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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., 1901). 4 vols.
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Colonel West to Colonel Birch (?)
Lancaster, 3 August 1659.
I thanke you for your care, and am glad to observe Mr. Maiour and your diligence to preserve the peace.1 The new enimie is busy raiseing men, but come noe neerer yet then Wiggan with any partie. I think (by what I have) they are very much short of theire expectation, and their charrit begins to drive heavily. If you can by your meanes hasten the advance of some horse and foote or dragoons, they would hinder theire increase, and secure theire and your counties, and bee ready with such as shall come out of the south and Yorkshire; from both places I am sure there will shortly bee sent, and they may drive them on us and you, if wee have not the reputation of some force on this side the enimy. It will concerne yow to have an eye on good neighbours; any thing promots at the begining. Yesterday some good men came from Yorke and say all is at peace there, soe that I hope they will have a poore busines of it, if they have not too much liberty given them.
I forbeare to tell what horrible things have been spoken in pulpitts last Lord’s day, because some base fellowes (whome I cannot beare) are apt to say I am noe favourer of ministers, though I love good ones in my heart, and shall ever honour such as seeke the honour of God.