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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)


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)

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)

The Earl of Essex tries to shore up his position

In London on August 7 at 7:18 pm

7 Aug 1643 (Mon) || It was this day advertised, that the Earle of Essex finding himselfe abused in Pictures, censured in Pulpits, dishonoured in the table-talke of the common people, and a designe on foot of raising a new Army, under the conduct of Sir William Waller, which would soone put an end unto his authority, made complaint of it to the Lords, by them to be communicated to the other House: requiring that his Army be forthwith paid, and furnished with cloathes and all other necessaries, his broken and diseased Forces presently recruited, reparation to be given him in point of honour, for all the calumnies and scandals which falsely (as he saith) have been laid upon him, that Waller be called to an accompt for the losse of his Forces in the West; and finally, that no Commission may be issued out to any one to have the charge and conduct of any Forces, but by his authority. Which bold demands, though very unwelcome to the Citie-faction in the Lower House, who had resolved otherwise amongst themselves; yet the Lords ordered for their parts (referring the payment and clothing of the Souldiers to the care of the Commons) that his Army should be first recruited before any other Forces raised, that he and his Army should have reparation by a Declaration of boh Houses, for all the scandals vented against them, that miscarriage of the businesse in the West should be examined, and the blame laid on those whom it did belong to; and finally, that whosoever was appointed to any charge or command, should take his Commission from his Excellencie onely, and depend on him; and that he should have power to call backe such Commissions, as he saw occasion. And it is further certified, that thought these Votes may give content unto the Generall, which was the matter most intended, yet doe they yet much displease the faction in the House of Commons, and infinitely distast the Citizens, who are resolved to raise neither men nor money, if Waller may not have ordering and disposing of them, and this they sticking not to say openly as they walke the Streetes. And on the other side, Waller, and those who have before served under him are so inraged by these Votes, that an implacable and deadly feud is very like to grow amongst them, so as there is some hope when these plundering theeves once fall out, true men will come sooner to their goods. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Londoners give money to fund Waller’s army

In London on July 18 at 10:41 am

18 Jul 1643 (Tue) || A Committee of the house of Commons according to former appointment mett at Grocers Hall at 3. of the clock in the afternoone to receive the voluntarie subscriptions of well affected persons, for Monies, Horse or Armes, to be sent to Sir William Waller, for the recruting and incouragement of the Armie under his command. To which place many well affected persons of the Citty of London also came and subscribed to send severall great sumes of Money speedily unto him, and divers of them immediately brought in the Money which they had then subscribed for that purpose. A course very requisite for the present, but it were much to bee desired that a more exact course were taken for collecting it in the severall wards and parishes about London and in other places neere, and that not onely the well affected but all others should be compelled to contribute according to their ability unto a worke so necessarilie conducing unto the publike weale. || Wednesday’s Mercurie. Or, Speciall Passages And Certain Informations … (P)

Wealthy London citizens reportedly refuse to contribute

In London on July 6 at 9:57 am

6 Jul 1643 (Thu) || This day we had intelligence, that 60 able Citizens of London were in the beginning of this weeke summoned to appeare at Habberdashers hall, who being requested to lend 500l a man, answered, that they had lent, given and contributed according to their abilities and therefore desired now to be excused, which so discontented the Publike faith men, that they said openly, if a good bargaine or purchase should offer it selfe to them they would quickly finde monies, but the wise Cittizens perceived the reigne of these members begins to expire, and this over earnest scraping for mony is a shrewd signe they are packing up, to carry all they can to their Publique cheat beyond sea, where such vast summes are laid up in bance, for the future maintenance of the banished Members. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

County of Essex raises & pays troops

In Essex on June 24 at 9:05 pm

24 Jun 1643 (Sat) || The Inhabitants of the County of Essex, are raising more men to send to his Excellency the Parliaments Lord Generall, to re-inforce his Army, and they are so willing to testifie their readinesse to fight for the King and Parliament, that some Townes there send 40. men, others 30. and some twenty, and small villages afford ten men a piece for this service, and those forces intend to take six weekes pay in their pockets to sustaine themselves, because they will not be burdensome to the Parliament, nor the City of London, and they are so desirous to free the king from the bondage and slavery of evill Councellours and Cavaliers, that they are fully resolved to adventure their lives in the prosecution of those intents.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Kent sends men to join Earl of Essex in Oxon

In Kent, Oxfordshire on June 23 at 9:02 pm

23 Jun 1643 (Fri) ||  The Inhabitants of the County of Kent, have raised 500 men more for the defence of the King and Parliament, and this day they were all to meete at Gravesend which is their Rendezvous, from whence they were to be conveyed in Barges to Brainford in the County of Middlesex, and from thence they are to march to Thame, to his Excellencie the Parliaments Lord Generall, to recreut his Army, and every man of them is furnished with money for some weekes pay, to defray their charges. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Lord Capel’s estates seized, for redistribution

In London on May 19 at 10:55 pm

19 May 1643 (Fri) || Yesterday in the Evening, his Excellency the Parliaments Lord Generall departed from hence towards Redding, being requested by the Lords and Commons, to advance with all speed, and for the better encouragement of his Army, they sent 25000. pounds after him this morning to pay them. And both the Houses have concurred in a Vote and Order, that all the Lord Capells estate and Rents shall be sequestred, and that the sequestrators shall pay them to his Excellency, in recompense of his Estate, which is taken from him by the Cavaliers in Staffordshire.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Essex vindicates himself to the House of Lords

In London on May 16 at 10:09 pm

16 May 1643 (Tue) || As it is advertised by letters of the 12 of May, the Earle of Essex, unknowne to any of his Army, came to the Towne on Thursday night, and the next day vouchsafing his presence in the House of Peeres, he gave their Lordships an Accompt of his coming thither, and the reasons of it: which was that whereas they had sent unto him 15000l, it was so farre from satisfying the Souldiers, that except 100000 were raised immediately to discharge the Arreires, and that some certaine course were taken, for raising such a stocke of money that they might receive their payment weekely, or every fortnight at the furthest, his souldiers would be run out of heart, and not stirre a foote. And this was the right to aime at the Excise upon Commodities, according to the rates agreed on (which before you heard of) but not yet pressed upon the City, though proposed unto them; for setling which, or on some other project for adva nce of mony some Lords were to attend the Common Councell in the afternoone, in hope the patient Citizens might be brought to bleed more treasure. He gave them also an accompt of the good service which was done at the seige of Reading, endeavouring to beare downe a growing rumour, that had got the Towne by Treachery; but yet left it doubtful: and told them what great care he tooke to prevent the passage of the Armes and Ammunition designed for Oxford, casting the blame thereof (for he perceived how much their partie in both Houses was dejected by it) on Cromwell, Gell, and the Lord Grey, whom he commanded to unite their divided forces, and jointly to attend that service, but was not obeyed. This was the summe of his discourse, in which it was observed by the standers by, that as often as he spake of himselfe, he alwaues used the plurall number, saying We and Us, which did not onely relish of the stile of Excellencie, but of Majestie also. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)