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A Letter from France - Sir William Clarke, The Clarke Papers. Selections from the Papers of William Clarke, vol. 3 
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
f. 122b.The armie are this week disencamping, and will bee for their refreshing quarters.1 Mardyke, Bourbourgh, and severall other fortes which wee built to secure these passages being in a tenable condition, our men of late (though in a mean condition) doe stand stifly to their tacklings, and repulse the enimie with losse as often as he attempts. We have of one battalian at Mardike,2 3 at Bourburgh, and 5 here and the villages adjacent, where the sick of all the army are a very sad spectacle to behold; the Lord comfort them, for we have neither fireing, straw, or covering save what we pay for, yet in regard it is for his Highness’ service and the interest of England we will cheerfully imbrace the greatest hardships, and by God’s assistance wade through all difficulties, every one taking his proportion of the work, which in 5 or 6 moneths tyme we hope to overcome, and then the season of the year will promisse us better things; in the interim God’s will be done.1
[1 ]Mercurius Politicus, under November 7 (p. 88), says that Turenne was moving the French army towards Ardres for change of quarters.
[2 ]Four battalions? See p. 121.
[1 ]See Mercurius Politicus, Nov. 5-12, 1657, p. 95.