To the Right Honourable the Lords and Com­mons, now assembled in Parliament,
The humble Petition of many of the Gentry, Ministers, Free-hol­ders, and other Inhabitants of the County of Kent; the Cities of Canterbury and Rochester, and the County of Canterbury, the Cinque ports and their Members, and other Corporations within the said County,

Most humbly sheweth,

THat your Petitioners, or many of them, have heretofore exhibited to both Houses of Parliament, a Petition concurring with those of the renowned City of London, and other severall Counties of this Kingdome, expres­sing their zeale to true Religion, and the pure Worship of God, and their loyall affection to the Kings most excel­lent Maiesty, both Houses, and the Kingdomes: That your Petitioners doe with all humility returne their ut­most thankes unto this Honourable Assembly, for your favourable and gentle acceptance of their Petitions, your great care, vigilancie, and incessant labours for the advancement of the true reformed Religion, the Honour and Welfare of His Maiesty and His Kingdomes; for your continued endeavours, for a right understanding betweene His Maiesty and Par­liament; for your instant addresses to His Maiesty, to disswade his personall expedition into Ireland; and especially for that to us so welcome, a Declaration of the Lords and Commons April 9. 1642. concerning your pious intentions for a necessary Refor­mation: And that your Petitioners doe most heartily rejoice to behold the happy union of both Houses of Parliament, and mu­tuall concurrence of them and the whole Kingdome, wherein under his Majesty the safety of all the three Kingdomes doth consist.

Yet your Petitioners cannot but plainly expresse with what sad hearts they think on the many evill occurrents, which interrupt your unparalelld paines, and interecept the fruit of your faithfull Counsels from us; amongst which this is not the least, (viz.) a Petition (as wee humbly conceive) of dangerous consequence, contrived by some few, and published the last Assizes holden for this County at Maidstone; and then, yea, yet advanced for Subscribers, and intended to be exhibited to this Ho­nourable House, as the Petition of the whole body of this County, to cause the whole Kingdome to believe that Petition to be the Act of the whole County of Kent, or the major part thereof; whereby a great scandall is brought upon this loyall and peaceable County, the same Petition being stiled The Kentish Petition, which we know is not the Act of the body of the Coun­ty, as it seemes to speak, for as much as it was disavowed by many of the then Grand-Jury, and Justices of the Bench, and by all us your Petitioners, whose names are underwritten.

Wherefore our humble and earnest prayer is, That your Honours would be pleased to accept this our Vindication of our selves, and the Countie, who utterly disclaime the said Petition; humbly leaving it to the Wisdome, Justice, and Clemency of this Honourable Assemblie, to d [...]fference betweene the active Contrivers and Promoters, and unadvised Subscribers of it.

To lift up your hearts above all discouragements in the waies of the Lord, according to that your so Religious Resolution, for Reformation in the Church, for a Consultation with Godly and Learned Divines; and for the establishing of a Preaching Ministery throughout the whole Kingdome.

And we your humble Petitioners (being sensible that to oppose, or slight His Majesties Par­liament, or the Orders thereof, were to hazard the safety of His Royall Person, and all His Kingdomes, and to further the designes of our Enemies, who hope by causing our Division to tri­umph in our Confusion) are unanimously resolved to maintaine and defend, as farre as Lawfully we may, with our lives, power, and estates, His Majesties Royall Person, Honour, and Estate; As also the Power and Priviledges of the Parliament, according to the late Protestation, and the duty of your Petitioners, and all other His Majesties loving People, and faithfull Subjects:

And shall daily pray, &c.

London printed for Edward Blackmore at the Angel in Pauls Church-yard.

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