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The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649, and to General Monck and the Commanders of the Army in Scotland, 1651-1660, ed. C.H. Firth (Camden Society, 1894). 4 vols.
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[News-letter from Scotland.]
Edinburgh, 24o October, 1648.
In a late Declaration about the Covenant published heere (in the enumeration of errors and heresies) Independency is left out, which in former Declarations and papers alwayes brought uppe the reare. There is alsoe a printed Act for the leavies of their new modell (as they owne itt by that very name) in which there are severall observable thinges, for. 1. They lay all the whole charge and burthen uppon the Malignants, and exempt the well affected; 2. They trust the command to a number of new modell’d officers the most confiding they can picke out; 3. They lay out the best way their present constitution will admitt for the getting the honestest of the cominaltie for their souldiers; and for manage of publique affaires in the country they have new modell’d all Committees. By another Act they have discharged the Earle of Crawford Lyndsay, and all other officers belonging to the Treasury or Exchequer, from medling with the Kinges rents or the Exchequer affaires, and have appointed a Committee to manage the same.
On Friday last October 20, Sir James Stuart, Lord Provost of this Citty, warned all the Burgers therof to a Generall Convention, att which betweene 2000 and 3000 mett in a great roome by the Parliament House. After some preface to them hee desired them to joyne in prayer with him, and hee prayed; after which hee made a longe speech referring principally to the late Engagement of the loane of 40,000lb. Scotts (which is about 3000lb. sterling), which they without the consent or privity of the generallity of the Citty had furnished amonge themselves, and when Argyll’s partie came in they were leavying the same (for their reimbursement) uppon the Citty; uppon which accounta hee requir’d that all who were privy or consenting, or that were for the same Engagement, should withdrawe, and they had then a free libertie to goe out, and all that had bin, or that now were against that sinfull engagement should stay. Nott a man going out, hee againe prayed with them, and after tooke every man’s name, man by man as they went out, hee havinge guards, that suffer’d butt one att a time to passe by him and the bayliffs as they satt in the gate; this hath nott onely, putt all the loane monie uppon the Malignant Magistrates’ shoulders, and freed the Citty of soe much charge, butt appearingly hath united them against the Malignant partie in further order, who run to. . . . . The former Clarke of the Citty (whose influence and power heere is nott inferiour to a Recorder of a Citty in England) is alsoe putt out, and Mr. Andrew Ker, Clerke to the Commission of the Kirke chosen in his roome.
Two ministers from the Presbytery and two officers from the souldiers of the Scottish Nation in the Province of Ulster came lately, instructed to move and presse some thinges there in order to the renewing of their interest as well in the townes they had by treatie and district garrisons (independant from Col: Monck) asb in the sole administration of Ecclesiasticall Government in that province; butt being by one or two of greatest power heere disswaded from itt, partly uppon the ground, that Ireland was indeed England’s sole interest, and partly of unseasonablenesse, (att present att least) they are this day returned to Ireland, without soe much as proposing in publique anythinge concerning the same.
The Committee of Estates are now considering of the time for the Parliament’s sitting downe, whiche they thinke to appoint about the middle of December, within a day or two after the time sett downe for renewing the Covenant, that after the recent impression thereof thinges may goe on the more cordiall and orderly; which in all probability they may, the best affected that could bee pick’t out in all the quarters of the country being chosen [to] this next Parliament.
Lanerk is att Glencairne’s house in the West Country; there is noe certainty of any number yett uppe in the North, though Malignants bragge soe.
Att a full meeting of the Committee of Estates this day [to] the number of above 60 persons, the papers and proceedings, from the first sending to Lieutenant Generall Cromwell to this day, were read and approved.
[a ]MS. “Act.”
[b ]MS. “butt.”