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66 to seeke to maintaine our opinions in religion 6 by force, wch wee detest and abhorr. I pro“ fesse I could never satisfie my felfe of the iuste. “ nefse of this warr, but from the authoritye of 6 the Parliament to maintaine itt in itts rights, " and in this cause I hope to approue my felfe 66 an honest man, and single harted. Pardon mee " that I am thus troublesom. I write but sel“ dom; itt giues me a little ease to poure my " minde, in the middest of callumnies, into the « bosom of a freind : S, noe man more truly « loues you than “ Your Brother and Seruant,
« OLIVER CROMWELL.'' “ Sept. 6 or 5th
“ Sleeford.” « For Colonel WALTON,
“ theise in London,”
" Deere S', It is our duty to sympathise in all « mercyes, that wee may praise the Lord toge. " there in chastisements or tryalls, that soe wee " may sorrowe together. Truly England, and « the Church of God, hath had a great fauor « from the Lord in this great victorie given unto « us, such as the like neuer was fince this warr « begunn: itt had all the euidences of an abso. “ lute victorie, obtained by the Lord's blessinge « upon the godly partye principally. Wee « neuer charged but wee routed the enimie :
'*** the left winge woh I comanded beinge our owne
“ horse, fauinge a few Scotts in our reere, beat " all the Prince's horse. God made them as
stubble to our swords; wee charged their re“ giments of foote wit our horse, and routed all " wee charged. The perticulars I cannott relate “ now, but I beleive, of 20,000, the Prince hath “ not 4000 left. Give glory, all the glory, to « God. S', God hath taken away your eldest “ fonn by a cannon fhott: itt brake his legg; « wee were necessitated to have it cuttoff, wherof « he died. S', you know my tryalls this way, " but the Lord supported me wth this, that the « Lord tooke him into the happinesse wee all « pant after and liue for. There is your pre“cious child, full of glory, to know neither sinn " nor sorrow; and more, hee was a gallant a younge man, exceedinge gracious. God give so you his comfort. Before his death, he was 16 soe full of comfort, that to Franke Russel and “ my felfe hee could not expresse itt, itt was foe « great aboue his paine ; this hee fayd to us; " indeed, it was admirable. Little after, hee « fayd one thinge layd upon his spirit. I asked “ him what that was: he told me, that it was, " that God had not suffered him to bee noe “ more the executioner of his enimies. Att his s fall, his horse beinge killed wib the bullett, and, " as I am enformed, 3 horses more, I am told,
« hee bid them open to the right and left, that “ hee might see the rogues runn. Truly hee “ was exceedingly beloued in the armie of all “ that knew him; but few knew him, for he “ was a precious younge man fitt for God. You « have cause to blesse the Lord; hee is a glorious e fainet in heauen, wherein you ought exceed. « ingly to reioyce. Lett this drinke up your “ forrowe, feinge theise are not fayned words to « comfort you, but the thinge is foe real and “ undoubted a truth. You may doe all thinges “ by the strength of Christ. Seeke that, and « you shall easily beare your tryall. Lett this “ publike mercy to the Church of God make « you to forgett your priuate forrowe. The “ Lord bee your strength, foe prayes “ Your truly faythfull and louinge Brother,
“ Oliver Cromwell.” “ July 5th, 1644."
« My loue to your daughter, and to my cozen « Perceual, fister Desbrowe, and all freinds will “ you.”
« Oliver Cromwell, the Protector,” says An. thony Wood, “ loved a good voice and instru
mental music well. Mr. James Quin, a stu“ dent of C. C. Oxon, a good finger, was in. " troduced to him: he heard him sing with very “ great delight, liquored him with fack, and in
< conclusion said to him: “Mr. Quin, you “ have done very well : What Shall I do for “ you ?" To which Quin made answer with “ great compliments (of which he had com“ mand) with a great grace, “that your High6 ness would be pleased to restore me to my stu« dent's place:" which the Protector did ac“ cordingly, and so he kept it to his dying day.”
It is mentioned in Spence's MS. Anecdotes, that a few nights after the execution of King Charles the First, a man covered with a cloak, and with his face muffled up, supposed to have been Oliver Cromwell, marched slowly round the coffin, covered with a pall, which contained the body of Charles, and exclaimed, loudly enough to be heard by the attendants on the remains of that unfortunate Monarch, “ Dreadful “ necessity !" Having done this two or three times, he marched out of the room, in the same slow and solemn manner in which he came into it.
Cromwell and Ireton saw the execution of Charles from a small window of the Banqueting House of Whitehall.
Provost Baillie, who was in London at the time of Oliver's death, says :
« The Protector, Oliver, endeavoured to settle “ all in his family, but was prevented by death “ before he could make a testament. He had “ not supplied the blank with his son Richard's “ name by his hand; and scarce with his mouth « could he declare that much of his will. There “ were no witneiles to it but Thurloe and “ Goodwin. Some did fearfully flatter him as as much dead as living. Goodwin, at the Fast 66 before his death, in his prayer is said to have 6 spoke such words : Lord, we pray not for " thy fervant's life, for we know that is granted, “ but to haften his health, for that thy people “ cannot want. And Mr. Sterry said in the " chapel, after his death, O Lord, thy late fer. «vant here is now at thy right hand, making • intercession for the sins of England.-.-Both « these are now out of favour, as Court para“ sites. But the most spake, and yet speak, « very evil of him ; and, as I think, much 56 worse than he deserved of them.”
is said to have fallen at the feet of his father, Oliver Cromwell, to beg the life of his Sovereign Charles the First. In the same spirit of