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Letter from the 2nd Earl of Clarendon to the 1st Earl of Abingdon on the Monmouth rebellion

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Letter from the 2nd Earl of Clarendon to the 1st Earl of Abingdon on the Monmouth rebellion

Author
Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon
Date
24 June 1685
Medium
Manuscript

Despite his own frustations at the King's orders that he remain in Oxfordshire, and not join his brothers in the royal army, the Earl of Abingdon was meticulous in his preparations to secure the county from the threat posed by the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion (MS. Top. Oxon. c. 325, fol. 46r). In this letter, the Lord Privy Seal, the Earl of Clarendon, praises Abingdon's arrest of one Thomas Hord and his friend Bard. He writes of his wish that Abingdon "could meet with some of the Non Conformists Parsons, who run about the Kingdome doing all the mischief they can." A simultaneous uprising was launched in Scotland by the Earl of Argyll. Here Clarendon reports its "utter & entire destruction" and claims that the rebel "Ayliffe was taken ripping up his owne Belly." Monmouth was defeated at the battle of Sedgemoor, in Somerset, on 6 July 1685.

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