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But, after all this warm service in the army, at an age when few people have seen one, he shewed no inclination to make the sword the supreme power; but, when, by the artifices of their leaders, the soldiers declared against the parliament, and impeached eleven of its most worthy members, he forbore going to the house, where, though not of age, he sit as knight for Huntingdonshire. His acquaintance, however, with Cromwell; the court paid him by that artful man, and his own generous unsuspected temper; drew him in to accept a seat at the board of Treasury, and into a share of the transactions in those times. After the Dutch war was over, he was brought into a command of the fleet, and was made choice of, by the protector, to be joined with Blake, in his expedition into the Mediterranean. Here Amiral Montague made prizes of the Spanish galleons, the cargoes of which, consisting chiefty of filver, were carried in great pomp to the Tower of London. For this service the parliament returned him thanks by their speaker. In 1657, he was appointed to command the fleet in the Downs, and went accordingly on board it, in the latter end of the month of July. The design of this fleet was to watch the Dutch, to carry on the war with Spain, and facilitate the enterprise on Dunkirk; and in all these he did as much as could be expected from him. Towards the autumn, he thought fit to make a journey to the camp of the Marshal de Turenne, where he had a conference with him, as to the properest method of carrying on the war; and then returned on board the fleet, which cruised in the channel till the beginning of winter. After the death of Oliver, and the setting up of Richard, admiral Montague was made choice of to command the great fleet sent to the North. The Naseby, which was the ship the admiral failed in, carried 70 guns and 6oo men; the Resolution had the like number of men, and £o guns. There were, of thips carrying 50 pieces of cannon and upwards, 14; twenty eight 40 gun ships or near it; four of 30 guns, and twelve ships carrying between eight and 22 pieces of cannon; in all 60 ships, and on board them 1 1,820 men. The admiral went on board the fleet in the spring of the year 1659, and, on the 7th of April, he wrote to the king of Sweden, the king of Denmark, and the Dutch admiral, Opdam, to inform them of the motives that had induced the protector to send so great a fleet into the Baltic. Before

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