“April 14, 1670.”
[77:1] Clarendon’s Life, vol. ii. p. 442.
[79:1] The clerks, however, only counted the members who voted, and kept no record of their names. Mr. Gladstone remembered the alteration being made in 1836, and how unpopular it was. The change was a greater revolution than the Reform Bill. See The Unreformed House of Commons by Edward Posselt, vol. i. p. 587.
“And a Parliament had
Without a single Bankes.”—Praed.
[82:1] See Dr. Halley’s Lancashire—its Puritanism and Nonconformity, vol. ii. pp. 1-140, a most informing book.
[88:1] Clarendon’s History, vol. vi. p. 249.
[90:1] An Historical Poem.—Grosart, vol. i. p. 343.
[92:1] Macaulay’s History, vol. i. p. 154.
[95:1] I am acquainted with the romantic story which would have us believe that Lady Fauconberg, foretelling the time to come, had caused some other body than her father’s to be buried in the Abbey (see Notes and Queries, 5th October 1878, and Waylen’s House of Cromwell, p. 341).
[96:1] See The Unreformed House of Commons, by Edward Porritt, vol. i. p. 51. Marvell’s old enemy, Parker, Bishop of Oxford, in his History of his own Time, composed after Marvell’s death, reviles his dead antagonist for having taken this payment which, the bishop says, was made by a custom which “had a long time been antiquated and out of date.” “Gentlemen,” says the bishop, “despised so vile a stipend,” yet Marvell required it “for the sake of a bare subsistence, although in this mean poverty he was nevertheless haughty and insolent.” In Parker’s opinion poor men should be humble.
[98:1] Parliamentary History, vol. iv., App. No. III.
[104:1] Mr. Gladstone’s testimony is that no real improvement was effected until within the period of his own memory. ’Our services were probably without a parallel in the world for their debasement.’ (See Gleanings, vi. p. 119.)