Historical Gleanings on the Memorable Field of Naseby ...

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Longman, 1830 - Naseby (England) - 130 pages

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Page 71 - Honest men served you faithfully in this action. Sir, they are trusty : I beseech you, in the name of God, not to discourage them. I wish this action may beget thankfulness and humility in all that are concerned in it. He that ventures his life for the liberty of his country, I wish he trust God for the liberty of his conscience, and you for the liberty he fights for.
Page 70 - Which is an honest and a thriving way: — and yet as much for bravery may be given to him, in this action, as to a man. Honest men served you faithfully in this action. Sir, they are trusty ; I beseech you, in the name of God, not to discourage them.
Page 109 - Stuart, ah awful lesson to the possessors of royalty to watch the growth of public opinion, and to moderate their pretensions in conformity with the reasonable desires of their subjects. Had he lived at a more early period, when the sense of wrong was quickly subdued by the habit of submission, his reign would probably have been marked by fewer violations of the national liberties.
Page 70 - SIR, Being commanded by you to this service, I think myself bound to acquaint you with the good hand of God towards you and us. We marched yesterday after the King, who went before us from Daventry to Harborough ; and quartered about six miles from him. This day we marched towards him. He drew out to meet us ; both Armies engaged. We, after three hours...
Page 110 - ... and affection of his subjects. But while we blame the illegal measures of Charles, we ought not to screen from censure the subsequent conduct of his principal opponents. From the moment that war seemed inevitable, they acted as if they thought themselves absolved from all obligations of honour and honesty. They never ceased to inflame the passions of the people by misrepresentation and calumny ; they exercised a power far more arbitrary and formidable than had ever been claimed by the king; they...
Page 111 - ... on the throne, under those limitations which they deemed necessary for the preservation of their rights. The men who hurried him to the scaffold were a small faction of bold and ambitious spirits, who had the address to guide the passions and fanaticism of their followers, and were enabled through them to control the real sentiments of the nation.
Page 70 - Sir, this is none other but the hand of God ; and to him alone belongs the glory, wherein none are to share with him.
Page 107 - ... with his fate. At the end an aperture had been made in the wall, through which he stepped at once upon the scaffold. It was hung with black : at the further end were seen the two executioners, the block and the axe : below appeared in arms several regiments of horse and foot : and beyond, as far as the eye was permitted to reach, waved a dense and countless crowd of spectators. The king stood collected and undismayed amidst the apparatus of death. There was in his countenance that cheerful intrepidity,...
Page 120 - Where he had obtained the greatest victory and glory, and as nigh the spot as could be guessed where the heat of the action was,
Page 46 - ... to a willing mind there could be no injury. This instance of noble generosity was but ill repaid by his master, who complied with his request.

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