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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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[General Council of Officers at St. Albans, Nov. 16, 1648.]a
Q[uestion]. Whether this Councill doth approve of the substance and drift of the paper now read to be sent to the parliament and published to the kingdome.
Assented to neme contradicente.
Committee to peruse the paper, and to fitt it for to bee tendred to the parliament.
Private Instructions for Col. Ewers in reference to the letters & orders herewith sent for the more orderly prosecution of them.b
That leaveing the charge of Portsmouth to Lt. Col. Saunders you haste into the island with the letters, and there:
1. To deliver to the Governor two of the letters, viz., that sealed from the Generall, that unsealed from the Commissary Generall, but not that from the Councell, unlesse in case as is hereafter expressed.
2. To taste (?) whether upon our Remonstrance, the letters, or otherwise, it please God to satisffye his minde better towards the doeing of the thinges himselfe; and if soe then lett him knowe by worde of mouth, that hee undertakeinge to doe it himselfe his present comeing to the headquarters is not expected or desired, but rather his staye there; and in that case for assurance thereof (as alsoe for his better satisfaction to the doeinge of the thinge), give him the letter from the Councell to himselfe.
3. If notwithstanding all this, hee will neather undertake it himselfe nor leave it to you, then keep the letter & proceed as God shall direct & give opportunitye, according to the close of the letter from the Councell to yourselfe, adviseinge therein with Major Rolphe & such other honest officers thereabouts as you finde will be faithfull & secrett.a
[a ]A Council of War, or more properly a meeting of the “General Council of Officers of the Army” took place on Nov. 7, but the Clarke Papers do not contain a record of the votes, though they give a list of officers present. A table of attendances at Councils of War, drawn up from these lists, is given at the end of this volume. Another Council meeting took place on Nov. 16, of which these papers contain no record except the resolutions above. The document referred to is the Remonstrance presented to the House of Commons on Nov. 20. See Gardiner, Great Civil War, iv., 236-245.
[b ]The date of these Instructions should be Nov. 21. Fairfax’s letter to Ewer (“that sealed from the Generall”) is the letter dated Nov. 21, in answer to Hammond’s letter of Nov. 19. It is printed in Lords’ Journals, x., 610; Old Parliamentary History, xviii., 240, 255. Ireton’s letter (“that unsealed from the Commissary Generall”) is dated Nov. 22, and is printed in Birch’s Letters to Col. Robert Hammond, p. 95. The letter from the Council can hardly be the letter of Nov. 25 (or rather warrant) signed by Rushworth in the name of the Council. It must rather be some document like the letter of the 4 officers (Birch, p. 87). Ewer was not to deliver it unless he found Hammond satisfied to act.
[a ]From a very rough draft.