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Intercepted letters reveal Royalist intentions

In Foreign News, Military News on November 29 at 4:01 pm

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.

Pirates repelled off the English east coast

In Military News, Norfolk on November 20 at 6:05 pm

Sunday 20 Nov 1642 || The Dunkirke Frigotes thinking to surprize divers of the Hollanders Herring busses comming from [Great] Yarmouth, were by their convoy of men of war, shrewdly beaten, so that they will hardly come abroad any more this Winter into these seas. From Yarmouth it is certified that the Mary Rose, a good stout Ship of theirs at Sea, bound from France homeward, was set upon by two Pyrats men of War, with whom after a long and desperate cruel fight, Mary Rose sunke one of them and layd the other aboard, which was found to be when they had taken her an ArgierVessell¹ laden with Ammunition, most of her men being Irish, and bound for Berehaven.² ||

Out of Norfolke Letters testifie, that the Yarmouth men have had a fight at Sea with some Dunkirk Frigotes that would not come in to them, nor strike their tops, they had a conflict for very neere two houres, and at last, two of them being very nimble vessels, tack’d about, and got away before the wind, the other being shot thorow and thorow, they boarded and tooke, and found in her much ammunition bound for Ireland to assist the Rebels about Wexford. || reports collated by John Johnson – The English Intelligencer

¹ “Argier” was Algiers. Like Dunkirk, it was at that time a centre of piracy.
Berehaven harbour, on the west coast of Ireland, in Co. Cork.

Queen to stay in Holland; Dutch declare neutrality; Flanders aids Irish

In Foreign News on October 29 at 11:14 pm

29 Oct 1642 – late || By Letters from Holland it was informed, that the Queene intends to stay there all this winter, and that Colonell Goring is come to the Queene. That the States of Holland doe declare to hold a faire correspondency with the Parliament, and that upon a late Assembly there, The States in generall have concluded for the more better preservation of the union and peace between England and them, to stand as neuters, and that no aid shall be sent from thence to assist neither partie. By order of a Parliament, a member of the House of Commons is to bee sent into Flanders with a Declaration against their sending of aid to the Rebels in Ireland, as being a breach of their treaty of peace with this kingdome. The like thing is in agitation for the sending of a member of Parliament into France for the same businesse.  || A Collection of Speciall Passages and Certaine Informations