Agreement_of_the_people

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1 An agreement of the people for a firm and present peace upon grounds of common right and freedom . 28 October 1647 An agreement of the people for a firm and present peace upon grounds of common right and freedom, as it was proposed by the agents of the five regiments of horse, and since by the general approbation of the army offered to the joint concurrence of all the free commons of England The names of the regiments which have already appeared for the case of the Case of the army truly stated , and for this present Agreement, viz. (Of Horse) 1. The General's Regiment. 2. The Life Guard. 3. The Lieutenant-General's Regiment. 4. The Commissary-General's Regiment. 5. Colonel Whalley's Regiment. 6. Colonel Rich's Regiment. 7. Colonel Fleetwood's Regiment. 8. Colonel Harrison's Regiment. 9. Colonel Twistleton's Regiment. (Of Foot) 1. The General's Regiment. 2. Colonel Sir Hardress Waller's Regiment. 3. Colonel Lambert's Regiment. 4. Colonel Rainsborough's Regiment.
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2 5. Colonel Overton's Regiment. 6. Colonel Lilburne's Regiment. 7. Colonel Baxter's Regiment. Anno Domini 1647 An Agreement of the people for a firm and present peace upon grounds of common right Having by our late labours and hazards made it appear to the world at how high a rate we value our just freedom, and God having so far owned our cause as to deliver the enemies thereof into our hands, we do now hold ourselves bound in mutual duty to each other to take the best care we can for the future to avoid both the danger of returning into a slavish condition and the chargeable remedy of another war. For as it cannot be imagined that so many of our countrymen would have opposed us in this quarrel if they had understood their own good, so may we safely promise to ourselves that when our common rights and liberties shall be cleared, their endeavours will be disappointed that seek to make themselves our masters. Since therefore our former oppressions and scarce-yet-ended troubles have been occasioned either by want of frequent national meetings in council or by rendering those meetings ineffectual, we are fully agreed and resolved to provide that hereafter our representatives be neither left to an uncertainty for the time, nor made useless to the ends for which they are intended. In order whereunto we declare: 1. That the people of England being at this day very unequally distributed by counties, cities and boroughs for the election of their deputies in parliament, ought to be more indifferently proportioned according to the number of the inhabitants: the circumstances whereof, for number, place, and manner, are to be set down before the end of this present parliament. 2. That to prevent the many inconveniences apparently arising from the long continuance of the same persons in authority, this present parliament be dissolved upon the last day of September, which shall be in the year of our Lord, 1648.
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