His Majesties Letter to both Houses of Parliament.

HIS Majesty perceiving the manifold distractions which now are in this Kingdome, which cannot but bring great inconvenience, and mischief to this whole Government; In which, as his Majesty is most chiefly in­teressed, so he holds himselfe by many reasons, most obliged to doe what in him lies for the preventing thereof; Though he might justly expect (as most proper for the duty of Subjects) that propositions for the remedies of these evills ought rather to come to him, then from him; yet his fatherly care of all his people being such, that he will rather lay by any particular respect of his owne dignity, then that any time should be lost for prevention of these threatning evills, which can­not admit the delayes of the ordinary proceedings in Parliament, doth think fit to make these ensuing propositions to both Houses of Parliament.

That they will with all speed fall into serious consideration of all those particu­lars, which they shall hold necessary, as well for the upholding and maintaining of his Majesties just and Regall Authority, and for the settling of his Revenue: As for the present and future establishing of their priviledges, the free and quiet en­joying of their Estates and Fortunes, the liberties of their Persons, the security of the true Religion now professed in the Church of England, and the setling of Ce­remonies in such a manner, as may take away all just offence; Which when they shall have digested, and composed into one entire body, that so his Majesty and themselves may be able to make the more cleare judgement of them: It shall then appeare by what his Majesty shall doe, how farre he hath beene from intending or designing any of those things, which the too great feares and jealousies of some per­sons seeme to apprehend: And how ready he will be to equall and exceed the grea­test examples of the most indulgent Princes in their acts of Grace and Favour to their people.

So that if all these present distractions (which so apparantly threaten the ruine of this Kingdome) doe not (by the blessing of Almighty God) end in an happy and blessed Accommodation; His Majesty will then be ready to call Heaven and Earth, God and Man to witnesse, that it hath not failed on his part.

Printed in the yeare, 1642.

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