[Petition of Sir Robert Spottiswood, president of the court of session]

Petitioun Sir Robert Spotiswood2

Unto your lordships and otheris of the high and honorable court of parliament, humblie sheweth I, your most respective servant Sir Robert Spotswoode, president of the session, that whereas I have beene attending his majestie these many monthes bygone about some of my privat affaires, and hearing that in my absence I was cited amongst others as an incendiarie against the state, I am come freely to cast myselfe upon the benignitie and favour of this high court. Theirfore I humbly beseech your honours to let me know your will concerning me, that I may the sooner apply my selfe to give yow all satisfaction, being most willing to submit all my actions to your favourable censure and to stand no further to the justifying of them then they shall be approven by your good opiniones, upon which chiefly I will repose my greatest confidence. Thus humbly expecting your honours good pleasure, I doe as in dutie bound pray to God for a blessing upon all your honourable endeavours.

Yor honours most humble and obedient servant, Robert Spotswoode

Undecimo Augusti 1641

Red in audience of the parliament, who orders the act of parliament and thair proclamatioune thairupon to be obeyed and putt in executione befoir they give answer to the supplicatioune.

Burghly, I[n] p[raesentia] d[ominorum] parl[iamenti]

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'August 11 1641'.
  2. This clause is written on the rear of the document.