1893 text

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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WHITE, JEREMIAH (1629-1707), chaplain to Cromwell; B.A. Trinity College, Cambridge, 1649; M.A., 1653; domestic chaplain and preacher to council of state; left religious writings, published posthumously; wrote account of sufferings of dissenters after Restoration, not known to be extant.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome, 1903

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