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I forgot to acquainte your honour that in' Deane and m? Gibbs sett out one priuate man of warr wch tooke two prizes, and my self & friends another that took two more, und' comission of this Collony, which its possible they apply to the Collony: But indeed my Lord it was but four or fiue of us, and we are in much trouble by reason here is not the Comission's deputys allowed of by the Courte: I haue not farther to add, but that I am as before :
Yo's to serue
To the Right Honnorab Edward Earle
of Clarendon Lo High Chancellor
of England this psent
(DOCUMENTS REFERRED TO IN THE PRECEDING LETTER.]
call for these Coppies from M: Rawson.
John Porters petition and the Commissioners order
The Messachusetts Commission to M: Symonds and m? Danfort June 24 1665.
The Messachusetts warrant to the Constable of Portsmouth and their letter to the Kings Commissioners and their reply.
A warrant for summoning a speciall Gennerall Court to be held Augť 1. and the order of that Court.
The summons for M: Corbett to appeare at the gennerall Court at Boston October 11th 1666.
his sentence at that Court with the Mittymus to yo Jaylor, and the warrant from the gennerall Court to the Marshalls of Dover and Portsmouth for aprehending of M: Corbett.
To the Ilonoured Generall Courte now assembled In Boston.
MAY IT PLEASE THIS HON"ED COURTE
Yo' humble pettition's being informed that lett's are lately sente from his majesty to ye Gouourn' & Councell, Expressiue of his ill resentment of yo proceedings of this collony with his Comission's, lately sente hyther & requiring also some principle persons therein, wth comande vpon theire allegiance to attend his majors pleasure in order to a finall determination of such differences & debats as haue hapned between his majtys said Comission's and y® Gouernm' here, and wh declaration of his majtys your pettition's looking at as a matter of the greatest importance justly calling for most serious consideration, that they might neither be wanting to your selfs in wih houlding any incoragem that theire concurance might aforde in so arduous a matt", nor to themselfes and to ye Country in being inuolued by their silence in yo dangerous mistake of (otherwise well minded persons) inclining to disloyall principalls they desire they may haue liberty without ofence to propose some of theire thoughts & feares aboute this matt' unto yo” more serious deliberation your petition's humbly conceiue that those who liue in this age of yo world are no less than oth's concerned in that aduise of ye wise man; to keep yo Kings commandm' because of yo oath of god, and not to be hasty to goe out of his sight that doth whatsoeu' pleaseth him, wherefore they desire that seeing his maj'y hath already taken no littell displeasure against us, as if we disowned his majtys jurisdiction ouer us; efectuall care may be taken least by refuseing to attend his maj'sa ord" for yo clearing of our pretences unto right and fauor in that particuler, we should plunge our selfs into greater disfauour: And danger; our receiuing a Charter from his majtys Royall preciecesso's for ye planting this Collony, with a confirmation of yo same from his royall person by yo late addres sufficiently declares this place to be parte of his dominions and our selfs his subjects in testimony of wch also yo first Gouorn" m" mathew Craddock
stands recorded Juratus de fide et obedientia, before one of yo mast's of Chauncery, whence it is Euident y* if any proceedings of this Collony haue giuen any occasion to his maje to say that we beleiue he hath noe Jurisdiction ouer us, what efectuall course had need be taken to free our selfs from yo incuring his majt's further displeasure by Continuance in so dangerous an offence, and to giue his maj's all due sattisfaction in that pointe, such an assertion would be no less distractiue to our welfaire then derogating to his maj's* honour, the doubtfull interpretation of ye words of a pattent, wch there can be no reason to hope they should ever be Construed yo diuesting a Souoraigne prince of his Regall power ouer his naturall subj's & Leige people is to fraile a foundation to build such a transendent Imunity & preuiledge vpon: Yo" pettion's shall Euer be willing to acknowledge to ye Vtmost how much they are bounde to your selfs & others in yo like Capasity for your aboundant care & paines in Carrying on yo gouernment of y® Collony & indeauoring to vphould ye libertys thereof & should not be unwilling to ruñ any hazard weh yow for yo regular defence & y security of ye same & would be most unwilling to reflect
upon ye persons of them they so much honour & resp' by an unnessisary disenting from them in some things wherein they could not approoue yo reason of yo proceedings, but in matter of so greate concernm as is y® matter now in agietation wherein ye honour of god & yo credit of religion as well as yo interest of their owne persons & estates are all concerned they earnestly desire that no party will so irresistably carry on any de. signe of so dangerous a consequence as to nessessitate theire brethren equally engaged wh them in yo same undertakeing, to make theire perticuler addres to his maj's and declaration to ye world to cleare themselues from the least imputation of so scandelous an Euell as yo apearance of disafection or disloyalty to yo person and Gouernm' of theire lawfull prince & Souoraine, would be; Wherefore your petitioners do here humbly entreate that if any occasion hath been given to his maj'', so to
resente any of our former actions as is in his last letters held forth that nothing of that nature be farther proceeded in, but contrarywise that aplycation be made to his maj'y by meete persons imediately to be sente for that end to cleare the transactions of them that gouerne this Collony from any such construction, Least otherwise that weh duely improoued might haue been as a cloude of ye latter raine be turned into that weh in conclusion may be founde more terrible then yo roaring of a Lyon: thus craueing your fauorable interpretation of what is here humbly presented : Your Petitioners shall euer be oblidged to thankfulnes
THOMAS BREEDON SAMUELL BROADSTREET
THOMAS SAVAGE SENI
RICHARD PATTESHALL ffroin Ipswith subscribed this pettition 73: ffrom Salem
36 ffrom Hingham most parte of ye towne, but their
deputy did not deliuer it: hundreds more might haue been had
H. M. COMMISS FOR N. ENGLAND TO THE Gov! & Council
OF THE MASSACHUSETTS. GENTLEMEN
Although we were credibly informed before your
Generall Court sate in September last, and by divers circumstances were alarmn'd that the Significacon of his maties pleasure to your selves, under his Maties Signe manuall, & subscribed by Si William Morice principall Secretary of State, would not meet with a full complyance in your Generall Court: Yet wee gave very ,
litle credit to reports so derogatory to your dutifull Submission to his Maties commands: and haveing seene the copy of an humble addresse to your Generall Court, under the hands of many considerable persons, eminent for loyalty, and estates within your Jurisdiction, wherein the Peticôners did with a modest importunity, offer to their Representatives, their deep sense of the calamities, which may ensue, if his Mat!c* just displeasure should be kindled against the disobedient. Wee were full of hopes that the Generall Court would have given his Matie due satisfaction to his commandes, & particular thankes to those Gentlemen the petitioners ; But being fully informed, that yo' resolucāns are neither to send M: Richard Bellingham your present Governo", with Major Hawthorne, who are expresly required upon their allegiance to attend his Matie nor to make your choice of two, or three other persons, as his Ma'o is pleased to direct you: and further that you have not only discountenanced, but laid heavie charges against those loyall, & dutyfull petitioners, We conceive ourselves, at last, highly obliged (as Commissioners from his Ma':') solemnly to manifest, declare, and protest, in the name, & behalf of his Matlo
1. ffirst, That his Maties significacon of his pleasure to his Colony of the Massachusets, is an originall signed by his Ma'io Subsigned by S! Wm Morice Principall Secretary of State, which ought to be received for authentick'in all his Maties dominions; & is so entertained in all the other his Maties Colonies in New England, to their joy, & satisfaction, though with some blot upon record in your Scutcheon.
2. Secondly, That, his Matie will be justly displeased with your resolution against sending the persons nominated in the Signification, with such others as you are