[Page] The humble PETITION OF The Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of York assembled at the Assizes there holden.

Presented to His MAJESTIE the 5. of April 1642.

Together with His Majesties Speech at the presenting thereof.

And His gracious Answer thereunto.

YORK: Printed by ROBERT BARKER, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majestie: And by the Assignes of JOHN BILL.


The humble Petition of the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of York, now assembled at the Assizes there holden.

Most humbly sheweth,

THat, although the piercing anguish of our Souls, pro­ceeding from the generall distractions of this King­dom, be eased by the com­fort of your Majesties Royall Presence, and gracious Confidence in the Affecti­ons of this County, which hath filled our Hearts with Hopes, and our Tongues with Joy, yet the fellow-feeling of the [Page 2] passionate Sorrows, and heart breaking Apprehensions which overwhelms the other parts of this afflicted Kingdom, do inforce us (after the humble tender of our Lives and Fortunes, for the Safety and Assurance of your Majesties Royall Per­son, Crown, Honour and Estate, just Prerogative and Soveraignty, in any ca­pacity wherein we may serve your Maje­stie according to the Laws) to follow that Sacrifice of bounden duty, with our earnest Prayers and Petitions, which shall not cry in your Princely Ears for help to almost-ruined Ireland, nor implore your Majesties Concurrence for the propagati­on of the Protestant Religion, and sup­pression of Popery, since your Majesties Gracious Declaration of your Self, in those particulars, renders it an unpardon­able Crime to desire further Assurance, or Addition to your Majesties own words, Sacred before God and Man; But em­boldned by your Royall Resolution de­clared, to take away not onely the just Feares, but also the Jealousies of your loy­all [Page 3] Subjects, and inforced by that infalli­ble Oracle of Truth, That a Kingdom divided cannot stand. We, from the cen­ter of every one of our hearts, most ear­nestly supplicate▪ That your Majestie (be­ing most interessed in the flourishing State and Union of your Dominions, and by long experience in Government, best ac­quainted with Prevention of Dangers, and Remedy of Evils) will be graciously pleased to declare such fit Means and Ex­pedients as may take away all Distances and Mis-understandings betwixt Your Majestie and Your great Councell; to whom we will also addresse our selves for such endeavours, on their parts, as may beget in Your Majestie a confidence in their Councels, and that blessed Union so necessary to this perplexed Kingdom, and most desired by us, and all Your Majesties loving and faithfull Subjects.

And your Petitioners shall ever pray for your Majesties long and prosperous Reign, &c.



50 Aprilis, 1642. His Majesties Speech to the She­riffe, Gentry, Ministery, and Freeholders of the County of York, when they presented to Him their Petition.

Mr. Sheriffe, and Gentlemen,

I Beleeve you expect not a present and particu­lar Answer to your Pe­tition, because it is new unto Me: Onely in generall I must tell you, That I see by it, that I am not deceived in the Confidence I have in the Affections of this County to my Person and State; and I assure you [Page 6] that I will not deceive your Confi­dence which at this time you have de­clared in your Petition, to have in Me: And I am glad to see that it is not upon mistaken Grounds, as other Petitions have been to me since I came to this place: Concerning which, let me observe unto you, That my Answers were to cleer those mistak­ings; for I never did goe about to punish or discourage them from pe­titioning to Me in an humble way, though the subject did not agree with my Sense; Albeit within the memo­rie of man, people have been discou­raged, and threatned to be punished for Petitions.

I observe that your Petition is so modest, that it doth not mention any particular for your own good; which [Page 7] indeed I expected, as knowing that in some particulars you have great reason to do; and therefore, that you may not fare the worse for your Modesty, I will put you in minde of three particulars, which I conceive to be for the good of this Country.

The first is concerning your train­ed Bands, to reduce them to a lesser number, for which, I confesse to stand engaged by promise to you, which I had performed long since, if I had been put in minde of it: And now I tell you, Shew me but the Way, and (when you shall think fit) I shall instantly reduce them to that Number, which I promised you two yeers agoe.

The second is, That which is ow­ing to this County for Billet-money; [Page 8] The truth is, That for the present I cannot repay it; Onely I will say this, That if all the Water had gone to the right Mill (upon my Word) you had been long agoe satisfied in this particular. And so I leave to your discretions which way you will ad­vise, and assist Me to comply with the Engagements to you in this point.

The third is, That for which I was petitioned as I came up the last yeer, both by the Lord Major and Aldermen of this City, and likewise by divers others of this County, as I went South-ward; And that is, concerning the Court of York. And first let Me tell you, That as yet I know no Legall Dissolution of it, for hitherto formally there is no­thing [Page 9] come to Me, either directly or indirectly, for the taking of it away: therefore I may say, It is rather sha­ken in pieces, then dissolved. Now my Desire is, in complyance to what I answered the last year unto the se­verall Petitions delivered to Me upon this subject, That you would consult and agree among your selves in what manner you would have the Court established, most to your own contentments, and to the good of all these Northern parts, in such a Legall way, as that it may not justly be excepted against; and I assure you, in the word of an honest Man, that you shall not blame Me, if you have not full satisfaction in it.

Within a day or two ye shall have a particular Answer to your Peti­tion, [Page 10] which shall be such [...] One as I am confident will give you good sa­tisfaction, and put you into such a way, as, I hope, may produce good effects to the good of all this King­dom.

HIS MAJESTIES ANSWER To the aforesaid Petition of the Gentry, Ministers, and Freeholders of the County of YORK. At the Court at YORK. 7. Aprilis 1642.
His Majestie, according to His Promise made to you at the deli­livery of this Petition, hath com­manded me to subscribe this His Answer.

IN the first place, He is glad to see, That what you say concerning the Relief of His di­stressed Subjects in Ireland, and [Page 12] the Propagation of the true Reli­gion amongst vs, against all Super­stition of Popery, is onely to shew your Confidence in his princely VVord; wherein He again hath commanded me to assure you, That He will neither deceive your trust, nor wrong Himself so much as not to be uery punctuall in performance of the Engage­ments He hath already made con­cerning those particulars, which besides the performance of His VVord (which He holds most deer unto him) his own Inclina­tions naturally induce Him unto.

Now concerning the Prayer of your Petition, His Majestie doth graciously interpret, That your desiring Him to declare such [Page 13] fit means and expedients as may take away all Distance and Mis­understandings betwixt His Ma­jestie and His great Councell, is no otherwise then to have the more authentique ground, and the better direction which way to carry your selves in your Addres­ses to the Parliament for that ef­fect. And therefore His Majestie assures you, That not onely the best, but (as He conceives) the sole way for this good Vnderstanding between His Majestie) and His Parliament (which He assures you that He no lesse desires then your selves) is, That the Parliament will take His Majesties Message of the twentieth of January last into con­sideration speedily, seriously, and effectually; and that the Militia [Page 14] of this Kingdom may be setled by Act of Parliament, according to His Majesties explanation of His Answer concerning the Militia, which He made in the Answer He returned to both Houses, upon the Petition presented to Him the 26. of March last. And therefore His Majestie desires you,to take those Answers and that Message into your serious Consideration, and thereupon to proceed (accord­ing to the [...] in your Peti­tion) in [...] to the Par­liament, as [...] judge fittest for the good [...] [...]his Kingdom, and the expressions of your Duty and Affection to His Majesties Per­son and State.

Signed by Master Secretary Nicholas.

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