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Gentry of Yorkshire 'Petition to the King Presented at the Assizes of York (28 July 1640)'

British Library, Additional MS 22959, ff. 63r-64r


Left margin: Petitions deliuered or intended (ut dicitur) To the kings most excellent Maj[es]tie The humble petition of the Gentry in your Maj[estie]s County of Yorke now assembled at the Assises of Yorke this 28 of July 1640.—/

May it please your Majestie

Yo[u]r most humble servants shewe unto yo[u]r most excellent Majestie that in all humility this Country hath endeavoured to fulfill yo[u]r Maje[stie]s Commands with the forwardest of yo[u]r Majesties subjects, & the last yeer in the execution of yo[u]r Majesties Royall Command, about the 63v Militarie affaires did expend 100000 li to our great impouerishment, & farre aboue the proportion of other Countries, which although at that time we were willing out of our desires to serve yo[u]r Majestie to doe; yet for the future the burthen is so heavie that we neither can or are able to beare it. Now upon this our cheerfulnes to serue yo[u]r Majestie we hoped to haue found equall favour with other Countries.

But so it is most gracious Soveraigne to our great griefe & as we conceiue to the great disservice of yo[u]r Maj[es]tie we find our selues opprest with the billeting of unruly Soldiers, whose speeches & actions tend to the burning of our Villages & houses & to whose violence & insolence we are so daily subject as we cannot say we possesse our wiues children & estates in safety.

Wherefore we are imboldened to present these our humble complaints, beseeching yo[u]r Majestie that as the billeting of soldiers in any of yo[u]r subjects houses ag[ains]t their will is contrary to the auncient Lawes of this kingdome confirmed by yo[u]r Majestie in the petition of Right we most humbly desire yo[u]r sacred Majestie that this unsupportable burthen may be taken of from us lest by theire insolencie some such bad accident may happen as will be much displeasing to yo[u]r sacred Majestie & yo[u]r loyall & obedient Subjects who will never cease to pray for &c.

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