Cromwell: A Profile by Ivan Alan Roots

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PAUL H. 7 Another symptom of moderation was seen in the new attitude of the judiciary. " 8 This type of evidence is almost impossible to confirm, but the Protector seems to have intimated that peaceable Royalists should be treated leniently. The hypothesis is further substantiated by the fact that about this time Cromwell appointed, as a justice of the common pleas, Matthew Hale, who had distinguished himself by defending several outstanding Royalist leaders. It is quite clear that under the Protectorate the delinquents were no longer wronged with impunity, as formerly they had been.

Autobiography of Bramston, p. 124- Cromwell and the Royalists 35 managed to obtain a benefice, a cry of protest arose, no matter how influential the patron. " 20 Delinquents (with a few important exceptions) had not been allowed to compound for their rights of ecclesiastical patronage, which had been reserved for disposal by the state. Yet there were complaints that enemies of the Commonwealth still controlled the patronage, thus hindering the advancement of wellaffected clergymen. Even where the classical, or Presbyterian, system was erected, parishioners appointed elders who were in Anglican orders.

The fierce multitude of the Jews" had been ordered to leave England by Edward I in 1290; and there had been no Jews in England, except by stealth, for three and a half centuries. In the time of the Commonwealth the Jews were beginning to settle again in London; the petition of r6ss was a petition for the legal recognition of such settlement. {)pted two judges; the two judges gave it as their opinion that there was no law forbidding the settlement of Jews. Nothing was done by the committee; but the opinion of the judges opened the way for the quiet and unmolested return of the Jews to England.

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