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1642.] His majesty's answer to the petition of the parliament.

designs and cruel attempts of those, who are the “ defence for his own safety, and so peremptorily
professed and confederated enemies thereof in “justified such actions against him, as by no rule
your majesty's dominions, and other neighbour “ of law or justice can admit the least colour of
“ nations. To which if your majesty's courses and defence: and, after so many free and unlimited
counsels shall from henceforth concur, we doubt “ acts of grace passed by his majesty without any
“not but we shall quickly make it appear to the “condition, have proposed such things which, in
“ world, by the most eminent effects of love and "justice, cannot be denied unto him, upon such

duty, that your majesty's personal safety, your “ "conditions as, in honour, he cannot grant. How-
royal honour and greatness, are much dearer "ever, that all the world may see how willing
to us than our own lives and fortunes, which we “his majesty would be to embrace any overture,

do most heartily dedicate, and shall most will “ that might heget a right understanding between
' ingly employ for the support and maintenance “ him and his two houses of parliament, (with
“ thereof."

“ whom, he is sure, he shall have no contention,
As soon as this petition was read by the earl of “ when the private practices and subtle insinuations
Holland, the king told them, “that the reproaches “ of some few malignant persons shall be dis-

him by it were not answerable to the “ covered, which his majesty will take care shall
expressions his lordship had made; and that he “ be speedily done,) he hath, with great care,

was sorry that they thought the exposing him weighed the particulars of this petition, and re-
“ and his honour to so much scandal, was the way “ turns this answer :
“ to procure or preserve the peace of the kingdom : “ That the petitioners were never unhappy in
“that they should speedily receive his answer ; “ their petitions or supplications to his majesty,

by which the world would easily discern who “ while they desired any thing which was necessary
“ desired peace most.” And accordingly, the se or convenient for the preservation of God's true
cond day, his majesty delivered them, in public, religion, his majesty's safety and honour, and the
his answer to their petition, which was likewise / " peace of the kingdom: and therefore, when those
read by one of his servants, in these words : general envious foundations are laid, his majesty

could wish some particular instances had been
His majesty's answer to the petition of the lords and applied. Let envy and malice object one par-
commons assembled in parliament. “ticular proposition for the preservation of God's

s true religion which his majesty hath refused to Though his majesty had too great reason to consent to; what himself hath often made for

believe that the directions sent to the earl of “the ease of tender consciences, and for the ad• Warwick, to go to the river Humber, with as vancement of the protestant religion, is notorious many ships as he should think fit, for all possible

by many

of his

and declarations. What
“ assistance to`sir John Hotham, (whilst his ma regard hath been to his honour and safety, when

jesty expected the giving up of the town unto “ he hath been driven from some of his houses,
him,) and to carry away such arms from thence, “and kept from other of his towns by force; and
as his discretion thought fit to spare out of his “ what care there hath been of the peace of the
majesty's own magazine; the choosing a general kingdom, when endeavour hath been used to put

by both houses of parliament, for the defence of “all his subjects in arms against him, is so evident,
« those who have obeyed their orders and com that, his majesty is confident, he cannot suffer
“ mands, be they never so extravagant and illegal ; “ by those general imputations. It is enough that
“their declaration, that, in that case, they would

“ the world knows what he hath granted, and
“ live and die with the earl of Essex their general ;

66 what he hath denied.
(all which were voted the same day with this peti For his majesty's raising forces, and making
“ tion;) and the committing the lord mayor

of preparations for war, (whatsoever the petitioners,
London to prison, for executing his majesty's by the evil arts of the enemies to his majesty's
o writs and lawful commands; were but ill pro person and government, and by the calúmnies
logues to a petition, which might compose the

" and slanders raised against his majesty by them,
« miserable distractions of the kingdom ; yet his are induced to believe,) all men may know what

majesty's passionate desire of the peace of the “ is done that way is but in order to his own de-
kingdom, together with the preface of the pre- « fence. Let the petitioners remember, that (which
senters, That they had brought a petition full of “ all the world knows) his majesty was driven from

duty and submission to his majesty; and which “ his palace of Whitehall for safety of his life:
“ desired nothing of him but his consent to peace,

" that both houses of parliament, upon their own
(which his majesty conceived to be the language “ authority, raised a guard to themselves, (having
“ òf both houses too,) begot a greedy hope and gotten the command of all the trained bands of

expectation in him, that this petition would have “ London to that purpose, without the least colour
“ been such an introduction to peace, that it would

or shadow of danger : that they usurped a power,
“ at least have satisfied his message of the eleventh by their pretended ordinance, against all prin-
* of this month, by delivering up Hull unto his ciples and elements of law, over the whole militia

majesty. But, to his unspeakable grief, his ma “ of the kingdom, without and against his majesty's jesty hath too much cause to believe, that the “ consent: that they took possession of his town, “ end of some persons, by this petition, is not in fort, and magazine of Hull, and committed the “ truth to give any real satisfaction to his majesty ; same to sir John Hotham; who shut the gates

but, by the specious pretences of making offers against his majesty, and, by force of arms, denied “ to him, to mislead and seduce his people, and “ entrance thither to his own person : that they

lay some imputation upon him, of denying what is justified this act which they had not directed,

fit to be granted; otherwise, it would not have cand took sir John Hotham into their protection
“thrown those unjust reproaches and scandals “ for whatsoever he had done, or should do, against

upon his majesty, for making necessary and just “ his majesty : and all this, whilst his majesty had



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His majesty's answer to the petition of the parliament. [BOOK V. no other attendance than his own menial servants. “ Hull from him, may not put a garrison into NewUpon this, the duty and affection of this county “ castle to keep the same against him, he will prompted his subjects here to provide a small remove his from thence, and from Tinmouth ; guard for his own person ; which was no sooner “ till when, the example of Hull will not out of his

done, but a vote suddenly passed of his majesty's memory. “intention to levy war against his parliament, “ For the commissions of array, which are legal,

(which, God knows, his heart abhorreth ;) and, “and are so proved by a declaration now in the "notwithstanding all his majesty's professions, “press, his majesty wonders why they should, at “ declarations, and protestations to the contrary, “this time, be thought grievous, and fit to be re“ seconded by the clear testimony of so great a “ called : if the fears of invasion and rebellion be “ number of peers upon the place, propositions so great, that, by an illegal, pretended ordinance, “ and orders for levies of men, horse, and arms, “it is necessary to put his subjects into a posture

were sent throughout the kingdom; plate and “ of defence, to array, train, and muster them, he

money bronght in and received, horse and men “knows not why the same should not be done in a “ raised towards an army, mustered, and under “regular, known, lawful way. But if, in the excommand; and all this contrary to the law, “ecution of that commission, any thing shall be " and to his majesty's proclamation : and a decla- “ unlawfully imposed upon his good subjects, his “ration published, that if he should use force for majesty will take all just and necessary care for “the recovery of Hull, or suppressing the pre

“ their redress. “tended ordinance for the militia, it should be “ For his majesty's coming nearer to his parlia"held levying war against the parliament: and ment, his majesty hath expressed himself so fully “ all this done, before his majesty granted any “ in his several messages, answers, and declara“ commission for the levying or raising a man, tions, and so particularly avowed a real fear of

His majesty's ships were taken from him, and “his safety, upon such instances as cannot be

committed to the custody of the earl of Warwick; “ answered, that he hath reason to take himself “who presumes, under that power, to usurp to somewhat neglected, that, since upon so manifest " himself the sovereignty of the sea, to chase, “reasons it is not safe for his majesty to come to

fright, and imprison such of his majesty's good them, both his houses of parliament will not subjects, as desire to obey his lawful commands; come nearer to his majesty, or to such a place

although he had notice of the legal revocation of “ where the freedom and dignity of parliament “ the earl of Northumberland's commission of “ might be preserved. However, his majesty shall

admiral, whereby all power derived from that “ be very glad to hear of some such example in commission ceased.

“ their punishing the tumults (which he knows “ Let all the world now judge who began this “not how to expect, when they have declared that war, and upon whose account the miseries, which“ they knew not of any tumults; though the

may follow, must be cast ; what his majesty could “ house of peers desired, both for the freedom and “ have done less than he hath done; and whether dignity of parliament, that the house of commons “ he were not compelled to make provision both “ would join with them in a declaration against “ for the defence of himself, and recovery of what “ tumults; which they refused, that is, neglected “ is so violently and injuriously taken from him ; “ to do,) and other seditious actions, speeches, and “and whether these injuries and indignities are writings, as may take that apprehension of “not just grounds for his majesty's fears and appre danger from him; though, when he remembers “ hensions of further mischief and danger to him. “the particular complaints himself hath made of “Whence the fears and jealousies of the petitioners “ businesses of that nature, and that, instead of “ have proceeded, hath never been discovered; the “ inquiring out the authors, neglect of examination

dangers they have brought upon his subjects are hath been, when offer hath been made to both too evident; what those are they have prevented, “ houses to produce the authors; as in that treano man knows. And therefore his majesty can “sonable paper concerning the militia : and when

not but look upon that charge as the boldest, and “ he sees every day pamphlets published against “ the most scandalous, hath been yet laid upon his crown, and against monarchy itself; as the him ; That this necessary provision, made for his “ observations upon his late messages, declarations,

own safety and defence, is to overrule the judg “and expresses; and some declarations of their “ment and advice of his great council; and by own, which give too great encouragement, in “ force to determine the questions there depending, “that argument, to ill-affected persons ; his ma

concerning the government and liberty of the * jesty cannot, with confidence, entertain those

kingdom. If no other force had been raised to hopes which would be most welcome to him. “ determine those questions, than by his majesty, “ For the leaving delinquents to the due course “ this unhappy misunderstanding had not been : “ of justice, his majesty is most assured he hath “and his majesty no longer desires the blessing “ been no shelter to any such. If the tediousness " and protection of Almighty God upon himself and delay in prosecution, the vast charge in “and his posterity, than he and they shall solemnly “ officers' fees, the keeping men under a general “ observe the due execution of the laws, in the accusation, without trial, a whole year and more, “ defence of parliaments, and the just freedom “ and so allowing them no way for their riefence “ thereof.

“and vindication, have frightened men away from For the forces about Hull, his majesty will so chargeable and uncertain attendance, the remove them, when he hath obtained the end é remedy is best provided where the disease grew. “ for which they were brought thither. When

“ If the law be the measure of delinquency, none “ Hull shall be reduced again to his subjection, he “ such are within his majesty's protection : but if “will no longer have an army before it. And ' by delinquents such are understood, who are " when he shall be assured, that the same neces “ made so by vote, without any trespass upon any 'sity and pretence of public good, which took “ known or established law: if by delinquents those


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1642.] His majesty's answer to the petition of the parliament.

277 “ nine lords are understood, who are made delin peace of the kingdom, that the whole force and

quents for obeying his majesty's summons to strength of it may be united for the defence of

come to him, after their stay there was neither itself, and the relief of Ireland, (in whose behalf
safe nor honourable, by reason of the tumults, he conjures both his houses of parliament, as
“ and other violences; and whose impeachment, they will answer the contrary to Almighty God,

he is confident, is the greatest breach of privilege, “his majesty, to those who trust them, and to
“ that, before this parliament, was ever offered to “ that bleeding, miserable kingdom, that they
« the house of peers : if by delinquents such are “ suffer not any monies, granted and collected by

understood, who refuse to submit to the pre “ act of parliament, to be diverted or employed
“ tended ordinance of the militia ; to that of the against his majesty ; whilst his soldiers in that

navy; or to any other, which his majesty hath kingdom are ready to mutiny, or perish for want
not consented to; such who for the peace of the “ of pay; and the barbarous rebels prevail by that

kingdom, in an humble manner, prepare petitions encouragement,) is graciously pleased once more
to him, or to both houses, as his good subjects of “ to propose and require,
London and Kent did; whilst seditious ones, as “That his town of Hull be immediately delivered
“ that of Essex, and other places, are allowed and up to him; which being done, (though his
“ cherished: if by delinquents such are understood, majesty hath been provoked by unheard of inso-
“ who are called so for publishing his proclama-

lences of sir John Hotham's, since his burning
“ tions, as the lord mayor of London ; or for read “and drowning the country, in seizing his wine,

ing his messages and declarations, as divers " and other provisions for his house, and scorn-
“ ministers about London and elsewhere; when fully using his servant, whom he sent to require
“ those against him are dispersed with all care and “ them ; saying, it came to him by Providence,

industry, to poison and corrupt the loyalty and “and he will keep it; and so refusing to deliver
affection of his people : if by delinquents such “ it, with threats if he, or any other of his fellow-
are understood, who have, or shall lend his “servants, should again repair to Hull about it;

majesty money, in the universities, or in any “ and in taking and detaining prisoners, divers
“ other places ; his majesty declares to all the “ gentlemen, and others, in their passage over the
“ world, that he will protect such with his utmost “ Humber into Lincolnshire about their necessary

power and strength; and directs, that, in these « occasions ; and such other indignities, as all

cases, they submit not to any messengers, or gentlemen must resent in his majesty's behalf,) “ warrant; it being no less his duty to protect “his majesty, to shew his earnest desire of peace, “ those who are innocent, than to bring the guilty “ for which he will dispense with his own honour,

to condign punishment; of both which the law " and how far he is from desire of revenge, will
“is to be judge. And if both houses do think grant a free and general pardon to all persons
“ fit to make a general, and to raise an army

for 56 within that town.
“ defence of those who obey their orders and com “ That his majesty's magazine, taken from Hull,

mands, his majesty must not sit still, and suffer “ be forthwith put into such hands, as he shall
“ such who submit to his just power, and are so appoint.
“ licitous for the laws of the land, to perish and " That his navy be forthwith delivered into
“ be undone, because they are called delinquents. “ such hands, as he hath directed for the govern-
“ And when they shall take upon them to dispense “ment thereof : the detaining thereof after his
“ with the attendance of those who are called by majesty's directions, published and received, to
“his majesty's writ, whilst they send them to sea, “ the contrary; and employing his ships against
“to rob his majesty of his ships; or into the “ him in such manner as they are now used, being
“several counties, to put his subjects in arms “ notorious high treason in the commanders of
against him; his majesty (who only hath it)

“ those ships.
“will not lose the power to dispense with them “That all arms, levies, and provisions for a war,
“ to attend his own person; or to execute such “ made by the consent of both houses, (by whose

offices, as are necessary for the preservation of “ example his majesty hath been forced to make
“ himself and the kingdom; but must protect some preparations,) be immediately laid down ;
them, though they are called delinquents. “ and the pretended ordinance for the militia, and

“ For the manner of the proceeding against “all power of imposing laws upon the subject delinquents, his majesty will proceed against “ without his majesty's consent, be disavowed ; “ those who have no privilege of parliament, or in

66 without which, the same pretence will remain "such cases where no privilege is to be allowed, “ to produce the same mischief. All which his

as he shall be advised by his learned council, “ majesty may as lawfully demand as to live, and “ and according to the known and unquestionable can with no more justice be denied him, than "rules of the law; it being unreasonable, that he

“ his life


be taken from him.
“ should be compelled to proceed against those “ These being done, and the parliament adjourn-
“ who have violated the known and undoubted o ed to a safe and secure place, his majesty pro-
“ law, only before them who have directed such “ mises, in the presence of God, and binds himself
“ violation.

by all his confidence and assurance in the affec-
Having said thus much to the particulars of "tion of his people, that he will instantly, and
" the petition, though his majesty hath reason to “ most cheerfully, lay down all the force he shall
" complain, that, since the sending this petition, “ have raised, and discharge all his future and
they have beaten their drums for soldiers against

intended levies ; that there may be a general
“ him; armed their own general with a power de “ face of peace over the whole kingdom ; and will
“structive to the law, and liberty of the subjects; repair to them: and desires, that all differences
“and chosen a general of their horse; his majesty, may be freely debated in a parliamentary way ;;

out of his princely love, tenderness, and com whereby the law may recover its due reverence,
passion of his people, and desire to preserve the “ the subject his just liberty, and parliaments

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278 Some credulous persons beseech the king to soften his answer. [BOOK V. “ themselves their full vigour and estimation ; “ fore, from the messengers; and, instead thereof,

and so the whole kingdom a blessed peace, return the sum matter of his own propositions quiet, and prosperity.

“only, in the most soft and gentle language ; “ If these propositions shall be rejected, his ma “ without the preamble, or any mention of their unjesty doubts not of the protection and assistance justifiable and unreasonable demeanour towards “ of Almighty God, and the ready concurrence of

os him.” “ his good subjects; who can have no hope left But his majesty replied, “that he had for a long

them of enjoying their own long, if their king time, even after great provocations, and their first may be oppressed and spoiled, and must be re

general remonstrance to the people, treated with “ mediless. And though his towns, his ships, his “all imaginable compliance and lenity of words

arms, and his money, be gotten, and taken from “ with them; and discovered their unjustifiable and “ him, he hath a good cause left, and the hearts “ most extravagant proceedings with and against “ of his people; which, with God's blessing, he him, and the consequences that would inevitably “ doubts not, will recover all the rest.

“ attend their progress in them, with such tender Lastly, if the preservation of the protestant expressions, as if he believed whatever was amniss religion, the defence of the liberty and law of the to proceed from misinformation only, and un

kingdom, the dignity and freedom of parliament, “ skilful mistakes : that this gentleness and regard “ and the recovery and the relief of bleeding and “ of his was so far from operating upon them, that “ miserable Ireland, be equally precious to the “ their insolence and irregularities increased; and

petitioners, as they are to his majesty, (who will “ it might be from that reason, [that] their mes“ have no quarrel but in defence of these,) there sages and declarations were written in so high a “ will be a cheerful and speedy .consent to what dialect, and with that sovereignty of language, as “ his majesty hath now proposed and desired : “ if he were subject to their jurisdiction, and he “and of this his majesty expects a full and posi did not know but it might have some influence “ tive answer by Wednesday the 27th of this upon his people to his disadvantage, that is, raise “ instant July; till when he shall not make any “ terror towards them, and lessen their reverence

attempt of force upon Hull, hoping in the affec “ towards his majesty, when all their petitions and “tion, duty, and loyalty of the petitioners : and, “ propositions were more imperative than his just “ in the mean time, expects that no supply of men “and necessary refusals : which condescension his “ be put into Hull, or any of his majesty's goods majesty had brought himself to, in hope, that his “ taken from thence.”

example, and their natural shame, would have The whole court, upon the hearing that petition “ reformed that new license of words : that this from the two houses read, expressed a marvellous “ last address, under the name of a petition, (a few indignation at the intolerable indignities offered days after they had violently ravished his whole to the king by it; and seemed no better satisfied “ fleet from him; and prepared the same day, that with the messengers; who had professed, that they they had chosen a general, to whom they had brought an absolute submission to his majesty; sworn allegiance, to lead an army against him,) when, in truth, what they brought appeared to be “ contained a peremptory justification of whatsoa full justification of whatsoever they had done ever they had done, and as peremptory a threatbefore, and an implied threat of doing worse, and “ening of whatsoever they could do : and therefixing all the scandals upon his majesty, which “ fore, if he should now retract his answer, which they had scattered abroad before: insomuch as “ had been solemnly considered in council, before all men expected and believed his majesty to be “ all the peers, and which in truth implied rather engaged, for the vindication of his princely dignity a princely resentment of the indignities offered and honour, to return a much sharper answer to to him, than flowed with any sharp or bitter them than he had ever sent. So that, when this expressions, he should, by such yielding, give which is before set down (and which had before encouragement to new attempts; and could not been consented to, and approved in the full as “ but much discourage those, upon whose affecsembly of the peers and counsellors) was read “tions and loyalty he was principally to depend ; publicly, it was generally thought, that the king “ who could not think it safe to raise themselves had not enough resented the insolence and usur to an indignation on his behalf, when he expation of the parliament, or appeared sensible pressed so tender or so little sense of his own enough of the provocations : yet the thought of a sufferings : besides, that he was then upon an war, which wise men saw actually levied upon the “ avowed hostile enterprise for the reduction of king already, was so much abhorred, and men “ Hull; towards which he was to use all possible were so credulous of every expedient which was means to draw force together, equal to that pretended for peace, that by the next morning design; and by such a retractation as this

pro(the answer being delivered in the evening) these posed, and a seeming declension of his spirit, active messengers for the parliament persuaded “ and depending upon their good natures, who many “that the king's answer was too sharp, and “ had done all this mischief, he should not only

would provoke the houses, who were naturally “ be inevitably disappointed of the resort of new

passionate, to proceed in the high ways they were strength, but, probably, deserted by those few “in; whereas, if the king would abate that severity “ whom he had brought together : that he could “ of language, and would yet take off the preamble “not reasonably or excusably depend upon the “ of his answer, they were confident, and the earl undertaking of the earl of Holland; who had “ of Holland privately offered to undertake, that so grossly deceived him in other undertakings, “ satisfaction should be given to all that his ma “ which were immediately in his own power to

jesty proposed.” And, by this means, some “ have performed : whereas neither he, or either were so far wrought upon, as they earnestly im “ of the other two gentlemen, who were joined portuned the king, that he would take his answer, “ with him in this employment, had so much “ which he had publicly delivered the night be- | “ interest with the active and prevailing party,

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1642.] Some unpleasant occurrences during the king's stay at Leicester.

279 as to know more of their intentions than was went to Doncaster; and the next day to Notting“ at present necessary to be discovered for their ham; and so to Leicester ; where he heard the concurrence.

earl of Stamford, and some other parliament men,
“ He said, that he had never yet consented to were executing the ordinance of the militia : but,
any one particular, since the beginning of this before his majesty came thither, they removed
parliament, by which he had received prejudice, themselves to Northampton; a town so true to
at the doing whereof he had not the solemn un- , them, as, if they had been pursued, would have

dertakings and promises of those, who were shut their gates against the king himself, as Hull
“ much abler to justify their undertakings than had done.
“ the earl of Holland; and upon whom he only At Leicester the king was received with great

depended, that it should be no disservice to him, expressions of duty and loyalty, by the appearance
“and would be an infallible means to compass all of the trained bands, and full acclamations of the
" that his majesty reasonably desired: but he had people; yet there were two accidents that happened
always found those promisers and undertakers, there, which, if they be at all remembered, will
though they could eminently carry on any manifest, that if the king were loved there as he
counsel, or conclusion, that was against law, ought to be, that the parliament was more feared
justice, or his right, had never power to reduce or than he. It happened to be at the time of the
“restrain those agitations within any bounds of general assizes, and justice Reeve (a man of a good

sobriety and moderation : and when they found reputation for learning and integrity; and who, in
“ that many would not be guided by them, that good times, would have been a good judge) sat

they might seem still to lead, themselves as there as judge; and Mr. Henry Hastings, younger
furiously followed the other; and resorted again son to the earl of Huntingdon, was purposely made

to his majesty with some new expedient, as high sheriff, to contain the county within the limits
« destructive as the former. So that he was of their duty by the power of that office, as well as
“henceforward resolved to rely upon God Almighty, by the interest and relation of his family. The earl
“and not so much to depend upon what might of Stamford, and his assistants, had departed the

possibly prevail upon the affections of those, from town but few hours before his majesty's entrance,
whom, reasonably, he could not expect any good, and had left their magazine, which was indeed the

as upon such plain and avowed courses, as, let magazine of the county, in a little storehouse at the “ the success be what it would, must, to all judg- end of the town, guarded by some inferior officers, ing men, appear to be prudently and honourably whom they had brought down to train and exercise

to be relied on: and therefore he positively re- the militia, and other zealous and devoted men of
“ fused to make the least alteration in his answer.” the county, in all to the number of about twenty-
And so the messengers departed, leaving the court five, who had barricadoed the door of the house;
and country worse affected than they found it; and professed “to keep it against all demanders;">
and branding some particular persons, whom they having provisions within it of all sorts. The king
found less inclined to be ruled by their professions was very unwilling (coming in so peaceable a man-
and promises, as the authors of a civil war :" ner, at so peaceable a time) to take any notice of
and making them as odious as they could, wher- it. On the other hand, it was an act of too great
ever they came.

insolence to be suffered; and, upon the matter, to
And sure, from that time, the earl of Holland leave a garrison of the rebels in possession of the
was more transported from his natural temper and town; and therefore he sent word to the judge,
gentleness of disposition, into passion and animosity " that if he took not some legal way to remove
against the king and his ministers; and, having such a force so near his majesty, his majesty
been nothing pleased with his own condition at - would do it in an extraordinary course;" which,
London, finding the earl of Essex (whom he did upon the sudden, would have puzzled him to have
not secretly love, and indeed contemned) to draw done; having neither soldier, cannon, or powder
all men's eyes towards him, and to have the great to effect it; the want of which as much troubled
est interest in their hearts, he had seriously in the sheriff. In the end, the gentlemen of the
tended, under colour of this message to the king, country, who had not yet otherwise declared them-
to discover if there were any sparks yet left in his selves on either side, than by waiting on his ma-
royal breast, which might be kindled into affection jesty, finding that the king would not go from the
or acceptation of his service; and hoped, if he town till that nuisance was removed; and that it
could get any credit, to redeem his former tres- might bring inconveniences, charge, and mischief
passes : but when he found his majesty not only to the county of a high nature; so prevailed, that,
cold towards him, but easily enough discerned, by as his majesty was contented to take no notice of
his reception, that all former inclinations were it, so they within the house, in the night, upon
dead, and more than ordinary prejudices grown assurance of safety and liberty to go whither they
up towards him in their places, and that his ad- would, removed and left the house; and so that
vices were rejected, he returned with rancour equal matter was quieted.
to the most furious he went to; and heartily joined The other [accident] was, or was like to have
and concurred towards the suppressing that power, proved, more ridiculous : Some of the king's ser-
in the administration whereof he was not like to vants, hearing that the earl of Stamford, and the

other militia men, were newly gone out of the town,
His majesty having, by his answer, obliged him- had of themselves, coming thither before the king,
self not to make any forcible attempt upon Hull galloped after them; intending to have appre-
till the 27th of July, by which time he might rea- | hended them, and brought them before the king;
sonably expect an answer to his propositions, in and, though the other were too fleet for them, had,
the mean time resolved to make some short pro- in the way, overtaken Dr. Bastwick, a man well
gress into the neighibour counties; and accordingly, { known, who had been a principal officer with them
the same day the messengers departed, the king at Leicester, and fled at the same time, but could

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