By George Bates. Full title: ‘Elenchus Motuum Nuperorum in Anglia, or, A short historical account of the rise and progress of the late troubles in England.’ The first part was published in 1649.
BATE, George, Elenchi motuum nuperorum in Anglia pars prima (-secunda) ; simul ac juris regii et parlamentarii brevis enarratio... recognita & aucta. Juxta exemplar Londinense. Amsterdam, (Paul Warnaer for Abraham Wolfgang), 1663. 2 parts. With 2 engraved portraits (Charles Eur. and Charles II).
Account of the British political differences of the period, “the great rebellion”, dedicated to King Charles II, by this English political writer and physician (1608-1669).
Bate, George, 1608-1669.
Elenchus motuum nuperorum in Anglia, or, A short historical account of the rise and progress of the late troubles in England In two parts / written in Latin by Dr. George Bates. Motus compositi, or, The history of the composing the affairs of England by the restauration of K. Charles the second and the punishment of the regicides and other principal occurrents to the year 1669 / written in Latin by Tho. Skinner ; made English ; to which is added a preface by a person of quality ... London: Printed by Abel Swalle, 1685.
Part 3 also published separately.
"First part published anonymously, 1649" Translated by Archibald Lovell. Early English Books Online
A pamphlet by George Bate, M.D., first published anonymously in 1649, and frequently reprinted. It was translated into Italian and published at Venice in 1652. After the Restoration it was reprinted and a second part added. The following is the title: "Elenchus Motuum nuperorum in Anglia; simul ac juris Regii et Parlamentarii brevis enarratio. A. 2455 Lutetiae Parisiorum pro R. R. An. Dom. 1649." 12°. Address to the reader signed "Theodorus Veridicus." "Elenchi Motuum Nuperorum in Anglia pars prima; simul ac Juris Regii & Parlamentarii brevis enarratio, ab autore Geor. Batio, M.D. Regiae Majestatis Protomedico recognita & aucta AEre Christianae Anno 1660. Londini typis J. Flesher & prostant apud R. Royston in Ivy Lane, 1661." 8vo. "Pars Secunda. Simul ac Regis Effugii mirabilis e Praetio Wigornia enarratio. Londini, 1663."
George Bate now has a brief Wikipedia entry. As a physician to Charles I, the Cromwell family AND Charles II, he was well placed to observe the shifting political currents of his time.
Antonia Fraser uses Bate's memoirs as a primary source in her biography of Cromwell. He is referenced 13 times in the index and described by Fraser as a "Royalist Doctor". Of course, in dangerous times it paid to be flexible in one's allegiances. Unsurprisingly, Bate was, at least, Royalist when he wrote his memoirs after the Restoration!
Since there is no page for George Bate, I'm sharing some notes about him gleaned from his church:
In the Belfrey-chancel of Kingston-on-Thames’ All Saints church is a monument to the memory of Doctor George Bate, who died in 1668; and his wife Elizabeth, who died in 1667 of a consumption, which was hastened by the fire of London.
Dr. George Bate was one of the earliest members of the Royal Society, and eminent in his profession (fn. 122). He was principal physician to King Charles, Oliver Cromwell, his son Richard, and to Charles II; having the art of ingratiating himself with all parties. -- 122 Biograph. Brit.
Cromwell held Dr. Bate in high esteem, although he had written in defense of King Charles; and Cromwell sent for him in Scotland, when he lay ill there in 1651 (fn. 123). -- 123 Whitlock's Memorial, p. 494.
Dr. George Bate is said to have recommended himself to the royal party after the Restoration, by a report industriously spread that he had given Cromwell a dose which hastened his death; but this story appears to be built on a slender foundation (fn. 124). -- 124 It is only mentioned by Wood, Athen. Oxon. vol. ii. p. 424.
Dr. George Bate was an author; his principal work was an account of the commotions in England; a second part of which was published in 1661. In this he is said to have been assisted by Lord Chancellor Clarendon (fn. 125). -- 125 Ibid.
In THE HISTORY OF SURREY. — KINGSTON HUNDRED.
By Edward Wedlake Brayley, John Britton, Edward William Brayley, Gideon Algernon Mantell
ST. MARY’S CHURCH AT KINGSTON-ON-THAMES:
Among the memorials is that of Dr. George Bate, FRS and Elizabeth his wife; the former of whom died April 19, 1668, aged 60; and the latter, in April, 1667, of a consumption, which had been accelerated by the fire of London in the previous year."
Dr. Bate was one of the earliest members of the Royal Society, and very eminent in his profession.
He was principal physician to King Charles; to Oliver Cromwell (by whom he was held in high esteem); his son Richard; and to Charles II; having the art of ingratiating himself with all parties.
He is said to have recommended himself to the royal party after the Restoration, by a report industriously spread, that he had given Cromwell a dose which hastened his death; but this story rests on a slender foundation, and is mentioned only by Anthony Wood, in his Athence Oxoniensis.
Dr. Bate was an author; his principal work was an account of the commotions in England, intituled "Elenchus Motuum Nuperorum in Anglia," &c.; of which the 1st part was published at Paris, in 1649; and the 2nd (in which he is said to have been assisted by the Lord Chancellor Clarendon) at London, in 1661. — Lysons, Environs of London, vol. i. p. 246.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.