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Cornish forces allegedly desert Sir Ralph Hopton

In Bristol on August 16 at 11:49 pm

16 Aug 1643 (Wed) || From Bristoll it is certified, That the King hath made Sir Ralph Hopton Governour of that City, and that the Cormish men which came along with him have deserted his service, and are gone home into their owne countrey discontented, because they have been still put upon the forlorne hopes, and all desperate services, and yet have received no recompence, nor are permitted such benefit of plunder and pillage as the other Cavaliers enjoy. Whereby they may now perceive what poore fruits they have reaped for their disservice to the Commonwealth. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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Earl of Stamford reportedly under arrest

In Devon on June 28 at 2:33 pm

28 Jun 1643 (Wed) || The Reader is to be advertised, that whereas it was said in the 24th weeke of this Mercurius, that the Earle of Stamford was come to London, and had there laid downe his Commission; yet it proved otherwise, though confidently reported by one who came  from thence, and affirmed he saw him: it being signified this day, that the said Earle is still at Exeter, but of so little credit amongst the people, and under such an high displeasure with his good Masters of both Houses, that he is in the quality of a Prisoner, with a guard upon him. It seemes the leading Members are in that condition, that they know hardly whom to trust, being already growne suspicious of their principall Agents, and may in time grow jealous of the foure Members themselves.¹ || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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¹ Presumably meaning Arthur Haselrig, Denzil Holles, John Pym and William Strode, four of the prominent Parliamentarians the King had attempted to arrest in 1642; the fifth member, John Hampden, had died a few days before from wounds sustained at Chalgrove Field. Pym was also to die, of suspected cancer, in December 1643.

Alarm in London at Colonel Urrey’s approach

In London on June 26 at 6:15 pm

26 Jun 1643 (Mon) || Yesternight an Alarme came to the City of London and the Suburbs, occasioned by the beating up of one of the Lord Generalls Quarters at [High] Wickham in Buckinghamshire, where Colonell Hurry the late Renegado, set upon a Troope or two of Horse or Dragoneers that were Quartered in that Towne, some of the men he tooke in their beds, and all their Horse being at grasse, few of them were slaine, because they could not make resistance. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Being so jealous and afraid of one another, it cannot be but [the Parliamentarians] must needes be very fearefull of their enemies, as indeed they are: it being advertised this day, that the noise of Colonel Urreys being at Wickham (whereof there is a punctuall Relation printed, together with Prince Rupert’s victory in Chalgrove field) being brought to London, strooke such a Pannicke feare amongst them, that in a very great fright and agonie they made towards their workes, as if the King had beene at hand with all His Army; but went withall in such confusion, that it was easie to be seene what Souldiers they were like to prove, and what a weake resistance they were like to make, if His Majestie had beene there indeed to have given the onset.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Rumours that Reading’s surrender due to treachery

In Berkshire on April 29 at 11:27 am

29 Apr 1643 (Sat) || There had beene a muttering in the Towne ever since the yeilding up of Reading, that there was treachery in the businesse, and the Garrison souldiers that were in Reading say openly in the streets here, that they were all betrayd. And this morning His Majesty sitting personally in his Councell of Warre caused some to be brought before him who were suspected and accused for betraying the Towne, who (upon examination) were committed into custody, but ’tis very likely you will heare more of it in the next weeke of this Mercurius. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Some Report from the campe at Redding, that Sir Arthur Aston the late Governour there, was slaine and Interred in the Towne, others say, that he was carried from thence in a Horse Litter grievously wounded, when the Towne was surrendred, and his Army marched away, but the truth of either will shortly appeare. And some that, that a great Cavalier Commander was slaine at the late Battell at Caversham Bridge, who was carried from thence in the Kings owne Coach, which was purposely sent for him. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Aulicus denies more Parliamentarian news reports

In Berkshire, ECW editor's comment on April 15 at 9:00 am

15 Apr 1643 (Sat) || It was advertised this day from Reading, the Earle of Essex having drawne together all his Forces, and caused the bridges over the river of Lodon (which he had formerly broke downe) to be set up againe, was marched with all his Army towards that towne, intending to assault the same, and that he was already come within the sight of their workes, to the great joy of all the Garrison, who have long desired to see his Excellency, and try the mettaile of his Souldiers: whose brave exploits are so much talked of in the weekly Pamphlets, though not heard of otherwise.

For the particular, some of their Newes-bookes tell us of a former visit bestowed upon that Towne by the Garrison of [W]Okingham, 80 of which are said to come the last weeke very neere the Towne, and to tarry a great while there in expectation that some of the Cavaliers would have shewed themselves: but finding none so hardy as to issue out, they went to one Master Halsteds house, not farre off the Towne, and were there set upon by two Troopes of Horse that followed after then, whom they charged so valiantly, that they soone routed them, tooke nine of their Hoses, and returned in triumph to Okingham. A tale as manifestly tru, as that Prince Rupert plundered Burmingham before the battaile at Edge-hill, and got there so much Money and Plate as payed his Army; and that the Rebels issuing out of Manchester, had beat the Earle of Derby, not farre from Wigan, the last weeke, tooke 1500 of his men, 1000 Armes, many Peeces of Ordinance, in goods and money 20000l, and made the Earle himselfe flie into the steeple; or that the Marquesse of Worcester is held Prisoner in Cardiffe Castle, and the Lord Digby killed at Burmingham; or that every one of Prince Ruperts Dragooners are double armed, that is to say, with a Musket before, and an Irish whore behind; or that Sir William Waller when he came first to Tewksbury (after his beating up of the Lord Herberts quarters) tooke 25 of His Majesties horse, with their Pistols, Carbines, and other Armes, and 16000l in money; or that there are two Fleetes of Danes, and Dunkerkers now at sea, under English Colours, for the invasion of this Realme. All which besides many other petit falsehoods, most impudently are affirmed for undoubted truths in London newes-bookes, which came out this weeke. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Rupert & Lord Capel reportedly pressing men into service for the King

In Shropshire, Staffordshire on April 13 at 10:51 pm

13 Apr 1643 (Thu) || Out of Shropshire they write, that the Lord Capell is raising of any Army of Horse and foote in that County for the King, and that he presseth and forceth men to serve him, because few or none there offer themselves as Volunteers for his service. And in Staffordshire, Prince Rupert gathereth up all sortes of men, by menace and threates of plundering their goods and seizing upon their estates, if they will not come to him to serve the King, and these are the men that are provided to receive the first shock, and to blunt the weapons of the Parliaments forces, or rather Turke like, to drive them upon the mouth of the Cannon, to keepe themselves shot free. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

 

Earl of Essex rumoured to be giving up his commission

In ECW editor's comment, London on April 11 at 12:08 pm

11 Apr 1643 (Tue) || It was this day reported exceedingly confidently, by some who came from London lately, how it was noised in the Citie, that the Earle of Essex was to leave the place of Generall unto Mr. Hampden, as one more active, and so by consequence more capable of the stile of Excellencie. Which though it proved not so in the event (as it is not likely) yet shews it clearly what an ill opinion the principall mainteiners of this Rebellion have of the said Earle; and with how little confidence the Common Souldiers will be brought to spend their lives under the colours and command of such a Generall, of whom they have so manifested a distrust by their common talke, and whom they have so publickly exposed to contempt and scorn in abusive pictures. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Sir Hugh Cholmeley defects to the King

In Yorkshire on March 26 at 8:40 pm

Sunday 26 Mar 1643 || There is a common rumour about the Town that Sir Hugh Cholmley (who hath done very good service for the King and Parliament) is revolted to the Popish Army in Yorkeshire, but because there is no certaine newes come to that purpose as yet out of that County there is no credit to be given thereunto, for the intelligencer cannot believe that a Gentleman of his worth and having continued so long constant to the cause, should at this time (when it appears plainly that the mayn holders of this warre are the Papists) desert the cause … || A Continuation of Certain Speciall and Remarkable Passages

This day the news of Sir Hugh Cholmley’s coming over to His Majesty, received both confirmation and addition: for besides that, it was certainly assured, that he was come unto the Earle of Newcastle, accompanied with 80. horse, and 400 foote, well armed and appointed for present service; and had delivered up the Towne and Castle of Scarborough: it was affirmed also that the whole body of the Rebels under the conduct of the Lord Fairefax and the two Hothams, whereof such formidable tales are told in the London Newesbookes, exceeded not above 4000 men, and those so terribly discouraged for want of pay (which is full 13 weeks behind,) and by the ill successe of their undertakings, in which they never had good luck, that of Leedes excepted, that they are not likely to be any hinderance to my Lord of Newcastles proceedings. Which weaknes and indisposition of the Rebels, as it is very increased by the returne of Sir Hugh Cholmley unto his duty and obedience, not so much in regard of the men and Armes which he brought with him, as in respect of his authority in that County, and his being privy to the Counsells and designes of the chiefe Actors in this Rebellion, (besides the dangerousnesse of the example) so are their hopes growne desperate of supplies from London. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Parliamentarian officers rumoured to have surrendered commissions

In London on March 23 at 12:59 pm

23 Mar 1642/3 (Thu) || It was advertised this day by Letters dated from London, March 20, that Colonell Hurrey,¹ and many other of the Scottish Commanders in the service of the two Houses of Parliament, have given up their Commissions: and some say, that all have done so, except Sir John Meldrum, Sir John Seton, and Sir William Balfoure. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

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John Urrey, whose activities during the Civil War befitted the term “soldier of fortune” more than most professional officers, is not specifically documented as assisting the Royalists until June, when he accompanied Rupert on his Postcombe/Chinnor/Chalgrove raid; after which he took news of the victory to the King, was knighted, and promptly deserted back to Parliament.

Aulicus denies Parliamentarian report about Brill garrison

In Buckinghamshire on March 17 at 3:11 pm

17 Mar 1642/3 (Fri) || You heard before what great successe the Rebells had in their designs for Brill, and their dreams of Oxford. But this is more then must be knowne in London, for feare it should discourage the good people there. And therefore they have raised a tale, as is advertised by some who are come from thence, that on the very newes of their preparation, His Majesties soldiers within Brill (having so oft beene terrified and beaten by them) withdrew themselves from such a troublesome and unquiet place, in which they never had enjoyed a good nights sleepe, taking with them all the victualls, and goods of house-holdstuffe which were fit for use, or would yeild money; that the inhabitants, being thus disfurnished of all things necessary for this life, and being sensible of some ill offices they had done the Parliament, had forsooke it also; inasmuch that when their Scouts came thither, whom they sent out to make discovery, they could find nothing in the Town, but a few olde folke, and such unprofitable lumber: and finally that on report of this to the approaching Forces, the valiant and victorious Army returned to Henley, there to expect his Excellencies further pleasure; as scorning to imploy their valour on so poore a place, as was abandoned by the enemy, and being well assured that the Kings men would never dare more to adventure thither. And ’twas advertised withall, that this ridiculous foppery was received in London with so strong a faith, that a thanksgiving is expected to be made in all the Churches of that City upon Sunday next. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)