Eminent Characters of the English Revolutionary Period by Edwin Owen Jones

Eminent Characters of the English Revolutionary Period

byEdwin Owen Jones

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ... of fortune,--a coincidence which may serve to confirm the opinion, that when military men aspire to civil power, those terms are not far from synonymous. In the great civil war, he had fought on both sides, and had been trusted by neither. Under the protectorate, his abilities, which were really great, had recommended him to the notice of Oliver Cromwell, and he was now in command of the army in Scotland. On the re assembling of parliament, he marched south of the Tweed at the head of that army. His professed object was to confirm the authority of the legislature, and to establish the constitution on a strictly republican basis, without a sovereign, and without a peerage. This he constantly asserted, with oaths, Sec e historian last referred to, Vol. vi. page 287. GENERAL MONK. 117 asseverations, protestations, and tears. His real intention was to replace in parliament those excluded members of the moderate or presbyterian party, who had been averse to the execution of Charles the First, and through their influence to destroy the commonwealth, to bring back monarchy, and to restore the Stewarts. The design may have been a grand one; it was at least constitutional; but to advance it by such means was the course only of consummate hypocrisy and diabolical deceit. In the end, though, as we would fain hope for the honour of the national character, not in the means, he was certainly the representative of the public mind. The popular will, whether right or wrong, ought never to be put down by a faction. The purgation of parliament by Colonel Pride had therefore been an unjust and wicked invasion of the liberties of the people. Since that event, the Long Parliament had never represented the subjects whom it governed by military rule. The majority of the people we...

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Title:Eminent Characters of the English Revolutionary PeriodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217467989

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