Hertfordshire During the Great Civil War and the Long Parliament: With Occasional Notices of Occurrences in Beds, Hunts, Cambs and Essex

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E. Stock, 1894 - 212 pages

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Page 192 - Church ; and as for our good people's lawful recreation, our pleasure likewise is, that after the end of divine service our good people be not disturbed, letted or discouraged from any lawful recreation, such as dancing, either men or women; archery for men, leaping, vaulting, or any other such harmless recreation, nor from having of May-games, Whitsun-ales, and Morris-dances ; and the setting up of May-poles and other sports therewith used : so as the same be had in due and convenient time, without...
Page 65 - These in brief are our Desires, and the things for which we stand ; beyond which we shall not go. And for the obtaining of these things, we are drawing near your City ' professing sincerely from our hearts, [That...
Page 65 - Parliament in order to the present Settlement of the Kingdom. We seek the good of all. And we shall wait here or remove to a farther distance to abide there, if once we be assured that a speedy Settlement of things is in hand, until it be accomplished.
Page 126 - To your Highness justly belongs the honour of dying for the people; and it cannot choose but be an unspeakable consolation to you in the last moments of your life, to consider, with how much benefit to the world you are like to leave it.
Page 55 - If we beat the king ninety and nine times', said Manchester, 1 29 March. NEW MODEL ARMY FORMED 137 'yet he is king still and so will his posterity be after him ; but if the king beat us once we shall all be hanged, and our posterity made slaves' to which Cromwell replied : 'If this be so, why did we take up arms at first?
Page 139 - By our last Letters to you, we acquainted you what danger the Commonwealth was then in from the old Cavalier Party (who were designing new insurrections within us, whilst their Head and Master was contriving to invade us from abroad) ; and thereupon desired your care and vigilancy for preserving the peace, and apprehending all dangerous persons. Our intelligence of that kind still continues. And we are more assured of their resolutions to put in execution their designs aforesaid within a very...
Page 117 - At midnight I heard the great guns go off, and thereupon I called up my family to rise, which I did as well as I could in that condition. Hearing lamentable shrieks of men, women, and children, I asked at a window the cause. They told me they were all Irish, stripped and wounded, and turned out of the town ; and that Colonel Jeffries, with some others, had possessed themselves of the town for Cromwell.
Page 110 - When there was any overture or hope of peace, he would be more erect and vigorous, and exceedingly solicitous to press any thing which he thought might promote it ; and, sitting among his friends, often, after a deep silence, and frequent sighs, would with a shrill and sad accent, ingeminate the word peace, peace, and would passionately profess that the very agony of the war, and the view of the calamities and desolation the kingdom did and must endure, took his sleep from him, and would shortly...
Page 37 - I had rather have a plain russet-coated Captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call ' a Gentleman
Page 100 - This day (0 the stupendous and inscrutable judgments of God !) were the carcases of those anti-rebels, Cromwell, Bradshaw (the judge who condemned His Majesty), and Ireton (son-in-law to the usurper) dragged out of their superb tombs in Westminster, among the kings, to Tyburn, and hanged on the gallows there from nine in the morning till six at night, and then buried tmder that fatal and ignominious monument in a deep pit; thousands of people, who had seen them in all their pride, being spectators.

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