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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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December 20, 1659.—
xxxii. f. 190.Thursday last Major Crooke’s troope, quarter’d in Sarum, declared for the restoration of the last Parliament, and last night marched to Warneside, where they mett Capt. Hutton’s troope and another troope which came from the West, all which the next day marched to Hurst Castle with an intention (as they said) to goe thence to Portesmouth by water, whence they had orders soe to doe.1 On Sunday last the Lord Mayor gave notice to the Lord Fleetwood of an intended rising that night in the Citty, wheruppon the souldiers were drawne out in the severall parts therof, and uppon search found many armes both for horse and foote, and severall Gentlemen of the Inns of Court ready to lead the tumult, all which were secured by the souldiers.1 This day was observed a day of Humiliation in Westminster, Covent Garden, and the Strand, by the joynt consent of the inhabitants therin. Mr. Scott and Mr. Weaver came Commissioners from the Fleete. Commissioners were appointed to treate with them—Sir Henry Vane and Major Salway. They have been debating uppon a free Parliament excepting only Cavaleers, that [which sat] in 1648, and that which satt last; one of them will bee concluded on this night. About 60 foote marching this evening towards Jameses laid downe their armes till they bee satisfied for what and whome they engage.
[1 ]Unton Croke was major of Colonel Berry’s regiment. The declaration published by his troops at their rendezvous at Warminster is printed in Mercurius Politicus, December 29-January 5, p. 996. On Croke, see Ludlow, ii. 170; Sir A. Croke’s Genealogical History of the Family of Croke, i. 525-48.
[1 ]See Ludlow, Memoirs, ii. 174.