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A LETTER Written by Lievt. Gen. Crumwell, TO The Honourable the Committe of Mancheſter.

Being a full Relation of the total rou­ting of the Scoth Army, neer Preſton in Lan­caſhire, Aug. 18. 1648.

Whereunto is annexed another Letter dated at Whaly in Lancaſhire Aug. 18. 1648. wherein is contained a Liſt of the number ſlain, Priſoners, Armes, and Ammunition taken, viz.

Foure thouſand ſlain Six thouſand taken Priſoners, whereof many of quality. All their Ammunition, and Train of Artillery.

London printed by I. M. Auguſt 21. 1648.


A LETTER Written by Lievt. Gen. Cromwel TO The honorable the Committee of MANCHESTER.


IT hath pleaſed God this day to ſhew a great mercy to this Kigdome by making the Army ſucceſsfull against the Common enemy, we lay laſt night at Master Sherborns of Stanhurſt, 9. miles from Preſton, which was within three Myies of the Scotch quarters: we advanced betime the next morning4 towards Preſton, with a deſire to engage the enemy; and by that time our Forlorn Hope had ingaged the enemy; we were about 4 miles from Preſton, and there­upon we advanced with the whole Ar­my, and the enemy being drawn out up­on a moor betwixt us and the Town: the Armies on both ſides ingaged, and after a ſharp diſpute continuing for 3 or 4 hours, it pleaſed God to inable us to give them a defeat which we hope we ſhall im­prove by Gods Aſsiſtance to their utter ruine: And in this ſervice your Coun­trymen had not the leaſt ſhare; we can­not be particular having not time to take account of the ſlain and priſoners, but we can aſſure you we have many priſon­ers, and thoſe of quallity, and many ſlain, and the Army is ſo diſcipated, a princi­pal part whereof with Duke Hamil­ton is on the South ſide Ribble and5 Darwent brldg, and we lying with the greateſt part of the Army cloſe to them, nothing hindering the ruine of that part of the enemies Army but the night; Jt will be our care that they ſhall not paſs over beneath the bridg to go North­ward, or to come betwixt us and Wha­ley; we underſtand four of Col. Gen. Aſhtons are at Whalley, and we have 7 Troops of Horſe and Dragoons that we beleeve lye at or neer Clithero; This night J have ſent Orders expreſly to them to march to Whaley to joyn to thoſe Companies, that you ſhall im­prove to the ruin of this enemy: You per­ceive by this Letter how things stand, that the enemy is broken, and moſt of their Horſe being gone Northward, and we having ſent a conſiderable Party at the very heel of them: and the enemy ha­ving loſt almost all his Ammunition,6 and 4000 Arms, ſo that the greatſt part of Foot are naked, and therefore in Order to the perfecting of this work, we deſire you to raiſe your Country, and im­prove your Forces to the total ruin of the Enemy which way ſoever they go; and that if you ſhall accordingly do your part doubt not of their total ruin: We thought fit to ſpeed this to you, to the end you may not be troubled if they ſhal march to you. But improve your Intereſt as aforeſaid, and that you may give glory to God for his unſpeakable mercy: This is all for the preſent from

Your Humble Servant, Oliver Cromwell.

IT hath pleaſed God to give a great bleſſing unto the Forces in theſe parts, under the Command of Lievtenant General CROM­VVEL againſt the inſulting Enemy Duke Ha­milton, and that Rebellious Crew under him, inſomuch that their whole Army is routed and diſperſed into ſeveral parts of the Country ſome backward toward their own Kingdom, others toward Mancheſter; they having loſt all their Ammunition and above four thouſand Arms, their Foot being left naked, their Horſe being ſcattered, are ruin'd: The Lievtenant General ſent a Letter to our Com­mittee ſitting at Mancheſter, containing a brief Narrative of the whole buſineſs; It is wonderful in our eyes to conſider the goodnes of God herein: I know it will greatly diſcou­rage many amongſt you that the Duke hath no better ſucceſs; but did they but feel what8 moſt in theſe parts have felt, I am confident they ſee great cauſe of rejoycing and eſteem it a great deliverance; I know you deſire to prize mercies and rejoyce in them: Sir, I leave you till the next opportunity; at which time ex­pect a more perfect Relation from

Your Friend, E. S.

As I was cloſing my Letter I was informed more particularly that there is 4000 ſlain, 6000 taken Priſoners and all their Arms and Ammunition.


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TextA letter written by Lievt. Gen. Crumwell, to the honourable the committee of the Manchester. Being a full relation of the total routing of the Scoth [sic] army, neer Preston in Lancashire Aug. 18. 1648. wherein is contained a list of the number slain, prisoners, armes, and ammunition taken, viz. Foure thousand slain six thousand taken prisoners, whereof many of quality. All their ammunition, and train of artillery.
AuthorCromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658..
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Bibliographic informationA letter written by Lievt. Gen. Crumwell, to the honourable the committee of the Manchester. Being a full relation of the total routing of the Scoth [sic] army, neer Preston in Lancashire Aug. 18. 1648. wherein is contained a list of the number slain, prisoners, armes, and ammunition taken, viz. Foure thousand slain six thousand taken prisoners, whereof many of quality. All their ammunition, and train of artillery. Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658.. 8 p. printed by I.M.,London :August 21. 1648.. (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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