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The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649, and to General Monck and the Commanders of the Army in Scotland, 1651-1660, ed. C.H. Firth (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). 4 vols.
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A Letter from France
From Callis, October 13, 1657.—
f. 119b.The armie lies betweene Ardes and Watten to secure the fortifying of Bourbourgh and the outworkes att Mardyke. Marshall Thurene hath bin with our Ambassador and Generall this afternoone, which hastens the Ambassadour for London this night.1 Charles Stuart come 3 nights agoe to Dunkirk, and on Satterday at night Don John sent out 700 horse to allarme Mardick, and man’d a greate many boates and a fire shipp with a resolucion to fire our shipping that were within the Splinter, but one of our friggats perseaving their designe discharged severall guns among them, which forced them back (4 considerable persons being slayne); most of them that came by sea were drunck, but such as came by land frighted our men soe much that they quitted the counterscarf, and retreated to the foss border [?] very unworthy, which is a greate troble to many; the fault must bee in some officers, for where they stand the souldiers never flie. Wee have abondance of sick men, and are likely to bee more, for sicknes is heere very riffe; it takes them with giddines in the head, and distracts, many swellings in the legs and joynts, violent feavours, and agues of all sorts; severall dye dayly by reason of ill accommodacion and the slight care the French take of us. If wee be able to keepe Burghburgh and Mardick, Gravelin must of necessity yeald in the Spring, for it is in a manner besidged. The court is at Metz in Lorraine attending close the elecion, and the Mons[ieurs] are in [hope to] ballance the busines against the King of Spaine.2
f. 119a.Lt. Col. White of his Highness owne regiment went over yesterday Governor to Mardicke, the late Governor Clerke being very sicke.
Oct. 26, 1657, Dalkeith.—
f. 121b.This day Capt. Geo. Watkinson and Lt. Foster of Capt. Bradford’s troope in M. G. Lilburne’s regiment came to the headquarters, being sent for for being Quakers, and testified soe much by their being covered, and expressions of joy for suffering for bearing testimony to the Truth (as they termed itt), and were dismissed the Army.
November 3, 1657.—
f. 122.The late Lord Maior Titchborne is said to bee chosen one of the Councell of Scotland and President thereof. The Lord Fairfax hath this last weeke twice attended his Highnes, and the Lady Fairfax on her Highnes, though neither of them did all the time they were here the last summer, notwithstanding the Lord Richard, the Lord Fleetewood, and severall of the Councell did by his Highnes’ command visitt them both. The Dutch Ambasadour preparing to withdraw himselfe from hence, and the newes of our seizing 12 Flemish . . . bottomes occations a generall report that a new warr is beginning with Holland. This day the Lord Fairfax expected an answer of his aplicacion to his Highnes and Councell, concerning the liberty of his son (the Ducke of Buckingham) till the next session of Parliament, but as yet none is given. The bannes is now asking betweene his Highnes’ doughter the Lady Frances and the young Lord Rich.
[1 ]Lockhart arrived at London on October 15, and pp. 54, 70, 80, 84.
[2 ]This letter was doubtless written by the same officer as that of November 4, which follows p. 124. There was a more serious attack on Mardyke on October 22. See Mercurius Politicus, under October 24.