Tyger's Head Books

Recruiting problems alleged in London

In London on September 18 at 2:18 am

18 Sep 1643 (Mon) || And for Sir William Waller it was further certified, that Voluntieres came but slowly in, and that the City was as loath to let their Trayned bands and auxiliary forces be taken from them, if it could otherwise be avoided: which put our excellent Common-wealths-men on a resolution of making use of their legislative tyranny to passe an Ordinance for the pressing of 5000 men; 2000 in the City of London, and the residue in the adjacent Counties, the which accordingly they did. But this is thought will be a work of longer time, and require more money then their necessities will permit; the Ordinance being passed upon Wednesday last,  and few pressed as yet.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)