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Cromwell prepares to conquer Scotland

CROMWELL, Oliver (1599-1658). Lord Protector.
Fine Document Signed, with a bold signature ('O Cromwell'), 1 page folio (oblong, very small nick at the foot) on vellum with red wax papered seal, 30 June 1651. The appointment of Richard Johnson as Ensign of a company of foot, of which Colonel Richard Ingoldesby is Captain, raised under Cromwell's command for the service of the Commonwealth.
The date of this document falls within the period when Cromwell was in military conflict with Scotland. Cromwell had been ill in May, and the Scots had consolidated their position. It was on 30 June, the date of the present document, that Cromwell entered on the final and successful stage of his long effort to conquer Scotland.
It is likely that Cromwell was at Newbridge when he signed the commission.
[No: 23174]

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