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jcasey170   Link to this

For a biography of Fleetwood, go to http://www.british-civil-wars.co.uk/biog/index_...

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Fleetwood, who, as well as Ireton, was son-in-law to Cromwell, was a very useful instrument to that artful man, who knew how to avail himself of family-connexions. The character of Fleetwood was very different from that of Ireton: he had no great skill as a soldier, and less as a politician; but he had a very powerful influence over the bigotted part of the army. He thought that prayer superseded the use of "carnal weapons" and "that it was sufficient to trust to the hand of Providence, without exerting the arm of flesh." He would fall on his knees and pray, when he heard of a mutiny among the soldiers; and was with the utmost difficulty roused to action, on several emergent occasions. In 1659 he was declared commander in chief of the army. This was done by the intrigues of Lambert, who intended to make the same use of him that Cromwell had done of Fairfax. He died soon after the Revolution.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1769.

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