[The king's answer to the nomination of the officers of state, council and session]

The kingis majestie answer, 3 Septembris 1641

Wheras ther is ane article in the treatie anent the placing of officers of state, councellors and sessioners, wherof the answer was remitted to the determinatioun of us and this parleament, wee, willing to give this our native kingdome all satisfaction possible that fitt and qualified persons shall ever fill those places, and therefore considering that our residence (because of our greate affairs) wilbe more ordinarie in England than here, wherby the qualification of persons may not at all tymes be soe well known to us, therfore we are pleased to declare for our selfes and our successors that we will nominate and make choice of such able and qualified persons as shalbe fittest for our service and may give most contentment to the parlements. Which nomination and choice we will make with the advice and approbation of the parlements during ther sitting. And in the intervalles betuixt parlements, we will chuse and nominate officers of state and councellors with the advice and approbation of the councell, all of which nomber being tymuslie warned to meete theranent. And so the sessioners, with ther advice and approbation. And the officers of state, councellors and lords of session shalbe provyded ad vitam and they all shalbe lyable to the censure of us and the parlement.

  1. Original not yet found. Source is APS, v, p.655. Back