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Excerpt from The Barbone Parliament (First Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, 1653)For more than two centuries the Barbone Parliament has been chiefly known through the careless and contemptuous references of the historians. As De QuinceyMoreExcerpt from The Barbone Parliament (First Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, 1653)For more than two centuries the Barbone Parliament has been chiefly known through the careless and contemptuous references of the historians. As De Quincey averred in his Falsification of History, there has been a perpetual conspiracy since the era of the Restoration to misrepresent the facts and principles of the Stuart reigns. Lord Clarendon was the original offender. His History of the Rebellion, from which subsequent writers have gleaned most of their information about the troublous times of the Commonwealth, is throughout an apology for the Stuart dynasty and a detraction of its opponents. He asserts of the Barbone Parliament that some of its members were of the quality and degree of gentlemen, and who had estates, and such a proportion of credit as could consist with the guilt they had contracted. But the major part of them consisted of inferior persons, of no quality or name, artificers of the meanest trades, known only by their gifts of preaching and praying... In a word, they were a pack of weak, senseless fellows, fit only to bring the name and reputation of Parliament lower than it was yet... They made choice of one Rouse to be their Speaker, an old gentleman of Devonshire, who had been a member of the former Parliament, and in that time had been preferred and, made Provost of the College of Eton, which office he enjoyed with an opinion of having some knowledge of the Latin and Greek tongues- of a very mean understanding, and thoroughly engaged in the guilt of the times...About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.