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will satisfy. And thus to be a seeker is to be one of the best sect next to a finder; and such a one shall every faithful humble seeker be at the end. Happy seeker, happy finder! Who ever tasted that the Lord is gracious, without some sense of self, vanity, and badness? Who ever tasted that graciousness of His, and could go less in desire [i.e. become less desirous], less pressing after full enjoyment? Dear heart, press on; let not thy husband, let not anything cool thy affections after Christ. I hope he [thy husband] will be an occasion to inflame them. That which is best worthy of love in thy husband is that of the image of Christ he bears. Look on that, and love it best, and all the rest for that. I pray for thee and him ; do so for me.

My service and dear affections to the General and Generaless. I hear she is very kind to thee; it adds to all other obligations. I am,

“Thy dear father,


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“Delicacy of sentiment,” says Dr. D’Aubigné, “the domestic virtues, and paternal love, are among the features by which Cromwell is best characterised.” Here again is a letter to one of his daughters, when the writer was on board the John, on his expedition to Ireland :


“ Your letter was very welcome to me. 1 like to see anything from your hand; because, indeed, I stick not to say I do entirely love you. And, therefore, I hope a word of advice will not be unwelcome nor unacceptable to thee.

"I desire you both to make it, above all things, your business to seek the Lord; to be frequently calling upon Him that He would manifest Himself to you in His Son; and be listening what returns He makes to you, for He will be speaking in your ear and your heart if you attend thereunto. I desire you to provoke your husband thereunto. As for the pleasure of this life and outward business, let that be upon the bye. Be above all these things by faith in Christ, and then you shall have the true use and comfort of them, and not otherwise. I have much satisfaction in hope your spirit is this way set; and I desire you may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and that I may hear thereof. The Lord is very near, which we see by His wonderful works; and, therefore, He looks that we of this generation draw near to Him. This late great mercy of Ireland is a great manifestation thereof; your husband will acquaint you with it. We should be much stirred up in our spirits to thankful

We much need the spirit of Christ to enable us to praise God for so admirable a mercy. "The Lord bless thee, my dear daughter!

“I rest, thy loving father,



These, then, are the letters of this man in the which we have been drawn away by the letter to his wife after Dunbar, and have a little confused dates), and he has been regarded as a kind of ogre by all historians! These are the letters of the warrior ; do they not reveal the Christian ? Do they not show a character strong in its simplicity, as we have beheld it before-strong in its mailed armour of proof and in its sagacity ? Cromwell has been judged from a wrong centre. Could a kid-skinned time-server like Clarendon understand him ? Could a sceptic like Hume understand him ? Could a prejudiced partizan like Forster understand him? Let the reader, at this point of Cromwell's history, look at the great Maccabæus of the Commonwealth, and let him glance at the circumstances of the history too, and the times. What would have been the state of the land had there been no Cromwell, or had Cromwell been killed on the field of Dunbar or Worcester ?--for with the battle of Worcester, which we are presently to recite, terminated the Second Civil War? Charles II. fled in hopeless desolation to France, to exist as the pensioned pauper of the French king. The royal power was now fairly beaten down in England. Let the malignant sneerer, who has no words but commonplace abuse to bestow upon the great English hero, attempt to realize what the land would have been, must have been, without him, rent in factions, almost all equally strong. An army then without a leader, dreamy speculators determined to impose their theories upon the kingdom, and so inflict upon the land the miseries of anarchy, as in the French Revolution; or the horrors of persecution, as in Boston and the New England States. Cromwell was the power raised up by Providence to save England from this. Never in the history of the world had a man a more difficult task to perform; but he performed it, because he brought to the task, in addition to the most remarkable combination of mental requisites ever assembled together in one man-forming a sort of mythic personage, and reminding us of Theseus or Hercules,in addition to these, we say, he brought piety of the sublimest order, and singleness of purpose lofty as that of a Hebrew prophet, but conjoined to a largeness of toleration for all religious differences, for which we know not where to find a parallel.




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