32. The Ten Propositions.
[June 24, 1641. Rushworth, iv. 298. See Hist. of Engl. ix.
A large conference with the Lords, concerning several particulars
about disbanding the army, the Capuchins, &c.
I. The first head, concerning the disbanding of the armies; and under
this there are several particulars.
1. That five regiments, according to the former order of both Houses, be
2. That the Commissioners for Scotland be entreated to retire some part
of their army.
3. That their lordships will join with us in a petition to His Majesty,
to declare his pleasure concerning the disbanding of the five regiments, for
which there is present money provided, and of the rest of the army as soon as
money is ready.
4. And to declare if any be refractory, and contemn His Majesty's
authority, that he will use it for the punishment of them.
5. And that the Lord General go down to his charge of the
army, and begin his journey on Saturday next; and that the Master of the
Ordnance go then down also to take care of his charge of artillery.
II. The second head is concerning His Majesty's journey to Scotland.
That His Majesty will be pleased to allow a convenient time before his
journey into Scotland; that both armies be first disbanded, and some of the
business of importance, concerning the peace of the kingdom depending in
Parliament, may be dispatched before his going: this is seconded with divers
1. The safety of His Majesty's person.
2. Preventing the jealousies of his subjects.
3. Suppressing of the hopes of persons ill-affected, that may have
designs upon the army to disturb the peace of the kingdom.
4. Great advantage to the King's affairs, and contentment to his
5. That some of the Bills now depending in Parliament, whereof divers
are sent up already to the Lords, and some proceeding in this House, may
receive his royal assent before he go to Scotland; and that we may have time to
pass the Bill of Tonnage to His Majesty for supporting of the royal estate, and
to settle His Majesty's revenues for the best advantage of his service; and for
these reasons to allow some time before he go into the North.
III. The third head, concerning His Majesty's Council and Ministers of
1. Both Houses to make suit to His Majesty to remove from him all such
counsellors as I am commanded to describe; viz. such as have been active for
the time past in furthering those courses contrary to religion, liberty, good
government of the kingdom, and as have lately interested themselves in those
Councils, to stir up division between him and his people.
2. As we desire removal of those that are evil, so to take into his
Council for managing of the great affairs of this kingdom such officers and
counsellors as his people and Parliament may have just cause to confide in.
This is all concerning the third head.
IV. The fourth head, touching the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, which
containeth divers particulars.
1. That His Majesty be pleased, by advice of his Parliament, to persuade
the Queen to accept some of the nobility, and others of trust, into Her
Majesty's service, into such places as are now in her disposal.
2. That no Jesuit, nor any in orders, what countrymen soever, whether
French or Italian, be received into Her Majesty's service; nor any Priests of
His Majesty's dominion, English Scottish, or Irish; and that they be restrained
from coming to the Court.
3. That the College of Capuchins at Somerset House may be dissolved and
sent out of the kingdom. These two which I last mentioned concerning the Queen,
Priests, Jesuits, and Capuchins, I am commanded to deliver you some particulars
(1) Public danger and scandal of this kingdom, and peace of the
(2) The disaffection of some of those wicked conspirators is expressed
in two letters; which letters were here read openly.
(3) A particular letter of Father Phillips here also read.
(4) Because of the Priests, Jesuits, and the College, there are divers
great quantities of gold transported frequently.
(5) Particular touching the Queen is upon special occasions of His
Majesty's absence, that their lordships will be pleased to join with us to
advise the King that some of the nobility, and others of quality, with
competent guards, may be appointed to attend the Queen's person, against all
designs of papists, and of ill-affected persons, and of restraining resort
thither in his absence.
V. The fifth head concerns the King's children, that some persons of
public trust, and well-affected in religion, may be placed about the Prince,
who may take care of his education, and of the rest of his children, especially
in matters of religion .and liberty.
VI. The sixth head concerneth such as shall come into the kingdom with
titles of being the Pope's nuncio, that it may be declared that if any man come
into this kingdom with instructions from the Pope of Rome, it be a case of high
treason; and that he be out of the King's protection and out of the protection
of the law; and I am to inform your lordships, that there is notice given upon
very good grounds, that Count Rossetti doth yet continue in the
kingdom and yet resorts unto the Court.
VII. The seventh head is concerning the security and peace of the
1. That there may be good lord-lieutenants, and deputy-lieutenants; and
such as may be faithful and trusty, and careful of the peace of the
2. That the trained bands be furnished with arms and powder, and
bullets, and exercised and made fit for service; and that a special oath may be
prepared, by consent of both
Houses, authorised by law; and to be taken by the lord-lieutenants and
deputy-lieutenants, captains, and other officers, such an oath as may be fit to
secure us in these times of danger.
3. That the Cinque Ports and all the ports of the kingdom may be put
into good hands; and a list of those in whose charge they now are may be
presented in Parliament, and special care taken for the reparation and
provision of those ports.
4. That my Lord Admiral may inform the Parliament in what
case His Majesty's navy is, which is to be provided for out of tonnage and
poundage for the security and peace of the kingdom.
VIII. The eighth head, that His Majesty be pleased to give directions to
his learned council to prepare a general pardon in such a large manner as may
be for the relief of His Majesty's subjects.
IX. The ninth head doth concern a committee of both Houses, that their
lordships would appoint a number of their members to join together, with a
proportionable number of this House, who from time to time may confer upon some
particular causes, as shall be most effectual for the common good.
X. The tenth and last head, that His Majesty be moved that he would be
pleased to be very sparing in sending for Papists to Court; and that if any
should come without being sent for, that the laws be severely put in execution
against them; and that the English ladies that are recusants, be removed from
Court; and that His Majesty be moved to give his assent, that the persons of
the most active Papists, either Lords or Commons, may be so restrained as may
be most necessary for the safety of the kingdom; and that no pensions be
allowed to such recusants as are held dangerous to the state.
 The Earl of Holland.
 The Pope's agent at the Queen's Court.
 The Earl of Northumberland.
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