Verney Papers: Notes of Proceedings in the Long Parliament, Temp. Charles I. Printed from the Original Pencil Memoranda Taken in the House of Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Member for the Borough of Aylesbury, and Now in the Possession of Sir Harry Verney, Bart

Verney Papers: Notes of Proceedings in the Long Parliament, Temp. Charles I. Printed from the Original Pencil Memoranda Taken in the House of Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Member for the Borough of Aylesbury, and Now in the Possession of Sir Harry Verney, Bart

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Verney Papers: Notes of Proceedings in the Long Parliament, Temp. Charles I. Printed from the Original Pencil Memoranda Taken in the House of Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Member for the Borough of Aylesbury, and Now in the Possession of Sir Harry Verney, Bart

Verney Papers: Notes of Proceedings in the Long Parliament, Temp. Charles I. Printed from the Original Pencil Memoranda Taken in the House of Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Member for the Borough of Aylesbury, and Now in the Possession of Sir Harry Verney, Bart

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The wonderful events which took place in England in 1640 and the two succeeding years, were brought about by the instrumentality of men whose motives and characters are most inadequately understood. By what reasoning they justified, or by what necessity excused, the overturning of the ancient government of their country, we can but very imperfectly tell. A cloud of error and misstatement was thrown over their actions by the triumphant writers of the restored dynasty, who used their pens in the same spirit as they had wielded their swords, and took revenge upon their ancient rivals by representations of their conduct, which, if they could be believed, would make it a'subject of amazement, how men so foolish and so wicked could ever have been even partially successful. But history has its periods of restitution. Truth, like Nature, will reappear, however forcibly expelled, and when the time for its appearance draws nigh, some heralds of its approach, some fragments and relics of the actual monuments of the past, will . . .

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