A LETTER Sent from the PROVOST Vice-Chancellour of Oxford, To the Right Honourable the Earle of Pembrooke Lord Chancellour of Oxford.

Together with his Lordships ANSWER To the said Letter.

ORdered by the LORDS and COMMONS in Parlia­ment, That this Letter and Answer be forthwith Printed and published:

H. Eisynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.
SEPTEMBER 13. 1642.

London, Printed by L. N. for E. Husbands and J. Franck and are to be sold at their shops in the Middle-Temple, and next door to the Kings-head in Fleet-street.

The Copy of A LETTER Sent from The Provost Vice-Chancellour of Oxford to the Right Honourable, the Earl of Pembrook and Mountgomery: Lord Chancellour of Oxford, dated September the 12. 1642.

Right Honourable:

May it please your Lordship to know, that this Universitie is now in extream danger of the suffering all Evils and Calamities, that warlike forces may may bring upon it. Such forces we hear for certain are some of them already upon their March, some others in raising to assault, and if they may have their wils (I mean the common sort of them) to spoil & destroy us. My L. you have been sollicitous, whom to appoint your Vice-Chancellor over us for this next yeer. But if these forces come forward, and doe that Execution upon us and this place, that we fear they intend; there will be no use at all of any Vice-Chancellor. For what will be here for him to do, where there will be no schol­lers for him to govern? Or what should Schollers do here, having no Libraries left them to study in? no Schools to dispute in? Chappels to serve God in? Colleges or Halls to live or lodge in? but have all these ransacked, defaced, demolished. So that [Page 2]Posteritie may have to say, See here was for a long time, and till such a yeere an Universitie of great Renowne and Eminence, in all Manner of Learning and Vertue. But now layd utterly waste and buried in her own Ruines. And then with the question be; What had they then no L. Chancellour over them? Or was He unable to protect them, either by His power, or by his mediation and favour in their be­halfe! Or were men of place and Governours in the Universitie so sleepie and stupid, as not to im­plore his protection of them? Or was he fore­acquainted with their danger, and regardlesse never­thelesse of what might befall them? We are all of us very confident, that if your Lordship would vouch­safe to interpose with your intreaties for us to the Honourable Houses of Parliament for our safetie and securitie therein all would be well with us, as now it is, the delinquents that were one while sent for are not one of them here at this time. Sir Iohn Byron with his Regiment of Troopers (who have been 2 few dayes here without the least dammage or grie­vance that I know of any man) we shal (I doubt not) soon prevaile withall to withdraw from us, if he may with his safetie return back to His Majestie, who of His owne gracious Care of us sent him hither; And if your Lordship shall be secured, that no other forces shall be here imposed upon us, that will take the libertie to exercise that barbarous In­solence with which the illiterate, rude, and ruffianly rabble of the Vulgar threaten us. Against such and against such onely, our young men have lately taken in hand the Arms: We have (a very few God knows, and in weake hands enough) to save them­selves [Page 3]and us from having our Libraries fired, our Collages pillaged, and our throats cut by them; if they should suddainly break in upon us. And this (my Lord is all the sinfull intent we have had in permit­ting them to train in a voluntarie and peaceable manner so as they have done. Good my Lord, and that which I most earnestly beg of your Honour is out of the sence and humble Request of the Univer­versitie, vouchsafe to put in action with all speed, what you in your wisdom conceive may be most effectuall and prevalent with the Honourable Hou­ses of Parliament, for the peace and securitie of this place, and for the staying of our Students, a great part of whom, (such stout and hardy men they are) upon Alarmes and affrights, such as have been hourly here of late, are sled away from us home to their mothers. The disciples then in danger of drowning clamored our Saviour with Master carest thou not that we perish? But I am bold to assume for your Honour and to assure all of this University under your happy government, that you will not (so farre as in your power is) suffer any one Member of it to perish, no not to receive any the least hurt. And that of the tender and vigilant Care you have of us you will at this time give us a clear & reall evidence, having this representation of the perill that we are now in, made unto your Honour by me,

Your Lordships humble servant Provost-Vice-Chancellour of Oxford.

The Answer to the said Letter. Dated September the 13.


IF you had desired my advice and assist­ance in time I should willingly have contributed my best endeavours for safety and Protection. But your own unad vised Councells and Actions have reduced you to the steights you are now in:any discretion might have forseen: That the admitting of Ca­valeers; and taking up Arms, could not but make the Vniversity a Notorious mark of oppositions against the Parliament, and therefore to be oppo­sed by it. If you had contained your selves with­in the decent modest bounds of an Vniversity, you might justly have challenged me, if I had nor per­formed the duty of a Chancellour. The best Councell I can now give you is, that you present­ly dismisse the Cavaleers, and yeeld up unto the Parliament such Delinquents as are amongst you, and then the Cause being taken away, the effect will follow: When you have put your selves into the right posture of an Vniversity, I will be a faithfull Servant to you, and as ready to do you all the good Offices I can with the Parlia­ment, as I am now sorry you have brought these troubles upon your selves. So I rest.

Your Ʋery loving Friend, Pemb. & Mount.

September 12. 1642.

Ordered by the Lords and Commons in Par­liament, that this Letter with the Answer bee forthwith Printed and Published.

H:Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.

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