41. Extract from the Instructions to the Committee in Scotland,
proposed by the House of Commons.
[November 8, 1641. Journals of the House of Lords, iv.
431. See Hist. of Engl. x. 55-57.]
7. Lastly, you shall represent to His Most Excellent
Majesty this our humble and faithful declaration: that we cannot without much
grief remember the great miseries, burdens, and distempers, which have for
divers years afflicted all his kingdoms and dominions, and brought them to the
last point of ruin and destruction; all which have issued from the cunning,
false and malicious practices of some of those who have been admitted into very
near places of counsel and authority about him, who have been favourers of
Popery, superstition and innovation, subverters of religion, honour and
justice, factors for promoting the designs of foreign princes and states, to
the great and apparent danger of his royal person, crown and dignity, and of
all his people; authors of false scandals and jealousies betwixt His Majesty
and his loving subjects, enemies to the peace, union and confidence betwixt him
and his Parliament, which is the surest foundation of prosperity and greatness
to His Majesty, and of comfort and hope to them; that, by their counsels and
endeavours, those great sums which have been lately drawn from the people have
been either consumed unprofitably, or in the maintenance of such designs as
have been mischievous and destructive to the State; and whilst we have been
labouring to support His Majesty to purge out the corruptions and restore the
decays both of the Church and State, others of their faction and party have
been contriving by violence to suppress the liberty of Parliament, and endanger
the safety of those who have opposed such wicked and pernicious courses.
8. That we have just cause of belief that those conspiracies and
commotions in Ireland are but the effects of the same counsels; and if persons
of such aims and conditions shall still continue in credit, authority and
employment, the great aids which we shall be enforced to draw from his people
for subduing the rebellion in Ireland, will be applied to the fomenting and
cherishing of it there, and encouraging some such-like attempt by the Papists
and ill-affected subjects in England, and in the end, to the subversion of
religion and destruction of his loyal subjects in both kingdoms; and do
therefore most humbly beseech His Majesty to change those counsels, from which
such ill courses have proceeded, and which have caused so many miseries and
dangers to himself and all his dominions; and that he will be graciously
pleased to employ such counsellors and ministers as shall be approved by his
Parliament, who are his greatest and most faithful Council, that so his people
may with courage and confidence undergo the charge and hazard of this war, and,
by their bounty and faithful endeavours (with God's favour and blessing)
restore to His Majesty and this kingdom that honour, peace, safety and
prosperity which they have enjoyed in former times.
And, if herein His Majesty shall not vouchsafe to condescend to our
humble supplication, although we shall always continue with reverence and
faithfulness to his person and his crown, to perform those duties of service
and obedience to which, by the laws of God and this kingdom, we are obliged,
yet we shall be forced, in discharge of the trust which we owe to the State,
and to those whom we represent, to resolve upon some such way of defending
Ireland from the rebels as may concur to the securing of ourselves from such
mischievous counsels and designs as have lately been, and still are in practice
and agitation against us, as we have just cause to believe; and to commend
those aids and contributions which this great necessity shall require, to the
custody and disposing of such persons of honour and fidelity as we have cause
to confide in.
 I.e. 1640/1.
 Presented to the Lords on November 9.
 The preceding instructions relate to the preparations for
the Irish war.
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