The English Civil Wars and Commonwealth
Below are listed a collection of documents I have used in teaching my courses over many years. All are available as PDF files by clicking on the author or title. The columns are sortable by clicking on the column headings. (The sorting is done by your computer, so it may take a few moments if you have many programs running.) If you have any comments or suggestions, I am available at david.stewart@hillsdale.edu.

Please note that both other historical documents and military history documents are found on their own page.

Author Title Date
Parliament — House of Commons Impeachment Against Lord Buckingham 10 May 1626 
Charles I Declaration Prefixed to the 39 Articles 14 Apr 1628 
Parliament of England Petition of Right 7 Jun 1628 
Parliament — House of Commons Remonstrance 25 Jun 1628 
Abbot, GeorgeGeorge Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury On Receiving the Sacrament 3 Jul 1633 
Charles I Compulsory Loan 20 Dec 1635 
  Legality of Ship Money 7 Feb 1637 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Letter to Elizabeth Saint John 13 Oct 1638 
Hereford, County ofCounty of Hereford Grievances 1 Jan 1640 
Berkshire, County ofCounty of Berkshire Petition Against Ship Money 1 Jul 1640 
  Etcaetera Oath 1 Aug 1640 
Pym, JohnJohn Pym Speech in Parliament 7 Nov 1640 
Parliament — House of Commons Root and Branch Petition 11 Dec 1640 
anonymous Rome and the Inns of Court 1 Jan 1641 
Coke, JohnSir John Coke Trial of the Earl of Strafford 3 Mar 1641 
Parliament — House of Commons Protestation 3 May 1641 
Parliament of England Act of Attainder Against the Earl of Strafford 11 May 1641 
Strafford, Earl of, Thomas WentworthThomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford Letter to His Son 11 May 1641 
Charles I Journey to Scotland 12 Jun 1641 
Parliament of England Abolition of the Court of High Commission 5 Jul 1641 
Parliament — House of Commons On Ecclesiastical Innovations 1 Sep 1641 
Parliament — House of Commons The Grand Remonstrance 1 Dec 1641 
Charles I Answer to the Grand Remonstrance 3 Dec 1641 
Charles I Proclamation on Religion 10 Dec 1641 
Hereford, County ofCounty of Hereford Resolution 1 Jan 1642 
Wallington, NehemiahNehemiah Wallington Wonderful Work of God in the Guidance of BulletsThe Wonderful Work of God in the Guidance of Bullets 1 Jan 1642 
Hereford, County ofCounty of Hereford Petition 10 Jan 1642 
Verney, RalphRalph Verney Diary 3 Jan 1642 
Ram, RobertRobert Ram Letter to the Town of Crowland 31 Jan 1642 
Parliament of England Bishops' Exclusion Bill 13 Feb 1642 
Parliament of England Declaration on Church Reform 8 Apr 1642 
Parliament of England Nineteen Propositions 1 Jun 1642 
Parliament — House of Lords Proceedings Against John Escott 23 Jun 1642 
HoldernessInhabitants of Holderness (Yorkshire) Humble Petition 6 Jul 1642 
  For the Better Government of His Majesty's Army 25 Nov 1642 
Ram, RobertRobert Ram Siege of Crowland 1 Jan 1643 
anonymous Sense of the HouseThe Sense of the House (satirical poem) 10 Mar 1643 
Stanley, ThomasThomas Stanley Great SubsidyThe Great Subsidy 15 May 1643 
Waller, WilliamMajor-General Sir William Waller Letter to General Sir Ralph Hopton 16 Jun 1643 
Stanley, ThomasThomas Stanley Negotiations in Kent 23 Jul 1643 
  Solemn League and Covenant 25 Sep 1643 
  Signs and Portents 29 Oct 1643 
Parliament of England Ordinance for Regulating Cambridge University 22 Jan 1644 
Newcastle, Marquess of, William CavendishWilliam Cavendish, Marquess of Newcastle Royalist Army in Yorkshire 13 Feb 1644 
Woodhouse, MichaelColonel Sir Michael Woodhouse Second Siege of Brampton Bryan Castle 1 Apr 1644 
Waller, WilliamSir William Waller Warrant Against Neutrality 15 Apr 1644 
Bassett, FrancisFrancis Bassett Letters to his Wife 1 Jul 1644 
Ram, RobertRobert Ram Soldier's Catechism (Parliamentarian) 1 Jan 1644 
Swadlin, ThomasThomas Swadlin Soldier's Catechism (Royalist) 1 Jan 1645 
Hobart, MilesSir Miles Hobart Protest Against Cromwell 1 Jan 1645 
Clergy of Oxford University Advice to Charles I 10 Feb 1645 
Parliament — House of Commons Self-Denying Ordinance 3 Apr 1645 
Leven, Earl ofAlexander Leslie, Earl of Leven Summons of Hereford 31 Jul 1645 
Leven, Earl ofAlexander Leslie, Earl of Leven Second Summons of Hereford 28 Aug 1645 
Scudamore, BarnabasColonel Barnabas Scudamore Siege of Hereford 1 Sep 1645 
Milton, JohnJohn Milton On the New Forcers of Conscience 1 Jan 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 4 Jan 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 8 Jan 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 11 Jan 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 14 Jan 1646 
Ball, WilliamColonel William Ball Parliamentary Outrages in Berkshire 1 Apr 1646 
  Removal of a Minister 18 Mar 1646 
Parliament — House of Commons Act Abolishing the House of Lords 19 Apr 1646 
Charles I Ending Hostilities 19 May 1646 
Charles I End of the First Civil War 10 Jun 1646 
Birch, JohnColonel John Birch Siege of Goodrich Castle 13 Jun 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 1 Jul 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 8 Jul 1646 
Charles I Letter to Queen Henrietta Maria 5 Aug 1646 
  English Military Precedences and Salaries 1 Jan 1647 
anonymous AnarchyThe Anarchy [Royalist Ballad] 28 Apr 1647 
  Apology of the Soldiers to Their Officers 28 Apr 1647 
anonymous PanegyrickA Panegyrick [Royalist Poem] 5 Jun 1647 
Ireton, HenryHenry Ireton King's Flight to the Isle of Wight 21 Nov 1647 
anonymous New Magna CartaA New Magna Carta 1 Jan 1648 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Keeping the King Prisoner 3 Jan 1648 
Committee at Derby House Isle of WightThe Isle of Wight 20 Jan 1648 
Lilly, WilliamWilliam Lilly Escape of Charles I 1 May 1648 
Hammond, RichardColonel Richard Hammond Expense of Keeping Charles I 19 Aug 1648 
Lingen, HenrySir Henry Lingen Proclamation of Royalist Rising in Herefordshire 22 Aug 1648 
Rich, NathanielColonel Nathaniel Rich Taking of Deal Castle (Kent) 25 Aug 1648 
Hammond, RichardColonel Richard Hammond Request for Instructions 27 Aug 1648 
Bence, AlexanderCaptain Alexander Bence Operations Before Gorée 25 Sep 1648 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Capture of Berwick-upon-Tweed 2 Oct 1648 
Fairfax, ThomasSir Thomas Fairfax Pay for the Army 2 Oct 1648 
Warwick, Earl ofRichard Rich, Earl of Warwick Operations Before Gorée 2 Oct 1648 
Scot, ThomasThomas Scot Scottish Plots 3 Oct 1648 
Strickland, WalterSir Walter Strickland Report from the Netherlands 26 Oct 1648 
Sancroft, WilliamWilliam Sancroft News from Cambridge 27 Nov 1648 
Hammond, RichardColonel Richard Hammond Request for Instructions 28 Nov 1648 
Taylor, JeremyJeremy Taylor Alienation of Church Lands 24 Dec 1648 
Parliament of England Act Erecting a High Court of Justice 27 Dec 1648 
Gauden, JohnJohn Gauden Miracles Associated with Charles I 1 Jan 1649 
Journeyman Weavers of London Grievances of the Journeyman Weavers 1 Jan 1649 
Parliament of England Sentence of Charles I 27 Jan 1649 
Crouch, NathanielNathaniel Crouch Death of Charles I 30 Jan 1649 
anonymous Dunciation of the Rump Parliament 8 Feb 1649 
Parliament of England Act Abolishing the Office of King 17 Mar 1649 
Parliament of England Declaration of the Commonwealth 19 May 1649 
Bray, WilliamCaptain William Bray Appeal for Justice 20 Jun 1649 
Jones, MichaelColonel Michael Jones RathminesThe Battle of Rathmines 6 Aug 1649 
Strickland, WalterSir Walter Strickland Report from the Netherlands 21 Aug 1649 
Synnot, DavidLieutenant-Colonel David Synnot Siege of Wexford 3 Oct 1649 
Synnot, DavidLieutenant-Colonel David Synnot Surrender of Wexford 5 Oct 1649 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Sack of Wexford 14 Oct 1649 
Sancroft, WilliamWilliam Sancroft Life Under the Puritans 21 Oct 1649 
Deane, RichardColonel Richard Deane Surrender of Cork 8 Nov 1649 
Berkeley, JohnSir John Berkeley Royalist News 23 Nov 1649 
Milton, JohnJohn Milton Tenure of Kings and Magistrates 1 Jan 1650 
Cardenas, Alonso deDon Alonso de Cárdeñas Report on England 18 Feb 1650 
Nash, HenryHenry Nash News from the Netherlands 2 Jun 1650 
Parliament of England Defintion of Treason 17 Jul 1650 
Consejo de Estado (Spain) Resolutions 1 Oct 1650 
Sancroft, WilliamWilliam Sancroft News from Cambridge 17 Nov 1650 
Charles II Escape from England 1 Jan 1651 
  Coronation of Charles II as King of Scotland 1 Jan 1651 
Sancroft, WilliamWilliam Sancroft News from Cambridge 22 Apr 1651 
  Proclamation on Saint Paul's Cathedral 27 May 1651 
Derby, Earl of, James StanleyJames Stanley, Earl of Derby Letter to George Browne 15 Jul 1651 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Campaign in Scotland 26 Jul 1651 
Willoughby, Baron, FrancisFrancis, Baron Willoughby Royalist Defense of Barbados 1 Aug 1651 
Lumsden, RobertRobert Lumsden, Governor of Dundee Response to Summons of Dundee 1 Aug 1651 
Lauderdale, John Maitland, Earl ofJohn Maitland, Earl of Lauderdale Invasion of England (to his wife) 8 Aug 1651 
Lauderdale, John Maitland, Earl ofJohn Maitland, Earl of Lauderdale Invasion of England (to the Earl of Balcarres) 8 Aug 1651 
Parliamentarian Commanders Defense of Gloucester 23 Aug 1651 
Lilburne, RobertColonel Robert Lilburne Battle of Wigan Lane (to Oliver Cromwell) 25 Aug 1651 
Lilburne, RobertColonel Robert Lilburne Battle of Wigan Lane (to Sir William Lenthall) 25 Aug 1651 
Monck, GeorgeLieutenant-General George Monck Siege of Dundee 28 Aug 1651 
Monck, GeorgeLieutenant-General George Monck Storming of Dundee 1 Sep 1651 
Stapleton, RobertRobert Stapleton Battle of Worcester 3 Sep 1651 
Berkeley, RowlandSir Rowland Berkeley Battle of Worcester 3 Sep 1651 
Leicester, Earl ofRobert Sidney, Earl of Leicester Princess Elizabeth's Diamond Necklace 27 Sep 1651 
Derby, Earl ofJames Stanley, Earl of Derby Petition for Clemency 11 Oct 1651 
Dillingham, SamuelSamuel Dillingham Letter to William Sancroft 15 Jan 1652 
Dillingham, SamuelSamuel Dillingham Letter to William Sancroft 25 Jan 1652 
Brownrigg, RalphRalph Brownrigg Letter to William Sancroft 30 Jan 1652 
Lampriere, MichaelMichael Lamprière Government of Jersey 2 Feb 1652 
Brownrigg, RalphRalph Brownrigg Letter to William Sancroft 20 Feb 1652 
Philpott, ThomasThomas Philpott Petition of Right 24 Feb 1652 
Charles II Princess Mary and the Princess Dowager 5 Oct 1652 
  English Line of Battle 29 Mar 1653 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell Dissolution of the Long Parliament 22 Apr 1653 
Council of State Orders Concerning Stone Chapel 18 Jun 1653 
Eyre, AdamCaptain Adam Eyre Diary 1 Sep 1653 
Parliament of England Instrument of Government 16 Dec 1653 
Charles II Instructions for the Invasion of Scotland 27 Jan 1654 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell, Lord Protector Vigilance in Worcestershire 25 Mar 1654 
Consejo de Estado (Spain) On Negotiations with Cromwell 12 Apr 1654 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell, Lord Protector Letter to Louis XIV 25 May 1654 
Goddard, GaybonGaybon Goddard (MP, Castle Rising) Concerning the Oath of Loyalty 12 Sep 1654 
Penruddock, JohnColonel John Penruddock Trial 19 Apr 1655 
Penruddock, JohnColonel John Penruddock Letter from and to his Wife 3 May 1655 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell, Lord Protector Declaration Against the Royal Family 4 Oct 1655 
Thurloe, JohnJohn Thurloe Letter to General George Monck 24 Feb 1656 
Thurloe, JohnJohn Thurloe Recruiting Colonists for Jamaica 10 May 1656 
Bristol, Magistrates ofMagistrates of Bristol Examination of James Naylor 10 May 1656 
Mazarine, JulesCardinal Jules Mazarin On the Imperial Election 1 Jan 1657 
Parliament of England Humble Petition and Advice 25 May 1657 
Prestwick, EdmundEdmund Prestwick Investiture of Oliver Cromwell 25 May 1657 
Berners, JosiahJosiah Berners Political PréciseA Political Précise 30 Nov 1657 
Thurloe, JohnJohn Thurloe Other HouseThe Other House 10 Dec 1657 
Cromwell, OliverOliver Cromwell, Lord Protector Arrest of the Fifth-Monarchy Men 3 Feb 1658 
Cromwell, HenryHenry Cromwell Army and the Fifth MonarchistsThe Army and the Fifth Monarchists 18 Sep 1658 
Prestwich, JohnJohn Prestwich Funeral of Oliver Cromwell 23 Nov 1658 
Barwick, JohnJohn Barwick Politics and the New Protector 2 Feb 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 25 Apr 1659 
General Council of Officers Resolutions 28 Apr 1659 
Officers in England Letter to General George Monck 3 May 1659 
  Risings Across England 1 Jul 1659 
Goodson, WilliamVice-Admiral William Goodson Dutch Hostilities 31 Jul 1659 
Larke, SampsonCaptain Sampson Larke Discontent in Devon 23 Aug 1659 
Monck, GeorgeGeneral George Monck Orders to Defend Parliament 10 Oct 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 20 Oct 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 24 Oct 1659 
Fleetwood, CharlesLieutenant-General Charles Fleetwood Defense of General John Lambert's Coup 25 Oct 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 26 Oct 1659 
Committee of Safety Appeal to General George Monck 29 Oct 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 31 Oct 1659 
Berwick, Inhabitants ofInhabitants of Berwick Letter to General George Monck 2 Nov 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 7 Nov 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 11 Nov 1659 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 14 Nov 1659 
Montague, WalterWalter Montague Charles II in Exile 25 Nov 1659 
Berners, JosiahJosiah Berners News from London 29 Nov 1659 
anonymous Noble English WorthiesThe Noble English Worthies 28 Dec 1659 
anonymous England's Joy 1 Jan 1660 
Bordeaux-Neufville, Antoine deAntoine de Bordeaux-Neufville Affairs in England 30 Jan 1660 
Monck, GeorgeGeneral George Monck Planning the Restoration 7 Feb 1660 
Charles II Declaration of Breda 14 Apr 1660 
  Apprehension of the Regicides 6 Jun 1660 
Cooke, JohnJohn Cooke Letter from Prison 1 Oct 1660 
Axtell, DanielColonel Daniel Axtell Scaffold Speech 19 Oct 1660 
Milton, JohnJohn Milton Reflections on the Civil War 1 Jan 1670