Oliver Cromwell


English Puritan Leader, Lord Protector of the Realm, Statesman and General

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This is a righteous judgment of God upon these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood.

You are as like the forming of God as ever people were... you are at the edge of promises and prophecies.

This is our comfort, God is in heaven, and He doth what pleaseth Him; His, and only His counsel shall stand, whatsoever the designs of men, and the fury of the people be.

You drew me here to accept the place I now stand in. There is ne?er a man within these walls that can say, sir, you sought it, nay, not a man nor woman treading upon English ground.

Sylla was the first of victors; but our own the sagest of usurpers, Cromwell; he too swept off the senates while he hewed the throne down to a block ? immortal rebel! See what crimes it costs to be a moment free and famous through all ages.

To give the devil his due, he restored justice, as well distributive as commutative, almost to it?s ancient dignity and splendor; the judges without covetousness discharging their duties according to law and equity... His own court also was regulated according to a severe discipline; here no drunkard, nor whoremonger, nor any guilty of bribery, was to be found, without severe punishment. Trade began again to prosper; and in a word, gentle peace to flourish all over England.

You have accounted yourselves happy on being environed with a great ditch from all the world beside.

Take away that fool?s bauble, the mace.

Truly England and the church of god hath had a great favor from the lord, in this great victory given us.

You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

That slovenly fellow which you see before us, who hath no ornament in his speech; I say that sloven, if we should ever come to have a breech with the King (which God forbid) in such case will be one of the greatest men of England.

Truly, though kingship be not a title but a name of office that runs through the law, yet it is not so ratione nominis, but from what is signified. It is a name of office, plainly implying a Supreme Authority. Is it more, or can it be stretched to more? I say, it is a name of office, plainly implying the Supreme Authority, and if it be so, why then I would suppose, (I am not peremptory in any thing that is matter of deduction or inference of my own,) why then I should suppose that whatsoever name hath been or shall be the name, in which the Supreme Authority shall act; why, (I say) if it had been those four or five letters, or whatsoever else it had been, that signification goes to the thing. Certainly it does, and not to the name. Why then, there can be no more said, but this, why this hath been fixt, so it may have been unfixt.

Your pretended fear lest error should step in, is like the man that would keep all the wine out of the country lest men should be drunk. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy, to deny a man the liberty he hath by nature upon a supposition that he may abuse it.

That which brought me into the capacity I now stand in, was the Petition and Advice given me by you, who, in reference to the ancient Constitution, did draw me here to accept the place of Protector. There is not a man living can say I sought it, no not a man, nor woman, treading upon English ground.

Trust in God, but keep your powder dry.

The commonest charge against Cromwell is hypocrisy ? and the commonest basis for that is defective chronology.

Vote it as you please; there is a company of poor men that will spend all their blood before they see it settled so.

The Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and of the Dominions thereunto belonging, shall be and reside in one person, and the people assembled in parliament; the style of which person shall be "The Lord Protector of the Commonwealth"... That Oliver Cromwell, Captain General of the forces of England, Scotland and Ireland, shall be, and is hereby declared to be, Lord Protector...for his life.

We are Englishmen; that is one good fact.

The dimensions of this mercy are above my thoughts. It is for aught i know, a crowning mercy.

We declared our intentions to preserve monarchy, and they still are so, unless necessity enforce an alteration. It?s granted the king has broken his trust, yet you are fearful to declare you will make no further addresses. .....look on the people you represent, and break not your trust, and expose not the honest party of your kingdom, who have bled for you, and suffer not misery to fall upon them for want of courage and resolution in you, else the honest people may take such courses as nature dictates to them.

The English monster, the center of mischief, a shame to the British Chronicle, a pattern for tyranny, murder and hypocrisie, whose bloody Tyranny will quite drown the name of Nero, Caligula, Domitian, having at last attained the height of his Ambition, for Five years space he wallowed in the blood of many Gallant and Heroick Persons.

Weeds and nettles, briars and thorns, have thriven under your shadow, dissettlement and division, discontentment and dissatisfaction, together with real dangers to the whole.

The next morning I sent Colonel Cook to Cromwell, to let him know that I had letters and instructions to him from the King. He sent me word by the same messenger, that he dared not see me, it being very dangerous to us both, and bid me be assured that he would serve his Majesty as long as he could do it without his own ruin; but desired that I should not expect that he should perish for his sake.

What are all our histories but God manifesting himself, that he hath shaken, and tumbled down, and trampled upon everything that he hath not planted!

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English Puritan Leader, Lord Protector of the Realm, Statesman and General