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Contemporary Copies in the same hand, unsigned, - (A) of Sir Thomas Aston's 2nd Petition to the Lords in support of Episcopacy, (Sir Thomas, 1600-1646, Sheriff of Cheshire, 1634-1635, M.P. for Cheshire in the Short Parliament, from 1628 1st Baronet of Aston near Runcorn), Sir George BOOTH (1566-1652, Sheriff of Cheshire, 1621-1622, of Lancashire, 1623, from 1611 1st Baronet of Dunham Massey, Sir Richard WILBRAHAM (1579-1643, High Sheriff of Cheshire, 1615-1617, from 1621 1st Baronet of Woodhey, near Nantwich) and others]
1641. on behalf of the Nobility, Gentry and Inhabitants of Cheshire, (read in the Lords 2nd April 1641), with (B) the Attestation to the Lords against the production of (A), by Sir George Booth, Sir Richard Wilbraham and others, not named here, but bearing numerous Original Corrections by one of the Attestors, and with (C) a Fair Copy of (B) in the same copyist's hand as (A) and (B) but a little smaller, with transcriptions. In (A) Sir Thomas recalls that he "did lately present", (27th February 1641), a 1st petition "unto your honours ... attested by the Subscription of divers persons of honour and of quality of that County which your Lordships were pleased to approve of, and to [be] committed to the consideration of the Committee for Religion", since when "some seditious person ... hath caused to be printed a most invective Libel ... in name of a petition from the Inhabitants of the same County, in answer ... herein most Scandalously reviling the whole order of Bishops as the professed enemies of the Gospel, That they are only of Ethnical or Diabolical institution, that they have exceeded the primitive persecutors, in ... shedding the Blood of God's dear Saints, that in their doctrine there's nothing taught but what is different from the word of God, or the Articles ratified by Law". In addition the libel traduces "your honours, that your Lordships have unanimously voted that the Bishops have corrupted the purity of the Gospel ... with Romish errors", the libel is clearly "fictious" though "in every particular doubling the number" of subscribers to Aston's 1st petition, in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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