Letter: king's letter to parliament and protests against
Act 2
Instrumentis upon production of the kingis lettir; protesation for the estats

The quhilke day compeired personallie Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, knight baronet, in presens of the estates of parliament and delyvered to the said Robert, lord Burghlie, president chosen to this meeting of estates in parliament, ane lettir from his sacred majesteis to the noblemen, barrones, commissioneris of shyris and burroues of his majesties parliament in Scotland, quhilke the said lord president resseavit in all humilitie and caused to be publicklie red in presence of the whole estates now conveened, quherof the tennour falloueth:

Charles R[ex], right trustie and weellbeloved cousines and counsellouris, right trusty and weellbeloved cousens, right trustie and weellbeloved counselleris, right trustie and wellbeloved, trusty and weellbeloved counsellouris, and trustie and weellbeloved, wee greet yow weell. Wheras for sundrie great and weightie occasionis much importing the good of our service wee cannot with conveniency be present in our royall persone, nor send our commissioner at this time for holding the parliament in that our native and ancient kingdome of Scotland, as lykewayes by reasone of the absence of many of the nobilitie and otheris of whose judgment and fidelity wee have great confidence, and who cannot without much difficulty repair so suddently thither, it is therfor our pleasour that you continowe and prorogue the parliament untill the thretteine day of Apryle nixtocome, with continowatione of dayes, to the effect wee may in the meanetyme maturlie conclud and resolve upoun suche thingis as may most conduce to the good of our service and peace and true happines of that our kingdome which allwayes heath beene and still is one of our cheefest caires, wherin expecting your reddy obedience, which wee will acknowledge as verrie acceptable service, wee bid yow fairweel. From our court at Quhythall, the last day of December 1640. Wpoun the production and reiding wherof and inserting of the tennour of the samene letter in maner abowewrittine, the kingis majesties advocate asked instrumentis, and immediatly thereftir the Erle of Montroise, in name of the noblemen, Sir George Stirling of Keir, knycht, in name of the commissioneris of shyres, and Williame Reid, baillie of Edinburgh, in name of the commissioneris of burrowes, protestit that the nameing of his majesties commissionar, designit in the foirsaid lettir 'our commissionar', shall nowayes import acknowledgment wpoun the pairt of the estates that the Erle of Traquair, late commissionar, is anywayes to be wnderstood to be that commissionar whom his majestie termes be the name of 'our commissionar', be reasone he is indicted to the parliament as ane incendarie or for some other crymes, and declaired that this protestatione they make out of ane assured confidence of his majesties justice and goodnes, that his majestie nameing of 'our commissionar' did nor does nowayes poynt at the said Erle of Traquair as commissionar and for escheweing ambiguitie in the word 'our commissionar' contenit in the letter and that in all humilitie and without intentione of offence to his majestie, quhilke protestatione the saidis estates hes admitted and admittis.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.59v-60r.