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The Sussex Regicides, &c.                179
he hesitated Monk was acting. This General had come up to London from the North on February 3, 1660, and Morley, with whom he was joined in the control of the Army, being unable to penetrate his intentions, broke off his correspon­dence with Evelyn, and inclined to the party of the Common­wealth. Ludlow, a thorough Republican, assured of his support, proposed that 2,000 soldiers " should be ordered to march to the Tower, to join with Colonel Morley's regiment, which was already there and would be ready to receive them;" adding, " he (Morley) having sent to me to let me know that the Tower should be at my command whensoever I please to desire it." Yet, at this very time, Whitelock declares that "Col. Morley, Lieutenant of the Tower, concurred with Monk," so that both sides believed that he inclined to them, the truth being, perhaps, that he, like many an honourable man at that time and since, felt it impossible to approve altogether of either party, and would, if he could, have adopted a middle course. But that was impossible. The current was always running too violently in this or in that direction—now against and now in favour of Monarchy. At this moment, when Morley hesitated, it was running in favour of the King, and Monk took it at its flow, and, by one bold stroke, handed the country over to the Royalists. There was no longer a choice for Colonel Morley. He did not even attempt resistance, like his old companion in arms, Col. Cockeram, whose regiment rose in mutiny at Gravesend, and had to be put down by Monk's troops. He submitted, gave up the Tower, and in the ensuing May besought the intercession of his old school-fellow for his life. " Came to me," writes Evelyn, " Colonel Morley, about procuring his pardon, now too late seeing his error, and neglect of the counsel I gave him, by which, if he had taken it, he had certainly done the same work with the same ease that Monk did it, who was then in Scotland, and Morley in a post to have done what he pleased, but his jealousie and feare kept him from that blessing and honour. I addressed him to Lord Mordaunt, then in great favour, for his pardon, which
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