Appointment of Council for North-East of Ireland
From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow
APPOINTMENT OF COUNCIL FOR NORTH-EAST.
It being notoriously known, not only to the Protestants of the Northern Counties, but to those throughout this whole Kingdom of Ireland, that the public peace of this nation is now in great and imminent danger, and that it is absolutely necessary for the Protestants to agree within their several counties in some method, besides those ordinarily appointed by the laws, for their own defence and the preserving as much as in them lies the public peace of the nation which is so much endeavoured to be disturbed by Popish and illegal counsellors and their abettors. And for that, unity, secrecy, and despatch are necessary to the effecting of the said design; therefore, we the persons hereunder subscribing our names, do in behalf of ourselves and Protestant tenants, authorize and empower Sir Arthur Rawdon, Baronet, Sir Robert Colvil, James Hamilton of Newcastle, John Hawkins, and James Hamilton of Tullamore, Esq., or any three of them, to assemble at such time and place, and as oft as they shall think fit, and to consult, advise, and determine of all matters which relate to the public peace of this County and Kingdom. And we the said persons hereunto subscribing our names, Protestants in the County of Down, do hereby engage for ourselves, and, as far as in us lies, our tenants aforesaid, to perform and execute all such orders, commands, and directions, as shall from time to time be made public, or given by the said persons or any three of them as aforesaid. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names, this 17th of January, 1688/9.
J. H., etc.
In witness of the acceptance of the above trust, we have hereunto put our hands.
1 Further Account, p. 19.