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And thy infringed Laws have boldly stood.
O Mother can you weep, and have such Peers,
So shall thy happy Nation ever flourish,
Oh Abraham's seed lift up your heads on high,
If this make way thereto, then sigh no more,
Anne Bradstreet, Works (Charlestown, 1867), 330343 passim.
II. An Appeal to the Loyalty of
By King CHARLES I
An incident in the English Civil War.
CHARLES, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defendor of the Faith, etc. Whereas We have seen a Paper, called an Ordinance of the pretended Houses of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, ordered to be Printed the second day of this instant November, Whereby Robert Earle of Warwick is made Governor in chiefe, and Lord High Admirall of all those Islands and other Plantations inhabited, Planted, or belonging to any of Our Subjects within the Bounds, and upon the Coasts of America, and a Committee appoynted to be assisting unto him in the Government thereof: The intention of which Ordinance cannot reasonably be conceived to be other, then to spread the contagion of this horrid Rebellion, even unto those remoter parts, and that the continuers thereof (foreseeing how little prosperous their wicked Designes are likely to prove here in Our Realme of England) may provide for themselves a place of Retreat and Security in those Westerne Countries: The consequences whereof would be the disturbance of that quiet, which those Our Subjects in America doe yet injoy under Our Government, and instead of Peace, to introduce amongst them the like Oppressions, Bloodshed, Rapine, Disorders and Confusion in Church and State, as they have brought already into some parts of this Our Kingdome, and would have gone farther on, if the Goodnesse of Almighty God, giving strength to Our Forces, and successe to Our Enterprises, had not given a stop to their Malitious and Rebellious attempts. To prevent which inconveniences from those Westerne parts, out of Our Royall care of Our good Subjects there, We have thought good hereby to give timely notice unto them, not only that the said Ordinance was made without Our Royall assent, and therefore that it ought not to bind any of Our Subjects, but also that the said Earle of Warwick: hath been justly Proclaimed a Traitor by Us, and that he still persists in his Treason and Rebellion against Us; and therefore We doe require and Command all Our Subjects whatsoever, That they doe not give obedience to the said Ordinance, nor unto him the said Earle, as their Governor, or Admirall, nor to any other by pretence of any Authority from him, or from any of the said Committee, but that they shall endeavour the suppression of all such Rebellious Attempts, as they shall have means and Opportunity to doe it. And We doe farther declare, That as We have given unto all Our faithfull Subjects in generall all possible testimonies and assurances of Our care of their wellfare and happinesse, in preservation of the true Protestant Religion established by the Lawes, the Liberty of their Persons, the Propriety of their Goods, and the just Priviledges of Parliaments, which We have done by such Professions before Almighty God, and such Acts of Grace, as have exceeded all the Precedents of former times: So shall Our Subjects in the said Islands, and Continent of America in particular, find the constant fruits and effects of Our gratious Government and Protection, and of those assurances, in as full and ample measure as any other Our Subjects whatsoever. And therefore We doe strictly charge and Command all Governors and Magistrates, who exercise any authority under Us in the said Islands and Plantations, That they doe not only publish unto Our good People there, these Our gratious intentions towards them, but that they let them feel the benefit thereof, by due administration of Justice amongst them, and by seasonable Provisions of all things needfull for their defence and prosperity. And We doe in like manner require all Our said Subjects, that they persist in their due Allegiance and Obedience unto Us, whereto they are obliged by all Lawes Divine and Humane; and that they receive not any Governors nor Commanders, or obey any Ordinances contrary to, or without Our Royall consent, but that they pursue and apprehend them as Traytors to Our Royall Person and Dignity; and that as they tender their duty to God, the avoyding of Our High Displeasure, and the preservation of their own Peace and Happinesse.
American Antiquarian Society, Transactions (Worcester, 1911), XII. 94-95.
12. Be Resolute, Brave Englishmen
Ward also wrote under the name of "Cobler of Aggawam.” He was a patriotic critic of politics.
If this side be resolute, I turn me to the other.
Go on brave Englishmen, in the Name of God, go on prosperously, because of Truth and Right