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STATE Pieces in the Reign of King JAMES.

A PROCLAMATION drawne for his Majesty's firft coming in, prepared, but not used.


AVING great cause at this time to be moved

with diversitye of affections, wee doe in first place condole with all our loving fubjects of England, for the loffe of their fo vertuous and excellent Queen: being a Prince that we alwaies found a dear fifter, yea a mother to our self in many her actions and advises. A Prince whom we hold and behold as an excellent pattern and example to imitate in many her royal vertues and parts of government, and a Prince whofe daies wee could have wished to have been prolonged; wee reporting our felves not only to the teftimony of our royal heart, but to the judgment of all the world, whether there ever appeared in us any ambitious or impatient desire to prevent God's appointed time. Neither are we fo partial to our own honour, but that wee do in great part afcribe this our most peaceable and quiet entrance and coming. to those our crownes, next under the bleffing of almighty God, and our undoubted right to the fruite of her Majesty's peaceable and quiet government, accuftoming the people to all loyalty and obedience. As for that which concerneth our felves, we would have all


our loving fubjects know, that we do not take fo much gladnefs and contentment in the devolving of these kingdoms unto our royal perfon, for anie addition or encrease of glory, power or riches, as in this, that it is fo manifeft an evidence unto us (especially the manner of it confidered) that wee ftand (though unworthy) in God's favour, who hath put more meanes into our hands to reward our friends and fervants, and to pardon and obliterate injuries, and to comfort and relieve the hearts and estates of our people and loving fubjects, and chiefly to advance the holy religion and church of almighty God, and to deserve well of the Chriftian Commonwealth. And more especially we cannot but gratulate and rejoice in this one point, that it hath pleased God to make us the inftrument, and, as it were, the corner stone, to unite these two mighty and warlike nations of England and Scotland into one kingdom. For although these two nations are fcituate upon the continent of one island, and are undivided either by feas or mountains, or by diverfitye of language; and although our neighbour kingdomes of Spaine and Fraunce have already had the happiness to be reunited in the several members of thofe kingdoms formerly disjoined; yet in this ifland it appeareth not in the records of any true history, no nor scarcely in the conceipt of any fabulous narration or tradition, that this whole island of Great Brittany was ever united under one fovereign Prince before this day. Which as we cannot but take as a fingular honour and favour of God unto our felves: fo wee may conceive good hope that the kingdoms of Christendom standing diftributed and counterpoifed, as by this last

union they now are; it will be a foundation of the univerfal peace of all chriftian Princes, and that now the ftrife that shall remaine between them, shall be but an emulation who shall governe beft, and moft to the weal and good of his people.

Another great cause of our just rejoicing is, the afsured hope that wee conceive, that whereas our kingdome of Ireland hath been fo long tyme torne and afflicted with the miseries of warres, the making and profecuting of which warres hath coft fuch an infinite deale of blood and treasure of our realme of England, to be spilt and confumed thereupon, wee fhall be able, through God's favour and affistance, to put a speedy and an honourable end to those warres. And it is our princely defigne and full purpose and resolution, not only to reduce that nation from their rebellion and revolt, but also to reclayme them from their barbarous manners, to justice and the fear of God; and to populate, plant, and make civil all the provinces in that kingdom, which also being an action that not any of our noble progenitors, Kings of England, hath ever had the happiness throughly to profecute and accomplish, we take fo much to heart as we are perfwaded it is one of the chief causes for the which God hath brought us to the Imperial crowne of these kingdoms.

Further, we cannot but take great comfort in the ftate and correfpondence which we now ftand in of peace and unity with all chriftian Princes, and otherwife, of quietnefs and obedience of our own people at home: whereby wee fhall not need to expofe that our kingdom of England to any quarrel or warre, but ra


ther have occafion to preserve them in peace and tranquility, and openefs of trade with all foreign na


Laftly and principally, wee cannot but take unspeakable comfort in the great and wonderful consent and unity, joie and alacrity, wherewith our loving fubjects of our kingdom of England have received and acknowledged us their natural and lawful King and Governor, according to our most cleare and undoubted right, in so quiet and fettled manner, as if we had been long agoe declared and established fucceffor, and had taken all mens oathes and homages; greater and more perfect unity and readiness could not have been: for confidering with our selves, that notwithstanding difference of religion, or any other faction, and notwithstanding our abfence fo far off, and notwithstanding the sparing and reserved communicating of one another's minds: yet all our loving fubjects met in one thought and voice, without any the least disturbance or interruption, yea, hesitation or doubtfulness, or any fhew thereof; we cannot but acknowledge it is a great work of God, who hath an immediate and extraordinary direction in the difpofing of kingdoms and flows of peoples hearts.

Wherefore after our most humble and devout thanks to almighty God, by whom Kings reigne, who hath established us King and governor of these kingdoms; wee return our hearty and affectionate thanks unto the Lords fpiritual and temporal, the Knights and Gentlemen, the Citties and Towns, and generally unto our Commons, and all eftates and degrees of that our kingdom of England, for their so acceptable first fruits of their obedi


ence and loyalties offered and performed in our abfence; much commending the great wisdom, courage, and watchfulness used by the Peers of that our kingdom (according to the nobility of their bloods and lineages, many of them mingled with the blood royal: and therefore in nature affectionate to their rightful King.) And likewife of the Councellors of the late Queen according to their gravity and oath, and the fpirit of their good miftreffe (now a glorious Saint in Heaven) in carrying and ordering our affairs with that fidelity, moderation, and confent, which in them hath well appeared: and alfo the great redinefs, concord and cheerfulness in the principal Knights and Gentlemen of feveral countries, with the head officers of great citties, corporations and towns: and do take knowledge by name of the rediness and good zeale of that our chiefeft and most famous citty, the citty of London; the chamber of that our kingdom: affuring them, that we will be unto that citty by all meanes of confirming and encreafing their happy and welthy eftate, not only a juft and gracious fovereign Lord and King, but a special and bountiful patron and benefactor.

And we on our part, as well in remuneration of all their loyal and loving affections, as in difcharge of our princely office, do promise and affure them, that as all manner of eftates have concurred and confented in their duty and zeale towards us, fo it fhall be our continual care and refolution to preferve and maintain every feveral estate in a happy and flourishing condition, without confufion or overgrowing of any one to the prejudice, difcontentment, or difcouragement of the reft; Rr


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