So now I’m starting to wonder a bit more about Mabbott and the Moderate. I found a letter by Clarke published by Robert Austin. I can’t figure out Austin’s connection, but his publication was not licensed. Anyway, I looked through the rest of the stuff published and I found that Perfect Diurnall and the Moderate had the only other copies. This plays well with my theory that Mabbott had some kind of connection to the Moderate and Samuel Pecke. I’m thinking that it will be worthwhile to sit the two newsbooks side-by-side to see just how much intelligence they share, and perhaps cross-check that with Walker’s Perfect Occurences.
I’m still digging around in the Provost Marshal position that Mabbott supposedly wanted for himself. As I said in my last post, I don’t think Mabbott wanted to be Provost Marshal. I’m starting to wonder if te office was not instead a hodge-podge solution to a number of problems, as well as a Presbyterian reaction against Major General Skippon. Skippon had had more or less the powers of the Provost Marshal and may have earned some enemies among Presbyterians from his firm control of London during the Second Civil War. I need to look into it some more.
I like the sense of freedom I have in my research these days. Although so much of Civil War history has been well worn, I am still finding new pieces of evidence. I am not just checking references; I feel like an honest-to-God historian. There is something very gratifying in it. I suppose that this is not uncommon, but it’s great to be in a profession that allows me such freedom.