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Cambridgeshire harvest prevents recruiting

In Cambridgeshire on August 17 at 12:23 am

17 Aug 1643 (Thu) || From Cambridge they write, that the Drums are beating up in their County to raise forces according to the late Ordnance of Parliament, but because the People there are now busie about their Harvest, their whole numbers cannot be so speedily compleated as is desired, and yet there are many young men that come in readily and offer their services. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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Situation update from Hull

In Yorkshire on July 14 at 9:38 pm

14 Jul 1643 (Fri) || By Letters this day from the Lord Fairfax to the House of Commons, it was certified, That his Lordship¹ is in a very good condition at Hull, with about 1500 men; That only stayes there to recrewt his Forces, and intends very suddenly to advance again into the Field against the Popish Army, who of late do much tyrannize, by charging the Countrey with illegall Taxes and Compositions for Plundering; That Leeds and Bradford are for the present in the hands of the Popish Army, but he doubts not very suddenly to give accompt of some considerable service for the relief of the County against them. || A Perfect Diurnall of Some Passages in Parliament (P)

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¹ i.e. Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax

Devon residents raise troops to relieve Exeter

In Devon on June 30 at 6:52 pm

30 Jun 1643 (Fri) || Out of Devonshire it is informed, that the inhabitants of Barnstable, Boddyford [Bideford] and Torrington, are raising of any Army in the North parts of that County to relieve the City of Excester, which is now besieged at foure miles distance by the Lord Mohun, Sir Nicholas Slanning, Sir Peter Courtney, Crew the high Sheriffe, and one Ackland, who having gotten the scum of the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, have blocked up all the Roads and wayes thereto, and have seized upon Apsom [Topsham], which lieth upon the River of Ex, towards the sea; who, though they are not able to win that City by assault, yet may starve them for want of Horse to open their passages: which Army may (by Gods blessing) bring them some succour, untill the Earle of Warwick can land his men at Tro-bay [Torbay], to drive those lewd persons from thence, who gape and thirst, not onely for the Wealth and Riches of that City, but also for the bloud of all the well-affected People in it.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (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)

Papists recruited in the King’s army

In Military News on October 25 at 10:34 pm

25 Oct 1642 || A Commission was sent to the house of Commons, under the Kings own hand, granted to Sir John Beumont a Papist, to raise a Regiment, whose Officers are also Papists, which is to be published, that all the world may see whose cause it is that his Majesty fights for. || Humphrey Blunden – Speciall Passages and Certain Informations