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Of the provision made for the state clergy and universities
Bishops, and dean and chapters lands fold-of ecclefiafti-
Cromwell assumes the title of Lord Pronetr-Of the in-
firument of government - The Protefter endeavours 19
acquiefced in, p. 341351.
proceedings, and calls ad
Gallant actions performed by Admiral Blake-His magni-
ficent burial - His excellent character -- His body taken
Cromwell interposes in behalf of the Vaudoism Protestantism
vindicated from the ridicule and misrepresentation of fame
Cromwell refuses the offered kingship- keafons alledged to
Probable consequences of his assuming the title of King.
E RR A T A.
OLIVER Cromwell, son of Robert
Cromwell, and Elizabeth Stuart,
his wife, was born at Huntington,
y on the twenty fourth of April, one thousand five hundred ninety nine. His family, which was considerable, I shall give some account of in the note (A).
(A) I Mall give some account of his family.) We are naturally inquisitive about the descents and alliances of those who have figured in the world. Whether they sprung from new or old families ? whether their fathers were men of renown? or they themselves first gave luftre to their name? are questions usually asked by such as read or hear concerning them. To gratify the curiosity of the reader then, the following account
He was educated in grammar learning in the Free-school at Huntington, under Dr.
has been collected. That his (Oliver's) extracclion by the father's fide, was from Sir Richard Wil• liams, Knight, a gentleman of eminent note (says < Sir William Dugdale) in the court of king Henry VII. and son to Morgan ap Williams (a 1Velchman) by
fifter to Thomas lord Cromwell earl of • Elex, is not to be doubted. Who being by his uncle
• preferred to the service of king Henry, was for that (a) Short 'cause (and no other) called Cromwell, as is apparent View of the “ enough from testimonies of credit (a).' If I have troubles in England, p.no
not been misinformed, many gentlemen of the name 48. Ox. of 1Villiams, in Wales, value themselves on this descent ford, 1681. of Oliver Cromwel. Dugdale's account has been lately
contested by a gentleman who thinks it' more proba-
the reign of Henry VI. and one of his coheiresses mar• ried Sir William IVilliams,whose descendents might af
terwards take the name of Cromwell, in hopes of at• taining that title which Humphry Bouchier, a younger <fon of the then earl of Essex, who married the eldest
" of the coheiresses, actually had, and was killed at (5) Bingra- • Painet field, fighting on the side of king Eduard phia Eritan- " IV. (6-Which of these accounts is most probable pica, vol.
ce must be left to the judgment of the reader.--HowCromwell, I ever, ihis is certain, that Sir Richard Cromwell above nute (a). "mentioned was sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Hun
tingtor./Bire in the time of Henry VIII. was a great fa(vourite and commander in the wars, and had grants 6 of abbey lands in Huntingtonshire to the amount, as
they were then rated, of three thousand pounds a year. • Lis fon, Sir Henry, was four times sheriff of the 6 county. Sir Oliver, uncle to ihe Protector, gave 'king Janes I. the greatest feast that had been given