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The Officers under Major-General Lambert to the Council of Officers in Scotland - Sir William Clarke, The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, vol. 4 
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 Officers under Major-General Lambert to the Council of Officers in Scotland
Brethren and Fellow Souldiers,
lii. f. 27.The coppie of a letter from yow to Colonel Wilkes, Lieut.-Colonel Clobury, and Major Knight, as alsoe the coppie of a letter from Generall Monck to his Excellency the Lord Fleetwood, beeing comunicated to us by the Lord Lambert, and thereby perceiveing that yow have thought fitt to wave the Agrement made at London the fifteenth of this instant, upon grounds that your Commissioners have left some necessary part imperfect, and that they have in others mistaken their instructions, and therefore that yow are resolved to add two to your number, and proceede towards a firme and sure agrement in such way and manner as therein is exprest, and thereby, as we conceive, have put that affaire into such a delatory course as will answer noe expectation but that of the common enimie, wee cannot but expresse our present trouble occasioned thereby, and take the freedome as brethren to expostulate with yow, and to desire yow to consider what good these delayes can bring forth.
Are the differences betwixt yow and us in the matter contained in the late Agreement soe considerable as it needs the waste1 of tyme in expecting a safe conduct from London for additionall commissioners, which together with the tyme necessary for debate thereof, and theire repaire thither, must spin out many dayes, dureing which the breach betwixt us must bee kept open to the publicque view of the nations about us, till the preparations of France and Spaine (which cannot bee unknowne to you) bee ready to joyne with the publicque enimy within our bowells, and will nothing satifie yow but the hazard of the lives and well beeing of your freinds and brethren in England? Did yow well understand and consider the late transactions in reference to the publicque, before yow tooke your armes in your hands, and resolved to march for England? Have yow any grounds to beleeve that they are not equally concerned with yow in the happines and prosperity of theire native country, and that the libertyes thereof as men and Christians are [not] as deare to them as their lives? As for the callumnies cast uppon them by some of yow of being enimies to magistracy, ministry, and schooles of learneing, are they any other then what hath bin cast uppon the people of [God] in all ages, and uppon us by the comon enimy even whilst you and wee like friends often hazarded our lives together in carryeing on that worke, and wherein not onely by our publicque declarations, but alsoe by our private discourses, [we] have declared that thorough regulation and reformation in those things was the summe of our desires? Were not your commissioners acquainted with these things, and fully impowred to treate and conclude, and have they not in pursuance thereof signed an agreement in your behalfs? If these things bee soe, have wee not reason to judge our selves dealt with all in an extraordinary way, contrary to the practise of declared enimies in all nations, and much more contrary to what ought to bee amongst friends and brethren?
Yet, to the end nothing conduceing to peace may bee left unattempted on our parts, wee have desired Major Generall Lambert to acquaint Generall Monck, that if hee please to appoint two commissioners (officers of the army in Scotland) to bee added to those already at London, and signifie theire names to him, that a safe conduct shalbee forthwith given to them, and that accord[ing] to your desire the treaty may be removed to Newcastle, which in order to your satisfaction wee hope wilbee granted. And to the end wee may bee cleare and plaine with yow in your proceedings, [wee] thought fitt to acquaint yow that wee have advised his Excellency that nothing in the agreement may bee parted from, nor new matter or further explanacions admitted which are not consentaneous to what is already concluded; as alsoe to advise his Lordshipp that the Generall Council agreed uppon in the third article of the agreement at London, appointed to meete the sixth of December next, may accordingly hold theire meeting, and proceed to setle the affaires therein mentioned, to the end that if a failure bee on your parts, all [un]prejudiced men may see where the obstruction to setlement lies, soe much desired by all good people in these nations. And haveing said thus much unto yow, we shall conclude that through mercy wee hope wee shalbee found lovers of our country, lovers of the people of God, lovers of peace, and desireous to continue in a brotherly affection towards yow. And what ever decision the Lord shall give to this controversy, wee hope wee shall blesse his name, and say the will of the Lord bee done. Soe making our earnest desire to the Throne of Grace that his [hee] will in much mercy rebuke that spiritt which for preferment or selfe advantage shall sett it selfe against peace, whether it bee found in yow or us, and comitting yow to his direction in this greate affaire, wee remaine
Your affectionate friends and
|D. AXTELL.||WALT. HIMLETON.|
|THEO. BARNARD.||HEN. BRIGHTMAN.|
|JOHN PEARSON.||THO. PAUL.|
|[RICH.] CREEDE.||JO. WARPOOLE.|
|[HIE.] SANKEY.||EDW. COBS.|
|THOMAS TALBOTT.||RI. WINSMORE.|
|ROBT. BAYNES.||RT. CARTER.|
|JA: BANNING.||P. THORPE.|
|THO. WALCOT.||S. POCKLEY.|
|PE. BACKHOWSE.||RT. SALMON.|
|THO. CLEARE.||BEN. WOODWARD.|
|FRANCIS BROWNE.||T. SPILLMAN.|
|THO. BARNARD.||THOMAS TALBOTT.|
|SAM. COCKERELL.||WILL. SYMMONS.|
|SAM. BUDGER.||HEN. POWNALL.|
|WILL. MOUNTFORD.||RICH. FRANCKE.|
|THO. SAVAGE.||WILL. HOOPER.|
|HEN. SMITH.||GEO. MASON.|
|CLEMENT KEENE.||WILL. SHARPE.|
|JOHN DUCKENFEILD.||RICE JONES.|
|WILLM. GOUGH.||ED. SCOTTON.|
|NICHOLAS ANDREWES.||MO. SCOTTON.|
|WILL. WALKER.||CHA. COTTLE.|
|W. CAMBRIDGE.||RICH. EVERARD.|
|GEO. ROBINSON.||JOSEPH WALLINGTON.|
|EDM. LITTER.||HEN. BOLNEY.|
|JOHN SMITH.||J. LEMAN.|
|JOHN CARUS.||JOHN RIDFORD.|
|NI. LOCKYER.||JAMES WILSON.|
|RICH. WILLIAMS.||ROGER LAWRENCE.|
|CHR. HANDLEY.||GEO. RAMSDEN.|
|WILL. BRODHURST.||ANDR. RUSHWOOD.|
|GEO. CLARKE.||AUGUST. RICHARDS.|
|GEO. AUSSOTT.||JA. BIRTLES.|
|HEN. HEDWORTH.||THO. JONES.|
|JOSEPH SYMPSON.||THO. SWAN.|
|JA. WILSON.||MA. THOROWGOOD.|
|ROGER LAURENCE.||RICH. SOUTHWOOD.|
|ROGER JONES.||THO. LENDON.|
|WILL. JONES.||JOSEPH BELBIN.|
|W. WILKINSON.||THOMAS ELLIOTT.|
|RICH. LAUGHLIN.||FRAS. PYM.|
|WM. FULTHORP.||JACOB FREMMERS.|
|PLATT. POWER.||J. SWANSON.|
|EVAN JONES.||RI BURTON.|
|WM. THORNETON.||FRAN. CORDONES.|
|GRIFF. LLOYDE.||LAUR. EDWARDS.|
|WM. WENTWORTH.||THO. BOND.|
|T. CHAMBURLAINE.||WILL. WILDMAN.|
|GARVES[?] AYNSLOW.||TIMO. LEAING.|
|HENR. READE.||RICH. LIDNALL.|
|HENRY DAVIS.||JAMES TOPHAM.|
|JOHN LEE.||GEO. AUSTIN.|
29th November, 1659.
Wee perceive by a postcript in Generall Monck’s letter to the Lord Fleetwood, that Colonell Cobbet is still detained a prisoner, uppon grounds that his case hath somthing in it different from the rest. Wee have thought fitt to acquaint yow that hee was sent by order of the Lord Fleetwood and a Committee of the Generall Councill of officers as a publicque messinger, and therefore desire that hee may have the previledge of messingers, except by some miscarriage hee hath forfeited the same, and therefore wee desire that hee may bee sett at liberty, or heard before impartiall judges of the crime laide to his charge, and wee doubt not but hee will bee founde both faithfull and honnest to his country. Wee have heard some report that hee is imprisoned because hee had order to seiz General Monck, which as it is in it self frivilouse, soe it is untrue, as many of us who weere uppon the place when he received his dispatch can testifie.
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