The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3

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Author: Henry Vane  | Date: 1659

Vane

I
Against Richard Cromwell*
(1659)

One could bear a little with Oliver Cromwell, tho, contrary to his oath of fidelity to the Parliament, contrary to his duty to the public, contrary to the respect he owed that venerable body from whom he received his authority, he usurped the government. His merit was so extraordinary, that our judgments, our passions might be blinded by it. He made his way to empire by the most illustrious actions; he had under his command an army that had made him conqueror, and a people that had made him their general. But, as for Richard Cromwell, his son, who is he? What are his titles? We have seen that he had a sword by his side; but did he ever draw it? And what is of more importance in this case, is he fit to get obedience from a mighty nation, who could never make a footman obey him? Yet, we must recognize this man as our king, under the style ofprotector!—a man without birth, without courage, without conduct! For my part, I declare, sir, it shall never be said that I made such a man my master!

*Richard Cromwell was Oliver’s son and his successor as Protector. Vane’s speech was delivered in Parliament in 1659.

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Chicago: Henry Vane, "I Against Richard Cromwell*(1659)," The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3 in The World’s Famous Orations, ed. William Jennings Bryan (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906), 139. Original Sources, accessed December 15, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=13G89RPHCWK2S2D.

MLA: Vane, Henry. "I Against Richard Cromwell*(1659)." The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3, in The World’s Famous Orations, edited by William Jennings Bryan, Vol. The World#8217;s Famous Orations, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906, page 139. Original Sources. 15 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=13G89RPHCWK2S2D.

Harvard: Vane, H, 'I Against Richard Cromwell*(1659)' in The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 3. cited in December, 1906, The World’s Famous Orations, ed. , Funk and Wagnalls, New York, pp.139. Original Sources, retrieved 15 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=13G89RPHCWK2S2D.