Address of the Lord Mayor and the City of London to the Prince of Orange, December 11, 1688

A printed version of the text can be found on page 172 of A Kingdom without a King: The Journal of the Provisional Government in the Revolution of 1688, edited by Robert Beddard (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1988).

To His Highness the Prince of Orange.

The humble address of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London in Common council assembled.

May it please Your Highness,

We taking into consideration Your Highness's fervent zeal for the Protestant religion, manifested to the world in your many and hazardous enterprises, which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless with miraculous success, we render our deepest thanks to the Divine Majesty for the same; and beg leave to present our most humble thanks to Your Highness, particularly for your appearing in arms in this Kingdom, to carry on and perfect your glorious design to rescue England, Scotland, and Ireland from slavery and popery, and in a free parliament to establish the religion, the laws, and the liberties of these Kingdoms upon a sure and lasting foundation.

We have hitherto looked for some remedy for the oppressions and imminent dangers we, together with our Protestant fellow subjects, laboured under, from His Majesty's concessions and concurrence with Your Highness's just and pious purposes expressed in your gracious Declarations; but therein finding ourselves finally disappointed by His Majesty's withdrawing himself, we presume to make Your Highness our refuge, and so, in the name of this capital city, implore Your Highness's protection.

And most humbly beseech Your Highness to vouchsafe to repair to this city, where Your Highness will be received with universal joy and satisfaction.


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