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Second Stage of the ('aptivity : At Holmby House : Feb. 1646-7

- June 1647.---The King's Manner of Life at Holmby-New

Omens in his favour from the Relations of Parliament to

its own Army--Proposals to disband the Army and recon.

struct part of it for service in Ireland-Summary of Irish

Aflairs since 1611-Army's Anger at the Proposal to dis-

band it- View of the State of the Army : Medley of Reli.

gious Opinions in it : Passion for Toleration : Prevalence of

Democratic Tendencies : The Levellers-Determination of

the Presbyterians for the Policy of Disbandment, and Votes

in Parliament to that effect-Resistance of the Army :

Petitions and Remonstrances from the Officers and Men :

Regimental Agitators-Cromwell's Efforts at Accommoda-

tion : Fairfax's Order for a General Rendezvous-Cromwell's

Adhesion to the Army- The Rendezvous at Newmarket,

and Joyce's Abduction of the King from Holmby-West-

minster Assembly Business: First Provincial Synod of

London: Proceedings for the Purgation of Oxford


Third Stage of the Captivity : The King with the Army : June

-Nov. 1647. -Effects of Joyce's Abduction of the King-

Movements of the Army : their Denunciation of Eleven of

the Presbyterian Leaders : Parliamentary Alarms and Con.

cessions-Presbyterian Phrenzy of the London l'opulace:

Parliament mobbed, and Presbyterian Votes carried by Mob).

law : Flight of the two Speakers and their Adherents: Re-

storation of the Eleven-March of the Army upon London :

Military Occupation of the City : The Mob quelled, Parlia-

ment reinstated, and the Eleven expelled-Generous Treat-

ment of the King by the Army : His Conferences with

Fairfax, Cromwell, and Ireton-The Army's Heads of Pro.

posals, and Comparison of the same with the Nineteen Pro-

positions of the Parliament- The King at Hampton Court, still

ilemurring privately over the Heauls of Proposals, but playing

them ofl' publicly against the Nineteen Propositions: Army

at Putney-Cromwell's Motion for a Recast of the Nineteen

Propositions and Re-application to the King on that Basis :

Consequences of the Compromise-Intrigues at Hampton

Court: Influence of the Scottish Commissioners there: King

immoveable-Impatience of the Army at Putney : Cromwell

under Suspicion : New Activity of the Agitatorships :

Growth of Levelling Doctrines among the Soldiers : Agree.

ment of the People--Cromwell breaks utterly with the king :

Meetings of the Army Officers at Putney: Proposed Con-

cordat between the Army and Parliament- The King's

Escape to the Isle of Wight .

Fourth Stage of the Captivity : In the Isle of Wight : Nov. 1647

--Nov. 1648. -Carisbrooke ('astle, and the King's Letters

thence-Parliament's New Method of the Four Bills -

Indignation of the Scots: their Complaints of Breach of

the Covenant-Army Rendezvous at Ware: Suppression of

Mutiny of Levellers by Cromwell, and Establishment of

the Concordat with Parliament-Parliamentary Commis-

sioners in the Isle of Wight : Scottish Commissioners also

there : the King's Rejection of the Four Bills-Firmness of

Parliament: their Resolutions of No Farther Addresses to

the King: Severance of the Scottish Alliance - The Engage-

ment, or Secret Treaty between Charles and the Scots in

the Isle of Wight-Stricter guard of the King in Carisbrooke

Castle : Ilis Habits in his Imprisonment-First Rumours of

The Scottish Engagement : Royalist Programme of a SECOND


Royalist Risings : Cromwell in Wales : Fairfax in the South-

east : Siege of Colchester-Revolt of the Fleet: Commotion

among the Royalist Exiles abroad: Holland's attempted

Rising in Surrey-Invasion of Engiand by Hamilton's Scot-

tish Army : Arrival of the Prince of Wales off the South-

east Coast: Blockade of the Thames-Consternation of the

Londoners : Faintheartedness of Parliament : New Hopes

of the Presbyterians: their Ordinance against Heresies and

Blasphemies: their Leanings to the king : Independents in

a struggling minority : Charge of Treason against Cromwell

in his absence– The Three Days' Battle of Preston and utter

Defeat of the Scots by Cromwell: Surrender of Colchester

to Fairfax : Return of the Prince of Wales to Holland :

Virtual End of THE SECOND CIVIL WAR-Parliamentary

Treaty with the King at Newport: Unsatisfactory Results

- Protests against the Treaty by the Independents-- Disgust

of the Army with the Treaty : Revocation of their Concordat

with Parliament, and Resolution to seize the Political

Mastery : Formation of a Republican Party-Petitions for

Justice on the King: The Grand Army Remonstrance-

Cromwell in Scotland: Restoration of the Argyle Govern-

ment there : Cromwell at Pontefract: His Letter to Ham-

mond–The King removed from the Isle of Wight to Hurst

Castle—The Army again in possession of London .

II. Troubles in the Barbican Household : Christopher Milton's

Composition Suit : Mr. Powell's Composition Suit : Death

of Mr. Powell : His Will : Death of Milton's Father-Sonnet

XIV, and Ode to John Rous-Italian Reminiscences : Lost

Letters from Carlo Dati of Florence : Milton's Reply to the

last of them-Pedagogy in the Barbican : List of Milton's

known Pupils : Lady Ranelagh - Educational Reform still a

Question : Hartlib again : The Invisible College : Young

Robert Boyle and William Petty-Removal from Barbican to

High Holborn-Meditations and Occupations in the House in

High Holborn : Milton's Sympathies with the Army Chiefs

and the Expectant Republicans-Still under the Ban of the

Presbyterians : Testimony of the London Ministers against

Heresies and Blasphemies : Milton in the Black List -

Another Letter from Carlo Dati : Translation of Nine Psalms

from the Hebrew-Milton through the Second Civil War:

His personal Interest in it, and Delight in the Army's

Triumph : His Sonnet to Fairfax - Birth of Milton's Second

Child: Another Letter from Carlo Dati

III. The Two Houses in the Grasp of the Army: Final Efforts for

the King: Pride's Purge and its Consequences-- The King

brought from Hurst Castle to Windsor : Ordinance for his Trial

passed by the Commons alone: Constitution of the Court-

The Trial in Westminster Hall : Incidents of the Seven suc.

cessive Days: The Sentence- Last Three Days of Charl

Life: His Execution and Burial


JULY 1643-MARCII 1643-4.







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