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I do not believe we have lost twenty men. Not one Commission Officer slain as I hear of, save one Cornet; and Major Rooksby, since dead of his wounds; and not many mortally wounded :- Colonel Whalley only cut in the handwrist, and his horse (twice shot) killed under him ; but he well recovered another horse, and went on in the chase.
Thus you have the prospect of one of the most signal mercies God hath done for England and His people, this War:-and now may it please you to give me the leave of a few words. It is easy to say, The Lord hath done this. It would do you good to see and hear our poor foot to go up and down making their boast of God. But, Sir, it's in your hands, and by these eminent mercies God puts it more into your hands, To give glory to Him; to improve your power, and His blessings, to His praise. We that serve you beg of you not to own us,
— but God alone. We pray you own His people more and more; for they are the chariots and horsemen of Israel. Disown yourselves ;—but own your Authority; and improve it to curb the proud and the insolent, such as would disturb the tranquillity of England, though under what specious pretences soever. Relieve the oppressed, hear the groans of poor prisoners in England. Be pleased to reform the abuses of all professions :and if there be any one that makes many poor to make a few rich,' that suits not a Commonwealth. If He that strengthens your servants to fight, please to give you hearts to set upon these things, in order to His glory, and the glory of your Commonwealth,—then' besides the benefit England shall feel thereby, you shall shine forth to other Nations, who shall emulate the glory of such a pattern, and through the power of God turn in to the like!
1. Many of them had a peek at Lawyers generally' (says learned Bulstrode in these months, -appealing to posterity, almost with tears in his big dull eyes !).
These are our desires. And that you may have liberty and opportunity to do these things, and not be hindered, we have been and shall be (by God's assistance) willing to venture our lives;- and will not desire you should be precipitated by importunities, from your care of safety and preservation; but that the doing of these good things may have their place amongst those which concern wellbeing, and so be wrought in their time and order.
Since we came in Scotland, it hath been our desire and longing to have avoided blood in this business; by reason that God hath a people here fearing His name, though deceived. And to that end have we offered much love unto such, in the bowels of Christ; and concerning the truth of our hearts therein, have we appealed unto the Lord. The Ministers of Scotland have hindered the passage of these things to the hearts of those to whom we intended them. And now we hear, that not only the deceived people, but some of the Ministers are also fallen in this Battle. This is the great hand of the Lord, and worthy of the consideration of all those who take into their hands the instruments
1 We as yet struggle for being; which is preliminary, and still more essential,
of a foolish shepherd,- to wit, meddling with worldly policies, and mixtures of earthly power, to set up that which they call the Kingdom of Christ, which is neither it, nor, if it were it, would such means be found effectual to that end, -and neglect, or trust not to, the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit ; which is alone powerful and able for the setting up of that Kingdom; and, when trusted to, will be found effectually able to that end, and will also do it! This is humbly offered for their sakes who have lately too much turned aside: that they might return again to preach Jesus Christ, according to the simplicity of the Gospel;—and then no doubt they will discern and find your protection and encouragement.
Beseeching you to pardon this length, I humbly take leave; and rest,
Your most obedient servant,
Industrious dull Bulstrode, coming home from the Council of State towards Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, is accosted on the streets, 'near Charing Cross,' by a dusty individual, who declares himself bearer of this Letter from my Lord General; and imparts a rapid outline of the probable contents to Bulstrode's mind, which naturally kindles with a certain slow solid satisfaction on receipt thereof."
* Newspapers (in Cromwelliana, pp. 87-91).
LETTER CXXXIX., for Sir Arthur, did not go on Monday night; and finds now an unexpected conveyance !- Brand, Historian of Newcastle, got sight of that Letter, and of this new one enclosing it, in the hands of an old Steward of the Haselrigs, grandfather of the present possessor of those Documents, some half-century ago ; and happily took copies. Letter CXXXIX. was autograph, folded up hastily before the ink was quite dry ;-sealed with red wax :' of this there is nothing autograph but the signature ; and the sealing-wax is black.
For the Honourable Sir Arthur Haselrig, at Newcastle
or elsewhere : These Haste, haste.
Dunbar, 4th September, 1650.
You will see by my Enclosed, of the 2d of this month, which was the evening before the Fight, the condition we were in at that time. Which I thought fit on purpose to send you, that you might see how great and how seasonable our deliverance and mercy is, by . such aggravation.
Having said my thoughts thereupon to the Parliament, I shall only give you the narrative of this exceeding mercy ;believing the Lord will enlarge your heart to a thankful consideration thereupon. The least of this mercy lies not in the advantageous consequences which I hope it may produce; of glory to God and good to
I Means the bare statement. In the next sentence, " The least lies not,' is for The not least lies.
His People, in the prosecution of that which remains; unto which this great work hath opened so fair a way. We have no cause to doubt but, if it shall please the Lord to prosper our endeavours, we may find opportunities both upon Edinburgh and Leith,-Stirling-Bridge, and other such places as the Lord shall lead unto. Even far above our thoughts; as this late and other experiences gives good encouragement.
Wherefore, that we may not be wanting, I desire you, with such forces as you have, Immediately to march to me to Dunbar; leaving behind you such of your new Levies as will prevent lesser incursions:—for surely their rout and ruin is so total that they will not be provided for any thing that is very considerable. — — Or rather, which I more incline unto, That you would send Thomlinson with the Forces you have ready, and this with all possible expedition; and that you will go on with the remainder of the Reserve,which, upon better thoughts, I do not think can well be done without you.
Sir, let no time nor opportunity be lost. Surely it's probable the Kirk has done their do. I believe their King will set up upon his own score now; wherein he will find many friends. Taking opportunity offered, it's our great advantage, through God. I need say no more to you on this behalf; but rest,
Your humble servant,
My service to your good Lady. – I think it will be very fit that you bake Hard-bread again, considering you
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