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King’s Lynn fears plunder & stands for the King

In Norfolk, Suffolk on August 29 at 11:39 pm

29 Aug 1643 (Tue) || This day by Letters from London we were certified, that the Earle of Pembrookes goods, which were shipped for the Isle of Wight, were seized by the vertuous Lord Major Isaac Pennington (the new and most faithful Lieutenant of the Tower) but whether they be as yet restored to the Earle we are not informed. And in the same Letter it was signified, that the Earle of Manchester (that famous good man) doth rob all Country people in Suffolke of their Cart-horses, so as they cannot possibly get in their harvest, which is one of those new blessings he intends to bestow upon their Associate-Counties: which the Inhabitants of the Towne of Lin perceiving, like honest Subjects and true Englishmen, they kept his Lordship out of their Towne, telling him flatly, They kept the Towne for His Majesty, and by the helpe of God would so keepe it against whomsoever; which they are able to doe, it being so strongly fortified, that Kimbolton may as soone raise his good father from the dead, as force his enterance into Lin. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)


Parliamentarian commander at Harwich suspected of fraud & treachery

In Suffolk on April 7 at 6:17 pm

7 Apr 1643 (Fri) || Captaine Carnocke who hath the command of the Fort at Langer point in Suffolke, over against Harwich in the Count of Essex, was complained of to the Parliament, for taking pay for 200. souldiers to man the Fort, and yet hd no more then 50. men to performe the service there, whereupon the Parliament sent a warrant to the Bailiffes of Ipswich, and some others, to go thither and take an accompt of his actions, who approaching the Fort, a File of Musketiers was sent out against them, to forbid their entrance, which made them to desist, and returne home again, and thereupon it hath been reported here that he is revolted, but it is not certainly related yet, that he hath declared himselfe against the Parliament. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Ipswich raises its militia; apprehends Royalists

In Suffolk on March 16 at 6:09 pm

16 Mar 1642/3 (Thu) || From Ipswich in the County of Suffolke it is Informed, that to preserve the peace and quiet of that Towne, and to prevent all confusions and combustions amongst themselves, the Major and Magistrates there raised the trayned band and such Volunteeres as they could best confide in, and apprehended all the Malevolents amongst them, both in and about the Towne, amongst which they have now in safe custody 4. new Justices of the peace, who are extreamely disaffected to the Parliament, and in the search of their houses, they found Muskets and fowling peeces ready Charged, so intent are these kinde of people to do mischiefe, that they had the meanes to effect it in a readinesse. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

In the Commons: seizure of bishops’ rents; Suffolk corn smuggling; a Royalist escape

In Hampshire, Military News, Suffolk on December 7 at 11:54 pm

7 Dec 1642 || The Lords declared their assents with the Commons in an Order formerly made by them for the seizing upon the Rents of the Bishops, Deanes, and Chapiters and also for the removing of the Kings Children out of London [City] backe to Saint James house.

The Commons received a Letter from Woodbridge in Suffolke, Intimating that there were some Shipping lying there [that] had taken in a great quantity of Corne in outlandish bottomes,¹ but they have made stoppe of the same untill the Houses pleasure should be knowne concerning it; whereupon it was Ordered, that the said shippes should be detayned and examined, and their lading to bee taken out and sold for the service of the Common-wealth.

By Letters from the Governours of Portsmouth to the Houses, It is informed that they have in an extraordinary manner secured Portsmouth and the Castle, and reinforced themselves for their owne defence, for that they heard the King intended to come that way, and that they have expended a 1000.l in making their provisions. And the like news also came from the Isle of Wight, of their securing that Island, onely that one of their Castles they desire might bee better manned, and that the Houses would grant them an Order for the taking in of 20. men more into that Castle, which was granted accordingly.

It was informed the Houses that Sergiant Major Bamfeild Prisoner in the Gatehouse made escape out of prison the last night, and is got to His Majesties Army. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament

¹ “Bottom” in nautical terms can refer to a ship’s cargo space, or the cargo ship itself; thus the meaning here probably refers either to oddly-disguised cargo vessels (hence “outlandish”) , or to hidden cargo spaces holding smuggled goods.

Eastern counties to associate

In Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk on November 29 at 8:55 pm

29 Nov 1642 || The Counties of Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk are now entring into an association for their mutuall defence and safety, so that all the Easterne, Westerne, Northerne and Southerne Counties standing upon their Guard by such conjunctures, the Cavaliers must of necessity crowd back againe into Wales, as soone as the Lord Generall shall unkennell them out of Oxford, or if they will there abide his coming they must be either forced to starve, or render themselves at discretion. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

Towns arm against perceived Royalist threat

In Essex, Suffolk, Surrey on November 21 at 11:54 pm

21 Nov 1642 – final || When the Kings forces were at Gilford, it was conceived they intended for Chichester in Sussex, but such was the care of the Townesmen there, yea, and of the Cathedrall men too, (having heard of their plundering at Brainford) that they put themselves in Armes, and out of their owne subscription monies maintained a considerable strength.

Maulden in Essex hath provided to defend that place, five pieces of Ordnance, and powder and shot proportionable: And now most Corporation Townes begin to looke about themselves, and to contribute largely for their defence, such is the cruelty of the Cavaliers. || Humphrey Blunden – Speciall Passages and Certain Informations

Absent MPs to be brought to London

In London, Suffolk on November 20 at 6:16 pm

Sunday 20 Nov 1642 || A Pursuivant of Arms is gone downe from the Parliament to Suffolke, to bring Sr. Robert Coke, and Mr. Henry Coke his brother, two members of the Parliament, for absenting themselves so long from it, without any just ground or cause, there being an expresse order, for the attendance of every member thereof. They are addressing themselves to submit unto the Parliament, and what in them lyes to make answer to that, and unto all other allegations, which shall be objected against them. || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages