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favorable thoughts. I know, a reasonable employment will content him. As for his honesty and courage, I need not speak much of 'that,' seeing he is so well known both to the General and yourself.
I desire you answer my expectation herein so far as you may. You shall very much oblige,
This is not Freeborn John ;' not the Lilburn whom Cromwell spoke for, when Sir Philip Warwick took note of him; the John Lilburn who could not live without a quarrel; who if he were left alone in the world would have to divide himself in two, and set the John to fight with Lilburn, and the Lilburn with John!' Freeborn John is already a Lieutenant-Colonel by title; was not in the New Model at all; is already deep in quarrels,―lying in limbo since August last, for abuse of his old master Prynne.† He has quarrelled or is quarrelling with Cromwell too; calls the Assembly of Divines an Assembly of Dry-vines;—will have little else but quarrelling henceforth.-This is the Brother of Freeborn John; one of his two Brothers. Not Robert, who already is or soon becomes a Colonel in the New Model, and does not want employment.' This is Henry Lilburn appointed, probably in consequence of this application, Governor of Tynemouth Castle revolting to the Royalists, his own soldiers slew him there, in 1648. These Lilburns were from Durham County.
'DELINQUENTS,' conquered Royalists, are now getting themselves fined, according to rigorous proportions, by a Parliament Committee, which sits, and will sit long, at Goldsmiths' Hall, making that locality very memorable to Royalist gentlemen.‡
The Staffordshire Committee have sent a Deputation up to
Sloane Mss., 1519, fol. 71 :-Signature alone is Oliver's. † Wood, iii., 353.
The proceedings of it, all now in very superior order, still lie in the State-Paper Office.
Town. They bring a Petition; very anxious to have 2,0007. out of their Staffordshire Delinquents from Goldsmiths' Hall, or even 4,0007.,—to pay off their forces, and send them to Ireland; which lie heavy on the County at present.
"To the Right Honorable Sir Thomas Fairfax, General of the Parlia ment's Army: These.'
'London,' 6th October, 1646.
I would be loath to trouble you with anything; but indeed the Staffordshire Gentlemen came to me this day, and with more than ordinary impetuosity did press me to give their desires furtherance to you. Their Letter will show what they entreat of you. Truly, Sir, it may not be amiss to give them what ease may well be afforded, and the sooner the better, especially at this time.*
I have no more at present, but to let you know the business of your Army is like to come on to-morrow. You shall have account of that business so soon as I am able to give it. I humbly take leave, and rest, Your Excellency's most humble servant, OLIVER CROMWELL.†
The Commons cannot grant the prayer of this Petition ; Staffordshire will have to rest as it is for some time. 'The business of your Army' did come on 'tomorrow ;' and assessments for a new six-months were duly voted for it, and other proper arrangements made.§
COLONEL IRETON, now Commissary-General Ireton, was wedded to Bridget Cromwell on the 15th of January last. A valiant man Once B. A. of Trinity Colllege, Oxford, and Student of the Mid
* and the sooner,' &c.: these words are inserted above the line by way of caret and afterthought.
Sloane Mss., 1519, fol. 72 :-Oliver's own hand.-Note, his signature seems always to be Oliver Cromwell, not O. Cromwell; to which practice we shall accordingly conform, when the copy may be doubtful.
7 December, 1646, Commons Journals, iv., 3.
§ 7 October, 1646, Commons Journals, iv., 687.
dle Temple; then a gentleman trooper in my Lord General Essex's Lifeguard; now Colonel of Horse, soon Member of Parliament; rapidly rising. A Nottinghamshire man; has known the Lieutenant-General ever since the Eastern-Association times. Cornbury, not now conspicuous on the maps, is in the West, near the Devizes, at which latter Town Fairfax and Ireton have just been, disbanding Massey's Brigade. The following Letter will require no commentary.
For my beloved Daughter, Bridget Ireton, at Cornbury, the General's Quarters: These.
London, 25th October, 1646.
I write not to thy Husband; partly to avoid trouble, for one line of mine begets many of his, which I doubt makes him sit up too late; partly because I am myself indisposed* at this time, having some other considerations.
Your Friends at Ely are well; your sister Claypole is, I trust in mercy, exercised with some perplexed thoughts. She sees her own vanity and carnal mind: bewailing it: she seeks after (as I hope also) what will satisfy. And thus to be a seeker is to be of the best sect next to a finder; and such an one shall every faithful humble seeker be at the end. Happy seeker, happy finder! Who ever tasted that the Lord is gracious, without some sense of self, vanity and badness? Who ever tasted that graciousness of His, and could go lesst in desire,-less than pressing after full enjoyment? Dear Heart, press on; let not Husband, let not anything cool thy affections after Christ. I hope het will be an occasion to inflame them. That which is best worthy of love in thy Husband is that of the image of Christ he bears. Look on that, and love it best, and all the rest for that. I pray for thee and him; do so for me. My service and dear affections to the General and Generaless. I hear she is very kind to thee; it adds to all other obligations. I am
Thy dear Father,
* not in the mood at this time, having other matters in view. less is an adjective; to go, in such case signifies to become. ‡thy Husband.
§ A Copy of Oliver Cromwell's Letter to his Daughter Ireton, exactly taken from the Original.' Harleian mss., no. 6988, fol. 224 (not mentioned in Harleian Catalogue).—In another Copy sent me, which exactly corre
Bridget Ireton is now Twenty-two. Her Sister Claypole (Elizabeth Cromwell) is five years younger. They were both wedded last Spring. Your Friends at Ely' may indicate that the Cromwell Family was still resident in that City; though, I think, they not long afterwards removed to London. Their first residence here was King-street, Westminster ;* Oliver for the present lodges in Drury Lane: fashionable quarters both, in those times.
General Fairfax had been in Town only three days before, attending poor Essex's Funeral: a mournful pageant, consisting of both the Houses, Fairfax and all the Civil and Military Officers then in Town, the Forces of the City, a very great number of coaches and multitudes of people;' with Mr. Vines to preach; -regardless of expense, 5,0007. being allowed for it.†
THE intricate Scotch negotiations have at last ended. The paying of the Scots their first instalment, and getting them to march away in peace, and leave the King to our disposal, is the great affair that has occupied Parliament ever since his Majesty refused the Propositions. Not till Monday the 21st December could it be got 'perfected' or 'almost perfected.' After a busy day spent in the Commons House on that affair,‡ Oliver writes the following Letter to Fairfax. The Major-General' is Skippon. Fairfax, 'since he left Town,' is most likely about Nottingham, the headquarters of his Army, which had been drawing rather Northward, ever since the King appeared among the Scots. Fairfax
sponds, is this Note: Memo.: The above Lettr of Oliver Cromwell Jno Caswell Mercht of London had from his Mother Linington, who had it from old Mrs. Warner, who liv'd with Oliver Cromwell's Daughter. And was Copied from the Original Letter, which is in the hands of John Warner Esqr of Swanzey, by Chas Norris, 25th Mar. 1749.'
* Cromwelliana, p. 60.
† Rushworth, vi., 239; Whitlocke, p. 230.
Commons Journals, v., 22, 3.
came to Town 12th November, with great splendor of reception; left it again 18th December.'
On the morrow after that, 19th December, 1646, the Londoners presented their Petition, not without tumult; complaining of heavy expenses and other great grievances from the Army; and craving that the same might be, so soon as possible, disbanded, and a good Peace with his Majesty made.* The first note of a very loud controversy which arose between the City and the Army, between the Presbyterians and the Independents, on that matter. Indeed the humor of the City seems to be getting high; impatient for a just peace' now that the King is reduced. On Saturday, 6th December, it was ordered that the Lord Mayor be apprised of tumultuous assemblages which there are, to the disturbance of the peace;' and be desired to quench them,-if he
To the Right Honorable Sir Thomas Fairfax, General of the Parliament's Army: These.
6 London,' 21st December, 1646.
Having this opportunity by the Major-General to present a few lines unto you, I take the boldness to let you know how our affairs go on since you left Town.
We have had a very long Petition from the City: how it strikes at the Army, and what other aims it has you will see by the contents of it; as also what is the prevailing temper at this present, and what is to be expected from men. But this is our comfort, God is in Heaven, and He doth what pleaseth Him; His and only His counsel shall stand, whatsoever the designs of men, and the fury of the people be.
We have now, I believe, almost† perfected all our business for Scotland. I believe Commissioners will speedily be sent down to see agreements performed; it's intended that Major-General Skippon have authority and instructions from your Excellency to command the Northern Forces, as occasion shall be, and that he have a Commission of Martial Law. Truly I hope that the having the Major-General to command‡ this Party will appear to be a good thing, every day more and more.
*King's Pamphlets, small 4to., no. 290 (cited by Godwin, ii., 269). almost,' is inserted with a caret.
At this point, the bottom of the page being reached, Oliver takes to the broad margin, and writes the remainder there lengthwise, continuing till