The Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow: The Lieutenant-general of the Horse in the Army of the Commonwealth of England, 1625-1672, Volume 2

Clarendon Press, 1894
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Page 27 - Elizabeth, his only wife, he had several chilgreat endeavours to bring the nation again under their old servitude, by pressing their general to take upon him the title and government of a king, in order to destroy him, and weaken the hands of those who were faithful to the...
Page 3 - Ludlow, with reference to the summer of 1656) the major-generals carried things with unheard of insolence in their several precincts, decimating to extremity whom they pleased, and interrupting the proceedings at law upon petitions of those who pretended themselves aggrieved, threatening such as would not yield a ready submission to their orders with transportation to Jamaica or some other plantations in the West Indies ; and suffering none to escape their persecution but those that would betray...
Page 11 - Then he fell into the commendation of his own government, boasting of the protection and quiet which the people enjoyed under it, saying, that he was resolved to keep the nation from being imbrued in blood. I said that I was of opinion too much blood had been already shed, unless there were a better account of it 'You do well,' said he, ' to charge us with the guilt of blood ; 1 2 The liberty of the subject.
Page 45 - that the news of his death being brought to those who were met together to pray for him, Mr. Peter Sterry stood up, and desired them not to be troubled : For...
Page 27 - On hearing of this circumstance, Cromwell sent for Fleetwood, and told him that he wondered he would suffer such a petition to proceed so far, which he might have hindered, since he knew it to be his resolution not to accept the crown without the consent of the army ; and therefore desired him to hasten to the House, and to put them off from doing any thing farther therein.
Page 99 - I said before, were for a select standing senate to be joined to the representative of the people. Others laboured to have the supreme authority to consist of an assembly chosen by the people, and a council of state chosen by that assembly, to be vested with...
Page 339 - In the beginning of the great parliament," says one who had watched him well, the honest and able Ludlow, " he was elected to serve his country among them, without the least application on his part to that end. And in this station, he soon made appear how capable he was of managing great affairs, possessing, in the highest perfection, a quick and ready apprehension, a strong and tenacious memory, a profound and penetrating judgment, a just and noble eloquence, with an easy and graceful manner of...
Page 102 - which place I thought very convenient for the retirement of those that were employed in public affairs, when they should be indisposed in the summer season, I resolved to endeavour to. prevent the sale of it, and accordingly procured a motion to be made at the sitting down of the House to that end, which took effect as I desired. For this I was very much blamed by my good friend, Sir Henry Vane, as a thing which was contrary to the interests of a commonwealth.

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