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Windsor: Royalist prisoners petition the King; Royalist spy interrogated

In Berkshire, Oxford on February 4 at 8:40 pm

4th February 1642/3 (Sat) || The prisoners at Windsor are much discontented at his Majesty, that he esteemes of a Round-head at so high a price, as not to thinke Cavalieres worthy to be exchanged for them, they petitioned His Majesty speedily to take some course (for now they despaired to be released by the Apprentices designe) for their liberty: A Drummer was sent with the Petition on Thursday last to Oxford,¹ who returned againe with a Ticket from the Earle of Craford, and Master Ashburnham, addressed to (No body) that his Majesty had sent one Browne back with the Drummer, to take a list of the Prisoners there, and at London, and then his Majesties pleasure should be further known, which being in an unusuall manner, not according to the Law of Armes, it is intending the Gent. be sent back againe (though in strictnesse fit to be punished) and to returne with a Trumpet, or Drum, according to use. Master Ford the high Sheriffe, prisoner at Windsor is not so lame of his Leg, and his Arme, as he lately pretended he was, nor is he debarred pen and incke (as the Parliament Souldiers are at Oxford) for he writ a Letter to a Malignant in London, to presse the King speedily to exchange him, for he had 1000.li ready, and could in three days bring 400 gallant men with him, well mounted and Armed.

There is brought to Windsor to be tryed by a Counsell of War one Kempe a Harnish-maker of London, who hath been severall times sent to Oxford, and from thence hither as a Spie; sometimes bringing Letters to Mistresse Marsh a Malignant which dwels in the Tower, who by secret directions communicated the Letters to persons of note, Malignantly affected: He toare the Letters of consequence from Sir John Harrington in so small pieces, that not one sentence of it could be read, for hee said, Sir John told him, if it were taken about him, and read, he would be hanged; yet at last he confessed that the maine scope of the Letter was to convey two small pieces of Ordnance to Oxford, and discovered the private way by which powder, and things of that nature was conveyed to Oxford.

Intelligence was brought this week unto Windsor, that Colonell Aston the Papist hath hanged at Redding two of the Parliament Souldiers whom he tooke as Scouts, on purpose to provoke an irreconciliable enmity, that we may be the more involved in blood. || Richard Collings – The Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer (P)

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¹ See Aulicus‘s report on January 30.

Suspected Royalist spies apprehended in London

In London on December 9 at 11:48 pm

9 Dec 1642 (Fri) || There was a Gentleman apprehended in Westminster on Wednesday last, belonging to the Earl of Portland (prisoner in the Tower) brought to the House and examined by a committee, and committed to custodie for raising divers false and scandalous reports against the Parliament and for being a great incendiary betwixt his Majesty and the Parliament, proofe being  rendered against him that hee should lately say, the Parliaments Declarations were nothing but lyes and falsities to cosen the City of their money, and that he lay here to hearken of their proceedings, and from time to time informeth his Majestie thereof: that he was the first that carryed his Majestie newes of the Lord Whartons speech at Guild-Hall, which he said was full of lyes, and that hee had some discourse with his Majestie about it, and his Majestie told him, the Lord Wharton had never so much Rethoricke as to deceive his Subjects with such an untruth, and he further said that he was lately at a conference of the Houses when as the Commons moved the Lords to joyne with them in setting forth a Declaration to the Kingdome, to accuse his Majestie of sending a Letter to the Rebbels in Ireland, to invite them to petition his Majesty in their owne behalfes against the Parliament, and that the Commons urged the Lords that the said Declaration would be a meanes to excite the Citizens of London to lend more moneyes upon the propositions, which businesse was in the thought of the Parliament, but a meere invention of his owne to scandalize their proceedings to his Majestie. But it is hoped the Parliament will inflict an exemplary punishment on him for the same.

There was also one M. Harlow, son to M. Harlow the Lawyer, taken as a spie in Westminster Hall comming lately from the Kings army; only of purpose to hear news to carry to the King, but he is now committed to safe custodie. || Samuel Pecke – A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament