So what did I find today? Well the title of this post comes from two back-to-back pamphlets in early May 1648. I’ve seen this referenced before, but this is the first time I’ve seen them myself. The more famous one is Thomason penning in “adman” after Mabbott’s initials: G. M.adman. In the next pamphlet, though, he writes something else that gets lost in the binding. I like to think it’s “Magot.” I’m not sure, though. I’m curious as to what made Thomason lash out that particular day. Was the news on the Scots and Col. Poyer too upsetting?
As well, considering the number of pamphlets on the subject, the visitation on Oxford must have been terribly traumatic. From what I’ve learned from Charles Weber, this should mark the godly overhaul of Oxford. Apparently, it ruffled more than a few feathers.
The Presbyterians were on quite the offensive. Relatedly, I would like to see if there is an article on the Truth of Jesus Christ petitions. These were heavily Presbyterian works. The original was subsequently supported by ministers from all over England.
Bernard Alsop and Robert White seem to have had access to the same newsletter from Berwick. It appeared in the Moderate Intelligencer, a separate published by White, and a separate published by Alsop. Internal evidence suggests that each had their own copy. While White might may have gotten the copy from Dillingham (or vice versa) Alsop’s newsbook, Perfect Weekly Account, does not seem to have had a copy, and it appears that Robert Ibbitson did not publish it either. I’m not sure what this means, and certainly it wouldn’t be the first time that two publishers got a copy of the same material to print, but I’m wondering how Ibbitson got cut out of the loop. Because of Walker? Since I assume that commercial rivalry precluded Alsop and White simply sharing the letter, how did it get to the both of them? Either they had a connection to the same correspondent, or someone received it and shared it with them both, but not the the other major player, Ibbitson. LIke I said, I’m not sure entirely what to make of it, but it could potentially be very interesting.
There isn’t enough evidence to be sure, but it seems possible that Mabbott shared the letter with Alsop and White but skipped Ibbitson because Ibbitson was working with Henry Walker by that time (Packets of Letters). There does seem to have been a decrease in the amount of Mabbott-licensed Ibbitson offerings. At this point, Mabbott wouldn’t have crossed Dillingham, either.
That’s my update for today. I hope it’s not too cryptic. My thanks to Mercurius Politicus for his latest post. It’s on programming. I may not use it, but I’m glad someone is putting together this stuff in case I end up needing to.