To the Right-Honourable the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen, and Common-Councell, in Common-Councell assembled.

My Lord, Knights, and Gentlemen,

THe deep sence of our particular miseries, together with a tender fellow feeling of the sad and distempered condition of this famous City, and also of the whole Kingdom, hath upon divers serious and mutuall de­bates so far prevailed with us, a great and considerable part of this County of Essex, as humbly to make our addresses in a petitionary way to the honou­rable Houses of Parliament the fourth of this instant May; The summe of our desire is briefly thus, That the King our gracious Soveraigne may come with honour and safety, to treat with his two Houses of Parliament, the onely probable way now left us, whereby the true Protestant Religion, and all the just rights and liberties of the King, Parliament, and Subjects, and the ancient and known Laws of this Realme and government, may by the blessing of God upon their joynt consents in Parliament, be once more revived and re­established, to the glory of God, and comfort of all honest men; and though we cannot doubt of an unanimous compliance from the greatest part of this City, and of the whole Kingdome in this our last refuge, yet for the better satisfaction, and to clear our selves from the mis-interpretation of such as are of a contrary opinion, we doe ingeniously declare. First, that our addresse shall be with all civility and respect both to the Parliament and City, free from any intent of disturbing the peace and quiet of either; but on the con­trary, with an hearty desire to prevent the effusion of so much bloud as will probably be shed, if not by a personall Treaty timely prevented, which all men may discerne that looke not through Spectacles of particular interests. Secondly, we do not carelesly passe by any Ordinance of Parliament▪ publi­shed unto the Kingdome, but do well remember, and have very seariously considered of that particular Vote against a personall Treaty, and the reason upon which it is grounded; And we have further compared it with three former Declarations, where in the first we were told, That the separation of his Royall Person from his Parliament was the originall of our unhappinesse; In the second, when we assisted in so large a proportion both of men and money, That the chiefe intent of raising the Army was, To bring the King from his evill Counsell in honour and safety to his Parliament; in the third, when we groaned under the burden, That it was impossible ever to have a safe well grounded peace without his Majesties personall concurrence in Parliament: When we looked upon the weighty reasons expressed in the said Declarations, we are well assured, that whosoever well considers what it hath cost to procure a perso­nall Treaty, cannot justly blame any man for desiring of it; And upon these considerations we are encouraged to proceed [...]ith confidence that the Ho­nourable Houses will grant our requests, which we conceive reasonable, whereas to our understanding no apparent prejudice can ensue thereby. Thus humbly desiring the blessing of Almighty God to assist us in these our just desires, we commit you to his protection.

Your Honours most humble servant.

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