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of it did not finally vanish till 16th March, 1659-00. Olivei Cromwell sat again in this Parliament for Cambridge Town; Meautys, his old Colleague, is now changed for 'John Lowry, Esquire,'* probably a more Puritanic man. The Members for Cambridge University are the same in both Parliaments.
• Willis; Rushworth, iv., 3.
To my loving friend, Mr. Willingham, at his House in Stoithin's Lane.
* London, February, 1640."
I desire you to send me the Reasons of the Scots to enforce their desire of Uniformity in Religion, expressed in their 8th Article; I mean that which I had before of you. I would peruse it against we fall upon that Debate, which will be speedily. Yours,
There is a great quantity of intricate investigation requisite to date this small undated Note, and make it entirely transparent! The Scotch Treaty, begun at Ripon, is going on,—never ended! the agitation about abolishing Bishops had just begun, in the House and out of it.
On Friday, 11th December, 1640, the Londoners present their celebrated ' Petition,' signed by 15,000 hands, craving to have Bishops and their Ceremonies radically reformed. Then on Saturday, 23d January, 1640-1, comes the still more celebrated 'Petition and Remonstrance from 700 Ministers of the Church of England,':}: to the like effect; upon which Documents, especially upon the latter, ensue strenuous debatings ;§ ensues a 'Committee of Twenty-foura Bill to abolish Superstition and Idolatry; and, in a week or two, a Bill to take away the Bishops' Votes in Parliament: Bills recommended by the said Committee. A diligent Committee, which heard much evidence,
* The words within single commas, here as always in the Text of Cromwell's Letters, are mine, not his : the date in this instance is conjectural oi . inferential.
f Harris, p. 517. J Commons Journals, ii., 72.
§ Commons Journals, ii., 81; 8 and 9 of February. See Baillie'sXetteri, i.. 302; and Rush worth, iv. 93 and 174.
and theological debating, from Dr. Burgess and others. Their Bishops-Bill, not without hot arguing, passed through the Commons; was rejected by the Lords;—took effect, howeverj in a much heavier shape, within year and day. Young Sir Ralph Varney, son of Edmund the Standard-bearer, has preserved very careful Notes of the theological revelations and profound arguments, heard in this Committee from Dr. Burgess and others; intensely interesting at that time to all ingenuous young gentlemen; a mere torpor now to all persons.
In fact, the whole world, as we perceive, in this Spring of 1641, is getting on fire with episcopal, anti-episcopal emotion; and the Scotch Commissioners, with their Desire of Uniformity, are naturally the centre of the latter. Bishop Hall, Smectymnuus, and one Mr. Milton ' near St. Bride's Church,' are all getting their Pamphlets ready.—The assiduous contemporary individual who collected the huge stock of Loose Printing now known as King's i Pamphlets in the British Museum, usually writes the date on the title-page of each; but has, with a curious infelicity, omitted it :in the case of Milton's Pamphlets, which accordingly remain undatable except approximately.
The exact copy of the Scotch Demands towards a Treaty I have not yet met with, though doubtless it is in print amid the unsorted Rubbish-Mountains of the British Museum. Notices of it are to be seen in Baillie, also in Rushworth.* The first Seven Articles relate to secularities; payment of damages; punishment of incendiaries, and so forth; the Seventh is the ' recalling' of the King's Proclamations against the Scots: 'the Eighth, anent a solid peace betwixt the Nations,' involves this matte/ of Uniformity in Religion, and therefore is of weightier moment. Baillie says, 'For the Eighth great Demand some days were spent in preparation.' The Lords would have made no difficulty about dismantling Berwick and Carlisle, or such like, but they found that the whole matter was to involve the permanent relations of England, therefore they delayed; 'we expect it this very day,' says Baillie (28th February, 1640-1). Oliver Cromwell also expects it this very day, or ' speedily,'—and therefore writes to Mr. Willingham for a sight of the documents again.
* Baillie, i., 297 et antta etpoi'ea; Rushworth. iv., 166
Whoever wishes to trace the emergence, re-emergence, slow ambiguous progress, and dim issue of this ' Eighth Article,' may consult the opaque but authentic Commons Journals, and strive to elucidate the same by poor old brown Pamphlets, in the places cited below.* It was not finally voted in the affirmative till the middle of May; and then still it was far from being ended. It ended, properly, in the Summoning of a ' Westminster Assembly of Divines,' To ascertain for us how ' the two Nations ' may best attain to ' Uniformity of Religion.'
This 'Mr. Willingham my loving friend,' of whom I have found no other vestige anywhere in Nature, is presumably a London Puritan concerned in the London Petition and other such matters, to whom the Member for Cambridge, a man of known zeal, good connexion, and growing weight, is worth convincing.
Oliver St. John the. Shipmoney Lawyer, now member for Totness, has lately been made Solicitor-General; on the 2d of February, 1640-1, D'Ewes says of him,' newly created ;'f a date worth attending to. Strafford's Trial is coming on; to begin on the 22d of March; Strafford and Laud are safe in the Tower long since; Finch and Windebank, and other Delinquents in high places, have fled rapidly beyond seas.
* Commons Journals, ii., 84, 85; Diurnal Occurrences in Parliament (Printed for William Cooke, London, 1641,—often erroneous as to the day), 10 February, 7 March, 15 May.
t Sir Simond D'Ewes's Notes of the Long Parliament [Harleian MSS . aos 152-6), fol 189 a; p. 156 of Transcript penes me
IN THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
That little Note, despatched by a servant to Swithin's Lane in the Spring of 1641, and still saved by capricious destiny while so much else has been destroyed,—is all of Autographic that Oliver Cromwell has left us concerning his proceedings in the first threeand-twenty months of the Long Parliament. Months distinguished, beyond most others in History, by anxieties and endeavors, by hope and fear and swift vicissitude, to all England as well as him: distinguished on his part by much Parliamentary activity withal; of which, unknown hitherto in History, but still capable of being known, let us wait some other opportunity of speaking. Two vague appearances of his in that scene, which are already known to most readers, we will set in their right date and place, making them faintly visible at last; and therewith leave this part of the subject.
In D'Ewes's Manuscript above cited* are these words, relating to Monday, 9th November, 1640, the sixth day of the Long Parliament: 'Mr. Cromwell delivered the Petition of John Lilburn,'— young Lilburn, who had once been Prynne's amanuensis, among other things, and whose 'whipping with 200 stripes from Westminster to the Fleet Prison,' had already rendered him conspicuous. This is the record of D'Ewes. To which let jus now annex the following well-known passage of Sir Philip Warwick; and if the reader fancy the Speeches on the former Saturday,f and how the 'whole of this Monday was spent in hearing grievances' of the like sort, some dim image of a strange old scene may perhaps rise upon him.
'The first time I ever took notice of Mr. Cromwell,' says Warwick, 'was in the very beginning of the Parliament held 'in November, 1640; when I,' Member for Radnor, 'vainly, thought myself a courtly young gentleman,—for we courtiers valued our