Albion Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter, 1976 by The North American Conference on British Studies

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The opposition "cabal" was now faced with a new threat from the court supporters organized by Osborne (created earl of Danby in June, 1674) who used skillful flattery combined with the material inducements of pensions and bribes. By the winter of 1675, this court group had assumed ominous proportions. 47 In the spring, 1675, session of Parliament, Danby copied the opposition's tactics and sought to exclude the country party from 41Henry Ball to Williamson, December 18, 1673, Williamson, 11:103.

If Pym had intended to introduce the bill that day it is unlikely he would have disclosed Vane's notes as he did, which was embarrassing to both the secretary and to his son. If in fact Pym did '6Commons Journal, II:31. '7Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series of the Reign of Charles 1, 1640-1641 (London, 1882), pp. 539-540. I8Ibid. 19 Certainly Hesilrige's act had not been that of a renegade, but was in accordance with the ambitions and goals of the members of his party. 20 The Puritan leaders were determined not to let this one man, whom they all detested, stand in the way of their aspirations.

Cromwell]). He told mee he was resolved that it should goe in, but was earnestly urgent that I would present it. The Bill did hardly stay in my hand so long as to make a hasty perusal. Whilst I was over viewing it, Sir Edward Ascough delivered in a Petition out of Lincolnshire, which was seconded by M. 22 Hesilrige's action in giving the bill to Dering for presentation lent it some measure of respectability. Sir Edward was a moderate, above the suspicions of most of the supporters of episcopacy, in addition to being chairman of the Committee for Religion and an effective speaker.

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