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178               Glimpses of Our Ancestors.
was dissolved on July 22, 1655. He was also again elected for the county and for Lewes in the Parliament of September, 1656, and which, refusing to recognise the "other House," was dissolved by the Protector in February, 1658. It was the last Parliament called by Cromwell, who died in September,
1658.   Again, in Richard Cromwell's Parliament, of January,
1659, Col. Morley was returned both for the county and for Lewes, and, on its dissolution, and the revival of "the Rump," —that is, the remains of the Long Parliament—he acted as the champion of that resuscitation of the more moderate party, now verging towards Royalism, and, when the Rump was violently dispersed by General Lambert in the interests of the more extreme party in the Army, Col. Morley and Sir Arthur Haselrig, who, with three others, had been appointed to organise the Army, in order to guard against Lambert's violence, restored it (December 26, 1659),* and, at this stage of affairs, he seemed to hold, and perhaps for a few days did hold, the fate of the country in his hands. He was appointed Lieutenant of the Tower, which gave him the command to a great degree of London, and Evelyn, his old school-fellow, believed he might, if he had chosen, at this period have played the part of Monk. " I went this afternoon," writes Evelyn, on January 22, 1660, "to visit Col. Morley. After dinner, I discoursed with him; but he was jealous, and would not believe that Monk came to do the King any service. I told him he might do it without him, and have all the honour. He was still doubtful, and would resolve on nothing yet, so I took leave."
It is probable that Morley shrank from betraying the men with whom he had been associated all his life.f And whilst
• Whitelock says Haselrig, Walton, and Morley came into the House in their riding habits, and Haselrig was very jocund and high. They all received the public thanks of the House, and its cordial approval of their conduct.
t Ludlow characterises Morley as "of a temporising spirit," which, in a resolute Republican like Ludlow, meant, perhaps, a man of moderate opinions. Ludlow owed his escape at the Restoration to Colonel Herbert Morley. After a period of hazardous concealment in London, he made his way to Lewes, where an open vessel was waiting for him, but from which, on its passage down the Ouse—the wind blowing hard—he removed to another which had just returned from conveying over Richard Cromwell, ex-Protector, to France. The change of vessels was a most fortunate one for him, for the one he had just quitted was searched soon afterwards for fugitives, whilst the one he was in escaped suspicion because it had stranded; and getting off the next morning it got safely to Dieppe, whence Ludlow hastened to Switzerland and joined Cawley.
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