DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 21 die Novembris.
The Lord Grey, Speaker this Day.
The Messengers that were sent with the Papers to the
House of Commons report, "That they have delivered
them as they were commanded."
A Letter directed to the Right Honourable the Lord
Speaker of the House of Peers, written from the Earl
of Stamford, dated at Hereford, the of November, 1642, was read, as followeth. (Here enter it.)
E. of Stamford's Letter, about a Skirmish between his Troops and the E. of Worcester.
"By my last Letter, I did certify your Lordship, that
I had that Night sent out a Party, to cut off some
Forces under the Command of the Earl of Wor'ster,
and his Son the Lord Herbert, which had this Success: The Design was, to have gone to a Village some
Five Miles Distance from this Place, from whence
we had Intelligence that the Enemy had taken up
Quarter for about Three Hundred and Fifty Men,
but it proved not so; and our Men, being very impatient to fall on upon the Enemy, desired that they
might advance to the Place where they were, some
Three Miles beyond, which they did; but the Country
being very false, and full of Papists, Intelligence
was brought to them, that our Forces were very near
them: The Place was Herles-Lewes, a long ragged
Village belonging to the Lord Abergavenny, and Sir
Ralph Hopton; so, our Men being near, (fn. *) they drew
up, and Captain Kirle, my Captain, Lieutenant, and
Three Men, advanced Twelve Score before the rest,
where they found at the Town's End Six who made
stand; so they cried, Who are you for? They answered,
For the King, and the Plague take the Parliament.
So no more Replies, but they all fired together; and
it pleased God that our Five Men killed those Six,
without the Loss of any Blood, or Hurt of our Side;
so then the whole Party advanced, and fell on and
killed upon the Place Fifteen Men, and One of them
that the People of that Town desired might be
hanged, for that he had robbed and spoiled them of
all their Goods; so, in Heat of Blood, they hanged
him upon a Tree, for he was a most desperate Rogue;
so they pursued the rest, which in Number was double
to ours, and they running away to the Mountains
escaped; yet our Men, both Horse and Foot, would
have pursued, in Despite of their Commanders, had
they not kept them back by Force. Then our Troops,
(fn. †) perceiving them to draw together, drew up into
Battalia, and sounded a Challenge to them, and stood
so for a good Space; but they durst not come down
to fight with them. I hope we shall have some Five
Hundred Dragoons by the next Week; and then, by
God's Grace, I shall drive them a little further up
the Mountains. I beseech the Lord of Heaven
to guide and direct your Counsels; and so I remain,
Hereford, the 16th of November, 1642.
most humble Servant,
Petition of Herefordshire to the E. of Stamford, complaining of the Outrages of the Cavaliers.
"To the Right Honourable Henry Earl of Stamford,
Governor of the City of Hereford.
"The woeful Complaint and humble Petition
of divers well affected to the King and
Parliament in that evil (fn. ‡) affected Country;
"That, since the Beginning of this present Month
of November, we whose Names are subscribed, and
some others, have been constrained to flee, with our
Wives and Children, for our Lives and Safety, from
our Habitations and Estates, and have had our Houses
rifled of all our Goods and Stuff, our Cattle driven
away, and our Corn and Grain threshed and carried
from us, by the barbarous Cavaliers of the Welsh
Parts, who are under the Command of a dangerous
Papist, the Lord Herbert, Son and Heir to the Right
Honourable Henry Earl of Worcester; so that many of
us are wholly deprived of all present Maintenance;
wherefore we commend our miserable Condition to
your Honour's pious Consideration, and rest,
"Your Honour's in all Observance,
|"Ric'd Dew, Gent.
Tho. Gwithain, who
was carried Prisoner
to Ragland for no
other Cause, as is conceived, but for being
|Wm. Newport, Minister
of Kender Church.
Jo. Tyrer, Minister of
Martyn Husbands, Gent.
Tho. Rawlings, Gent.
Jo. Saise, Gent.
Ordered, That the Speaker shall write to the Earl
of Stamford, and give him Thanks from this House, for
his great Care for the Public Good.
Earls of Bath and Westmorland prejudiced by the late Order about The Tower.
The Lieutenant to attend.
It was moved, in Behalf of the (fn. *) Earl of Bathton,
and Earl of Westm. "That, in regard of the Order of
both Houses of Parliament lately made, they are
much prejudiced, because they are not permitted to
send any of their Servants to Market, to bring them
in necessary Provisions:" Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Lieutenant of The Tower shall attend
here To-morrow, and then this House will see how this
Business may be accommodated.
Lesquire and Francis.
Ordered, That the Cause depending in this House
between Scipio Lesquire and Serjeant Francis is hereby
referred to the Justice of the Common Law.
Adjourn till 3a post meridiem.
Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker.
House adjourned till 10 a cras.