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Contemporary Unsigned Copy of the Petition of divers the Inhabitants of the County Palatine of Chester
1641 - to "the honourable the Knights Citizens & Burgesses now assembled in Parliament", the Long Parliament of 3rd November 1640, with transcription, shewing "That your petitioners having a long time groaned under the perpetual Yoke and vassalage of the Prelates, their Officers, Courts, visitations, ceremonies, impositions, and innovations, to the wounding of their consciences, the great grief and peril of their Souls, and the utter loss both of their Christian, and Civil Liberties; their persons and estates, as well as their Consciences being exposed to the Prelates' encroaching power and usurpation",.and asking "this honourable Assembly, to take some speedy Course for their Release", under seven heads, "First, to remove Lordly Prelates with all their . Ecclesiastical Courts, especially the High Commission, serving for the most part to oppress his Majesty's Loyal Subjects & to trample their Liberty under Foot. Secondly to abolish all Ecclesiastical Canon, visitation, oaths, Articles, Injunctions, and Ceremonies of human Institution", which have bereaved "us of the most of our best qualified men for the work of the Ministry, and . brought a spiritual famine of the word amongst us", leaving them and "our posterities . in danger to live in darkness error and Superstition. Thirdly to take away all Images and Pictures of God, Christ, the Virgin Mary, and of Saints . the occasion of Idolatry to some, & offence to others. Fourthly To reform the manifold abuses of excommunications, and to erect an ecclesiastical discipline to the rule of God's word for the due punishing of Crimes … [Click Below for Full Description]
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