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June Late June or July: Marvell writes ‘An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’. Very much in the ascendant, Cromwell returns from Ireland to London, 1 June; the Council of State adopts the resolution to invade Scotland 20 June. (Worden 1984; Smith 267–79) 25 (Tuesday) Reluctant to participate in any pre-emptive invasion of Scotland, the Lord General Fairfax resigns his commission. Whether AM already joins the Fairfax household now in its move north is unclear: although he is established in his role as tutor to Mary Fairfax by this autumn (‘To his worthy Friend 1651 35 Doctor Witty’), it has been thought that ‘Tom May’s Death’ ‘is not the sort of poem Marvell would have written under Fairfax’s roof’ (PL 1:277; see below 13 November 1650).

George (Paris) forwards to Joseph Williamson 44 An Andrew Marvell Chronology (Saumur) mail for Dutton that he has found at the post-office and which otherwise would have been lost. (PRO, SP18/125/50r) June Late this month, the ailing John Dutton speaks with Oliver Cromwell about permitting William Dutton to ‘come home from beyond sea with what Speede conveniently mighte be and Commanded this Deponent to certifie the same by way of letter to Mr Marvell then tutor to the said Complainant William Dutton’.

D. 49, doubts have been raised about its attribution to AM, but the politics of the ‘editor’ of that compilation may better explain its omission of AM’s scathing view of republican impostures. 1651 Likely written this year, AM’s Latin distichs ‘Epigramma in Duos montes Amosclivum Et Bilboreum. Farfacio’ provide a study in contrasts, in which all is governed by Fairfax, concluding with a teacherly compliment to AM’s pupil, Mary Fairfax. The companion piece, ‘Upon the Hill and Grove at Bill-borow.

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