[Supplication of Mr Alexander Henderson for exoneration of his carriage in the treaty negotiations]

Warrant for Master Alexander Henderson's exoneration and approbation

To the king's most excellent majesty and the honourable estates of parliament.

The humble petition of Master Alexander Henderson, minister at Edinburgh, showing that where being appointed by the presbytery of Edinburgh to attend [Alexander Leslie of Balgonie], general, in the late expedition, I was by the meeting of the ministers at Newcastle and by the committee of the parliament then joined with the commissioners of the treaty wherein diverse matters of church concernment were to be treated. And now the treaty being by the mercy of God brought to a desired conclusion and the commissioners approved and exonerated in parliament, my humble desire is that if the church has sustained no prejudice by my weakness, and if it be found that by my additional labours for the public I have been faithful in whatsoever has been entrusted to me by the commissioners whom I did attend, I may also be exonerated and publicly approved, which shall be an encouragement to me for afterward to contribute my best endeavours for the public and to pray that peace and all other blessings may be multiplied upon the king and kingdom.

28 September 1641

Read in audience of his majesty and parliament, who of certain knowledge of the supplicant's faithful and wise carriage in all the actions of this trust, do unanimously grant the desire of this supplication and the exoneration and approbation therein craved.

[John Elphinstone, lord] Balmerino, in presence of the lords of parliament

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 28 1641'. Back