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The Protector’s Speech, March 31, 1657 - 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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The Protector’s Speech, March 31, 1657
This is speech vii. in Carlyle’s ‘Cromwell.’ See Burton’s ‘Diary’ i. 413-6. A short account of Cromwell’s answer is given in ‘Mercurius Politicus’ p. 7702. Carlyle’s version follows that printed in Burton’s ‘Diary’ i. 413-6. The version in the ‘Clarke MSS.’ vol. xxix. f. 29 b to f. 32, differs very little from that in Burton’s ‘Diary.’ The variations are as follows: compared with Burton i. 413, the ‘Clarke MSS.’ gives, ‘by your hands’ . . . ‘a brazen forehead’ . . . ‘it being of the greate and high importance.’ . . .
Compared with p. 414, ‘that right treasure’ . . . ‘and rather to study to say noe more’ . . . ‘truly I have noe more to desire of you’ . . . ‘I have lived the latter part of my age, if I may say soe in the fire, in the midst of trobles’ . . . ‘truly if it could be supposed they should be brought into a narrow compasse if I should take a vew of them at once, I doe not thinke they would, nor I doe not thinke ought’ . . . ‘the busines that have layen heavy upon mee’ . . . ‘which made mee stand under the wayte’ . . . ‘looking upon the cander and pleasure God’ . . . ‘arguments of self love’ . . . ‘if it should have such motives rising in mee.’
Compared with p. 415, ‘God forbid such ayms should suffer any dishonest or indirectness on my parte’ . . . such ‘honest ends as these are that you have proposed’ . . . ‘at the end of their worke’ . . . ‘he should run upon such a worke as this is’ . . . ‘without approve the hart of God and seeking an answer from him, and putting for life and death to him’ . . . ‘prepared and preferred this worke’ . . . ‘mistaken in the person’ . . . ‘by a mistake, and if this should be soe to you’ . . . ‘it had bin better I am sure he had never bin borne’ . . . ‘being you have made this progress in this busines’ . . . some small time . . . ‘nor yet the desire of any may have lust in them after things that are not good shall alter me from giving.’
Compared with p. 416, ‘yett I shall thinke myselfe bound to give you a speedy answer to those things which I can.’