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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, A charge with Prince Rupert. (search)
er and show that among the leading Parliamentary statesmen there were gay and witty debauchees,--that Harry Marten deserved the epithet with which Cromwell saluted him,--that Pym succeeded to the regards of Strafford's bewitching mistress,--that Warwick was truly, as Clarendon describes him, a profuse and generous profligate, tolerated by the Puritans for the sake of his earldom and his bounty, at a time when bounty was convenient and peers were scarce. But it is hardly worth while further to cavalrycaptain ;--he was one of the few men who have shown great military powers on both land and sea; he was a man of energy unbounded, industry inexhaustible, and the most comprehensive and systematic forethought. It was not merely, that, as Warwick said, he put that spirit into the King's army that all men seemed resolved, --not merely, that, always charging at the head of his troops, he was never wounded, and that, seeing more service than any of his compeers, he outlived them all. But ev