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Colonel Cromwell urges unity amongst the eastern counties

In Military News on March 10 at 9:00 am

10 March 1642/3 (Fri) || This day there came advertisement that Mr. Crumwell, one of the Burgesses of the Towne of Cambridge, calling himselfe a Colonell, retained in the service of the two Houses of Parliament, (having before committed many outrages in that University, and caused the heads of houses there to take downe their Organs, and all the furniture of their Chapels, and threatened to seize on, and dispose of all the Rents of the severall Colledges) had called divers of the Gentry and many of the Commonalty of the Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and Hartford, to come before him: and that being come according to his sumons, he caused a report to be spread amongst them, that Prince Rupert was at hand with all his Forces, and thereupon advertised them how much it did concerne them to joyne together for the repulsing of the Common Enemie, that united forces were more proper for these times then distracted mindes; that he would have them seriously consider how acceptable a service they should doe the King in keeping five whole Counties in His obedience; and what rewards and praise they might most justly looke for from His Majestie, for so great a service. Such excellent arts have they to abuse the people, and make them thinke they doe good service to the King, when they endeavour to destroy him. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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Surrey inhabitants reportedly unwilling to Associate

In Surrey on February 17 at 8:00 pm

17 February 1642/3 || It was also this day certified by Letters thence, that whereas not long since it had beene ordered by the two Houses, that there should be a mutuall Association betwixt the Counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, for the defence of one another in their disobedience against the King; some of their Agents in the County of Surrey (where they intended to make the first triall of the affections of the people) found such ill entertainment, that the designe miscarried in the first attempt, the Association being utterly rejected there, not without great indignation of the better sort, who disdained to heare of it. A matter which hath so displeased the two Houses of Parliament, that it is said, that Browne the Woodmonger¹ (who sets up tickets every where to signifie that he will give four shillings six pence per diem to such as will bring Horse and Armes of their owne to serve under him as Dragoneers) is to goe presently to plunder Surrey for this refusall. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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¹ General Richard Browne, whom Royalists frequently lampooned for his civilian trade as a woodmonger.

Western counties associate for protection

In Military News on December 22 at 11:58 pm

22 Dec 1642 || Wiltshire having partly felt the execrable cruelty and inhumanity of the Cavaliers, in the late sufferings of the honest and innocent Inhabitants of Marlborough (which cryeth still lowd to Heaven for direfull vengeance upon them) wherfore to preserve themselves from the like Ravagings for the future, they have firmely associated themselves with the Counties of Glocester and Sommerset, and amongst them all they have raised 10000. men, to secure and defend those three Shires against the Incursions of the ravenous Cavaliers. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents