Sunday 13 Aug 1643 || From the Downes it was informed [to] the Parliament by a letter from one of the Captaines of the Navy, that there are three other Ships each of them at least 200 Tonn burthen, lie hovering upon the English Coasts; who he chased, and discovered to belong to the King of Denmarke, and sent hither with Souldiers and Armes to assist the Kings Army against the Parl. to setle the Protestant Religion (if you’l beleeve it) with their other Compeers of Wellownes [Walloons], French, Spanish & Irish Rebells that are already in the Kingdome, they were intended to land about Newcastle but by the diligence of the Earle of Warwicks ships were prevented, and now lie betwixt Calice and Bullen [Calais and Bologne], the Captaine that sent this intelligence desiring the Parliament to grant him Commission and he would use his utmost endeavour to surprize them, which the Parliament accordingly Ordered, and withall apointed that the Earle of Warwick should be made acquainted therewith, and desired to take speciall care to prevent the landing of the said ships in this Kingdome. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)
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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.
22 Nov 1642 – final || The Queene is expected every day to land either at Tinmouth or Newcastle; and besides all the armour which was of late brought over with the Danish Ambassadour, there have beene of late great summes of money brought to my Lord of Newcastle, which hath been sent over to him from Holland by her, but it is thought she will misse there of his Lordships attendance, the Earle of Newcastle going now towards York, whither he hath beene invited by the distresse and perswasion of the Earle of Cumberland, and to raise my Lord Fairfax siege. || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages
21 Nov 1642 || Intelligence came to the Parliament that Sir Christopher Wray and Captaine Hotham marched from Witherby in Yorkshire to Darneton [Darlington] in the Bishoprick of Durham, where they met with Captaine Pudseyes Troope, and charged them, took divers prisoners, and amongst others seised on Colonell Cockeram [Cochrane], who hath beene beyond Sea imployed by the Queene to buy armes to be made use of against the Parliament, and the 6000. Armes which came the last weeke to Newcastle, were brought thither by Cockeram in one of the Danish Ambassador’s ships, a thing unusuall for an Ambassadour to doe, to bring more Armes then for his owne private use: Sir Christopher Wray likewise at the same time intercepted Copies of Letters from Master Marmad. Langdale, and Master Adbrough to the Earle of Newcastle, inviting him to come into Yorkshire to raise the siege before York; and a Letter from the Earle of Newcastle, declaring his resolution to come. They intercepted also a declaration of the Earle of Newcastle which he was sending to York to be printed and read in all the parished in Yorkshire, shewing the lawfulnesse for him having a Commission from the King to raise an Army, to raise them of Papists, and that the like example is in all other parts of Christendome to have an Army composed of people of all Religions: but his Lordship forgets that this warre is within ourselves, and not with a foraigne enemy, that it is in effect a warre betweene Papist, and Athiest their adherents, with and against Protestants, and how it should with Reason and policie, suffer an Army of Papists to be raised to settle the Protestant Religion is beyond apprehension, and [as it] is expresly against the knowne Lawes of the Land for any Papists to have Pictures in his house, much more it is against the Law for Papists to be authorized to rise in armes with power to kill, slay, &c. ||
The Lord Savill hath compounded with Captain Hotham for 2000. pound, and to submit to the further pleasure of the House, and Sir William Savile doth likewise offer a round composition. The Lord Fairefaxe lies still before Yorke, having thereby the command of the whole County, which is of more advantage then to have the City, and to be commanded by the Country. ||
Information is likewise given, that there is come to the Earle of Newcastle neare about 2000. pound by Sea, that he expects the Queene daily, that the Inhabitants in Tindale [Tynedale] and Ridseale [Ridsdale] doe shew a backwardnesse to serve him. || Humphrey Blunden – Speciall Passages and Certain Informations
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