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LETTER CXCII. To R. Mayor, Esq.: Whitehall, 4 May,

1654 . . .

Dare not undertake the Purchase recommended.

CXCIII, To Lord Fleetwood : Whitehall, 16

May, 1654 . . . . . . . 329

To dismiss Col. Alured.

CXCIV. To Col. Alured : Whitehall, 16 May,

1654 . . .

. . 331

Official Order to the Colonel.

CXCV. To Sir T. Vyner : Whitehall, 5 July,
1654 . . . .

. . . . . 334

A City Preacher.

SPEECH II. Meeting of the First Protectorate Parliament,

4 Sept. 1654 . . . . . . 338

Goodwin's Sermon, On the Deliverance out of Egypt,

and Pilgrimage towards Canaan through the Wilder-
ness. Our difficulties : Antichrist ; Levellers, Fifth-
Monarchists, Jesuits. Our attainments : Some Reform
of Law; Reform of Church ; Peace, with almost all
Nations. Finance ; necessity o Concord.


SPEECH III. To the First Protectorate Parliament, 12

Sept. 1654 . . . . . . 368

Cannot have the Foundations of Government sub-
mitted to debate in this Assembly. A free Parliament
they; but he also, in virtue of whom they sit, must be
an unquestioned Protector. His history since he en-
tered on these Public Struggles : Dismissal of the Long
Parliament; Abdication of the Little Parliament; Pro-
tectorship, on what founded, by whom acknowledged.

To proceed no farther, till they acknowledge it.

LETTER CXCVI. To R. Bennet, Esq.: Whitehall, 12

Jan. 1654-5 . . . . . . 408

Virginia and Maryland.

, CXCVII. To Captain Crook : Whitehall, 20

Jan. 1654-5 . . . . . . 409

To watch Adjutant-Gen. Allen.

SPEECH IV. Dissolution of the First Protectorate Parlia-

ment, 22 Jan. 1654-5 . . . . 415

Regrets that they have not communicated with

him: he was not unconcerned with them; has been
struggling and endeavouring for them, keeping Peace
round them ;--does not know, on their part, whether
they have been alive or dead. Of trees that foster only
things poisonous under their shadow. Of disturbances,
once well asleep, awakened into new perilous activity
during these debates. Necessary that they be dissolved.

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THE Scotch People, the first beginners of this grand Puritan Revolt, which we may define as an attempt to bring the Divine Law of the Bible into actual practice in men's affairs on the Earth, are still one and all resolute for that object; but they are getting into sad difficulties as to realising it. Not easy to realise such a thing: besides true will, there need heroic gifts, the highest that Heaven gives, for realising it! Gifts which have not been vouchsafed the Scotch People at present. The letter of their Covenant presses heavy on these men; traditions, formulas, dead letters of many things press heavy on them. On the whole, they too are but what we call Pedants in conduct, not Poets: the sheepskin record failing them, and old use-and-wont ending, they cannot farther; they look into a sea of troubles, shoreless, starless, on which there seems no navigation possible.

The faults or misfortunes of the Scotch People, in their Puritan business, are many: but properly their grand fault is this, That they have produced for it no sufficiently heroic man among them. No man that has an eye to see beyond the letter and the rubric; to discern, across many consecrated rubrics of the Past, the inarticulate divineness too of the Present and the Future, and dare all perils in the faith of that! With Oliver Cromwell born a Scotchman ; with a Hero King and a unanimous Hero Nation at his back, it might have been far otherwise. With Oliver born Scotch, one sees not but the whole world might have become Puritan; might

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