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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 (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). 4 vols.
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The Protector’s Speech, April 3, 1657
The speech made by Cromwell on April 3, which is number viii. in Carlyle’s Collection, is printed in Burton’s ‘Diary,’ i. 417, and in the old ‘Parliamentary History,’ xxiii. 161. The variations of the copy in the ‘Clarke MSS.’ are as follows:—
Compared with Burton, p. 417, the Clarke MS. gives, ‘very hartely sorry’ . . . ‘some infirmity of body seized upon me’ . . . ‘and sought God’ . . . ‘I must needs bear this testimony to you that you.’
Compared with p. 418, ‘by yourselves and me hereafter’ . . . ‘and as to the libertyes of men professing godliness’ . . . ‘as a fault in them or any of them’ . . . ‘Catholique interest for the people of God’ . . . ‘civil liberties and interests’ . . . ‘I wish my sowle may not enter into his or their secrits’ . . . ‘licke Christian men, men of honour, and Englishmen’ . . . ‘if God shall count me worthy’ . . . ‘to give an accompt’ . . . ‘the late warres’ . . . ‘I could give none but it would be a wicked one if it could not comprehend’ . . . ‘by another tytle then what I doe now beare’ . . . ‘you have left me without a liberty of choyce.’
Compared with p. 419, ‘determinations’ . . . ‘and hath all good in it according to worldly comprehension (soveraigne power)’ . . . ‘memory of that in my heart, and by you I give the Parliament’ . . . ‘(except some very few things the Instrument beares testimony of itselfe)’ . . . ‘indulgence towards mee, that it be taken in tender part’ . . . omits ‘in answering’ . . . ‘of your proceeding therein’ . . . ‘seeing the wayes hedged up as it is to me I cannot.’
Compared with p. 420, ‘May be returned upon mee thus, are there such good things so well, why can you not’—‘any inducements by you to alter’ . . . ‘but it will bee candidly represented.’