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increase our numbers. I pray you do so.— Sir, I desire you to procure about Three or Four score Masons, and ship them to us with all speed: for we expect that God will suddenly put some places into our hands, which we shall have occasion to fortify.*
To the Lord President of the Council of State: These.
Dunbar, 4th September, 1650.
I have sent the Major-General, with six regiments of horse and one of foot, towards Edinburgh; purposing (God willing) to follow after, tomorrow, with what convenience I may.
We are put to exceeding trouble, though it be an effect of abundant mercy, with the numerousness of our Prisoners ; having so few hands, so many of our men sick ;--so little conveniency of disposing of them;' and not, by attendance thereupon, to omit the seasonableness of the prosecution of this mercy as Providence shall direct. We have been constrained, even out of Christianity, humanity, and the forementioned necessity, to dismiss between four and five thousand Prisoners, almost starved, sick and wounded; the remainder, which are the like, or a greater number, I am fain to send by a convoy of four troops of Colonel Hacker's, to Berwick, and so on to Newcastle, southwards.
* Brand's History of Newcastle, ii. 489. In Brand's Book there follow Excerpts from two other Letters to Sir Arthur ; of which, on inquiry, the present Baronet of Nosely Hall unluckily knows nothing farther. The Excerpts, with their dates, shall be given presently.
1 The Prisoners :-sentence ungrammatical, but intelligible.
I think fit to acquaint your Lordship with two or three observations. Some of the honestest in the Army amongst the Scots did profess before the fight, That they did not believe their King in his Declaration;" and it's most evident he did sign it with as much reluctancy and so much against his heart as could be: and yet they venture their lives for him upon this account; and publish this · Declaration' to the world, to be believed as the act of a person converted, when in their hearts they know he abhorred the doing of it, and meant it not.
I hear, when the Enemy marched last up to us, the Ministers pressed their Army to interpose between us and home; the chief Officers desiring rather that we might have way made, though it were by a golden bridge. But the Clergy's counsel prevailed, -to their no great comfort, through the goodness of God.
1 Here are Brand's Excerpts from the two other Letters to Sir Arthur, spoken of in the former Note: 'Dunbar, 5 Sept. 1650. —-- After • much deliberation, we can find no way how to dispose of these Prisoners
that will be consisting with these two ends: to wit, the not losing them " and the not starving them, neither of which would we willingly incur, • but by sending them into England.' (Brand, ii. 481). ——' Edinburgh, • 9 Sept. 1650. ---I hope your Northern Guests are come to you by • this time. I pray you let humanity be exercised towards them: I am ' persuaded it will be comely. Let the Officers be kept at Newcastle,
some sent to Lynn, some to Chester.' (16. p. 480). --(Note to Third Edition). Letters complete, Appendix, No. 13.
A frightful account of what became of these poor “Northern Guests' as they proceeded “southwards ;' how, for sheer hunger, they ate rawcabbages in the walled garden at Morpeth,' and lay in unspeakable imprisonment in Durham Cathedral, and died as of swift pestilence there : In Sir Arthur Haselrig's Letter to the Council of State (reprinted, from the old Pamphlets, in Parliamentary History, xix. 417).
2 Open Testimony against the sins of his Father, see antea, p. 32. VOL. III.
The Enemy took a gentleman of Major Brown's troop prisoner, that night we came to Haddington; and he had quarter through Lieutenant-General David Lesley's means; who, finding him a man of courage and parts, laboured with him to take up arms. But the man expressing constancy and resolution to this side, the Lieutenant-General caused him to be mounted, and with two troopers to ride about to view their gallant Army; using that as an argument to persuade him to their side; and, when this was done, dismissed him to us in a bravery. And indeed the day before we fought, they did express so much insolency and contempt of us, to some soldiers they took, as was beyond apprehension. Your Lordship's most humble servant,
Which high officialities being ended, here are certain glad domestic Letters of the same date.
For my beloved Wife, Elizabeth Cromwell, at the
Cockpit : These.
Dunbar, 4th September, 1650.
I have not leisure to write much. But I could chide thee that in many of thy letters thou
* Newspapers (in Cromwelliana, p. 91).
writest to me, That I should not be unmindful of thee and thy little ones. Truly, if I love you not too well, I think I err not on the other hand much. Thou art dearer to me than any creature; let that suffice.
The Lord hath shewed us an exceeding mercy :who can tell how great it is! My weak faith hath been upheld. I have been in my inward man marvellously supported;— though I assure thee, I grow an old man, and feel infirmities of age marvellously stealing upon me. Would my corruptions did as fast decrease! Pray on my behalf in the latter respect. The particulars of our late success Harry Vane or Gilbert Pickering will impart to thee. My love to all dear friends. I rest thine,
For my loving Brother, Richard Mayor, Esquire, at
Hursley : These.
Dear BROTHER, Dunbar, 4th September, 1650.
Having so good an occasion as. the imparting so great a mercy as the Lord has vouchsafed us in Scotland, I would not omit the imparting thereof to you, though I be full of business.
* Copied from the Original by John Hare, Esq., Rosemont Cottage, Clifton. Collated with the old Copy in British Museum, Cole mss., no. 5834, p. 38. “The Original was purchased at Strawberry-Hill Sale' (Horace Walpole’s), “30th April, 1842, for Twenty-one guineas.'
Upon Wednesdayl we fought the Scottish Armies. They were in number, according to all computation, above Twenty-thousand; we hardly Eleven - thousand, having great sickness upon our Army. After much appealing to God, the Fight lasted above an hour. We killed (as most think) Three-thousand; took near Tenthousand prisoners, all their train, about thirty guns great and small, besides bullet, match and powder, very considerable Officers, about two-hundred colours, above ten-thousand arms;-lost not thirty men. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Good Sir, give God all the glory; stir up all yours, and all about you, to do so. Pray for
Your affectionate brother,
I desire my love may be presented to my dear Sister, and to all your Family. I pray tell Doll I do not forget her nor her little Brat. She writes very cunningly and complimentally to me; I expect a Letter of plain dealing from her. She is too modest to tell me whether she breeds or not. I wish a blessing upon her and her Husband. The Lord make them fruitful in all that's good. They are at leisure to write often;- but indeed they are both idle, and worthy of blame. *
? 'Wedensd.” in the Original. A curious proof of the haste and confusion Cromwell was in. The Battle was on Tuesday,- yesterday, 3d September, 1650 ; indisputably Tuesday ; and he is now writing on Wednesday!
* Harris, p. 513; one of the Pusey stock, the last now but three.