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illustrated.1820 Excerpt: ... Part mons: yet gentlemen went on
every where taking their ' lands into their own hands, and
inclosing them. 1549. In May the commons did rise first in
Wiltshire; Manj are where Sir William Herbert gathered some
resolute men ed.'rquie about him, and dispersed them, and slew some
of them. Soon after that, they rose in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent,
Gloucestershire, Suffblk, Warwickshire, Essex, Hertfordshire,
Leicestershire, Worcestershire, and Rutlandshire; but by fair
persuasions the fury of the people was a little stopped, till the
matter should be represented to the council. The Protector said, he
did not wonder the commons were in such distempers, they being so
oppressed, that it was easier to die once than to perish for want:
and therefore he set out a proclamation, contrary to the mind of
the whole council, against all new inclosures; with another,
indemnifying the people for what was past, so they carried
themselves obediently for the future. Commissions were also sent
every where, with an unlimited power to the commissioners, to hear
and determine all causes about inclosures, highways, and cottages.
The vast power these commissioners assumed was much complained of;
the landlords said it was an invasion of their property, to subject
them thus to the pleasure of those who were sent to examine the
matters without proceeding in the ordinary courts according to law.
The commons being encouraged by the favour they heard the Protector
bore them, and not able to govern their heat, or stay for a more
peaceable issue, did rise again, but were anew quieted. Yet the
Protector being opposed much by the council, he was not able to
redress this grievance so fully as the people hoped. So in
Oxfordshire and Devonshire they rose again, and also in Norfolk and
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