'Speech to the Lords at York (24 September 1640)'
His Ma[jes]tyes speech to the Lords Sept. 24. 1640. At the meeting of the Peares at Yorke.
Vpon sudden incursions w[he]n the dangers are neare, & instant, it hath beene the custome
of my pr[e]decessours to assemble the g[rea]t Councill of [th]e Peeres, & by their advice, &
assistance to giue a timely remedy to such evills, as could not admitt a delay so long
as must of necessity be allowed, for the assembling of the Parliam[en]t, this being o[u]r con-dition at this time; & an army of
Rebles Rebells lodged w[i]thin this K[ing]dome, I
thought it most fitt to conforme my selfe to the practise of my Predecessours in
like cases, [tha]t w[i]th yo[u]r advise, & assistance we might ioyntly proceed to the chastisem[en]t
of these insolencies & the securing of my good Subj[ec]ts.
In the 1st place I must let yo[u] know [tha]t I desire nothing more [tha]n to be rightly und[e]rstood by my people, & to that end I haue of my selfe resolved to call a par-liam[en]t, having allready given order to my L[or]d Keep[er] to issue the writts instantly, so [tha]t the Parliam[en]t may be assembled by [th]e 3d of Nov. next, whether if my subiects bring [th]os[e] good affections w[hi]ch becomes [the]m towards me, it shall not fayle on my p[ar]t to make it an happy meeting.
In the meane time [the]r[e] are 2 points wherin I shall desire yo[u]r advise, w[hi]ch indeed w[e]r[e] the chiefe causes of yo[u]r meeting.
First w[ha]t answeare to giue to the Petition of the Rebells, & in w[ha]t manner to treate w[i]th them, of w[hi]ch that yo[u] may giue a surer iudgm[en]t, I haue ordered [yha]t yo[u]r Lor[dshi]pps shalbe clearly informed of [th]e state of the whole businesse, & upon w[ha]t reasons [th]e advise [tha]t my privy councell unanimously gaue me, w[e]r[e] grounded
The 2d is, How my army shalbe kept on foot, & maintained, untill the supplies of a parliam[en]t may be had, for so long as the Scotts Army remaines in England, I think no man will councell me to disband mine, for [tha]t wold be an unspeakeable losse to all this p[ar]t of the K[ing]dome, by subiecting [the]m to [th]e greedy appetite of the Rebells; be-sides [th]e unspeakable dishono[u]r [tha]t wold [the]r[e]by fall upon this Nation.
Lords appointed to treate Hartford Bedford Left margin: Earles Essex Bristoll Holland Berks Sulisbury Warwicke Maundevile Pagett Savill Left margin: Lords Dunsmore Howard Brooke Paulett Wharton
Wha Belloses the Messenger to goe to gett the
Scottish Lords to meete these English at North-allarton, or Rippon.
on Septemb. 29.
Creation date: 24 September 1640
- Beinecke Library, OSB MSS 28, Box 2, Folder 25, item 42, 526r–527r
- Beinecke Library, Osborn b297, item 13
- Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 800, ff. 112r–v
- Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 830, ff. 222r–v
- Bodleian Library, MS Carte 103, ff. 88r–v
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- Bodleian Library, MS Tanner 65, ff. 123r–v
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Seventeenth Century Print Exemplars
Modern Print Exemplars
- John Rushworth, Historical Collections (London, 1721), vol. 2, part 2, pp. 1275–1286
- John Nalson, Impartiall Collection of the Great Affairs of State (London, 1682-1683), vol. 1, pp. 4542–4543