By Victor D. Sutch
Where of Gilbert Sheldon in 17th century historical past and his impression upon the occasions of the interval have lengthy offered a tantalizing challenge. A historian exploring the files of the time can't aid yet be inspired through the ever-present appearances of the archbishop. but the widespread references too frequently supply little aspect, in order that what emerges is a wraith-like photo of the guy and a truly doubtful account of his actions. consequently it's tricky to grasp what to consider Sheldon. He has been termed a Laudian, yet Mathew Wren, Laud's unswerving assistant and sharer of his imprisonment, used to be cempletely baffled via the initials G. Sh. which seemed in a letter despatched to him within the early 1650's. additionally classified a staunch Tory and an organization believer within the establishment of monarchy, Shelden confirmed no compunction no matter what approximately lecturing the king on his tasks or in boldly epposing the royal needs while his lectures have been neglected. He has been defined as a guy of iron personality, but he was once continuously soft-spoken and delicate to these in his fast presence. he's pictured as a ruthless persecutor, yet he frequently provided suggestions, fabric and differently, to those that have been his rivals. Supposedly he was once avaricious, but the checklist means that in the course of the Interregnum he impoverished himself to help needy buddies and church acquain tances, seme of whem he slightly knew.
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38 E. H. Plumptre, Life of Thomas Ken (London, 1890), I, 40, describes this act in some detail. 3 9 See Burrows, Worthies of All Souls, p. 130. 26 THE CIVIL WAR cordingly. Knowing that most Presbyterian divines were given to longwinded sermons and that they seldom dismissed their services on time, they resolved to meet at Merton but to wait only until precisely eleven o'clock. If the visitors had not arrived by then, the college Ieaders would leave in a body exactly on the hour. As foreseen, the parliamentary commissioners were late in retuming to Merton and met the university officials as they were leaving the hall.
As evening approached, Charles was so taken by Sheldon's conversation that he insisted upon proionging their talk until midnight; only then, he reminded his guards, was the day officially over. Col. Harnmond generously permitted the king's stratagern to succeed, and thus Sheldon parted from his master for the last time at midnight, December 26, 1647. The following day, he, Hammond, and the other chaplains, began their joumey back to Oxford. There they would continue their struggle with their parliamentary enemies, but with different methods and upon another Ievel.
But again no one appeared. Fell received eight different citations between the first and the eighth of October, and he ignored all of them. So did the other college heads. All were following the advice given on a memorandum circulated by the strategy committee. It stated: 1. Uniformly to resolve instead of submitting with all civility to the parliament to plead statutes, privileges, oaths, in each case. The university not to submit to any but Regular Visitations. 2. Reasons for this advice. By not submitting or nonappearance some advantages to be gained, as Time in which debate of the issues.
Gilbert Sheldon: Architect of Anglican Survival, 1640–1675 by Victor D. Sutch