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Lieutenant General Cromwel's LETTER Concerning The Total Routing OF THE SCOTS ARMY, The taking of Four thouſand Arms, and almoſt all their Ammunition.

WITH Another Letter written from Man­cheſter to Sir Ralph Aſhton, a Member of the Honorable Houſe of Commons, concerning the ſaid Victory.

ORdered by the Commons aſſembled in Parliament, That theſe Letters be forthwith printed and publiſhed.

H: Elſynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.

London, Printed for Edward Huſband, Printer to the Honorable Houſe of Commons, Auguſt 22. 1648.


To the Right Worſhipful, and his moſt ap­proved kinde friend, Sir Ralph Aſhton Baronet, a Member of the Houſe of COMMONS.


I Have ſent you here incloſed a Co­py of a Letter, written by Lieute­nant General Cromwel from Preſton, to the Committee ſitting at Manche­ſter, whereby you may perceive what ſalvation God hath wrought for this poor County, which not above a week ago in the judgement of many, nay of moſt men, was given up for loſt, but God hath made mans extremity to be his opportunity, in ſaving a people de­ſigned by cruel men to ruine and de­ſtruction: I ſhall ſay no more of it, be­cauſe I ſuppoſe you will have full and4 ample Intelligence from other hands, onely I wiſh we may not be too much elevated by ſucceſſes, or too much de­jected or caſt down in a low eſtate, but that we may ſo improve both mercies and judgements, that now at laſt through the various changes and chances which have hapned, ſuch uſe may be made of all Diſpenſations and Providences of God, that the Church of England may flouriſh in Doctrine and Diſcipline, and all Intereſts may enjoy their juſt and undoubted Rights in reference to the common good of the Nation, which ſhall be the con­ſtant prayer of him who deſires to ſub­ſcribe himſelf,

Your moſt humble Servant, W. L.

IT hath pleaſed God this day to ſhew his great power, known by making the Army ſucceſsful againſt the com­mon Enemy: we lay the laſt night at Mr. Sherburns at Stonihurſt, nine miles from Preſton, which was within three miles of the Scots quarters; we advan­ced betimes next morning towards Preſton, with a deſire to ingage the Enemy, and by that time our Forlorn had ingaged the Enemy, we were a­bout four miles from Preſton: and therupon we advanc'd with the whole Army; and the Enemy being drawn out upon a Moor betwixt us and the Town, the Armies on both ſides inga­ged,6 and after a very ſharp Diſpute continuing for three or four hours, it pleaſed God to inable us to give them a Defeat; which I hope we ſhall im­prove by Gods aſsiſtance, to their ut­ter ruine; and in this ſervice your coun­try-men had not the leaſt ſhare: wee cannot be particular, having not time to take accompt of the ſlain and priſo­ners; but we can aſſure you we have many priſoners, and thoſe of quality, and many ſlain, and the Army ſo diſ­ſipated, the principal part vvhereof with Duke Hamilton, is on the South­ſide Ribble and Darwain-bridge, and we lying with the greateſt part of the Army cloſe to them, nothing hindring the ruine of that part of the Enemies Army but the night; it will be our care that they ſhall not paſs over any Ford7 beneath the bridge to go Northward, or to come betwixt us and VVhalley; we underſtand Col: Gen: Aſhtons are at VVhalley: we have ſeven troops of Horſe and Dragoons that we believe lie at or near Clithero, this night I have ſent Orders expreſly to them to march to VVhalley to joyn to thoſe compa­nies, that ſo we may endeavor the ruine of this Enemy. You perceive by this Letter how things ſtand, that the Ene­my is broken, and moſt of their Horſes being gone Northward, and we ha­ving ſent a conſiderable party at the very heels of them, and the Enemy ha­ving loſt almoſt all his Ammunition, and near Four thouſand Arms, ſo that the greateſt part of the Foot are naked; and therefore in order to the perfecting of this work, we deſire you to raiſe8 your county, and improve your Forces to the total ruine of that Enemy which way ſoever they go, and that you ſhall accordingly do your part, doubt not of their total ruine. VVe thought fit to ſpeed this to you, to the end you may not be troubled if they ſhall march to you, but improve your intereſt as a­foreſaid, that you may give glory to God for his unſpeakable mercy. This is all for preſent from

Your very humble Servant, Oliver Cromwel.

For the Honorable Committee of Lancaſhire, ſitting at Mancheſter. I deſire the Com­mander of thoſe Forces to open this Letter, if it come not to their hands.


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TextLieutenant General Cromwel's letter concerning the total routing of the Scots army, the taking of four thousand arms, and almost all their ammunition. With another letter written from Manchester to Sir Ralph Ashton, a member of the Honorable House of commons, concerning the said victory. Ordered by the Commons assembled in Parliament, that these letters by forthwith printed and published. H: Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.
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Bibliographic informationLieutenant General Cromwel's letter concerning the total routing of the Scots army, the taking of four thousand arms, and almost all their ammunition. With another letter written from Manchester to Sir Ralph Ashton, a member of the Honorable House of commons, concerning the said victory. Ordered by the Commons assembled in Parliament, that these letters by forthwith printed and published. H: Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com. Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658., England and Wales. Parliament. House of Commons. aut. 8 p. Printed for Edward Husband, printer to the Honorable House of Commons, August 22. 1648.London : (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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