Thomas Harrison; Regicide and Major-General. with Illustrations


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter V Harrison and the Extremists against the King 1647-1649 Harrison one of the principal officers--The army becomes more republican--Negotiations of Cromwell, etc, with the King--Protests of Harrison and others--The King's fixed principles--The King charged with perfidy--Mutiny of the army--The army decides to bring the King to justice--Rising of the Royalists--Harrison in Lancashire -- Fight at Appleby Bridge -- Harrison dangerously wounded--His recovery, and return to Windsor--Letter to Colonel Hammond--The conference at Newport--Negotiations between Harrison and Lillburne--Pride's Purge--Harrison brings the King from Hurst Castle--Interview between Harrison and the King at Farnham--The King at Windsor--Harrison returns to London-- Trial and execution of the King. Major Thomas Harr1son, now promoted to be colonel of a regiment of horse in the New Model army, had seen one great step taken by the army towards the fulfilment of his daring projects; for on June 10th, 1647, a manifesto from the principal officers was dispatched to the city of London. The ten men who signed it were the leaders who had come to the front through the already lengthy discussion of the army's rights and duties. Of these leading officers, at least three, Colonel Rainsborough, Colonel Rich, and Colonel E * Harrison, were desirous to see the monarchy overthrown, and the reign of the saints established in its place. At first the Fifth Monarchy men had been treated by Cromwell as mere wild enthusiasts, one degree more wild than the many sects which had come into existence in this time of revolution. But in seasons of danger it is just these small bodies of men who know clearly what they want who gain the upper hand; and already in 1647, the leaders of the...

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