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Parliamentarian pressed men allegedly drown themselves

In Oxfordshire on August 28 at 11:30 pm

28 Aug 1643 (Mon) || It was advertised this day, that the Earle of Essex was advanced towards Beconsfield (a village in the way to Oxford) with his puissant Army, compounded of such excellent ingredience as before you heard of, and that his soldiers, especially the Pressed men, went unto the worke with so great a cheerfulnesse, that being sent downe by water to him, many of them rather chose to expose themselves unto the mercy of the Thames (some of which were drowned as they swam the River) then venture soule and body both in such a desperate and damnable quarrel; and that of those who did permit themselves to be set on shore, there was so great a jealousie, that they were attended to his Excellency by 3. Troops of Horse, the one going before them, and the other 2. after. The Committee were resolved, it seems, to conduct them thither, and bring them safe unto the Generall to make up his tale. Let them run afterwards when and to whom they please. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Oxford reportedly fears Essex’s advance

In Oxford on August 24 at 12:54 am

24 Aug 1643 (Thu) || Just now our Scout comes in, and tells us that they begin to be afraid at Oxford, hearing of my Lord Generall advance, having but two thousand men-souldiers in the towne, and three thousand women. || John Dillingham – The Parliament Scout (P)

John Hampden allegedly forced to recruit in Surrey

In Buckinghamshire, Surrey on June 6 at 1:27 pm

6 Jun 1643 (Tue) || It was advertised from London, that Master [John] Hampden Knight for Buckinghamshire, hath so lost the affection of his Country, that being to beat up the Drum for souldiers, to recruite his Regiment, he durst not doe it in his owne County, for feare he should receive a foyle, and finde new followers: and that presuming more on London and the parts djoyning, he had caused his Drum to be beaten all about the Citie and Suburbs of it, in Guilford, Chertsey, and other Market-townes in Surrey, but without successe. Which whether it be an Argument that Hampden or the Warre is growne more odious to them, I leave unto the Readers judgement. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Rumoured arguments amongst Shropshire Royalists

In Shropshire on May 26 at 1:32 pm

26 May 1643 (Fri) || Out of Shropshire they write that there hath been a falling out between the Lord Capell, Governour of that County, and Sir Thomas Scriven an active Malevolent there against the Parliament, and that the contention betweene them grew so hot, that Scriven told the Lord Capell, that excepting his Commission, he was as good as man as he, which so far incensed the Lord Capell, that he stroke Sir Thomas a blow on the eare, whereupon he drew his Sword, and made at the Lord Capell, but he was withholden by assistants, and no hurt done him, whereupon Sir Thomas hath withdrawne himselfe, and deserted him, which breach, together with the Lord Capels heavy exactions in that County, hath made the Inhabitants thereof send a Petition to the King, to desire him to remove the said Lord from his Command amongst them, and to substitute the Lord Newport Baron of Arkall, their own Country man, in his place, complaining in their said Petition, that the said Lord Capell hath levyed great summes of money in their County, under the colour of paying their Souldiers therewith, but that he hath converted the money to his owne use, and left the Souldiers unpaid. What the King hath done in this businesse, is no yet related. Thus we see that God beginneth to doe his owne worke himselfe, by sending a spirit of dissention amongst his and our enemies, as he hath also done at Oxford lately, whereof more will be informed hereafter. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Aulicus repudiates numerous London news reports

In ECW editor's comment on April 8 at 3:13 pm

8 Apr 1643 (Sat) || In the London Diurnall for the last week, ending on Munday April 3. It is given out, that in the Earle of Northamptons pockets were found three Crucifixes, one Agnus Dei, and a protection from the Pope: a very fine impudent slander, and of no more truth then that Sir William Waller hath taken Cyrencester, which is reported confidently in one of their Newes-bookes, and that the Earle of Essex came on Sunday seaven-night with all his forces unto the very walls of Oxford, and stroke up an Alarme in our very eares, and that nobody durst come out, or shew themselves before his Excellencie: all which are as true as that Prince Rupert was buried at Oxford; or that Sir Thomas Lunsford feedeth upon children. They have likewise printed a Sermon pretended to be Preached before His Majesty at Oxford by Doctor H.K. which is an errant forgery, the supposed author having not beene at Oxford since His Majesties last comming thither, having beene detained by the Rebels forces. Neither is it usuall with His Majesty to cause those Sermons to be printed here, which are preached before His Majesty, it being a late custome of the House of Commons to Order their Sermons to be printed, whereof some Worthy Members have beene both auditours and composers, not onely giving them their Texts, but most of their Sermons, as we are able to prove. Also in their Diurnall they Printed that one Ed. Colter Esq (one of His Majesties Justices of Peace for Norfolke) was slaine by some of their Souldiers as he was comming last weeke out from Norfolke, the Gentleman desires them to correct that passage, for he saies himselfe, he is doing very well, and being now listed in the Kings Troop, intends to stay with His Majesty till he may returne in peace to his own Country. And the reason (no question) why they printed him dead was, that they might be his Executours, and gather his rents for him, according to the ordinance of the two Houses. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Nottingham reportedly requests Colonel Ballard’s removal

In Nottinghamshire on April 5 at 1:57 pm

5 Apr 1643 (Wed) || It is advertised from London, that the Committee for Nottingham have sent two Gentlemen to complaine against Colonell Ballard, whom they desire to have removed, the Country refusing to serve under him, and having a suspicion that they received that great losse at Newarke by his ill conduct and advise; desiring further a supply of Armes, Money, and Ammunition, wherewith in case they were not furnished, their wants were growne so urgent, and their necessities so great, that they could hold no longer against the Enemy. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus alleges Parliamentarian command increasingly fearful

In London on March 29 at 10:15 am

29 Mar 1643 (Wed) || It is certified by Letters of this day, that upon these and others of their feares and jealousies, some of the principall sticklers in this sedition, are preparing to be gone to some other Country, where they may be secure from the feare of punishment: and in particular, that Sergeant Major Skippon hath already sent away his wife and children; & that foure of the most factious Ministers (whereof Downing is affirmed to be one) are making ready for New-England. As also, that for feare those fortifications which they have beene so long providing, to their infinite charge, should not be serviceable enough to preserve their Citie, especially from being set on fire, if the Kings Army should approach; Mainwaring and Fulke, and others of the side are taking order to slight them, and lay them flat; and in the steads thereof, to raise new workes at Islington, and places of a further distance. And that the better to defend themselves from the danger of fire, by casting in Granadoes, which they greatly feare, they have made many water-engines to be set up in severall places of the Citie, to cast water on the same, and quench it; and provided many leather buckets for that purpose also. And yet when all is done, they have an enemie within, whom they can never keepe off by their out-workes, nor quench heats thereof by any of their water-engines; which is the flames and terrours of a guilty conscience, against which there is no prevailing by these outward meanes. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

MP’s troopers reportedly desert en masse to the Royalists

In Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire on March 24 at 1:10 pm

24 Mar 1642/3 (Fri) || Newes of this day was of Captaine Griffith, who having beene indicted of an attempt to ravish the Lady Sedley, and freed by Vote and Order of the House of Commons, whereof he was a Member, became the darling of that House: and after, having raised a Troope of Horse, went thorow the streetes of London with two silver Trumpets blowing before him, and his Foot-men waiting upon him in rich velvet jackets, with 7 or 8 laces on a seame. This was about a fortnight since or more, when he went towards Lincolneshire, to assist those parts in the Rebellion. But as it seemes his faculty lay more in a Ladies Chamber, then in the conduct of a Warre: Which being espied by his Lieutenant, and other Officers of his Troope, they practiced so powerfully upon his Troopers, that all with one consent forsooke him and came in to Newarke, and have there put themselves into His Majesties service, not leaving the gallant Captaine so much as one silver trumpet. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus alleges outspoken London minister hidden from public view

In London on February 17 at 10:00 pm

17 February 1642/3 || It was certified by a very good hand from thence also, that Master Marshall, that zealous Preacher for the Houses of Parliament, and great incendiary of the people unto this Rebellion, hath beene lately sicke at the house of Master Basse the Bone-lace-seller; and either out of trouble of conscience, or in raving fits, hath often said that He was damned, and could not possibly be saved, because he was guilty of all the blood which was shed at Edgehill; where he hath played his prize most notably in animating the Rebels to the battels. Which being much talked on in the Towne, and divers censures passed upon it, as mens fancies led them, he was removed thence to a great Lords house, where there should be but few to witnesse what was said, that might be to the prejudice of the good cause, and lesse discourse made of it then had beene before. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Aulicus alleges that Parliament’s Propositions & King’s answer faked

In Oxford on February 8 at 3:11 pm

8 February 1642/3 (Wed) || It was very confidently reported by some, who came from [London] since the returne of the Committee, that some had caused the Propositions, with His Majesties Answer, to be printed by a different Copie from that which was sent hither, and returned to them: the Propositions being made more moderate then those sent hither by the Houses, and the King’s Answer more unpleasing then He gave them here. A very pestilent device whosoever it was, to abuse the subject. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)