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Captured Royalist colours brought to Parliament

In Parliamentary business on September 29 at 12:20 pm

29 Sep 1643 (Fri) || Tis worth your notice, that among these Colours which his Excellency brought into the pretended House of Lords, one of them was found to containe a draught of the Parliament-house, with the heads of the two Gun-powder Traytors upon it with this motto, UT EXTRA, SIC INTUS, which was presently sent downe to the Commons, who suddenly declared that it was Colonell Spencers colour, and so voted without more adoe, that Colonell Spencer and his posterity should be extirpated out of the Kingdome. And here (to tell you once more what honour is due to these mens votes) I must let you know that this Colour and Motto was not Colonell Spencers, and yet these righteous Members have voted the Noble Colonell and his posterity fit to be extirpated out of England, because (I thinke) he was guilty of Originall sinne. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Parliament allegedly refuses the King supplies

In Oxford, Parliamentary business on September 29 at 12:05 am

29 Sep 1643 (Fri) || We were certified this day, that upon a Motion made, that they would give way that some necessaries for his Majesties sacred person might be carried to Oxford, among which one particular was wine; but they (as men that three dayes before had tooke a solemne Covenant for the preservation of his Majesties person) denyed that his Majesty should have any wine. So that having laboured to murther him with their great Ordnance, seiz’d of all his revenues that should keepe him alive, they now most dutifully refuse to let him have meat and drinke for that mony which his good Subjects have lent him. Let all men that have the least sense of honour or goodnesse; consider, if any blessed Prince were ever thus used by men (if I may call them so) who are his owne sworne Subject, whom they can accuse of nothing but this, that he is too good to be their King. Nay, when the Kings Sergeant moved that his Majesties Woods might be exempt from being cut downe and destroyed, that noble and valiant Gentleman the Lord Wharton grew extreame angry that he would make such a motion, and commanded him silence. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Marquess of Newcastle continues to siege Hull

In Lincolnshire on September 28 at 11:55 pm

28 Sep 1643 (Thu) || For the siege of Hull, or rather the blocking up of it; its prosecuted by my Lord Newcastle, and if reliefe and supplies come not, or the enemy be not busied another way; time may gaine the greatest and strongest Hold that is, but we hope the Marquisse will be busied ere long some other way. As for Colonell Cromwell, we do not beleeve what is said of his enemies, that he is routed or taken prisoners, or that as yet any action hath been betwixt them: we hope my Lord Manchester will in short time be considerable, and that he will be in Lincolnshire within fourteen dayes to joyne with Colonell Cromwell. || John Dillingham – The Parliament Scout (P)

28 Sep 1643 (Thu) || For the siege of Hull, or rather the blocking up of it; its prosecuted by my Lord Newcastle, and if reliefe and supplies come not, or the enemy be not busied another way; time may gaine the greatest and strongest Hold that is, but we hope the Marquisse will be busied ere long some other way. As for Colonell Cromwell, we do not beleeve what is said of his enemies, that he is routed or taken prisoners, or that as yet any action hath been betwixt them: we hope my Lord Manchester will in short time be considerable, and that he will be in Lincolnshire within fourteen dayes to joyne with Colonell Cromwell. || John Dillingham – The Parliament Scout (P)

Parliament desires funds to capitalise on Royalist losses

In Berkshire, Parliamentary business on September 27 at 11:49 pm

27 Sep 1643 (Wed) || And thus we have brought my Lord, and his remaining forces, to Redding, whence on Saturday last a Letter came, and a Messenger: The House of Commons, at a Conference, moved there might be moneys forthwith procured for the prosecution of the war, and that with all speed, because the enemy by the late fight had lost their whole infantry, not a thousand remaining, but were either slaine, wounded, or fled; a thousand escaping, as is reported, the night after the fight, besides those fled in the fight. Secondly, their Ammunition was almost, if not altogether, spent, and that [if] they receive not new supplies, ships might be sent to lie before Bristoll, Newcastle, &c.  || John Dillingham – The Parliament Scout (P)

Captain Sydenham deceives Royalists at Poole

In Dorset on September 26 at 12:18 pm

26 Sep 1643 (Tue) || Pool in Dorset-shire … this weeke hath beene guilty of a most exemplary piece of treachery: the manner briefly thus, (attested under the hand of one who is so noble that he is not capable of a lie.) One Francis Syddenham who is a Captaine in that Rebellious Garrison, sent severall Letters to the Earle of Crafford, offering to deliver up the Towne to the Earle for His Majesties use, making frequent promises and imprecations in his letters, of the loyalty of his intentions, and accordingly kept precise correspondence for time, place, and all other particuars as farre it pleased the Earle to treat with him. A day therefore being appointed for the delivery up of the Town, the captaine sent his kinsman to conduct the Kings Forces the surest and best way to the Towne gates, but assoone as they came thither the perfidious Syddenham (having before hand prepared all the Rebells like a compleat Traitor) let fly at the Kings forces both with Cannon and Muskets, whereby they killed 10 common Souldiers and tooke 4 prisoners, but durst not sally out upon His Majesties Forces who after they had stayed a space before the Towne, retreated safe to their quarters, leaving perfidious Syddenham to his perjury  and treason, to receive a just recompence with his fellow Rebels, when he shall be lesse trusted, and more exemplarily rewarded.   || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

West Wales counties declare allegiance to the King

In Wales on September 26 at 12:15 pm

26 Sep 1643 (Tue) || The Welchmen (I must tell you) are of another make, whose Language hath no word for a Close Committee. For after the Earle of Carbery had reduced Tenby in Pembrokeshire (the only County in all Wales that had beene seduced, though mow most loyall to His Majesty) his Lordship went toHaverford-West, wither all the Gentry of the County, and all the Trayned-bands came unto him, to manifest their loyalty to His Sacred Majesty; the six Hundreds of Train-bands are Roose, Dangledy, Dewesland, Castle-martyn, Newbirth, Kemys and Kilgerran, (hard names but the inhabitants are honest Gentlemen) which Gentry and Train-bands testified their hearty obedience by their subscriptions under their hands and seales, and by a tender of two thousand pounds to be given to His Majesty. All which was most happily effected by Gods blessing on the valour and prudence of the noble Earle of Carbery, whom Haverford-west received with such cheerfull expressions as I have not yet met with; which (because they are excellent words) I have here transcribed from the originall.

Wee the Mayor, Aldermen, and Inhabitants of the Towne and County of Haverford-west, doe hereby humbly declare, that we will be alwayes obedient to the Kings Majesties Royall Commands, and will serve him with our lives and fortunes, and will submit to His Majesties Authority, now placed in the Right Honourable Richard Earle of Carbery, Lord Lieute. Generall of the Counties of Pembrook, Carmarthen and Cardigan, &c. And will heartily contribute to His Sacred Majesties Service to the best of our abilities. And wee doe further engage our selves unpo the faith of loyall Subjects, that wee will not receive into our Towne and Country any Garrison, forces, or person whatsoever, sent or to bee sent from any who now are or hereafter shall bee in Rebellion against his Majesty under the name of King and Parliament, or any other name; but will dutifully receive and assist all such Forces as our said Lord Lieutenant Generall shall send for the use and service of His Sacred Majesty. For assurance whereof we have hereunto fixed our Common Seale, and subscribed our Names the eighteenth day of September, And call our great God to witnesse, that wee are resolved to live and dye in and for the defence of His Majesty and His Government against all the said Rebels. GOD SAVE THE KING. Now let the world judge what true Britaines this County of Pembrook hath at last shewed it selfe: to the silencing of those weekly printed boastings of the faction at London, who upon all occasions were ready to tell us, what vast advantage they would make of Milford Haven, Tenby, and the rest of the haven Townes in the County of Pembrook, which are now most happily returned to their wonted loyalty and obedience.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus disputes Parliament’s maths re. Newbury

In ECW editor's comment on September 25 at 12:04 pm

25 Sep 1643 (Mon) || The pretended Houses made an Order on Fryday last, that no man should speake of the late battaile neare Newbury, but according to the Relation given to the House of Commons by a young man sent from their Army for that purpose. And what that young man related I shall here tell you. First he said that the King had left above 5000 men, but his Excellency had not lost full 140. Then he said, that the King had not above 800 left of all his foot, and if they would now pursue their victory, both Oxford & all the West of England might easily be regained. And when Master Speaker demanded of him who had the pillage of the dead, his answer was, that both sides came in together, and stript the dead without opposition of either party. But what impudent impossible and bottomlesse lyes these are, let all the world judge. For this Relator confessed the King brought ten thousand foot into the fields, whereof (saith he) we kild full five thousand (horse and foot) and yet they left but 800 alive. Next consider, this Relator said that his Excellence having above 10000 foot, lost but 140, and yet these 9850 suffered poore 800 to be joynt pillagers of the field, and (which is more) these 9850 souldiers call for aid from London to helpe to defeat 800 of the Kings. Who this young man was, whether Charles Pym, or some famous Truth-speaker fetched out of a sawpit for that very purpose, I cannot tell; only I shall request all the Kingdome to consider if His Majesties Proclamation was not just and necessary, that is, whether any credit or obedience ought to be yeelded to these mens votes, who vote 800 to be halfe of 10000; and 300 to be full 5000, and vote that all London shall say so too, for thats the truth and consequence of this ridiculous new Order.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Parliament to honour Essex for Newbury “Victory”

In Parliamentary business on September 24 at 12:01 pm

Sunday 24 Sep 1643 || Touching the aforesaid Letter, and the affaires of the Army, the Commons had some consultation, and a conference with the Lords; whereupon afterwards it was agreed upon by both Houses, That a Committee of the Lords and Commons should be that afternoon sent away to the Earl of Essex at Reading, to inform his Excellency what a high esteem the Houses have of the great Honour his Excellency (under God) hath gained in the preservation of the Army in the late Atchievement, to the great discomfiture of theirs, and the Kingdoms Enemies.

As also thoroughly to inquire into the true state and condition of the said Army, that so it may be presently supplyed in all defects wanting, either for Men, Moneyes, Munition, or Victualls; and that they may be the better enabled to pursue this victory which God hath given them. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall (P)

Britanicus accuses Aulicus of untruths

In ECW editor's comment on September 23 at 2:55 am

23 Sep 1643 (Sat) || I will not say Master Aulicus is mad, but I am sure he hath lost his wit, or our last victory hath frighted him out of it, for never came newes so simply into the world from Oxford as this weeke, not so much as a sparkle of with from the 17. of September where he begins, to the three and twentieth, where he ends.

I can guesse but at foure reasons: either his pension failes, or the losse at Newbery hath sadned him, or he is fallen from sacke to six shilling bear [beer], or we shot him in the braine with our last jests, and he now lies under the surgeon with his noble friends Jermin and Progers, but indeed the grand Mercury Faulkland is slaine, yet we hear her Majesty intends to summon all Poets and Schollers of any comptency of wit, from the age of sixteen to sixty, to be aiding and assisting to the next Diurnall, for Master Aulicus is put upon such a vast duty every weeke, viz. the telling of at least an hundred lies, together with fine conceits, that he is not able to undergoe it, unlesse a Sub-Committee for lying and jesting be added to him. || Robert White & George Bishop – Mercurius Britanicus (P)

Scots vote to garrison Berwick

In North East, Scotland on September 22 at 2:52 am

22 Sep 1643 (Fri) || It was also signified, that the Scots in their Convention had voted (for they can vote too) that a Garrison should be put into Barwick: That first, the Garrison should be all of the Scottish Nation: Secondly, that it should consist of six hundred Foot and two Troops of Horse (sixtie in a Troop) or more, as it shall be thought fit by the Committees of oth Nations: Thirdly, that this Garrison should be payd as part of the Scottish Army: Fourthly, that whereas the Scottish Forces were to receive from the two English Houses 3000l. a moneth, now they should have 1000l. per mensem more, to make them hit just one and thirtie. And lastly, that the Publique Faith of the Scots shall be engaged to England, that they will depart out of Barwick whensoever the English will desire them so to doe. But whether the two indigent Houses will be readie with their two hundred thousand pounds to be payd in hand, and 300000l. a moneth besides; and whether these well payd men will depart according to their Publike Faith, I leave to the private faith of every honest Reader.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)