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Dutch fleet refuses to defer to Parliamentarian navy

In Foreign News on July 5 at 9:54 am

5 Jul 1643 (Wed) || You heard before with what offence and indignation the State of Venice entertained the newes of the Rebellion raised against His Majestie by some of His seditious Subjects; and you shall heare now that the confederate States of the United Provinces like it little better. For it was certifed this day, that the Earle of Warwicke being out at Sea with His Majesties Navy, met with a Fleet of Hollanders, whom he commanded to strike sayle, as the custome is. To which the Admirall made Answer, that he would not doe it on those commands, without he saw some better reason for it, then he believed they had to shew him. For if his Lordship has Commission from the King of England (as he conceived he had no such) he should let him see it and then they would be ready to make that acknowledgement which the ancient usage did require. But if his Lordship had Commission onely from the States of Parliament, his Lordship might doe well to know that those of the United Provinces were the Elder States, and would acknowledge no superiority in such young beginners; and so sayled by without more Ceremony, his Lordship being extreamely sensible that the Answer had in it too much truth and reason. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Danish King raises money for King Charles

In Foreign News on March 7 at 12:39 pm

7 March 1642/3 (Tue) || From Hamburg they write, that the King of Denmarke hath raised many men, and is rigging a great Fleete of Ships, and that he sent Commanders to raise men in that Towne, who openly declared that they were raised to go into England, to serve the King against the Parliament. And further they write, that the King of Denmarke caused a collection of monies throughout his Dominions to be made, towards the maintenance of this designe, and that the whole collected summe amounted to 60000.li or thereabouts, some of his Subjects freely contributing towards it, and others refusing to give any thing to foment so unnaturall a war. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Bad weather forces Queen to abandon Channel crossing

In Foreign News on February 1 at 6:00 pm

1st February 1642/3 || By those that are newly landed which come out of Holland, it is informed that Queen hath taken shipping for England, being attended with about 7. sayle of Ships, and that the States of Holland gave her a present of about 5000. pounds, and that she hath 10. Coaches and 40. Waggons, and that Mr. Jermyn and some Commanders are coming with her. || Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

From Holland they write, that the Queen of England departed from thence to Sea, upon the 19. of January last, to goe to Newcastle, with eight Ships, wherein were many Commanders and Souldiers, much money, Gunpowder, Armes and Horses; but after she had been soundly tossed with contrary windes for eight dayes, she was faine to set shore again on Friday last at Scheveling in Holland, which lyeth on the Sea Coast, three or foure miles from the Hague, and that she hath lost at Sea, two great Boyers laden with Horse and Armes, and it is only reported that three of the Hollands men of War that were part of her Convoy, are put into the Harbour at Dover, where they are detained under the Command of the Castle, untill the Parliaments pleasure be further knowne. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Her Majesty of England after shee had taken shipping at Sluce in Holland being bound for Newcastle, was more crossed in her returne by the Winds, and waves of the Sea, then in her voyage thither; at which first time she lost one ship, and all the people in it, with all the trumperies belonging to the Masse, and great store of goods belonging to the Dutchesse of Lenox; and in this last [storm] had one great Hulke wreckt by the storme, wherein were divers goodly horses (as it is certified from Holland) for her Majesties owne Troope; the Colours belonging to that Troope, having in it three Crownes supported Per Gladium Catholicum; It is also informed that another Hulke of the like burthen is missing, and conceived to be foundred in the Storme, and that her Majestie after seven or eight dayes and nights enduring continuall stormes (as if the Windes and Sea were averse and angry with her for this poore Ilands sake) hee was by contrary states and weather forced backe to the Brill [Den Briel] in Holland (as is certified) where her Majestie is landed againe (if this forced returne to a contrary Port, might but worke her Majesties turning to the Protestant Religion, which would in good time bring her to the Port of Heaven, how welcome might she be to England) which made some of the Hollanders wish their present of 5000.li to her Majesty at her departure (being first intimated privately, that it would be a thing more acceptable then the Jewell intended) had beene modestly excused, or in lesse measure expressed, since a second Present of Course must ensue. || Richard Collings – The Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer (P)

By the last post letters also from Holland it is informed that the Queene having Shipped all her provisions of Ammunition, Armes, powder, shot, which shee intended to bring along with her into England with great store of Monies raised by the meanes of the Prince of Orange and the King of Denmarke amongst the Papists in those parts; about 10 dayes since her selfe tooke Shipping to come for Newcastle, but being put to sea, there happened very stormy weather, which put Her Majesty and Shipps into great danger, & was forced to continue at Sea 3 or 4 dayes together, and could neither passe one waies nor another, in which time (it is said) that two of the Queenes shipps were cast away being laden with her provisions, and at length her Majesty [was] forced to returne backe to Holland till a more fitt opportunity of wind; where shee as yet remaines, the place of her landing being fully intended to be at Newcastle: But there are foure shippes that were sent downe by order of Parliament that are gott into the Haven at Newcastle in dispight of Tynmouth castle and the Fort at Sheilds; and it is to bee feared that there will bee hott service before her Majesty passes the Barre at Tynmouth, unlesse she leave her shippes and Ordnance behind her.

It is also for certaine informed by the said letters from Holland, that King of Denmarke hath 6000 Souldiers in a readinesse to be shipped and sent to England so soone as hee heareth newes of the Queenes arriving here. || Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

Parliament prepares for rumoured French action against England

In Foreign News on January 12 at 9:00 pm

12 Jan 1642/3 || The House of Commons received information by the Vice Admirall at Sea,¹ that there is for certaine great preparations in France by the raising of forces to send against England. That the King of France hath called in all his Ships, and makes them ready for Sea, and hath fifteene thousand men in a readinesse to send against England, Whereupon the House of Commons agreed in an Order, and had the Lords concurrence in it, That the Earle of Warwick should take speedy order for the better guard of the Seas against all forraigne Invasions, and that himselfe in person should be desired againe to attend the guard of the seas. || Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

There are divers informations come from beyond Sea of the preparation in France (publikely spoken of at Burdeaux) against England, whereupon directions are given for the Rigging and Trimming of the Navy with all expedition, to be in a readinesse to put to Sea. || Richard Collings – The Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer (P)

¹ Sir William Batten

Dutch support of English queen leads to ship losses

In Foreign News on December 23 at 11:49 pm

23 Dec 1642 (Fri) || The Hollanders have of late lost 55. Ships, which are taken by the Dunkerkers, for want of those ships to guard the Seas, that lay long there in expectation to convoy our Queene to Newcastle, which makes them furiously to storme at the Prince of Orange, who hath bin the occasion of their losses to gratifie her, and they vow that they will call him to an accompt for his Plot and designes, which caused him to withdraw to Breda. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

Letters from Holland

In Foreign News on December 16 at 5:24 pm

16 Dec 1642 (Fri) || Divers Letters that were lately brought out of Holland, were intercepted in Kent and sent to the Parliament, one of them was from the Queene which was written in a new and strange character, the sence whereof is not yet found out, another was from the Lord Goring, wherein he certifieth, that Colonel Goring his Sonne was gone to Newcastle with many brave Commanders, and that the Queene intended to goe into France now the old Cardinall is dead, where she hopeth so to compose businesses as to make Peace between France and Spaine, and then things would goe well not only in Ireland, but also in England according to their desires. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

There came also Letters to the Commons from Rotterdam in Holland, dated the sixteenth present July, intimating that there is great store of Armes Ammunition and money sent daily to Newcastle, there being now free recourse of shipping without any let, that the Queene stayes there by reason of some Letters from his Majesty advising her so, for that the King was upon an Accommodation with his Parliament (as they pretended) That Colonell Goring (who is to be Generall of the Kings Horse) Mr. [William] Crofts, [Sir Henry] Slingsby, Brett, and some others have tooke Shipping for Newcastle, that there is 400. Officers, 400. Horse sending thither, and a 1000. more to follow, and the Queenes Standard: That the Prince of Orange hath raised 16000 pound amongst the Papists in those parts to be also sent hither.

The House of Commons had a great debate concerning the said letters, and also taking into consideration the great designes of the Papists in those parts, they agreed upon these ensuing Votes.

1. That the designe of the army of the army raised here against the Parliament is to destroy the Protestant Religion, to roote out protestants, and to bring in Popery into this Kingdome.

2. That the persons of all Papists and other dangerous Recusants within this Kingdome be forthwith secured, and their estates sequestred.

3. That the Committees in London and Middlesex for the assessing of Malignants do forthwith secure all the Papists in their liberties.

4. That if any Colonell or other Officer in Scotland shall contract with the Parliaments agents in that Kingdome for the bringing in of any force into Yorkshire against the Earle of Newcastles army of Papists it shall be accepted of.

5. That the Earle of Warwick bee desired to send some ships to guard the seas betweene Holland and Newcastle, to prevent the bringing of suppyles from thence. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament

Dutch authorities halt Prince of Orange’s shipment to England

In Foreign News on December 1 at 5:45 pm

1 Dec 1642 || The Prince of Orange had furnished the Queene of England with many Ships, Souldiers, Armes Powder Ordnance and money to conduct her into this Kingdome, but the States of Holland perceiving the drift have made a stay of all those preparations, and caused them to be brought on shore again (because they intend firmly to associat themselves with our Parliament, and to that end are sending hither some Agents) and will send only two or three Ships to waft the Queene over: Whereupon the Prince of Orange doubting that his plots will be discovered and that that he will be thwarted in his designes hath withdrawned himselfe from the Hague as it is reported and is gone to Breda in Brabant a Town of his own: the Banckers also at Amsterdam, who have his moneys at use, refuse to make him payment thereof, as it is said, lest hee should do mischiefe therewith amongst them. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

It is signified unto the Parliament by letters out of Holland that the Queene hath once more changed her resolution of coming over into England for the present hearing of the Cavaleers being defeated of their purpose of taking London and being put to a retreat from Brainford and that the States being glad of so faire an opportunity presently gave order for the unlading of the ships which were appointed to come over with Armes Ammunition, and money, and were appointed to attend her Majesty into England, but it is very probable they would have made stop of them, if they could not have had so good an opportunity in a faire way, for the States of Holland and Zeland have agreed upon a Declaration to be sent into England desiring a mutuall aide and assistance of each other, unto which the States Generally have likewise consented, though for sometime they were backward in declaring themselves. || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages

Intercepted letters reveal Royalist intentions

In Foreign News, Military News on November 29 at 4:01 pm

29 Nov 1642 (Tue) || Letters were intercepted this week comming from Holland, to Mr Secretary Nicholas (being a happy discovery of the Cavaliers villany, intending the ruine of this Kingdome) to this purpose, beginning with a lamentation of the losse of the Irish Ships (meaning Kettleby, and Stradling¹) and the slow advancement of the Newcastle Propositions, yet that they have received supplies in Holland, and giving a reputation of the Kings good successe (meaning at Kenton) expressing that the Prince of Orange hath supplyed them with 60000. li., 20000 li. whereof is sent to Newcastle, and have hopes of 60000.li. more that the Queen (whose being in England is of great importance) intended to have set to Sea the last week, but for an unseasonable complement (all her affaires being there done) declaring that 10000. foot Armes, 2000. horse Armes, and 20 piece of Canon are sent over, and that they bring all accommodation to march assoone as they arrive, that Generall King² is designed for Lieutenant Generall, that from Denmarke there are sent 10000. Armes for foote, 1500. for horse, with traine of Artillery, &c., two men of War and a Denmarke Ambassadour to his Majesty, with whom comes Colonell Cockeram; that they heare of a Treaty, but approve not well of it; that the Kings party is such in London, that he need not doubt but upon his approaching that City would be yeelded, bewayling any losse of time in it, advising 500. horse to be sent into Kent, which would gaine 5000. foote to make good that side the River, that no Shipping passe to London, that they intended to have landed in Norfolke, or Essex, and to have forced the City on that side the River with their strength: That what they expect from Denmarke and France, are all encouragements to make them expect no Treaty to be admitted but upon the advantage, &c. giving assurance of 3. regiments out of France. Dated at Hague, Novemb. 12. 1642.

Lest the Cavaliers take exception to this Letter, and pretend it is a fained thing (as they did when the first information was given to Guildhall of the Kings preparing Armes beyond Sea) and so endeavour to take away the validity thereof, these circumstances ensuing will discover the truth. 1. That the hand with which this Letter is written (though subscribed with no name) is knowne to divers personages of Honour. 2. That it was inclosed in a packet with other Letters to Mr. Secretary Nicholas, some Letters there inclosed being of the Duke of Lenox hand writing, and name subscribed, reciting many particulars in the Letter before mentioned, and also a Letter to Mr. Piercy confirming the same, and lastly, Letters to the Prince, and Duke of Yorke, from the young Prince of Orange his Lady, all which Letters are extant: And for the first Letter it selfe, it speakes that which the City hath long feared, and now thereby are more awaked from their security: That this City was the place aymed at by those persons about his Majesty: It hath so quickned them in the resolution of the Cause, seeing what treachery is intended (notwithstanding the faire pretences of invocating God to witnesse) that within 24. houres after the discovery of this Letter, they brought in, and subscribe for about 4000.li. to pay the Earle of Essex his Army, with earnest desires to the Parliament, that they may march with speed, and doe execution upon these persons of infidelity. || Humphrey Blunden – Speciall Passages and Certain Informations

¹ Captain Thomas Kettleby, “Captain of One of his Majesty’s Ships for the Defence of the Coasts of Ireland, who deserted that Service”, had been impeached for high treason on Oct 11, for his desertion (Commons Journal). The other man was Sir Henry Stradling, who had captained the Bonadventure under Kettleby’s command when the Irish Rebellion broke out in 1641. When civil war broke out in England shortly afterwards, both Stradling and Kettleby obeyed a Royal order to take their ships to Newcastle, but were surprised there by a Parliamentarian squadron; their crews mutinied, Kettleby was captured and Stradling escaped. He fought on for the King, on land, until 1648.
² James King, Lord Eythin.

Danish ambassador at Newcastle

In Foreign News, North East on November 18 at 9:24 am

18 Nov 1642 (Fri) || By Letters from Yorkesheire it is informed, that an Embassadour from the King of Denmark is landed at New-castle, and hath brought with him 5000 Arms, and other Ammunition, and is also informed, that Colonel Cockerham [Cochrane] was marching from Newcastle with his forces, to have come to his Majesty, under colour of a conduct for the said Danish Embassadour; but Captaine Hotham having notice thereof, hath stopt his journey and taken him prisoner. || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages

Dutch ship captured

In Foreign News, Military News on November 11 at 10:42 pm

11 Nov 1642 || We took the Dutch man of war that landed Prince Robert in England, who was laden with store of ammunition, and going for Lyme in Dorsetshire, we have distrained both ship and ammunition till the Prince shall reprieve them. || The Daily Proceedings of His Majesties Fleet on the Narrow Seas