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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., 1901). 4 vols.
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The Ministers of the Congregated Churches about London to General Monck
My Lord and Gentlemen,
xxxii. f. 95.Your Declaration to the Churches of Christ in the three Nations, having been delivered to us and considered by us, wee hold it our duty in a businesse of soe greate importance and consequence to communicate unto you our sense therupon;1 which that it might more fully bee imparted wee have desired some of our Brethren in person to make theire repaire unto you, to witt Lt. Genll. Whalley and Major Genll. Goffe, together with Mr. Joseph Carrill and Mr. Matthew Barker, pastours of neighbouring congregacions, who as they are deare unto us and of esteeme in the Churches, soe are able to relate unto yow our mindes and apprehensions in this busines; and therefore wee earnestly desire yow to receive them with good affeccion, and to give credit to what they shall represent unto yow in our names.2 The shortnes of the tyme would not permitt us to take with us the concurrence of more Churches in remote parts of the Nation, whose sence wee doubt not but wilbee the same as ours, who subscribes ourselves,
My Lord and Gentlemen,
Yours to serve you in the Lord,
From the Savoy,
To the Right Honorable
[1 ]In answer to this epistle Monck wrote the letter to ‘The Congregated Churches in and about London,’ addressed to Owen, Hooke, and Greenhill, and dated Nov. 23, 1659, which is reprinted as No. XII. in Toland’s collection of Monck’s letters.
[2 ]Phillips, after mentioning that Caryll, the minister, Col. Goffe, and Col. Whalley were sent to Monck to endeavour a reconciliation, says: ‘Likewise Mr. Hammond and Mr. Barker were deputed in the name of the Independent congregations in and about London to mediate a peace between the two armies’ (Baker, p. 690). Gumble, however, while rightly describing Barker and Caryll as the emissaries of the Churches, says that they were accompanied ‘as intruders’ by Whalley, Goffe, and Mr. Hammond, of Newcastle (Life of Monck, p. 143). Monck held a conference with these emissaries at Holyrood, ‘where were present to treat with them General Monck, Col. Fairfax, Col. Syler, Doctor Barrow, the Judge-Advocate of the Army, and Mr. Gumble, one of the General’s chaplains. At this conference Mr. Collins, an Independent minister (who had been one of the preachers of the late Council in Scotland), was admitted to be present as a neuter.’ Phillips goes on to give a summary of Caryll’s speech and of the debate which followed. Gumble gives no details, but seems to dispute the truth of the account given by Phillips (p. 143).