JAMES VI and I, King of Scotland (1567-1625) and of England (1603-1625)]. Document, 'The humble petition of [the] Nobilitie of England', addressed to the King and signed by thirty-three members of the peerage, n.p., n.d. , the heading written in an italic hand, the text comprising 16 lines in a secretary hand, 33 signatures in the lower portion of the document, one page, double folio, 560 x 440 mm, contemporary endorsement (tear in right hand area with part loss of one signature, slight occasional wear, minor repairs, partly backed).
A protest against the disadvantage caused to the English peerage by the lavish grant of Irish and Scottish titles of nobility.
'Our humble desier is, that with yo[u]r gracious allowance, wee may challenge & preserve our birthrightes, and that wee may take no more notice of theis Titulers (to our p[re]judice) then the lawe of this land doth, but that wee may bee excused, yf in cyvill Curtesye wee give them not the respect nor place as to Noblemen strangers'.
The signatories include: Rob[er]t Warwick, Richard Dacre, John Darcye, Thomas Windesore, Thomas Wentworth, Henry Hunsdon, Edwarde Beryevennye [Abergavenny], Stafford, Mordaunt, John Oxenford, Robert Essex, Ralph Dorset, Robert Will[o]ughby, Edward Scrope, Theophilus Howard, Sheffield, O[liver] St John, G[eorge] Gerard, William Salisbury, Francis Russell, William Saye and Seale, T[homas] Lyncoln, Henry Gray, Thomas Cromwell, William Paget, Robert Spencer, John Haughton, Huntingdon [signature torn and incomplete], Edward Denny, Philip Stanhope, Edward Noel, and another (name illegible).