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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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General Monck to the Council of State1
lii. f. 72b.I am sensible of your respects to mee in your last night’s invitacion to conferre with you, and returne yow my humble thankes for the same. But in regard the present oath putts a barre upon my selfe and many others from acting as counsellors, I cannott be usefull to you if I should come till that be moderated or taken away; and indeed the present distraccions of this place are soe great that it is absolutely necessary for your service and the publique safety that I be here some time yett, for the people are much heightened in their feares by the continuacion of armes in the hands of phanatique and disaffected persons to the Parliament, who have had 7,000 lately out of the stoares, and are (as I am informed) provideing others.
I shall not mencion the desperate speeches of some persons against this cittie and your forces, because Alderman Atkins will give an account to the Howse of them; but I desire you will call in all the publique armes into your stores, if you will proceed noe further, to prevent if possible the wicked designes of men of such rageing and desperate spirits and principles that would draw us all into blood and confusion rather then not compasse their wicked purposes. Upon these consideracions I heartily beseech you to put a favourable construccion upon my intentions for your service, who am,