London: John Wright, 1646. 4to. [ii], 29 pp. FIRST EDITION. Title within decorative woodcut border, woodcut initial and headpiece. Disbound; gatherings held with string; uncut, small tear to bottom margin of final 2 leaves without the loss of any text. Item #17561
Rare first edition. This pamphlet, issued by Parliament, details several propositions for peace to Charles I as the first English Civil War was coming to a close. After many decisive battles were fought and won by the Parliamentarian army with the help of the Scots, it was clear that the King’s Royalist forces were defeated. The list of propositions deals mainly with replacing the monarchy’s sovereignty with that of Parliament’s and completely abolishing the presbyterian power structure. The list was sent to the King while he was taking shelter, but he was soon imprisoned, marking the end of the Civil War.