Glimpses Of Our Ancestors In Sussex - online book

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The Sussex Regicides, &c.                187
Good men and true there were, most certainly, on both sides, as well as, without doubt, men of a lower character. But as for the theory which sets down all the men on one side as rogues and rascals, knaves and hypocrites, we have passed beyond that; and it is no longer necessary to make an excuse for giving some particulars of the men in this county, who, like Colonel Herbert Morley and Sir William Springet, entered zealously into the conflict with the King, or even of those who, like Anthony Stapley and William Cawley, went a step further and put their names to the death-warrant of that unfortunate, but not the less most unscrupulous and untruthful King. Let us rather thank the good fortune which has reserved happier days for us, when the principles of hereditary Monarchy and of national freedom are reconciled to each other, and when the most zealous advocates of liberty may accept Constitutional Government and the Commonwealth as synonymous terms. We owe it not a little to the men who fought and suffered, in Sussex and elsewhere, for liberty in the 17th century.
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