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For the Honorable Willo Lenthall, Esq; Speaker of the
I too boul lete me defier, and obtaine him, I know the lof
| Beseech you upon that scoare of favor (if I be not
too bould to call it friendship) which I have ever had from you, lett me defier you to promote my partners humble suite to the house, and obtaine (as farr as poffibiye you may) some just satisfaction for him, I know his fufferinges for the publick have beene great, besides the loffe of his callinge by his attendance heere : His affections haue beene true, and constant, and I beleive his decay great in his eftate, it wil be justice and charitye to him, and I shall acknowledge itt as a fauor to
Your most humble servant
This is exaélly copied from the original in Harl. Mf. 6988. Sept. 13, 1759.
To Colonel Hacker.
(Wrote in another Hand.)
Sr. 1 Have the best consideration I can for the præsent in this
businesse, and although I beleiue capt. Hubbert is a worthy man, and heere foe much, yett as the case stands, I cannott with satisfaction to my selfe, and some others revoake the commission I had given to capt. Empfon, wthout offence to them, and reflection upon my cwne judgment, I pray lett capt. Hubbert knowe, I shall not be unmindefull of him, and that noe disrespect is intended to him. But indeed I was not satisfied with your last speech to mee about Empjon, that hee was a better præcher then a fighter or souldier, or words to that effect. Truly I thinke hee that prayes & præches best will fight best, I know nothing will giue like courage and confidence as the knowledge of God in Christ will, and I bless God to see any in this armye able and willinge to impart the knowledge they have
for the good of others. And I expect itt be encoraged by all cheife officers in this armye especially, and I hope you will do soe. I pray receave capt. Empson lovinglye, I dare allure you hee is a good man and a good officer, I woud wee had noe worse. I rest
Your louinge freind . Dec. 25, 1650.
An exact copy from Harl. Mf. No. 5. 7502. 1759.
My Deereft, I Could not satisfie my felfe to omitt chis poást, although I I have not much to write, yet indeed I love to write to my deere whoe is very much in my heart, it joyes mee to heere thy foule prospereth, the Lord increase his favors to thee more and more. The great good thy foule can wish is that the Lord lift upon thee, the light of his countenance which is better then life. The Lord blesse all thy good councell and example to those about thee, and heere all thy prayers, and accept thee alwayes. I am glad to heere thy sonn and daughter are with thee. I hope thou wilt have some good oportunitye of good advise to him. Present my duty to my mother, my love to all the familye. Still pray for thine
O. CROMWELL. Edinburgh 3d of May, 1651.
Exactly copied from the original in Harl. M8.7502. No. 6. Sept. 19, 3759.
Bibliothecæ Sloaniane, Micc. 345. pag. 126.
1 Defire you to send mee the refons of the Scotts to inI force ther * desier of uniformity in religion expressed in ther * 8 article, I mean that which I had before of you, I would peruse itt against wee fall upon that debate which wil be speedily.
Yours OL. CROMWELL.
To his loving friend Mr. Willingham, att his house in Swithins Lane.
* Whether the last letter is an e or r I am not certain, the rest is exactly copied. Sept. 22, 1759.
In the poljeffion of James Lamb, Esq; of Fairford,
For je Honoble the Committee for the army these. Gentl. IT was not a little wonder to me to see that you should I send Mr. Symonds so great a journey about a bufiness importinge so little as far as it relates to me, when as if my poore opinion may not be rejected by you, I have to offer to that woh I thinke the most noble end, to witt the comemoracon of that great mercie att Dunbar, & the gratuitie to the army, wck might better be expressed upon the meddal by engraving as on the one side the parliam' wch I heare was intended & will do fingularly well, so on the other side an army win this inscription over the head of it, The Lord of Horts, wch was of word that day; wherefore if I may beag it as a favo' from you I moft earnestly beseech you if I may doe it wihout offence that it may be foc, & if you thinke not fire to have it as I offer, you may alter it as you see cause, only I doe thinke I may truely say it wil be verie thankfully acknowledged by me, if you will spare the having my effigies in it.
The gentlemans paynes & trouble hither have been verie great, & I shall make it my second suite unto you that
you will please to conferr upon him that imploym' in yos
O. CROMWELL. An oval medal in silver of general Cromwell in profile, was ftruck, in commemoration of the victory at Dunbar, as it is thought, by his own appointment; being the first drawn for him from the life, by Simon; and is remarkable for his likeness when lieutenant-general; as it does appear, by comparing it with a picture drawn of him by IV alker, his painter, about that time. The profile of this medal, differing in some respects from a medal copied by Simon also from a curious limning drawn by Samuel Cooper; the original whereof is preserved in the collection of the duke of Devonslire. But these are frequently seen in silver, and sometimes in gold, and when fairly struck, and well preserved, do great honour to the ingenious artist who engraved these curious and memorable medals. See Medals, great seals, impressions, from the elaborate works of Thomas Simon, chief engraver of the mint to King Charles I. to the Commonwealth, the Lord Protector Cromuell, and in the reign of King Charles II. to 1663. By George Vertue. 4to 1753. p. 13.
his paint in some slimning, in the com
In the Poffeffion of the Rev. Dr. Birch. Copy of Oliver Cromwell's Letter to Mr. Cotton,
Octob. 2, 1651. Worthy Sir and my Christian Friend, 1 Receaved yours a' few dayes fithence, it was welcome I to mee, because signed by you, whome I love and honour in the Lord. But more to see some of the same
grounds of our a&tinges ftirringe in you, that have in us to quiet us in our worke, and support us therein, which hath had greatest difficultye in our engagement with Scotland, by reason wee bave had to doc with some, wlioe were (I verily thinke) godly, but through weaknesse and the subtiltie of Sathan, involved in interest against the Lord, and his people. With what tendernesle wee have proceeded with such, and that in synceritie, our papers (which I suppose you have seen) will in part manifest, and I give you some comfortable ****** aflurance off. The Lord hath marvelously appeared even against them. And now againe when all the power was devolved into the Scotish Kinge, and the malignant partie, they invadinge England, the Lord rayned upon them such snares as the enclosed will shew, only the narrative is short in chis, that of their whole armie when the narrative was framed, not five of their whole armie returned. Surely Sr. the Lord is greatly to bee feared, as to be praised. Wee need your prayers in this as much as ever, how shall wee behave ourselves after such mercyes? What is the Lord a doeinge? What prophesies are now fulfillinge? Who is a God like ours? To knowe his will, to doe his will are both of him.
I tooke this libertye from businesse to falute you thus in a word, truly I am ready to serve you, and the rest of our brethren and the churches with you, I am a poor weake creature, and not worthy the name of a worme, yet accepted to serve the Lord and his people ; indeed my dear triend between you and mee you know not mee, my weaknesses, my inordinate passions, my unskilfulnesse, and every way unfitnesle to my worke, yett, yett, the Lord who will have mercye on whome hee will, does as you see. Pray for mee, salute all christian friends though unknown. I rest
Your affectionate friend to serve you, Oft. 2, 1651.
O. CROMWELL. For my esteemed friend Mr. Cotton pastor to the church at Bilion in New England. Theise.