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former Conference, in favour of the Title. Not of
undecided: Conference to be renewed.
that whatever Title they, the Parliament, establish, be
Conference to be renewed on the morrow.
· Briefly refuses the Title of King.
. Thanks for their Supplies of Money, as the custom is. .
CCXX. To J. Dunch, Esq.: Hampton Court, 27 Aug. 1657
To call at Hampton Court. .
In sanction of his treatment of the Dutch ships.
Mardike and Dunkirk. Peremptory: To bring Ma-
zarin to the point.
Christian Denokson to strengthen Mardike.
Reasons for thankfulness in such a Meeting: Reli-
and in the way of being made secure; Peace hitherto;
SPEECH XVII. To the Two Houses of Parliament; the Commons
having raised debates as to the Title of the
other House, 25 Jan. 1657-8,. . . . .
fice great vital interests for titles and niceties.
What he might have expected in this Meeting of Par-
OLIVER CROMWELL'S ,
- PART X.
LETTERS CCXV., CCXVÍ.“ Two Letters near each other in date, and now by accident brought contiguous in place; which offer a rather singular constrast; the one pointing as towards the Eternal Heights, the other as towards the Tartarean Deeps! Between which two Extremes the Life of men and Lord Protectors has to pass itself in this world, as wisely as it can. Let us read them, and hasten over to the new Year Fifty-Seven, and last Department of our subject.
LETTER CCXV. NEWCASTLE-UPON-Tyne, or the Municipal Authorities there, as we may perceive, are rather of the Independent judgment; and have a little dread of some encouragement his Highness has been giving to certain of the Presbyterian sect in those parts. This Letter ought to be sufficient reassurance. To the Mayor of Newcastle: To be communicated to the Aldermen and others whom it doth concern.
Whitehall, 18th December 1656. GENTLEMEN, AND MY VERY GOOD FRIENDS, My Lord Strickland, who is one of our Council, did impart to us a Letter written from yourselves to
Carlyle, Cromwell. IV.
him, according to your desire therein expressed; which occasions this return from us to you.
As nothing that may reflect to the prejudice of your outward Good, either Personal or as you are a Civil Government, shall easily pass with us; so, much less what shall tend to your discouragement, as you are Saints, to your Congregations, gathered in that way of fellowship commonly known by the name of Independents, whether of one judgment: or other: 'this shall be far from being actually discountenanced, or passively 'left to suffer damage, by any applying themselves to me. I do, once for all, give you to understand, that I should thereby destroy and disappoint one of the main ends for which , God hath planted 'me in the station I am in.
Wherefore I desire you in that matter to rest secure. True it is that two Ministers, one Mr. Cole and one Mr. Pye, did present to me a Letter in the name of divers Ministers of Newcastle, the Bishoprick of Durham and Northumberland; of an honest and Christian purpose: the sum whereof I extracted, and returned an Answer thereunto; - a true Copy whereof I send you here enclosed. By which I think it will easily appear, that the consideration of my kindness is well deserved by them; provided they observe the condition “there'expressed; which in charity I am bound to believe they will; and without which their own consciences and the world will know how to judge of them. . . .. .
Having said this, I, or rather the Lord, require of you, That you walk in all peaceableness and gentleness, inoffensiveness, truth and love towards them, as becomes the Servants and Churches of Christ. Know.