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Chaip: XXVII.

,&»rte$s of,Qr^qn4 and the clergy—Clanricarde's ^Xfrntstr^efti^r-Negociation wfththe duke of Lor-' .rffin—Progress oftjie republicansSiege of LimeTick Executions—Siege of GalwayFurther .proceedings—Executions—Disposal of forfeitures— Cromwell .protefyorMiscellaneous transactions— CromweWs indulgence to the IrishArbitrary measure ipitji xespect p the press—Administration of ffenry firpmypell—His resignations-Proceedings of ,ffie .roygljsts—Council of officers—Ludlow—Seizure of the Casfile, ayd its.redyi8.ion.

.W,aj^E fteipn ,and ..Cpote .were completing their c H A P.


cp.nquests, the former in the south, the latter in the *. '. north, the niajquis of Ormoud was deeply engaged, pTM^"1 bedsides his. military efforts, in contests with the Ro-°"dr the mish clergy, ..who, intent on a delusive object, the ,vol.,il B • establish

Chap, establishment of the papal power "in Irelandtifider *—v-—* their own administration, by the intervention of a foreign prince, counteracted the plans of the royalists, and thus unintentionally facilitated the progress of the English republicans on the subjugation of the whole. As all Connaught, with Limerick, still remained in the hands of the confederates, and as this town, together with those of Sligo and Galway, could be easily fortified beyond any danger from Ireton's force, and were commodious by their ports for the reception of succours from abroad, a successful opposition might long have been made to the republican arms, if unanimity and resolution had prevailed among the professed abetters of the royal cause: Proposing, by the advantage of the important post of Limerick, to prepare in the winter an army fit to face the enemy in the ensuing spring, but denied by the citizens, when he requested their admission of eighteen hundred men for a garrison, Ormond, by the advice of the commissioners of trust, summoned twenty-four prelates to this town to consult with him on the distracted state of affairs, and proposed to them that either obedience to his authority should be procured by their influence, or some other way should be recommended, by which it might be preserved, on his withdrawing from the kingdom.

Among the proposals of this assembly, mostly lax and indefinite, the most precise and important were, that the receiver-general should account for the sums levied since the peace; and that a privy councit should be composed of native nobility, spiritual arid


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