Rolls called and prayers said.

Procedure: articles of the treaty approved; Loudoun appointed to return to London

The articles of the treaty between the kingdoms being written and drawn up in its entirety, with the instructions to the commissioners at London relating thereto and a letter to his majesty, and being all publicly read in presence of the estates of parliament, the said estates approve the same and ordain the clerk to subscribe and mark the articles of the treaty upon the back thereof at the battering of the throughs2, and also to mark the supplication from those who are fled out of Ireland, and ordain [Robert Balfour, lord Balfour of Burleigh], president of the parliament, to subscribe the instructions, and those who subscribed the first letter direct to his majesty to subscribe this also.

The estates of parliament thought it expedient to give only one particular answer to the articles of the treaty which required greatest expedition, and that for the present they will only give a general answer to the demands exhibited by [Charles Seton], earl of Dunfermline and [John Campbell], lord Loudoun or any other articles not contained in the treaty until his majesty come in person for concluding this parliament, which they think will prove satisfactory. In respect whereof, the Earl of Dunfermline and Lord Loudoun declared that the performance of his majesty's intended favours expressed by them concerning these particulars not contained in the treaty are likewise in his majesty's own free arbitrament to do therein as he in his royal wisdom shall think expedient, in the same way as if the said propositions had never been made in parliament.

The estates nominate and appoint the Lord Loudoun only to return to the other commissioners at London with the articles of the treaty, to the effect there may be an equal number of commissioners for each estate at London.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.75r-75v.
  2. This can possibly be translated as the back cover of the book.