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Art. 22. In case any misunderstanding shall here- No one can be ignorant that it has been a conafter arise between the states and subjects of stant and invariable custom among the monarchs Sweden and Russia, it shall by no means preju- of all Christian states, to cause their consorts to dice this treaty of perpetual peace ; which shall be crowned, and that the same is at present practisnevertheless always be and remain in full force ed, and hath frequently been in former times by agreeable to its intent, and commissaries shall those emperors who professed the holy faith of the without delay be appointed on each side to inquire Greek church; to wit, by the emperor Basilides, into and adjust all disputes.
who caused his wife Zenobia to be crowned; the Art. 23. All those who have been guilty of high emperor Justinian, his wife Lucipina ; the
empetreason, murder, theft, and other crimes, and those ror Heraclius, his wife Martina; the emperor Leo, who deserted from Sweden to Russia, and from the philosopher, his wife Mary; and many others, Russia to Sweden, either singly or with their who have in like manner placed the imperial wives and children, shall be immediately sent crown on the head of their consorts, and whom it back, provided the complaining party of the coun- would be too tedious here to enumerate. try, from whence they made their escape, shall It is also well known to every one how much think fit to recall them, let them be of what nation we have exposed our person, and faced the greatsoever, and in the same condition as they were at est dangers, for the good of our country, during their arrival, together with their wives and children, the one and twenty years course of the late war, as likewise with all they had stolen, plundered, or which we have by the assistance of God terminattaken away with them in their flight.
ed in so honourable and advantageous a manner, Art. 24. The exchange of the ratifications of that Russia hath never beheld such a peace, nor this treaty of peace, shall be reciprocally made at ever acquired so great glory as in the late war. Nystadt within the space of three weeks after the
Now the empress Catherine, our dearly beloved day of signing the same, or sooner if possible. wife, having greatly comforted and assisted us In witness whereof, two copies of this treaty, ex- during the said war, and also in several other our actly corresponding with each other, have been expedients, wherein she voluntarily and cheerfully drawn up, and confirmed by the plenipotentiary accompanied us, assisting us with her counsel ministers on each side, in virtue of the authority and advice in every exigence, notwithstanding the they have received from their respective sove- weakness of her sex, particularly in the battle reigns; which copies they have signed with their
against the Turks, on the banks of the river own hands, and sealed with their own seals. Pruth, wherein our army was reduced to twenty Done at Nystadt, this 30th day of August, in the thousand men, while that of the Turks amounted year of our Lord 1721. 0. S.
to two hundred and seventy thousand, and on
which desperate occasion she signalized herself JEAN LILIENSTED.
in a particular manner, by a courage and presence Otto REINHOLD STROEMFELD.
of mind superior to her sex, which is well known JACOB DANIEL BRUCE.
to all our army, and to the whole Russian empire : HENRY-JOHN-FREDERIC OSTERMAN.
therefore, for these reasons, and in virtue of the
power which God has given us, we have resolved Ordinance of the Emperor Peter I. for the Crowning to honour our said consort Catherine with the imof the Empress Catherine.
perial crown, as a reward for her painful services; We, Peter the first, emperor and autocrator of
and we propose, God willing, that this ceremony all the Russias, &c. to all our officers ecclesias
shali be performed the ensuing winter at Moscow. tical, civil, and military, and all others of the Rus
And we do hereby give notice of this our resolusian nation, our faithful subjects.
tion to all, who are faithful subjects, in favour of whom our imperial affection is unalterable.
In the introduction to this work it has been explicitly stated, that though from the era of the Norman conquest there were never wanting bands of mercenary soldiers to occupy the castles and fortified towns belonging to the king, no traces of a standing army, similar in its composition to those which now exist throughout the whole of Europe, can be discovered in this country prior to the middle of the 17th century. Down to that date, wars, whether of defence or conquest, were carried on either by the feudal militia, or by troops raised under a commission of array; which, being enrolled for some particular service, were, on its conclusion, disbanded, and sent again to their own homes. The great struggle between Charles I. and his parliament led, almost unavoidably, to a different arrangement. Though begun, and to a certain extent concluded, by the yeomen of the counties and the trained bands of cities, that contest may be said to have produced a new order in the body politic; for the men who waged it successfully, becoming soldiers by profession, laid aside neither their arms nor their discipline after peace was restored. As a necessary consequence a standing army sprang up, the first, indeed, which England had ever maintained; nor from that era to the present time have circumstances permitted that an engine so powerful in itself, yet so eminently conducive to tranquillity, should be laid aside.
Of this vital change in the military system of his country, the reader need scarcely be informed that Oliver Cromwell was the author. Raised to the highest eminence by the influence of the soldiery, that extraordinary man found himself compelled, not merely to depend upon them for continued support, but to keep them in such a condition as that the check of military discipline should never for a moment be relaxed. Of him, therefore, one of the most profound statesmen as well as successful soldiers whom England has ever produced, we propose to give an account ; avoiding as far as possible all speculations on points purely religious or political, that we may bring more prominently into notice his exploits and tactics as a great military commander.
Oliver Cromwell was born at Huntingdon on the 25th of April, 1599. Both by father's and mother's side his family was respectable, for he was the son of Robert, the grandson of sir Henry, a great-grandson of sir Richard Cromwell; the last a Welsh gentleman of an ancient stock, who exchanged the name of Williams for that of Crom
well, on his marriage with a sister of Thomas earl of Essex.* His mother again claimed, upon ground far from fanciful, to be a scion of the royal tree of Stuart. She was the daughter of Walter Stewart, of the isle of Ely, a lineal descendant, according to North, from James I., lord high steward of Scotland, and a cousin, not very distantly removed, of Charles, the unfortunate opponent of his grandson. Other genealogies are indeed given, some of them more, some less gratifying to the family pride of the protector; but they all agree in attesting, that with the blood of the monarch, whom he ultimately dethroned, that of Cromwell was allied.
With this admitted fact before us, it is not easy to suppress a smile at the anxiety evinced by the personal and political enemies of the protector, to undervalue even the lineage of their great oppres
One of the favourite sarcasms thrown out against him is, that he was the son of a brewer, and that in his own person he followed the same humble occupation. There seems good ground for admitting that both assertions are correct, though there is surely none, in a country like England, for regarding the facts as disgraceful; unless, indeed, the disgrace attach to the individuals by whom they were brought forward in a spirit of paltry because posthumous hostility. The father of Oliver, being a second son, was somewhat slenderly provided for. He endeavoured to improve his circumstances by embarking in business, a measure the reverse of discreditable either to his judgment or his gentility; and he succeeded, as the representatives of many of the first families in the nation have done, both before and since, in obtaining an honest livelihood by exercising an honest trade. This, as it is by far the most satisfactory, is likewise the most manly reply that can be offered to the supposed calumny; for the insinuations of such as would shift the opprobrium from the shoul.. ders of the husband to those of the wife, are not more hollow in argument than they are despicable in design.
There are many curious anecdotes on record
* To the policy of Henry VII. the general adoption of surnames by the Welsh families is owing. Partly with a view to blot out all remembrance of national dis. tinctions, and partly that the business of the courts of law might be facilitated, that politic monarch prevailed upon his Cambrian subjects to drop their original patronymic, ap. Morgan ap William, or the son of William, became henceforth Morgan Williams; though, in the particular case before us, a Morgan ap William was persuaded to assume the name of Cromwell,
relative both to the childhood and early youth of learning; while of his countrymen not a few Oliver Cromwell. It is stated that on one occa- speak of him as an incorrigible dunce, as well as sion, when his uncle sir Henry Cromwell sent for a rebellious and headstrong reprobate. The truth him, he being then an infant, a monkey snatched appears to be, that with a more than ordinary him from the cradle, leaped with him through a share of quickness, Oliver took no particular degarret window, and ran along the leads. The ut- light in the routine of his scholastic studies, though most alarm was of course excited, and a variety of he was ever foremost in the performances of such devices proposed, with the desperate hope of re- exploits as required the exercise of reckless daring lieving him from his perilous situation. But the or patient courage. There was not an orchard monkey, as if conscious that she bore the fortune within seven miles of the town which failed to reof England in her paws, treated him very gently. ceive from him periodical visits ; while the doveAfter amusing herself for a time, she carried the cotes of the neighbouring gentry were likewise infant back, and laid him safely on the bed from laid under contribution, as often as a marauding whence she had removed him. Some time later, party could be arranged. For these misdeeds, as the waters had well nigh quenched his aspiring well as for other delinquencies, he received, when genius. He fell into a deep pond, from which a detected, the most savage
Dr. clergyman, named Johnson, rescued him. Many Beard's reputation standing very high, not more years afterwards the loyal curate, then an old man, on account of his great learning, than on account was recognised by the republican general, when of the severe discipline which he maintained marching at the head of a victorious army through among his scholars. Nevertheless, such excessive Huntingdon. “Do you remember that day when harshness produced no good effect upon Cromyou saved me from drowning ?” said Cromwell. well. Of a bold and obstinate temper, he endur“ I do,” replied the clergyman; " and I wish ed these merciless floggings without the utterance with all my soul that I had put you in, rather than of a complaint, and returned to his former habits, see you in arms against your sovereign.” A third not only with indifference, but with a dogged, and, story we cannot refuse to give, because it made as it appeared, a triumphant hardihood. a more than common impression at the time. While a pupil atthis school,two circumstances are
There was a rumour prevalent in Huntingdon, related to have taken place, to one of which after he that Oliver Cromwell and Charles I., when chil- rose to his high estate, Cromwell himself frequently dren nearly of the same age, met at Hinchinbrooke reverted. “On a certain night, as he lay awake in House, the seat of sir Oliver Cromwell, the uncle his bed, he beheld, or imagined that he beheld, a giand godfather of the former. “ The youths had gantic figure, which, drawing aside the curtains,told not been long together,” says Noble, “before him that he should become the greatest person in the Charles and Oliver disagreed ; and as the former kingdom, but did not employthe wordking.” Cromwas then as weakly as the latter was strong, it well mentioned the circumstance both to his father was no wonder that the royal visitant was worst- and his uncle; the former of whom caused Dr. ed ; and Oliver, even at this age, so little regard- Beard to reward the communication with a sound ed dignities, that he made the royal blood flow in flogging, while the latter rebuked his nephew for copious streams from the prince's nose. This," stating that “which it was too traitorous to readds the same author, “ was looked upon as a late.” Nevertheless, the dream or vision adhered bad presage for that king, when the civil wars to Oliver's memory, and was, as we have just said, commenced."*
often reverted to, after events had worked out its It seems to have been the wish of his mother, exact accomplishment. On another occasion, by whom he was greatly beloved, to bestow upon whether prior to the occurrence of the vision or the Oliver an education strictly domestic ; and a Mr. reverse, authorities are not agreed, a play called Long, a clergyman of the established church, was “ Lingua, or the Combat of the Five Senses for accordingly engaged to act as his private tutor. Superiority," was enacted in the school. In this Mr. Long, however, who possessed little influence quaint but striking masque, of which the author over his pupil, soon resigned his charge ; upon remains unknown, though the comedy itself was which Oliver was placed in the free grammar school printed in 1607, it fell to the lot of Cromwell to at Huntingdon, then taught by Dr. Thomas Beard. perform the part of Tactus, a personification of Very various and contradictory accounts are the sense of touch, who coming forth from his given of his progress under his new master. A tiring-room with a chaplet of flowers on his head, foreign writer, who delights in the marvellous, has stumbled over a crown and royal robe, cast purrepresented the future protector as a prodigy of posely in the way. The soliloquy into which
Tactus breaks forth is certainly very striking:* The account of this pugilistic encounter between Charles and Cromwell is, to say the least of it, by no means improbable. It is well known that sir Oliver, a
Tactus, thy sneezing somewhat did portend.
Was ever man so fortunate as I true and loyal knight, sumptuously entertained king To break his shins at such a stumbling-block ? james on more than one occasion, and the young Roses and bays, pack hence! this crown and robe, prince, being twice, at least, of the party, such a fah. My brows and body circles and invests. ing out is not unlikely to have occured.
How gallantly it fits me ! sure the slave 128
Measured my head that wrought this coronet.
We cannot wonder if, in an age remarkably prone to superstition, this scene should have been regarded both by the friends and enemies of the protector as affording a palpable prognostication of his after fortunes. Had Cromwell lived and died on his brewery, doubtless the whole matter would have been forgotten : but his ultimate rise to more than kingly power, gave to an incident, in itself purely accidental, an air of mysterious, we had almost said of prophetic, import.
From the grammar school of his native town Cromwell was removed to Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge, where, on the 23d of April, 1616, he entered as a fellow commoner. There, as at Huntingdon, he is said to have led an exceedingly irregular life, applying himself at intervals with great intensity to his studies, but much more frequently indulging in rude and boisterous pastimes. At football, cricket, cudgelling, and wrestling, few of his companions could compete with him ; his manners, moreover, assumed a rough, and, occasionally, a boorish tone, till he became at last better known by the nickname of Roysterer, than by any other appellation. Yet were it unjust towards the memory of one of the most extraordinary men whom England has produced, did we accuse him, at this stage in his career, of more than the common follies of youth. A contemner of the excessive refinements of polished life he unquestionably was, nor any ways averse to drink first, and afterwards to fight; but we can discover no proof that his conduct merited the load of obloquy which Dugdale has unsparingly heaped upon it. The case is somewhat different as we proceed onwards in our narrative.
Cromwell had resided at Cambridge little more than a year when his father died; an event which produced an important change both in his present circumstances and future prospects. He was immediately removed from the university, and, after a brief interval, sent to London, where he became a member of one of the inns of court, and professed to study the law. It is a curious fact, that though common tradition represents him to have kept terms at Lincoln's Inn, there is no entry of his name in the books of that society. From this circumstance an attempt has recently* been made
* See Memoirs of the Protector, by Oliver Cromwell, his descendant.
to throw discredit upon the stories which have hitherto obtained circulation relative to his general conduct while in the metropolis ; but the weight of contemporary evidence appears to be such as to overwhelm all arguments depending upon analogy or abstract reasoning. “The most probable solution of the difficulty,” says the author of Cromwell and his Times, "is, that he actually became a student of law in the metropolis, but was entered at some other inn of court;" to which we may add, that the registers of the legal societies have not always been kept with the accuracy which now belongs to them. Be this, however, as it may, we are assured by a professed panegyrist, who wrote in the year immediately succeeding the protector's death, that “he came to Lincoln's Inn, where he associated himself with those of the best rank and quality, and the most ingenious
persons ; for though he was of a nature not averse to study and contemplation, yet he seemed rather addicted to conversation and the reading of men and their several tempers, than to a continual poring upon authors."* There seems, therefore, no ground to doubt that he did actually enroll himself among the members of one or other of the law societies; while of his manner of life during the period of his residence there, we possess tolerably accurate information. He is represented on all hands as learning nothing except “the follies and vices of the town.” Wood asserts explicitly, that “his father dying whilst he was at Cambridge, he was taken home and sent to Lincoln's Inn to study the common law; but making nothing of it, he was sent for home by his mother, became a debauchee, and a boisterous and rude fellow.” In like manner, Noble, an impartial, if not a friendly chronicler, records, that he not only returned from the capital a libertine and a rake, but that he supported the characters to admiration in his native town; while sir Philip Warwick states, that “the first years of his manhood were spent in a dissolute course of life, in good fellowship and gaming, which afterwards he seemed very sensible of, and sorrowful for.” But the asseverations of these witnesses though perfectly credible in themselves, are not without a corroborative authority, of a still higher value. The following letter from Oliver himself, dated from Ely on the 13th of October, 1638, refers manifestly to this period of his life, and fully justifies the weightiest charges which his biographers have brought against him.
“ To my beloved Cousin, Mrs. St. John, att sir Wil
liam Markham, his house, called Oates, in Essex, present these.
“Dear cozen, I thankfully acknowledge your love in your kind remembrance of mee upon this opportunitye. Alas! you do too highly prize
* Portraiture of his Royal Highness Oliver.
my lines and my companie! I may be ashamed to own your expressions, considering how unprofitable I am, and the meane improvement of my talent; yett, to honour my God by declaringe what he hath done for my soull, in this I am confident, and will be soe. Truly then, this I finde, that he giveth springes in a dry and barren wildernesse where no water is. I live (you know) in Meshedra, which they say signifies prolonginge; in Kedar, which signifies blacknesse; yet the Lord forsaketh me not. Though he doth prolonge, yett he will (I trust) bringe me to his tabernacle, and his restinge place. My soull is with the congregation of the first-borne; my bodye rests in hope ; and if heere I may honour my God either by doeinge or by sufferinge, I shall be more glad. Truely noe poore creture hath more cause to putt forthe himself in the cause of his God than I. I have had plenteful wadges beforehand, and I am sure I shall never earne the least' mite. The Lord accept me in his service, and give me to walk in the light, and give us to walk in the light as hee is in the light! He it is that enlightineth our blacknesse, our darknesse. I dinnot say he hydeth his face from me: he giveth mee to see light in his light. One beame in a dark place has exceeding much refreshment in it: blessed be his name for shining on so dark a hart as mine. You know what my manner of life hathe been! 0, I lived in, and loved darkness, and hated the light. I was a chiefe, the chiefe of sinners. This is true ; I hated godlinesse, yet God had mercye on mee. O the richnesse of his mercye! praise him for mee; pray for mee, that he who hath begun a good work, would perfect it to the day of Christ. Salute all my good friends of that family whereof you are yett a member. I am much bound unto them for their love': I bless the Lord for them, and that my sonn, by their procurement, is so well. Lett him have your prayers, your councill ; let mee have them. Salute your husband and sister from mee; hee is not a man of his word; he promised to write about Mr. Wrath, of Essinge, but as yett I received no letters; put him in minde to doe what with conveniency may be done for the poore cozen I did solicit him about. Once more farewell; the Lord be with you, soe prayeth your trulye lovinge cozen,
ardent disposition, is thrown, at the early age of eighteen, as it were, loose upon the world : we cannot be surprised to find that his very ardour les him into practices, which, to the eyes of a less gifted individual, might have held out no allurements. But the best apology which can, after all, be offered for him is, that ere he had attained to the years of legal discretion, his dissipated habits were wholly laid aside. His mother, a pious and sensible woman, spoke to him in the language of admonition; he received her advice in good part, corrected the whole line of his manners, and became as remarkable for a strict attention to decorum as he had formerly been the reverse.
The consequences of this reformation in his manners were, first, a reconciliation with his relatives, the Hampdens and Barringtons, from whom his previous excesses had alienated him, and next, his marriage, through their interference, with Eliza. beth the daughter of sir James Bourchier, of Fitsed, in Essex. The latter event, which took place in St. Giles's church, Cripplegate, on the 22d of August, 1620, proved exceedingly conducive to his future respectability. The lady, though boastingbut few personal attractions, possessed both good sense and a fair share of accomplishments; and as she brought with her a considerable addition to his patrimony, the union began under very favourable auspices. Nor were the promises thus held out doomed to end in disappointment. Throughout many years, during which she presented him with nine children, of whom five only survived their father, Cromwell and his wife lived happily together ; neither the cares of public life, nor frequent and unavoidable separation, being permitted on either side to loosen the ties of conjugal attachment.
It is impossible to ascertain with perfect accuracy, at this distance of time, how Cromwell spent the interval between his marriage and his first appearance in parliament in 1628: that he dwelt almost constantly in Huntingdon seems to be generally agreed; and that he carried on the business which his father had conducted before him, is in the highest degree probable. The latter fact, as it is supported chiefly by the assertions of the satirical ballads of the day, has indeed been called in question. But without pausing to discuss a point of very little moment, however determined, we may observe, that the author of the Panegyric, usually attributed to Milton, clearly sanctions the statements of the hostile party. “Being now arrived,” says he, "to a mature and ripe age, all which time he spent as a private person, noted for nothing so much as the culture of pure religion and an integrity of life, he was grown rich at home, and had enlarged his hopes, relying upon God and a great soul, in a quiet bosom, for any the most exalted times." “Omitting all present consideration of the rather remarkable concluding words, does not the expression, 'grown rich at home,' seem to allow the inference that it was by
We have inserted this characteristic letter, as well as the statements of Wood, Noble, and Warwick, without the smallest feeling of rancour towards the subject of our present memoir, on whose memory we desire to cast no other reproach than truth may compel us to award. That he was dissipated, during the period of his sojourn in London, seems established beyond the possibility of contradiction; nevertheless, when the circumstances of his age and peculiar temperament are duly considered, the language of censure will scarcely degenerate into that of absolute condemnation. Cromwell, a youth of decided genius and