Speech made before Charles I by Thomas Widdrington, and a poem, To the King, by John Saltmarsh

Scope and Content

Bifolium in a single, probably contemporary, hand, containing the text of a speech made before Charles I by Thomas Widdrington, when Recorder of York, on 30 March 1639, and a poem by John Saltmarsh in praise of Charles I and against the Scots at a time of unrest in Scotland

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Widdrington came from an ancient Northumberland family. He was elected MP for Berwick in 1640 and held a number of important positions, including Speaker of the Parliament of 1656 and Commissioner of the Great Seal in 1660. His brother-in-law, Lord Fairfax, was influential in his advancement. John Saltmarsh, the mystical writer, was of Yorkshire extraction. Originally an advocate of episcopacy, he later adopted Calvinist opinions. Some time before January 1645 he was appointed the rector of Brasted in Kent, and then became an army chaplain under Sir Thomas (later Lord) Fairfax. He died at Ilford in 1647.

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In English

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The poem is indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html