John Thurloe, born 1616; Secretary of State to Cromwell; M.P. for Ely, 1656, and for the University of Cambridge in Richard Cromwell’s Parliament of December, 1658. He was never employed after the Restoration, although the King solicited his services. He died February 21st, 1668. Pepys spells the name Thurlow, which was a common spelling at the time.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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John Thurloe is probably best known as Cromwell's spymaster in charge of intelligence services. For more information see:
He also appears as a character in Iain Pears fascinating and ingenious novel 'An Instance of the Fingerpost' (1998), which is set in 1663 and is rich in period detail. (See Amazon for more detail:
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Leonard Lidcott, if the same man, had recently been made Captain in a regiment of foot under Roger Sawrey, Colonel and Captain:
House of Commons Journal Volume 7
30 July 1659
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Publication: Journal of the House of Commons: volume 7
Year published: 1802
Description: Supporting documents:
Sir Arthur Hesilrig reports from the Commissioners for nominating Commission-Officers, A List of Persons for Commission-Officers for a Regiment of Foot; viz.
Leonard Lidcott, Captain;
Taken from British History Online
John Thurloe, secretary of state to Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard, was as amiable a man in his private, as he was great in his public character. His knowledge and his judgment, his industry and dispatch, were equally extraordinary; and he was as dextrous in discovering secrets, as he was faithful in keeping them. His "State Papers," in 7 vols. folio, are an excellent history of Europe during this period, and are at once a proof of his abilities as a statesman, and his excellence as a writer.— He was advanced to the office of secretary of state, the 10th of Feb. 1653-4. Ob. 21 Feb. 1667-8, Æt.51.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.