greyve for my owne losses thowgh they have beene verry heavey & greate.’
was a member of the Parliament which sat April 13, 1640, for the city of London
, and of the following session, beginning November 3, 1640, known as the Long Parliament.
Of this body, Sir John Bramston
, a devoted Royalist, the son of one of the ship money judges, writes thus of its composition:—
‘Those gentlemen who had been imprisoned about the loans, benevolences, or any other the like matters; such citizens as had been sued, imprisoned or molested about tonnage or poundage, or the customs; all that had any ways appeared obstinate and refractory to the government and the king's commands about ship money, coat and conduct money or the Commission, were chosen either for counties or boroughs.’
Commissioners were sent into all counties for the defacing, demolishing, and quite taking away of all images, altars, or tables turned altarwise, crucifixes, superstitious pictures, monuments, and ‘reliques’ of idolatry out of all chapels and churches.
At the present day we mourn the loss of tablets and memorials in the churches and even parish registers destroyed because of the gilt cross on the outside cover.
In the trial of Strafford
and other important events, Cradock
participated as a member of the House of Commons. May 21, 1641, he was on a committee for recusants with Sir Henry Mildmay
, Sir Symon d'ewes, and others.
This was his last appearance, as he died May 27, 1641.
May 28, 1641, ‘This evening there was an order given for a writ to issue for the new election of a. Burgess
in Master Cradock's place who is lately dead.’
The will of Matthew Cradock
dated November 9, 1640 is recorded in Middlesex, Mass.
Probate records, under date of February 12, 1662.
In it he mentions his