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A DECLARATION OF THE ARMY CONCERNING The apprehending of Major Gen. Over­ton, and the reſt of the Officers in Scotland, who had a Deſign to divide the Forces, and ſtand in oppoſition againſt the Lord Pro­tector, and the preſent Government in England.

Likewiſe, a Remonſtrance to the People, to be publiſhed in all Cities and Market Townes throughout England and Wales; and their Reſolution touching the Lawes of the Land, and the priviledges of the people.

London, Printed for C. Norton, 1654.


A Declaration of the Army, concerning the apprehending of Major General Overton, and the reſt of the Officers in Scotland.

WHereas many in this Age, when they grow great in the World, are ſo puft up with pride, that they ſcarce know themſelves; which is, as if the poor Ant the higher4 ſhe gets upon her hill, the bigger ſhe could conceit her ſelf to be: but it is not ſo with many eminent Commanders in Scotland, who deſire nothing more then the enjoy­ment of thoſe fruits, purchaſed by their indefatigable endeavors, & great expence of blood: Yet notwithſtanding, the diſ­contents of many have prevailed ſo far, as to lead ſome of the Officers to conſul­tations and correſpondencies in deſign to withdraw the Army from their Obedi­ence to the preſent Government, being very much diſ-ſatisfyed therewith; which hath cauſed the General, to ſecure Major Gen. Overton, and divers other eminent Commanders; declaring the Grounds and Reaſons thereof to the reſt of the of­ficers and ſouldiery: Upon which, many ſeemed to be very much diſcontented; but the major part unanimouſly reſolved5 to live and dye in defence and preſervati­on of this preſent Conſtitution.

But upon the ſending Major Gen. Overton a ſhip-board, the Diſcontents of his party appear­ed ſo far, that divers of them, both of horſe and foot, did declare and manifeſt unto all Chri­ſtian people whatſoever, that Sethos King of E­gypt growing mighty, grew ſo proud withall, that he made his tributary Kings, to draw his Chariots by turns: till (on a time) he eſpyed one of the Kings to look earneſtly on the wheel; and demanding the reaſon thereof, was anſwered by him, That with much comfort he beheld the low­eſt ſpokes turn uppermoſt by courſe: whereup­on, the King beholding the moral, left off that barbarous and tyrannical cuſtome. In like man­ner, it is cordially deſired, that all illegal ways and actions may be reduced, and the peace, ſafety, and tranquility both of our Officers and all others inviolably preſerved.


As touching the late Plot it is apparent, that many had entred into an Oath of Secreſie, to liſt men privatly, and to procure all ſuch Armes as ſhould make them formidable, in caſe of any op­poſition; for which end, they had bought many Blunderbuſſes, Muſquets, Carbines, and Piſtols, and had lodged them (as it is reported) in ſeveral places both in London and Weſtminſter, with a Reſolution to have put a period to the happy Conſtitution of this Government on Chriſtmaſs day, by ſurprizing of the ſeveral Guards at white-Hall, St. Jameſes, the Mewes, and other places. But one of the chief Conſpirators being at laſt ſo ex­treamly haunted with the Furies of a guilty Con­ſcience, took an occaſion to reveal the ſame: In which great VVork, the true ſaying of a learned Author is verified; That when the Conſcience ac­cuſeth, the Tongue confeſſes, the Eyes weep, the Hands wring, the Heart akes, and the Voyce cries; true it is, no part can be at eaſe.

Upon which diſcovery, dtvers were apprehend­ed, and the Armes before-mentioned ſeized and taken.

Since which time, many Ship-Chandlers have been examined; and ſome Gunſmiths, who con­feſſed the number of Arms ſold within the ſpace7 of ſuch a time; but to whom, and for what uſe they could not tell.

And upon ſufficient Evidence of their Inno­cency, they were diſcharged.

Great is the care of our prudent State to make a cleer diſcovery of the depth of the Deſign; and to find out the chief Fomentors thereof; to the end they may be brought to condign puniſhment and be made fit Objects of Juſtice.

The names of the chief priſoners now in cuſtody.

Lieut. Gen. Norwood, Mr. Bagnal, ſou to the Lady Terringham, ſir John Packington, ſir Henry Littleton, ſir Ed­ward Vernons ſecond ſon, Mr. Pryor, Mr, Brown, Mr. Fryer, M. Glover, Mr. Cuſtis, and Mr. Bayley.


THeſe are to certifie, that one Iſaac Marlo of the Age of 14 yeares, a well ſet Youth, of a ruddy colour and brown hair, in a frize Coat and ſerge Doublet and Breeches, and gray ſtockings and black Hat, ran away from his Maſter laſt Thurſday. about 11 or 12 of the clock in the morning, and took with him ten pounds in mo­ney. If any one can bring word of him to Mr. Roberts ſhop, a Sword-Cutler in Bartholmew-Lane, they ſhall have good content for their pains.


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TextA Declaration of the army concerning the apprehending of Major Gen. Overton, and the rest of the officers of Scotland, who had a design to divide the forces, and stand in opposition against the Lord Protector, and the present government in England. Likewise, a remonstrance to the people, to be published in all cities and market townes throughout England and Wales; and thier resolution touching the lawes of the land, and the priviledge of the people.
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Bibliographic informationA Declaration of the army concerning the apprehending of Major Gen. Overton, and the rest of the officers of Scotland, who had a design to divide the forces, and stand in opposition against the Lord Protector, and the present government in England. Likewise, a remonstrance to the people, to be published in all cities and market townes throughout England and Wales; and thier resolution touching the lawes of the land, and the priviledge of the people. England and Wales. Army.. 8 p. Printed for C. Norton [i.e. George Horton?],London, :1654 [i.e. 1655]. (Actual printer's name conjectured in Wing.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Jan: [illegible] 13".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Overton, Thomas, fl. 1646 -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.

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