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Earl of Manchester requests more funding for the army

In London on November 30 at 1:16 pm

30 Nov 1642 (Wed) – news held over from 29th || A Committee of Lords and Commons came [Monday] in the Evening to the Guild Hall in London, where a Common Hall being assembled, the Earle of Manchester declared that he came to deliver an Errand, (though unpleasing) of the present wants and necessities, and that if there be not a present supply of moneys, our Army will be reduced to an ill condition, desiring the City to enlarge themselves in that measure, that the Army may be inabled to move with that effect, that, the barbarous plunderings of the Cavaliers may be prevented; and for the future that the burthen may not lie upon the good suppliers, the Newtralists both in London and all the Countries in England, shall be made to contribute.

After he had spoken Mr Pym made another Speech much to the same effect, to stir up the Citizens to a present supply for our Army, but especially to deliver them the thankes of the Parliament for that they had already so cheerefully and willingly done, and to give God thankes for delivering the City from saccage and plundering &c. ||

[Tuesday] the Lord Generall came to the Parliament, where he received further Orders and directions for the prosecution of the present War, and then returned to the Army. || Stephen Bowtell – England’s Memorable Accidents

Chester: Earl of Derby seeks recruits & money; prisoners arrive from Ireland

In Cheshire, Military News on November 12 at 1:34 pm

12 Nov 1642 (Sat) || This day in the City of Chester Drums beat for Voluntiers to serve His Majesty under the Command of James Earle of Darby; but it was to small effect, but very few resorting to his Colours but some scattering Welsh-men. This day also in this City was a Speech made by a Gentleman of my Lord of Darbies in the Towne-house, requesting the loane of ten thousand to the said Earle for His Majesties use; but answer was made him, that the Citizens were so impoverished for want of trade since the wars in Ireland, and the combustions here, that it were enough to breed an insurrection to demand such a summe. Towards Evening a Barke arrived at Hilbree, 14 miles beneath Chester,¹ bringing in here many prisoners of quality out of Ireland, which are a comming up to London with all expedition. || John Johnson – The English Intelligencer

¹ Hilbre is an island at the mouth of the Dee Estuary.

More from the Guildhall

In London, Military News on October 29 at 9:55 pm

29 Oct 1642 – more from Guildhall meeting of 27 Oct || After Master Strode, the Earle of Pembrooke made a speech, but the chiefe occasion of the speech was concerning a letter which was intercepted writ from Secretary Nicholas to the Earle of Cumberland in the North, dated the twenty foureth of October, which letter was read to this effect. The Secretary writes to his Lordship that the King takes speciall notice of his vigilancy and care of the business in Yorkshire, and the care he hath of the Lady Dutches of Buckingham; That [Sir Ralph Hopton and others have] raised some 10000 horse and foote, and have disarmed all such persons in Cornewell, which they esteeme to be disaffected to the King, and are marching into Devonshire to doe the like there, and that they intend to meete the King at London; That there is also in Wales about six or seven thousand men raised for the King, which are to be under Marquesse Hartford, and be ready to come to his Majesty: But the Secretary writeth that hee hoped there will be no neede of their helpe, for that he saith (however falsely) the King hath lately given the Earl of Essex a blow, that they will make no hast againe to adventure themselves in that cause; And that tomorrow (being the 25 of October) the King Marcheth towards London by Oxford.

After the reading of this Letter the Earle of Holland made an excellent speech, chiefely concerning the Letter, shewing them what is threatned by it, viz. A great Army of the Kings to come against the City, and commanded by such, that intend no lesse then the utter destroying of the Citty, their persons, and estates, and this not all, but that if they can destroy the City, the whole Kingdome must submitt and yeeld to them, wherefore hee desires them to consider that God hath kept the first blow from them & delivered them as from an iminent danger by the power of his hand; and let that be an encouragement to them to pursue all things that are for glory, and the defence of Religion and cause: Further adding, that he only recommended this unto them, that it might hasten them forwards to the worke, well knowing, and resting  confident that they are not wanting of piety, courage, and resolution to defend themselves, the Parliament and Kingdome, &c.

After this, the Lord Say and Seale made a speech further to second that businesse, wishing that they would not bee wanting to themselves, and then there was no cause to feare that danger which is threatned by the Letter, nor any thing that can be done by the Kings broken Arny, those things that are falsly buzzed abroad by the malignant party into the City; there is no danger, but in security, in sitting still: further adding, that it was not a time for men to think of being in their shoppes and getting a little money, but let every man shutt up his shoppe, and fetch his Musquet, and come forth freely to serve his God, Religion, Countrey and Parliament; he had divers other excellent expressions, but they would bee too tedious to relate here. || A Collection of Speciall Passages and Certaine Informations

Speeches at the Guildhall

In London, Military News on October 29 at 9:44 pm

29 Oct 1642 – update || There was a booke published of the severall speeches which were spoke by the Lords to the City of London, at a common Councell in Guild Hall, upon Thursday night the 27, of October.

The First that spoke was the Lord Wharton, who made a full discovery to the City of the fight at Kinton, the substance in effect was the same that is formerly related, only some passages were inserted which I shall nominate. As 1. of the occasion why so many of the Lord Generals forces were absent at the time of the fight, which was for that a Regiment of foot, and a troop or two of horse was left at Hereford under the command of the Earle of Stamford, to prevent the Welsh for falling in upon Gloucestershire, and the river of Severne and so into the West, also a regiment of the Lord Saint Johns and Sir John Merricks at Worcester, which place is seated upon the river of Severne, and intercepteth all force that commeth from Shrewsbury into the West, there was another regiment of the Lord Rochfords left at Coventry, also Colonell Hampdens and Collonell Granthams Regiment and ten or twelve troopes of Horse were a days march behinde, by reason of the Lord Generals suddaine march, who brought some powder, ammunition and artillery after the army, so that at the time of the fight there was with the Lord Generall but eleven Regiments of foot, and about forty Troopes of horse.

That the Lord Generall in his owne person came up to the charge at severall times, once with his owne troope of horse, and with his owne Regiment of foot, which were raised in Essex.

That they tooke the prisoner afore named, viz. the Earle of Lindesey, Lord Willoughby hs sonne, Colonell Lunsford and his brother slaine,¹ Sir Ed. Stradling prisoner, and divers other of quality by the Lord Awberney [D’Aubigny] Colonell Vavasor, and Sir Edward Munroy a Scotch man of great qualitie. That by all the information that can be gathered there were three thousand of the Kings slaine, and but three hundred of the Parliaments. That by all that could be gathered there were but twenty of our men killed with the Kings Cannon. That Colonell Hampden Colonell Grantham and those other ten Troopes formerly spoke of, came not to the Lord Generalls army, but about one a clocke at night. That the Lord Generall kept the field all night and next day, but the Kings forces never appeared but some scattering men of three or foure troopes of  horse that came to bury their men, and however it was fully reported there was no fight Munday or Tuesday, &c.

After the Lord Wharton, M. Strode made a speech to the City, confirming the former relation made by the Lord Wharton, further adding, that the two regiments raised in London for the Lord Brookes, and Master Hollis, and the one regiment raised in Essex for the Lord Generall, were the chiefe men that wone the day, that by these men that were ignominiously reproached by the name of Roundheads did God shew himselfe to bee a glorious God. || A Collection of Speciall Passages and Certaine Informations

¹ A false report. Although Thomas Lunsford was captured, neither of his brothers, Henry and Humphrey, were killed at Edgehill. Henry died at the storming of Bristol in 1643; Humphrey was also active in the war, and appears to have survived it.