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BOOK to his majesty, upon his own first proposition, which
was, “ That his own revenue, magazines, towns, 1643.
“ forts, and ships, which had been taken, or kept
“ from him by force, should be forthwith restored treaty.
“ to him." To which the committee answered, “ That the two houses had made use of his majesty's own revenue, but in a very small pro“portion, which in a good part had been employed “ in the maintenance of his children, according to “ the allowance established by himself. And the “ houses would satisfy what should remain due to “ his majesty of those sums, which they had re“ceived; and would leave the same to him for the “ time to come. And they desired likewise, that his
majesty would restore what had been taken for “ his use, upon any of the bills, assigned to other
purposes by several acts of parliament, or out of “ the provision made for the war of Ireland: that “ all the arms and ammunition taken out of his ma
gazines should be delivered into his stores, and “ whatsoever should be wanting, they would supply “ in kind, according to the proportions they had re“ceived: but they proposed, the persons, to whose
charge those public magazines should be com“ mitted, being nominated by his majesty, might be “ such, as the two houses of parliament might con“ fide in, and that his majesty would restore all such “ arms and ammunition, as had been taken for his “ use, from the several counties, cities, and towns.
“ That the two houses would remove the garri“ sons out of all towns and forts in their hands, “ wherein there were no garrisons before these trou
bles, and slight all fortifications made since that “ time, and those towns and forts to continue in the
“ same condition they were in before; and that BOOK “ those garrisons should not be renewed, or the for“ tifications repaired, without consent of his majesty,
1643. “ and both houses of parliament. That the towns “ and forts, which were within the jurisdiction of “ the cinque ports, should be delivered into the “ hands of such a noble person, as the king should
appoint to be warden of the cinque ports, being “ such a one as they should confide in. That Ports“ mouth should be reduced to the number of the “ garrison, as was at that time when the lords and “ commons undertook the custody of it; and that all “ other forts, castles, and towns, in which garrisons “ had been kept, and had been since the beginning “ of these troubles taken into their care and custody, “ should be reduced to the same establishment they “ had in the year 1636, and should be so continued ; “ and that all those towns, forts, and castles, should “ be delivered up into the hands of such persons of
quality and trust, to be likewise nominated by his
majesty, as the two houses should confide in. “ That the warden of the cinque ports, and all go“ vernors and commanders of towns, castles, and “ forts, should keep the same towns, castles, and “ forts, respectively, for the service of his majesty, “and the safety of the kingdom; and that they should “ not admit into them any foreign forces, or any “ other forces raised without his majesty's authority, “ and consent of the two houses of parliament; and “ they should use their utmost endeavour b to sup
press all forces whatsoever raised without such “ authority and consent; and they should seize all
v endeavour) endeavours
BOOK “ arms and ammunition provided for any such
“ forces. 1643.
They likewise proposed to the king, that he “ would remove the garrison out of Newcastle, and “ all other towns, castles, and forts, where any gar“ risons had been placed by him since these troubles; “ and that the fortifications might be likewise slight
ed, and the towns and forts left in such state as
they were in the year 1636; and that all other “ towns and castles in his hands, wherein there had “ been formerly garrisons, might be committed to “ such persons nominated by him, as the houses “ should confide in, and under such instructions as “ were formerly mentioned; and that the new gar“ risons should not be renewed, or the fortifications
repaired, without the consent of the king and both “ houses of parliament. That the ships should be “ delivered into the charge of such a noble person, * as the king should nominate to be lord high admi“ral of England, and the two houses confide in ; “ who should receive that office by letters patents,
quam diu se bene gesserit, and should have power “ to nominate and appoint all subordinate com“ manders and officers, and have all other powers
appertaining to the office of high admiral; which ships he should employ for the defence of the
kingdom, against all foreign forces whatsoever, “ and for the safeguard of merchants, securing of
trade, and the guarding of Ireland, and the inter“ cepting of all supplies to be carried to the rebels ; “ and should use his utmost endeavours to suppress “ all forces, which should be raised by any person
“ without his majesty's authority, and consent of BOOK “ the lords and commons in parliament, and should “ seize all arms and ammunition provided for supply
1643. “ of any such forces."
To this answer, by which they required at least to go whole sharers with him in his sovereignty, the king replied, “ That he knew not what proportion “ of his revenue had been made use of by his two “ houses, but he had reason to believe, if much of it “ had not been used, very much remained still in “ their hands; his whole revenue being so stopped, “ and seized on, by the orders of one or both houses, “ even to the taking of his money out of his exche“ quer and mint, and bonds (forced from his cof“ ferer's clerk) for the provisions of his household; " that very little had come to his use for his own
support; but he would be well contented to allow “whatsoever had been employed in the maintenance “ of his children, and to receive the arrears due to
himself, and to be sure of his own for the future. “ He was likewise willing to restore all monies taken “ for his use, by any authority from d him, upon any “ bills assigned to other purposes, being assured he “ had received very little or nothing that way: and “ he expected likewise, that satisfaction should be “ made by them for all those several vast sums, re“ceived, and diverted to other purposes, by orders “ of one or both houses, which ought to have been
paid by the act of pacification to his subjects of “ Scotland, or employed for the discharge of the “ debts of the kingdom; or, by other acts of parlia
ment, for the relief of his poor protestant subjects d from) for
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« in Ireland. For what concerned his magazines, “ he was content that all the arms and ammunition, “ taken out of his magazines, which did remain “ in the hands of both houses, or of persons em
ployed by them, should be, as soon as the treaty “ was concluded, delivered into the Tower of Lon“ don ; and that whatsoever should be wanting of “ the proportions taken by them, should be supplied “ by them, with all convenient speed, in kind; which, “ he said, should be committed to, and continued in, “ the custody of the sworn officers, to whose places “ the same belonged: and if any of those officers “ had already forfeited, or hereafter should forfeit, “ that trust, by any misdemeanours, his majesty “would by no means defend them from the justice “ of the law. That he always intended to restore “ such arms and ammunition, which he had been
compelled to take from any persons and places, " when his own had been taken from him; and " would make them recompense as soon as his own “ stores were restored to him.
“ To whatsoever they proposed for the slighting “ all fortifications, and reducing all garrisons, which “ had been made since the beginning of the troubles, " and leaving them in the state they were before, “ the king fully and absolutely consented; and that " the old castles and garrisons should be reduced to " their ancient proportion and establishment: but “ for the governors and commanders of them, he “ said, that the cinque ports were already in the
custody of a noble person, against whom he knew
no just exception, and who had such a legal in“ terest therein, that he could not, with justice, re
move him from it, until some sufficient cause were