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An Industrious MindThe Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes$
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J. Sears McGee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785464

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785464.001.0001

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“Stub vp the rootes of all our mischifes” (December, 1640—July, 1642)

“Stub vp the rootes of all our mischifes” (December, 1640—July, 1642)

(p.324) Chapter 7 “Stub vp the rootes of all our mischifes” (December, 1640—July, 1642)
An Industrious Mind

J. Sears McGee

Stanford University Press

This chapter tracks D’Ewes’s work as an MP from the early months of the Long Parliament when hope remained high for a settlement with the king until the summer of 1642 when it had become obvious that civil war might be around the corner. D’Ewes suffered a devastating loss when in July 1641 his wife Anne died of smallpox, and his letters displayed the depth of his grief powerfully. Fully aware of the nearness of civil war because of, in his view, the extremism in London and in the king’s headquarters in Oxford, he sought in his speeches to keep the door to compromise open. But those he called “the fiery spirits” prevailed, and his enemies in the Commons subjected him to a painful humiliation on July 23, 1642 that led to his (temporary) withdrawal from political activity.

Keywords:   Thomas Wentworth (earl of Strafford), Irish Rebellion, Attempt on the Five Members, episcopacy, widowhood

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