According to Noble, Jeremiah White married Lady Frances Cromwell’s waiting-woman, in Oliver’s lifetime, and they lived together fifty years. Lady Frances had two husbands, Mr. Robert Rich and Sir John Russell of Chippenham, the last of whom she survived fifty-two years dying 1721-22 The story is, that Oliver found White on his knees to Frances Cromwell, and that, to save himself, he pretended to have been soliciting her interest with her waiting-woman, whom Oliver compelled him to marry. (Noble’s “Life of Cromwell,” vol. ii. pp. 151, 152.) White was born in 1629 and died 1707.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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