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Following the parliamentarians' victory over Charles I during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell signed the king's death warrant and assumed the office of Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. Shortly thereafter new coins were minted bearing the inscription 'God with Us' on one side, and 'The Republic of England' on the other. One day a certain nobleman, a royalist and anti-Puritan to the core, was shown the new coins. "Quite proper," he drily remarked, "that God and the Republic should be on different sides."

[On the day of Cromwell's death, a great storm raged all over England. His last words? "My design is to make what haste I can to be gone."]

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