- John Sadler (1615-1674)
John Sadler (of
Warmwell) (1615 – 1674) was an English lawyer, academic, Member of Parliament, Hebraist, Neoplatonist[John T. Young, "Faith, Medical Alchemy and Natural Philosophy" (1998), p. 59.] and millennarian thinker, private secretary to Oliver Cromwell, and member of the Parliamentarian Council of State. He was Master of Magdalene College, Cambridgefrom 1650 to 1660."Concise Dictionary of National Biography".]
He was nominated for Cambridge for the 1653
Barebones Parliament[ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=36965 List of members nominated for Parliament of 1653 | British History Online ] ] . In 1659, for the Third Protectorate Parliament, he was MP for Yarmouth, in the Isle of Wight.
Ernestine van der Wall writes [ [https://www.openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/dspace/bitstream/1887/8257/1/3_908_015.pdf PDF] , p. 51.] :
The Hale Commission on law reform, headed from 1652 by
Sir Matthew Hale, had Sadler as a leading lawyer, together with William Steeleand John Fountain[Mary Cotterell, "Interregnum Law Reform: The Hale Commission of 1652", The English Historical Review, Vol. 83, No. 329 (Oct., 1968), pp. 689-704.] .
town clerkof London from 1649d] . He was removed on the Restoration, under the pretext that he had signed the death warrant of Christopher Love[Reginald R. Sharpe, "London and the Kingdom, Volume II", p. 383. [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20990/20990-h/20990-h.html Gutenberg text] ] .
He wrote "The Rights of the Kingdom" (1649), a founding document [ [http://www.mb-soft.com/believe/txn/britisra.htm British Israelitism ] ] of
British Israelitism. Tudor Parfitt ["The Lost Tribes of Israel: The History of a Myth" (2002), p. 42.] calls it “one of the first invented expressions of an invented Israelite genealogy for the British”. This was not, however, its overt purpose. Glen Burgess calls it ["The Politics of the Ancient Constitution", p. 98.] “an historical defence of the regicide”. Maurice Vilewrites
He was a philosemite [ [http://www.olivercromwell.org/jews.pdf PDF] , p. 4.] , on friendly terms with
Menasseh ben Israel[van de Wall, p. 53.] , and associate of Samuel Hartliband John Dury. This interest was not clearly separated from the line taken by Sadler in "The Rights of the Kingdom" ["The year 1649 then shows Durie, Worsley, Sadler, Jessey, Moriaen, Boreel and Menasseh all dealing with the question whether the lost tribes were living in America" [...] . van der Wall, p. 55.] .
He married Jane, daughter of the Dorset MP John Trenchard [ [http://www.weymouth-dorset.co.uk/warmwell.html Weymouth, Dorset History & Heritage - Warmwell Village & Parish inc Warmwell House ] ] . His sister Ann married John Harvard.
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