So may our most Great Prince, and Worthy Senators become further Instruments for the Nations Prosperity, and the Salvation of many Souls: Thus may the Blessing of Heaven crown all their Honourable Enterprizes and Prudent Counsels with most prosperous Success, which that it may be so, is the hearty Desire of
Your most Humble, Obedient and Faithful
Subject and Servant,
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Having received the princely Approbation of that most Judicious and publick spirited Promoter of Englands Weal and Prosperity, and all such Ingenuites as tend to general Good, and whole Noble Actions have given matchless proofs of his great zeal thereunto, viz. His Illustrious Highness Prince Rupert who having condiscended to peruse the preceeding Proposals, was pleas’d to Honour me with his Approvement, Advice, and Encouragement therein; Judging it necessary, that I should first offer the same to His Majesties Consideration; and in order thereunto, did Introduce me to His Royal Presence, who was Graciously pleas’d to order me to deliver it to one of His Secretaries of State, to the intent he might peruse it, and bring in his Report thereof; whereupon I carried it to Mr. Secretary Coventry, who gave his Approbation thereof to His Majesty at the Council Table, where it pass’d without any obstruction:
Which gave me the greater Encouragement to put the said Proposals in Print, for the deliberate Perusal, and grave Consideration of both Houses of Parliament; who, I humbly conceive, are as greatly concern’d to encourage all such humble Endeavours, tending to such General Wealth and Honour of the whole Nation.
And for as much as I have the opportunity, by reason of the Adjournments of Parliament since Whitsuntide last, immediately after which, my Proposals came out of the Press, I thought it might not be superfluous to add a few Lines for the Answering some further Objections, but first shall add a few Words to the Answer already given to the second.
Obj. pag. 5. where I say, That the laying out of 5 l. for the Building of Working Alms-Houses, will purchase 50 s. per Annum for ever; Whereas I now find,
That it will purchase 20 l. per Annum in most Parishes; as may thus appear.
Suppose every Farm worth 100 l. per Ann. Plant but Eight Acres of Flax or Hemp, and that worth 7, 6, or 5 l. per Acre, which last sum is the least that may be expected from good Land to be worth, as it stands on the Ground; wherefore to avoid mistakes, we will take our measures from 5 l. per Acre. 05-00-00
For Rent we will Deduct 20 s. for Seed. 20 s. and
Plowing, Sowing, and Harrowing 10 s. In all— 02.10.00