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Scots agree to send forces into England

In Scotland on August 21 at 1:07 am

21 Aug 1643 (Mon) || From Scotland about the end of the last weeke the Parliament received Letters from their Commissioners, giving them to understand of their safe arrivall at Edenborough, and extraordinary welcome by the Scotch Lords, and that they hoped in short time to expidite the businesse they came about, which letters bore date the very next day after the Commissioners comming to Edinburgh. But in respect they gave no accompt of any forces already levied in Scotland how the Malignants in London rejoyced, and boasted up and downe that the Scotts would not stirre at all, and that all our hopes of their comming into this Kingdome were but as strange Chymaras Castles in the aire, &c. But observe now, how soone their vaine boastings is come to nothing, whose tongues indeed have a long time beene the forge of daily lies, for on Tuesday last the Parliament received more letters from their Commisioners there, giving them accompt of their Treaty with the Scots of Scotland, for the sending of forces hither, & that the States were of so willing a complyance in that businesse, and matters in that forwardnesse that they doubted not with a weekes time after the date of these letters (which is above ten dayes since) fully to end the worke. || Samuel Pecke, A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages (P)

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Royalists detain Scots messenger at Oxford

In Oxford, Scotland on August 11 at 10:42 pm

11 Aug 1643 (Fri) || It was related the last week, that the Scots had sent a Messenger to the King, with a Declaration, to shew him their Reasons, why they must come into England with an Army: which Messenger went to Oxford, but found not the King there, yet his Message was taken, for Master Secretary Nicholas told him that he had Order from the King to give him an Answer, and so after he had kept him in a roome about foure or five houres, he sent him back with an Answer, and would not suffer him to go to the King, so that it is very likely his Message was well knowne before it came thither, which if he should have carried to the Campe before Glocester, it might have much disheartned the Cavaliers, made them to have deserted their enterprise, to have given over their cause, and plainly to have departed to their owne homes againe, there to sleep in whole skins, and to enjoy their former ease and quiet. But how the Scots will rellish the stop of their Declaration, and the keeping of their Messenger from the King, it is probable we shall heare shortly. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Scots agree to raise army to assist the Parliament

In Scotland on June 9 at 8:20 pm

9 Jun 1643 (Fri) || From Edinburgh in Scotland they write, that the States of that Kingdome met and consulted this last moneth of May, that they Resolved upon the Question, First, that it was needfull to aide their Brethren in England; Secondly, that for that purpose they would raise an Army of 20000. men, which should be mustred on the 24 of this Instant June, that upon the 12 of this instant they intended to celebrate a Solemne Fast, to pray for the present Miseries of England and Ireland, and to beseech the Lord to prosper their good intentions, for the reliefe of both, and that on the 22 of this Instant, their Grand Assembly, which is equivalent to a Parliament, did begin.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Rival pleas sent to the Scots

In Scotland on January 9 at 5:03 pm

9 Jan 1642/3 || A Declaration was heretofore sent in the Kings Name into Scotland, to disswade them from sending of forces to assist the Parliament; and the Parliament sent also a Declaration thither, to perswade them to give us their brotherly assistance, because our Religion, Laws, Liberties, Properties and Parliaments lie now all at the Stake to be ruinated by Papists and their Malignant Adherents, and when it came to be Questioned by the Lords of the secret Councell there, which of these Declaration should be printed, the Votes for both were equall: but the Marquesse Hamilton having the casting voyce, Voted that the Kings Declarations should be printed, and not the Parliaments; whence it is evident, that he departed not from the King at York in discontent as was rumoured, but to do disservice against the Parliament and Kingdom.¹ Verbum sapienti sat est sed latet Anguis in herba.² || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents (P)

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¹ Hamilton had long been the King’s go-between with Scotland, particularly during the civil unrest in the late 1630s.
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“A word to the wise, that a snake lies in the grass”.