To the Kings most excellent Maiestie. The humble Petition of the Knights, Ministers, Gentry, Free-holders, and many thousands of the Inhabitants of the Countie of LEICESTER, who assembled on the Horse-fairlays ready to accompany this PETITION if, they should be required.
The humble Petition of the Knights, Ministers, Gentry, and Free-holders of Leicester.

MOst humbly sheweth with one unanimous consent, that your Petitio­ners and obedient Servants of Leicestershire; scituated in the middest of your Kingdome of England, and in the middest of our great feares and apparant dangers, by your taking up Armes and levying Forces (as it is thought) against your Honourable, Loyall, and Illustrious Parliament, thereby to rout, to ruine and disappoint their manifest, good and god­ly purposes, and the more fully to effect this Designe, never heard of (except in the Reigne of the Eleventh of Richard the Second) you have (as we rightly conceive) by the ill Advice of your pernicious Councell morg [...]ged, pawned or sold the glory of the Land, the Iewels and Trea­sures of the CROVNE, which ought as highly to be prized as the MILITIA, or any Magazine whatsoever: the one chiefly serves to secure what is Yours in Possession; the other (being so easily parted with, abateth the lustre of Your KINGDOME.

Therfore may it please your Maiestie to hearken to the Worthy and well-deserving Men of your King­dome, your hopefull and our happie Parliament: and become more neere in Person, and ioyne in affection with your trusty and grave and solide Councell and great Court of Iudicature, for surely that high Assem­bly with Gods Blessing and your assenting unto them can soone procure your and our safety, and annihilate all distractions and distempers.

And that you would freely consent or put our County (because we are in such emminent danger, South­ward and Northward, having neither Castles or any other places of strength by Sea or Land, or approved friends besides the Parliament) in a posture of defence, and that you would recall your Warrants prohibi­ting our Traynd bands to muster, the rather because we desire to follow the good example of our neighbour Country Men of Lincolneshire and others, and to ioyne your selfe with your Parliament.

Otherwise, when they shall declare and nominate the particular disturbers of Yours and Our peace, the procurers of your and our feares, iealousies and amazments out of their knowne experience, we shall take upon vs the boldnesse to remove from your Maiesty such Prosecutors as are enemies to the State and hinde­ers to the tranquillity of the same.

Therefore we your dutifull faithfull Subiects and servants humbly sue, that your Maiestie would accord with your Parliament, and comply with them to restraine the violent malice of the bloud-thirsty Rebels in Ireland. To settle a Godly, Learned and Industrious Ministry. To disarme the Papists seeing they re­ioyce in this discord, and insolently speake words full of Arrogancy. To separate from you that subver [...]ing Councell who dare not stand to the goodnes of their Cause nor can indure the Test. To cashire those Cava­liers and other vnnecessary vndependants. Fully and cleerly to acquit the Lord Kimbolton, and other the wor­thy Members of the least suspition of Treason against your Maiestie or State, one of them being chief­ly intrusted for the good and welfarre of our County. To beleive in the faithfulnesse and Loyalty of your Parliament, who regulates the oppressions of your Kingdom. And other the Premisses.

And we with our lives, and Estates, and Fortunes shall be obedient and loyall unto your Maiesty. And pray, &c.

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