideration to make out a provision for a con­stant pay of those forces you intend to keepe on foote for the security of this Kingdome, [Page 2]and the reducement of distressed Ireland.

And because His Excellency and this Ar­my are oblieged by their ingagement to take care of all those Forces, which have mutual­ly ingaged with you, in these late services.

We doe offer unto you our opinion; whe­ther it may not much conduce to your af­faires, speedily to prepare moneys for the dis­banding of such as you intend not to be of the number of that standing body of Horse and Foote, for the ends aforesaid: That so your Forces being contracted, the Kingdome may be better incouraged and more enabled to make good their pay, and the Army be dis­posed to the respective Garrisons, and such Quarters that the price of commodities may not be inhauced in any part of the Kingdom, (much lesse so neere this populous City) which is occasioned by this contracted po­sture.

Truly Sir we might presse you with that moneths pay which hath beene so often pro­mised, and we did beleeve was before this de­posited in your Treasury, And that great neg­lect (which must rest some where) that no part of it is drawen in: And that if the City [Page 3]be the fayler, the sad president it gives to the whole Kingdome.

We might mention unto you the ne­cessity of the Souldiery: And the great advan­tages some that study Anarchy, and destracti­ons take upon it, to make their impressions upon this Army.

But nothing is so difficult and grievous to us, as to consider how the poore Souldier (for his meere subsistance) is compelled to grind the faces of the poore, to take a livelihood from them, who are fitter to receive almes, to undo families, wast counties, threaten the ru­ine of the whole, and al propriety, & to be an abhorring to himselfe (which some ingenu­ous of them acknowledge) and this for want of that constant supply and pay, whereby they might chearefully and with content to the people discharge their quarters, and so ease both the Country and their own mindes of an intollerable burden,

This being that which the neighbour States both of the Netherlands and others make their prime scope, and whereby they injoy so much peace, and quiet, under a warlike po­sture, this being the only and certain medium [Page 4]to stop the cries, and groanes of so many thousands ready to perish, and to heale the wounds of this desolate Nation, that will otherwise bleed to death, and inevitable ruine.

Sir, Wee doe humbly conceive, that the present and speedy dispatch of what wee here offer, is the only Basis, and foundation for the rest of your Af­fairs, how weighty soever they seeme to be. And without which you cannot answer to this Kingdomes, peace, or safety.

Wee shall onely adde, that for the bringing in your assessements, it may bee most contenting, and effectuall too; To passe it by the way of the High-Sheriffe, &c. As it used to be in the Case of Subsidies, the Name and power of Com­mittes being so unpleasant to the peo­ple, and the High Sheriffe being so re­sponsall, [Page 5]both for his Estate, and power in the County.

Wee would not have put thus much trouble upon you, but that it is to ease you and the Kingdome of a greater, and to discharge our selves before God and men, as those that have moved every stone by our severall addresses to accomplish that without which the Kingdomes peace and security cannot be established.

Wee doe further offer unto you, the ne­cessity of a present Auditing, the Ar­reares of this Army, and that the Com­mittee for the Army, may be forthwith dispatched, with full instructions to that purpose, according to your late Vote, which being put into a way, would give great satisfaction to the Souldiers.

And wee shall againe re-minde you of our humble desire, that the Arreares, and Publique Faith of the Army, and [Page 6]Souldiery of the Kingdome may be satis­fyed out of the Deanes and Chapters Lands, &c. or such other visible way as shall be contenting to the Souldiery; And what shall bee resolved upon in this be­halfe to be insisted upon with the rest of the Propositions.

By the Appointment of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the Coun­cell of his Army, Signed, JOHN RƲSHWORTH Secretary.
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