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Extracts from Newsletters written in 1654 1 - Sir William Clarke, The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, vol. 3 
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 (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). 4 vols.
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Extracts from Newsletters written in 16541
Nov. 25, 1654.—
f. 164.The officers mett this day at James about the heads of the petition, and because their number was not so full as they expected they adjourned till the next weeke. . . . The Court Marshall sat in the afternoone uppon the Articles presented against Col. Okey, which being read to him he denyed them both as to matter and forme; and for what he had said he was so farre from denyinge as that he would seale it with his blood, and prayed that hee might have a copy of the articles, time to answer, and liberty to advise with such as hee shall think fitte. All which was assented unto, his time for answering beinge 14 daies. Col. Okey is in custody of the Marshall Generall.
Nov. 30, 1654.—
f. 167.The officers of the Army in a very full meeting yesterday resolved to live and die with his Highness and the present government, and sent some of their members to him to acquaint him therewith, and to desire him to take care for the bringing about the due regulating of the Law, satisfying the publique faith, with severall such others formerly insisted upon.
Dec. 2, 1654.—
f. 168.Col. Okey’s commission is either accepted or some other private satisfaction given, whereupon his Highness hath ordered him his liberty.
Dec. 5, 1654.—
f. 170b.The Parliament is yett uppon the Government, and have resolved to sitt forenoone and afternoone untill they have gone through it. The most part of the last weeke was spent about the qualifications of Electors, and the persons to be elected to serve in Parliament, and many negatives passed upon them. An Act is to bee brought in against drinking of healthes, and for multiplying the fines of drunkards in manner as for swearers. It was resolved upon the question, that the persons that shall bee of his Highnes Councell, shall bee nominated by him and approved of by the Parliament. Our shipps have taken all or most part of the French Forts in New England. Yesterday was spent in perfecting the Bill for the next 3 monthes Assesments, and in reading the Bill for regulating the Chancery the first time. The officers of the Army having meet severall dayes at St. Jameses,1 after time sett a part for seeking God, they drew up the inclosed, and presented them to his Highnes the last weeke, which hee received with much respect, assureing them of his assistance for the accomplishment thereof. The proposalls were presented by
f. 171b.Col. Allured was this day brought before a Court Marshall, and his charge beeing read before [him] the Court ordered him a coppie thereof, and 14 dayes time to putt in his answere.
f. 175a.This day Col. Saunders also attended his Highness, and after he had declared his dissatisfactions, his Highness told him the trust which was formerly reposed in him must not be longer continued. Whereupon Col. Saunders replied, that he would speedily send for and deliver his commission.
[1 ]From vol. xxvi. of the Clarke MSS. in Worcester College Library, with the exception of the two letters of December 21.
[1 ]On the meetings of the officers at. St. James’s, see Robert Vaughan’s The Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, i. 80, 87.