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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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August 25, 1657.—
. . . Major Generall Skippon was this day married to Baron[et] Phillipp’s widow. His Highness hath bin at Hampton Court ten dayes together, her Highness not being well, and himselfe in a course of phisick, soe that the Councell have not sat in all that time. The funerall of Generall Blacke is deferred till tomorrow sennight. The Lord Richard Cromwell hath broake his thigh by a fall in hunting, but it is sett again, and his lordship in a hopefull way of recovery.
f. 110.This day his Highness returned from Hamton Court after a fortnight’s residence there. . . .
f. 112.Thursday last1 his Highnesse, with severall of his Councill, and many officers of the army, kept att Hampton Court a day of Thankesgiving for the never to bee forgotten victories at Dumbar and at Worcester. Friday Generall Blacke’s corpes were interred in Henry the 7ths’ chappell, attended in greate state by several of the Councell, Comissioners for the Admiralty, officers of the army and navy, Lord Maior and Aldermen of London, and many other persons of quallitie, in the states barges and all those belonging to the severall companies of London; those with small boates covered [the] Themes from the Tower to Westminster bridge, where great gunns plaid all along, and after interment the land forces made very many laudable volleyes.2 The Portugall Imbassedor has had audience,3 he desires ayd against the Spaniard. His Highnes allowes our forces 2d per diem in France4 besides the French pay. Mr. John Goodwin hath bin twice before the Councell for publishing his last booke. The farme of excise is not yett finished. 2000 men are raising for Sweden under the comand of George Lord Fleetewood.
[1 ]September 3.
[2 ]Cf. Mercurius Politicus, p. 1606, where there is a fuller account of Blake’s funeral.
[3 ]The Portuguese Ambassador had audiences on September 2 and September 9 according to Mercurius Politicus.
[4 ]MS. ‘frame.’