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I have known in my experience abominable murderers acquitted

September 21, 2009

…but, there are wicked and abominable laws. To hang a man for 6s. 8d., and I know not what ; to hang for a trifle, and acquit murder, is in the ministration of the law, through the ill-framing of it. I have known in my experience abominable murderers acquitted; and to see men lose their lives for petty matters this is a thing God will reckon for.

Oliver Cromwell

Under the Puritans capital punishment was removed except for murder and treason. This merciful reform of the harsh English law needs to be remembered by those who think of a puritan only as:

A person with a haunting fear that someone, somewhere is happy.

H. L. Mencken

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Cromwell’s Final Prayer

September 3, 2009

Lord, though I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with Thee through grace. And I may, I will come to Thee for thy people. Thou hast made me, though very unworthy, a mean instrument to do them some good, and Thee service; and many of them have set too high a value upon me, though others wish and would be glad of my death; Lord, however Thou do dispose of me, continue and go on to do good for them. Pardon Thy foolish people! Forgive their sins, and do not forsake them, but love and bless them. Give them consistency of judgment, one heart, and mutual love; and go on to deliver them, and with the work of reformation; and make the name of Christ glorious in the world. Teach those who look too much on Thy instruments, to depend more upon Thyself. Pardon such as desire to trample upon the dust of a poor worm; for they are Thy people too. And pardon the folly of this short prayer. And give me rest for Jesus Christ’s sake, to whom, with Thee and Thy Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever! Amen.

Oliver Cromwell