[From Manx Soc, vol. 26]
As it cannott bee butt manifest to any sensible capacetie in this Island, what blood guiltines & devastacon the effects of that warre doth p1dict & produce, when (espetially itt carryes a Christians mottoin rebellious Coullers & that in an unstayned land for many ages under a legall Monarchiall governmt, Soe likwise caun itt not bee unheard of; what accrewinge iudgmts a rebellion of that nature hath invocated, as many els where have beene iustly ptakers of:
And although this porre Island had greater reason to feight for peace rather then warre, yet could not their incorrigible sinn be otherwise satisfied, but by displaying itt selfe under the foresaid banner,insomuch that if our gratious Liege Lordthe lord of this Isle did put in execution his demeritinge Act of iustice what confiscacon would very many of them (erre now) have incurred & appropriated, but such is the greate goodnes, & noblenes of his Lord, that he will have mercy mixt with iudgmt, least he might allarrum, disturbe or disquiet the mindes of many in this Island, who (by reason of the iniquitie of the late tymes) have beene constrayned to do some thinge wc~~ may have rendered them (uppon a strict inquisicon) liable to some inconvenienses in the seveare eye of the Law ; Soe that now his honr comands us to publish and declare, that from henceforward none in this his LoPPs Island, shall be moliested either in life or estate for any thinge, they have done con-cernirige the rebellion or insurrection committed in the year 1651, or before or since within this said Island, the notorious revolution of which tyine heinge how by his Lop clearlie oblitterated, exceptinge only the incendiaries or notorious guilty therein, & that not to exceede the nomber of five Psons ; And therefore you are hereby required in humble obedience & punctuall observance of his honors said gratious Comands & pleasure, to publish this declaracon unto your Congregacon the next ensuinge Sabbath in a discreete and patheticall maner both in English & Mankse, And least the people bee not then all at the hearinge of dyvine Service, to make knowne that the same is to be read unto them in like maner the followinge Sabbath, for their (not only) better understandinge but also satisfaction, how gratiously his honor thus deales wth them, for wch every one hath inst cause heartely to pray for his Lopp & Noble famelie, and never prsume to offend in such Malignant Courses hereafter:
Dated at Castle Rushen in the said Isle this third of October Ano. Dni. 1662.