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Cromwell

IN the Funeral Oration of Henrietta, Queen of England, the character of Cromwell is delineated by a pencil of which the strokes are firm, though delicate—

A man was seen with a profundity of mind that exceeds our belief. As finished a Hypocrite as he was a skilful Politician; capable of undertaking any thing, and of concealing what he undertook; equally indefatigable and active in peace as in war; who left nothing to Fortune which he could seize from her by foresight and prudence; but, for what remained, always so vigilant and so ready, that he never failed to improve the occasions she presented him. In a word, he was one of those daring and adventurous minds which seem born to change the affairs of the world.”

The ambassador from the French Court in that day was an able Minister; and that he was, at the same time, a fine Writer, the following sketch of Cromwell evinces. It has the advantage of being given by one who was a witness to what he observes—

“He was gentle and cruel when either was necessary for his interests. He had no faith in religion, no honour in his professions, no fidelity to his friends, than as the semblance of these virtues served towards his aggrandizement. He knew better than any man to put into practice all the pious grimaces and insinuating manners of the false votaries of religion; and to conceal, under an humble air and popular address, an unmeasurable ambition. In a word, he possessed, in the supreme degree, all the qualities of a great Politician; and there was nothing wanting to compleat his good fortune, but to have acquired his success by better means, to have lived longer, and to have had children worthy of succeeding him.”