7 October 1641

[Propositions from the general committee regarding outstanding matters still to be decided in parliament]

1. That general acts expedient for kirk and state would be given in from the several estates, that upon common resolution a catalogue may be made thereof.

2. That these acts that were prepared before his majesty's coming may be voiced and passed in parliament, namely: 1. Election of the president of parliament, 15 July. 2. Act of exoneration to the committees upon the remonstrance, given in 20 July. 3. Act for ordering of the house, 19 July. 4. Members of parliament may be witnesses, 4 August. 5. Act of exchequer for 100,000 merks, ratified 9 August. 6. Oath of parliament, approved 10 August. 7. Traquair's declarations, cancelled 12 August. 8. Regarding the election of the president in all time coming, 12 August. 9. Officers of state excluded from parliament, 13 August. 10. Precedency of noblemen before officers of state, 13 August.

3. That the castles may not be occasion of terror to the kingdom, it is thought fit that the fortifications of the castles of Edinburgh, Dumbarton and Stirling may be demolished and that the estates take in consideration the fittest ways for doing thereof so as the houses may be preserved for habitation, keeping of prisoners and register.

4. That the commission for providing of kirks, schools, hospitals and colleges may be completed by [Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall], king's advocate, procurators of the kirk and state.

5. That the commission for trial and relief of the public burdens would be taken into present consideration by the several estates, that the same may pass in parliament.

7 October 1641

Marks of favour to be put upon [Alexander Leslie of Balgonie], general, that the parliament may be suited to the king that he may put the title of an earl upon him. And that for his service to the country a pension of [...] or [...] may be secured to him for his lifetime, to be equally paid out of the kingdom. And that the warrant thereof may be drawn up to be ratified in parliament.

[William Cunningham], earl of Glencairn reported from [James Livingstone], lord Almond that he desired no mention should be made of his pension. And for [Colonel Alexander Hamilton], general of the artillery, the king's majesty is to be humbly solicited for his place and pension arrears in time coming. For the yearly musters and preserving of arms and ammunition within the country, the estates are to take the same to their consideration according to a particular note given in herewith as they shall think expedient.

That the privileges which prelates had in the election of magistrates in free burghs heretofore may now be conferred by the king and parliament upon the burghs themselves. The king's majesty to be supplicated that the presentation of the conservator may be granted to the burghs, seeing they maintain them in their employment, which most properly concerns there state.

That [Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall], king's advocate, and procurators for the state may be directed to draw up the commissions for revising of the registers and for regulating commissariats, sheriff courts and other inferior judicatories with advice of the several estates.

7 October, at noon

The reasons given in in the treaty do sufficiently evince the great prejudice of this kingdom sustained by his majesty's absence, and how necessary it is some persons of respect be about the king, queen and prince in places of greatest nearness and trust. And his majesty's gracious answer to their demand gives us God's hope and encouragement that the parliament may humbly suit and expect to taste of his majesty's favour in agreeing to make choice of some persons of quality and respect of this nation to be in these places. And to this effect his majesty's to be earnestly dealt with.

The remainder of the treaty to be ended by commission is herewith subjoined:

Concerning the not making and denouncing of wars with foreigners without consent of both parliaments.

2. Concerning leagues and confederations. 3. Concerning mutual supply in case of foreign invasion. 4. Concerning trade and commerce, naturalisation, mutual privilege and capacity and others of that nature. 5. Concerning the extract of bonds and decreet. 6. Concerning the manner of safe conduct for transporting the rest of the brotherly assistance from England to Scotland. All these are referred to commissioners to be chosen by his majesty and the parliaments of both kingdoms. Therefore the commission would be presently drawn up.

The tenor of the commission for conservation of peace is to be agreed upon by mutual consent, and commission to be nominated presently to that effect.

Concerning the particulars which are conceived will satisfy the king's majesty, the same would be done in such a way as may serve most for the king's satisfaction and may stand with the honour and privilege of the parliament as may secure the kingdom of all prejudice [...], whereof the particulars to be specified.

  1. NAS, PA6/7, 'Appendix, October 5 1641'. This business dated 7 October is part of the same document above. Back