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CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658) Autograph letter signed ('Your ...

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CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Autograph letter signed ('Your faythfull Brother Fountaine') to Sir Henry Vane the Younger ('My deare brother'), n.p. [Scotland], 22 April n.y. [1651], one page, folio , integral address leaf, small tears where opened, traces of seal and former mounting.
CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Autograph letter signed ('Your faythfull Brother Fountaine') to Sir Henry Vane the Younger ('My deare brother'), n.p. [Scotland], 22 April n.y. [1651], one page, folio , integral address leaf, small tears where opened, traces of seal and former mounting. WRITTEN IN A FALTERING HAND DURING THE SCOTTISH CAMPAIGN WHEN CROMWELL WAS RECOVERING FROM A SERIOUS ILLNESS. Cromwell pleads with Vane 'in this falling off of Officers' to attend to the recruitment of good ones to replace them (before the beginning of the spring campaign, April-June 1651), giving his opinion of the regiments of Colonel Thompson and Sir William Waller ('the best of all ... there be 320 men in itt, very many, very honest, and a most choice maior a precious man'), and concluding 'I beseech you to gett Norton inn, you know him not so well as I doe. Hee is a most loyal man, fitt for the field ... his Regt is 400'. By the end of 1650 the English Army in Scotland was suffering from a serious lack of supplies with the lack of pay causing discontent among officers and men. During the spring of 1651 operations were delayed by the dangerous illness of Cromwell probably brought on by campaiging in Linlithgow in a snowstorm in early February. During his recuperation (he was fit enough by June to take to the field again), his correspondence indicates his preoccupation with the problems of recruiting useful officers for the forthcoming campaign. In a letter of 3 May Cromwell wrote to Colonel Thomas Harrison suggesting that the best way to reform his new militia forces was 'by placing good officers over them, and putting out the bad', but adding 'We do yet want some honest men to come to us to make officers' (quoted in W.C. Abbott, The Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell , vol.ii, p.411). The present letter is an unusual example of the use of pseudonyms by Cromwell. Among his most intimate friends Sir Henry Vane the Younger was known as 'Brother Heron' (thus Cromwell became 'Heron's Brother') and Colonel Thomas Hammond was known as 'Robin'. No original letters by Cromwell using the form 'Brother Fountayne' were known to Thomas Carlyle or Abbott. But Abbott (quoting examples from Nickolls, Original letters and papers of state addressed to Oliver Cromwell , 1743, pp.78,84) states '"Brother Fountayne" is another name by which he referred to himself ... on several other occasions'. Abbott comments on 'the curious use of nicknames' but left open the question 'whether it was merely playfulness, or whether there was a certain caution in it' (Abbott, vol.i, p.678). Written during the period (1650-53) when Cromwell was closet to Vane. Colonel Norton, an old friend of Cromwell's, helped to negotiate the marriage settlement of Richard Cromwell and Dorothy Mayor.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 357
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Datum:
03.07.2007
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3 July 2007, London, King Street
Beschreibung:

CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Autograph letter signed ('Your faythfull Brother Fountaine') to Sir Henry Vane the Younger ('My deare brother'), n.p. [Scotland], 22 April n.y. [1651], one page, folio , integral address leaf, small tears where opened, traces of seal and former mounting.
CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Autograph letter signed ('Your faythfull Brother Fountaine') to Sir Henry Vane the Younger ('My deare brother'), n.p. [Scotland], 22 April n.y. [1651], one page, folio , integral address leaf, small tears where opened, traces of seal and former mounting. WRITTEN IN A FALTERING HAND DURING THE SCOTTISH CAMPAIGN WHEN CROMWELL WAS RECOVERING FROM A SERIOUS ILLNESS. Cromwell pleads with Vane 'in this falling off of Officers' to attend to the recruitment of good ones to replace them (before the beginning of the spring campaign, April-June 1651), giving his opinion of the regiments of Colonel Thompson and Sir William Waller ('the best of all ... there be 320 men in itt, very many, very honest, and a most choice maior a precious man'), and concluding 'I beseech you to gett Norton inn, you know him not so well as I doe. Hee is a most loyal man, fitt for the field ... his Regt is 400'. By the end of 1650 the English Army in Scotland was suffering from a serious lack of supplies with the lack of pay causing discontent among officers and men. During the spring of 1651 operations were delayed by the dangerous illness of Cromwell probably brought on by campaiging in Linlithgow in a snowstorm in early February. During his recuperation (he was fit enough by June to take to the field again), his correspondence indicates his preoccupation with the problems of recruiting useful officers for the forthcoming campaign. In a letter of 3 May Cromwell wrote to Colonel Thomas Harrison suggesting that the best way to reform his new militia forces was 'by placing good officers over them, and putting out the bad', but adding 'We do yet want some honest men to come to us to make officers' (quoted in W.C. Abbott, The Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell , vol.ii, p.411). The present letter is an unusual example of the use of pseudonyms by Cromwell. Among his most intimate friends Sir Henry Vane the Younger was known as 'Brother Heron' (thus Cromwell became 'Heron's Brother') and Colonel Thomas Hammond was known as 'Robin'. No original letters by Cromwell using the form 'Brother Fountayne' were known to Thomas Carlyle or Abbott. But Abbott (quoting examples from Nickolls, Original letters and papers of state addressed to Oliver Cromwell , 1743, pp.78,84) states '"Brother Fountayne" is another name by which he referred to himself ... on several other occasions'. Abbott comments on 'the curious use of nicknames' but left open the question 'whether it was merely playfulness, or whether there was a certain caution in it' (Abbott, vol.i, p.678). Written during the period (1650-53) when Cromwell was closet to Vane. Colonel Norton, an old friend of Cromwell's, helped to negotiate the marriage settlement of Richard Cromwell and Dorothy Mayor.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 357
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Datum:
03.07.2007
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Christie's
3 July 2007, London, King Street
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