DIE Jovis, 25 Augusti.
Lord Kymbolton, Speaker.
Relation about Coventry.
The Lord General made some Relation of the present Business at Coventry, and delivered a Letter to be
read, in bæc verba: videlicet, (Here enter it.)
Ordered, That the Speaker shall send them Thanks,
from the Houses of Parliament, by Letters.
Curtis and others, Petition for Employment.
The Petition of one John Curtis and others, Masters of
Ships, desiring Employment in their Calling, was read;
which was approved of by the House, and recommended to the Lord General, and the rest of the Committee for the Defence of this Kingdom.
Sanderford hired to kill the E. of Essex.
The House was informed, "That one Edward
Sanderford, a Taylor, was hired to kill the Earl of
Essex; and that he was to be allowed Three Shillings and Six Pence per Diem, until he had effected
it; who, being in Prison upon the Examination of
the said Business, petitioned now the Lords for his Releasement."
To be examined.
Ordered, That the Lord Chief Justice of the King's
Bench shall send his Warrant, to have the said Sandeford brought before him; who, having examined the
Truth of the Business, shall report the same to the
The House being informed, "That the House of
Commons had appointed Six of their Members, to
receive the Declaration of the Scotts from their Commissioners;" this House appointed the Earl of Northumb'land, Earl of Holland, the Lord Maundevill, and
the Lord Rob'ts, to join with the said Committee of
the Commons, for the receiving of the said Declaration,
and to report the same to the House.
Letter to the Lord General, about the Relief of Coventry.
"May it please your Excellence,
"From Buckingham we gave you an Account of
our Intentions to relieve Coventree, which put us
both upon long and hasty Marches, wherein we were
somewhat relieved by the Kindness of the Country
as we passed along, especially from Northamptonshire,
where our Soldiers had very good Entertainment,
and the Assistance of One Hundred and Twenty Dragooners; the last Night we came to Soucham, within
Ten Miles of Coventree, where we were no sooner
settled, but we had an Alarm which kept us all upon
our Guard the whole Night. This Morning, by that
Time One Regiment was drawn forth of the Town,
the adverse Horse were discovered; we made what
Haste we could, to draw the rest of the Regiments
into Order; but, before we could well effect it, they
had planted Two Pieces of Cannon, and advanced
with Horse and Foot. The Number of the Horse,
as we conceive, were about Twelve Hundred, and
the Foot Three Hundred, Musketeers and Firelocks,
as Captain Legg doth inform us, who, upon the
planting of our Cannon, came to the Place where
Serjeant Major General Ballard stood, who presently took him Prisoner, concerning whom we desire to know your Excellency's Pleasure what we
shall do with them. After the Cannon had played a while on both Sides, they retreated in some
Haste; and we, according to our former Resolution,
marched up to this Place. There were slain of the
adverse Party Four Horses, and some Men both of
the Horse and Foot: But, Thanks be to God, we
did not receive any Prejudice at all from them. We
are here at Coventree, ready to attend the next Occasion of Service, or any Command that you shall be
pleased to impose upon
Coventree, August 23d.
most humble Servants,
Adjourn, 10a To-morrow.