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John Manley (c 1622 – 1699) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1690. He was Post Master General during the Commonwealth.

On the Restoration Manley was at Bryn-y-Ffynon where his strong religious and political views attracted attention. He then became a brewer in London, but his premises were destroyed in the Great Fire of London. He was wealthy enough to serve as Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners from 1674 to 1674.In 1678, following the death of his wife, he was granted 370 acres in Carolina. He was a major of horse in the army of the Duke of Monmouth in 1685, and escaped to Holland after the defeat of the Rebellion. In 1688 he accompanied William of Orange to England. He was elected MP for Bridport in 1689. In 1690 he was a colonel in the army.

Manley was in a debtors prison by 1698 and suffering from the dead palsy. He was given a pension of £50 a quarter, but died after he had drawn only three payments. He was buried at St Stephen Walbrook on 31 January 1699. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Manley_%28MP%29

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