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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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London, December 15, 1659.—
xxxii. f. 187.The other night was expected a great rising, butt in hopes of a good answer from the Common Councill deferr’d all till yesterday; but the Common Councill satt from morning till night, and instead of having a good answer they are clearly frustrated, for they have order’d Parliament to sitt the 24th of next month, but [with] abundance of limitations, as those that are in itt to have noe designe of Charles Stuarts interest, nor for a single person, nor that they shall nott meddle to disband the army, and severall other thinges, and will have, instead of a House of Lords, 21 persons called by the name of Conservators, who are to sitt and approve of their actinges.1 Portesmouth is besieged, and severall men kill’d before itt, butt as to the generallity of the citty they are much discontented with affaires, soe that it is really to bee supposed that thinges may nott bee soe well as they thinke of.
[1 ]For the ‘seven fundamentals’ and other particulars of the constitution proposed by the Council of Officers, see Mercurius Politicus, December 8-15, pp. 946, 956. The number for December 15-22 contains a declaration against the scheme, published by the Lord Mayor and the Common Council (p. 967). On this constitution see also Ludlow, Memoirs, ii. 171-4.