Central Government and the Localities: Hampshire 1649-1689 by Andrew M. Coleby

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By Andrew M. Coleby

This booklet is a examine of centre-local interplay, dependent upon the adventure of the folks of an English county, in the course of a really turbulent interval of their heritage. The paintings revolves round: the connection among centre and locality, and the partisan use of neighborhood associations and sentiment for 'national' ends. Dr Coleby combines administrative and political heritage, and establishes with strange rigour and readability the character of the late-seventeenth-century English polity. when there were many county stories of the early Stuart and Civil battle sessions, few debts hitherto have checked out the location either prior to and after the recovery of Charles II in 1660. Dr Coleby argues for the continuity of governmental matters during the later 17th century, and demanding situations bought knowledge concerning the relative neighborhood potency of Interregnum and recovery regimes.

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Even when the Council of State turned its attention to poverty, it is not hard to detect a concern for internal security motivating the initiatives it took. In July 1651, the Council of State wrote to the mayor and aldermen of Portsmouth, ordering them to relieve and find employment for the growing number of poor in the town. But this was not part of a coherent social policy. 2 Though its enemies changed slightly, the government's main concerns did not greatly alter under the Protectorate. Even spectacular initiatives, like the major-generals' experiment, were primarily concerned with internal security.

Bamford, A Royalist's Notebook, p. 110. H . C . R . O . , B o r t h w i c k - N o r t o n MSS, 4 M 5 3 , i. 17. , 1655-6, p . 106. , S C 1 4 / 2 / 1 8 . C. D . & W . C. D . Whetham, A History of the Life of Colonel Nathaniel Whetham (London, 1907), provides no evidence that he did and I have found none. , MS Rawl. C 179, pp. 181-2, 209-10. Local office-holding 1649-60 25 The new revenue establishments were another professional arm stretching down into the localities. They represented another structure of patronage, another cadre of office-holders who might have an impact upon local administration.

It is true that in several boroughs supporters or dependents of the regime might exercise an influence on its behalf. John Hildesley succeeded John Lisle as recorder of Winchester in 1650; he was also a long-standing member of Christchurch and Lymington corporations, and in December 1651, he wrote to Southampton corporation suggesting that they might replace their neuterroyalist recorder, Thomas Levingstone, with John Lisle, a suggestion which 60 61 62 63 64 J. S. Davies, A History of Southampton (Southampton, 1883), p.

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