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& waue any aduantage by my new Articles made in London.
Since I was vnhapily engaged wth these men, or knew the stratagems of merchants; which is about seauen years. I have payd them. betwixt 30. or forty thousand pounds reserving to my selfe but 2004 a yeare, and I believe I can make it a peare that for most of their goods I have payd a hundred in the hundred aduance. Besydes. the Coinodity I payd them in was in furrs. which as I am informed they haue many tymes doubled. by which yr Lo? may iudge they may well render any one insolvent as they terme it.
I and my friends are really out vpon this Country. 5000£ & they never a penny. except yo goods they receaue aduantage by. good my Lord: pardon this trouble I am forced to giue you and if I doe not proue every word I have writ to be true & all thiers falce, be pleasd my Lord not only to take away my Comission but punish me wth death. I am My ever honored Lord Your most humble & most obcdient seruant
T. TEMPLE. Boston. August the 22th 1663.
SAMUEL MAVERICK TO THE EARL OF CLARENDON.
May it please yo" since I spoke with you" Lordship, we haue received Intelligence from New England, of what daylie and ernest expectation there is (by the loyall ptie there) for the arrivall of his Maties Comissioners, who may free them, from the bondage, they haue so long lyen vnder, they also informe, that very littell or nothinge is pformed, of what was promised before you' Lord by the Mesachusets agents last yeare,
they also lett vs know that there are many hundreds this
is M* Mathias Nicholes who hath beene
high Chancello' of England these most humbly be
JOHN WINTHROP TO THE EARL OF CLARENDON.
Vpon the happy arrivall of his Maiesties Comissioners I had the high favour of your Lordships letter: Duty and affection inforceth me humbly to acknowledge your lordships accumulate goodnesse to your servant, & this Colony of Coñecticut and all New-England : Your Lordships Comañds, for reception of the Honorable Comissioners, shalbe attended we all imaginable indeavours, according to the capacity of this our wildernesse condition, and wth all dutifull observance. I have been to waite vpon their hon" at their first coming to the West End of Long Iland, and continued that service, till, vpon the 28th of August last, I saw yo towne vpon the Manatos Iland reduced to the obedience of our Soveraigne Lord the Kinge, Wherby there is way made for the inlargment of his Matios Dominions, by filling ye vacant wildernesse, in tyme, wth plantatios of his Maties subiects, and we hope also it wilbe a ineanes of ye future peace, & good of these his Maties adioyning Colonies.
I humbly beseech Your Lordship; be pleased still to favour these plantations, wth the continued extention of y goodnesse, weh hath appeared thus farre over this vast Ocean: And ye the Lord of Heaven would multiply your Lordships yeares, w'h all abounding folicities, wilbe their continuall supplications, together wib his, who is ever devoted to be,
My Lord your Lordships most dutifull Humble
JOHN WINTHROP. Hartford in New-England
Sept. 25, 1664. For the Right Honorable Edward Earle of Clarendon
Lord High Chancellor of England.
THE COURT OF NEW PLYMOUTH TO H. M. COMMISSIONERS.
The Courts answear to the propositions made by his Majes
1. To the first we consent; it having been the practice of this Court in the first place to insert in the oath of fidelity required of every houshoulder, To be truly loyall to our Souveraigne Lord the King, his heires and successors. As also to administer all acts of justice in his Majle name.
2. To the second we also consent, it having been our constant practice to admit men of competent estates, & civil conversations, though of different judgements. yet being otherwise orthodox, to be freemen, and to haue liberty to chose, & be chosen officers both civil & military.
3. To the 3! We cannot but acknowledge it to be a high favour from God, & from our Souveraign, ye we may enjoy our consciences, in point of Gods worship, the mayn end of transplanting our selues into these remote corners of the earth ; & should most heartily rejoyce, y all our neighbours so qualifyed as in that proposition would adjoyn thein selues to our societies, according to the order of the gospell for enjoyment of the sacraments to themselues & theirs. But if through different perswasions respecting church government, it cannot be obtained, we would not deny a liberty to any according to the proposition that are truly consciencious although differing from us, especially where his Majesty commands it, they maintaining an able preaching minister for the carrying on of publick Sabboth worship, woh we doubt not is his Majesties intent, & withdraw not from paying their due proportions of maintenance to such ministers as are orderly setled in the places where they liue, untill they have one of their own; & y' in such places as are capable of mayntaining the worship of God in 2 distinct congregations. Wee being
greatly encouraged by his Maties gracious expressions in his letter to us, & your honors further assurance of his Royall purpose to continue our liberties, that where places, by reason of our paucity, & poverty are uncapable of two, it is not entended that such congregations as are already in being should be rooted out, but their liberties preserved, there being other places to accomodate men of different perswasions, in societies by themselues woh by our known experience tends most to the preservation of peace & charity
4. To the 4th we consent, y'all lawes & expressions in lawes derogatory to his Majesty, if any such be found amongst us, woh at present we are not conscious ot, shalbe repealed, altered, & taken of the file.
The league between the 4 colonies was not (with any intent y ever we heard of) to cast of our dependance upon England; A thing woh we utterly abhor intreating your honors to belieue us, for we speak as in the presence of God.
The Court doth order M Constant Southworth Treasurer to present these to his Maj. commissioners at Boston withall convenient speed.
By order of the Gen" court for the jurisdiction of New plimouth.
NATILA. MORTON secret. New plymouth, May 4, 1665. Endorsed—“The Court of New Plymouths answear to 4 propositions dc. 4 May, 1665."
GOVERNOR BELLINGHAM TO THE EARL OF CLARENDON.
May it please yo" Lordship this Court having had ye hono' of perusing yo' Lordships letter * of March 15. 64. directed to the Governour & Councill of this his
* [Printed in Hutchinson's Mass. Vol. I. Appx. XVII.]