Letter: king's letter to the estates
The king's majesty's letter to the estates

Right trusty and right well-beloved cousins, right reverend fathers in God, right trusty and well-beloved and trusty and well-beloved, we greet you all most heartily well. Whereas we intend by God, his grace, this next year to come into that our native kingdom to take upon us the crown, and because of the excessive charges whereat we have continually been since the decease of our late dear father of famous and everlasting memory and must still continue until the estate of the affairs of Christendom shall permit an abatement thereof, we have thought your help and assistance requisite, as well for payment of such debts as by our said dear father were owing in that our kingdom as for defraying the charges of our coronation and abode in the same. And therefore we have procured this your meeting, earnestly requiring and undoubtedly expecting that you will condescend to such a taxation, whereby not only all things may be done to the honour of that our ancient kingdom, but likewise such designs as we have in hand both at home and abroad for the well of our kingdoms and people may be advanced, and this most earnestly recommending to your most serious consideration and sudden dispatch. We wish to you all and every one of you all happiness. Given at our court at Titchfield, 17 September 1625.

  1. NAS, PC1/31, f.58v-59r. Back