The Nineteen Propositions sent by the two Houses of
Parliament to the King at York.
Your Majesty's most humble and faithful subjects, the Lords and
Commons in Parliament, having nothing in their thoughts and desires more
precious and of higher esteem (next to the honour and immediate service
of God) than the just and faithful performance of their duty to your Majesty
and this kingdom: and being very sensible of the great distractions and
distempers, and of the imminent dangers and calamities which those
distractions and distempers are like to bring upon your Majesty and your
subjects; all which have proceeded from the subtile insinuations,
mischievous practices and evil counsels of men disaffected to God's true
religion, your Majesty's honour and safety, and the public peace and
prosperity of your people, after a serious observation of the causes of
those mischiefs, do in all humility and sincerity present to your Majesty
their most dutiful petition and advice, that out of your princely wisdom for
the establishing your own honour and safety, and gracious tenderness of
the welfare and security of your subjects and dominions, you will be
pleased to grant and accept these their humble desires and propositions, as
the most necessary effectual means, through God's blessing, of removing
those jealousies and differences which have unhappily fallen betwixt you
and your people, and procuring both your Majesty and them a constant
course of honour, peace, and happiness.
The Nineteen Propositions.
1. That the Lords and others of your Majesty's Privy Council, and such
great officers and Ministers of State, either at home or beyond the seas,
may be put from your Privy Council, and from those offices and
employments, excepting such as shall be approved of by both Houses of
Parliament; and that the persons put into the places and employments of
those that are removed may be approved of by both Houses of
Parliament; and that the Privy Councillors shall take an oath for the due
execution of their places, in such form as shall be agreed upon by both
Houses of Parliament.