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A LETTER TO His Highneſs THE LORD PROTECTOR From Captain UNTON CROOKE, Signifying the totall Defeat of the Cavaliers in the Weſt, under the Command of Sir JOSEPH WAGSTAFFE.

Publiſhed by His Highneſs ſpecial Commandment.

LONDON, Printed by Henry Hills and John Field, Printers to His Highneſs, 1654.


A LETTER TO His Highneſs THE LORD PROTECTOR, Signifying the totall Defeat of the Cavalliers in the Weſt, under the Command of Sir Joſeph Wagſtaff.

May it pleaſe Your Highneſs,

YEſterday morning, being Tueſday, I marched with my Troop to Huninton, being fifteen miles Eaſt­ward from Exon, with intention to2 ſtop the Enemy from coming fur­ther Weſtward; but gaining intel­ligence that they were come that way, and that they would be too ſtrong for me, I made my retreat to Exon; the next morning I under­ſtood that they were in their march for Cornwal, and in order thereun­to they were come to Collumpton, within ten Miles of Exon, I heard they were much tyred, and their number two hundred, and there­fore imagined that if they ſhould gain Cornwal, it might be much pre­judicial; I was reſolved to hazard all that was dear to me rather than let them have their End, and ther­fore marched towards Collumpton with only my own Troop, I had no more for this Service, but when I came near that place, I underſtood3 they were marched to Tiverton, whither I purſued them with all ſpeed, but there miſt them alſo, but received Information that from thence they were gone to South­molton, twelve miles further, ſtill in order for Cornwal; thither I reſolved to follow them; they took up their quarters about ſeven of the Clock this night, and by the good provi­dence of God, directing and aſſiſt­ing me, I beat up their Quarters a­bout ten of the Clock; they diſpu­ted it very much with me in the Houſes for more than two hours, firing very hot out of the windows; they ſhot ſeven or eight of my men, but none I hope mortally wounded, they ſhot many of my Horſes alſo; but, My Lord, we broke open many Houſes; ſome4 of them yielded to mercy; I promi­ſed them, I would uſe my endea­vours to intercede for their lives, I have taken moſt of their Horſes, a­bout fifty Priſoners, amongſt whom are Penruddock, Iones, and Grove, who commanded thoſe Horſe, each of them having a Troop. Wagſtaff I fear is eſcaped, he was with them, but at preſent I cannot find him, yet hope to catch him as ſoon as Day­light appears. I will raiſe the Coun­try to apprehend ſuch Straglers, which for want of having Dragoons narrowlie eſcaped me. My Lord, they are all broken and routed, and I deſire the Lord may have the glo­rie. I beſeech your Highneſs to par­don this unpoliſht account, I can hardly indeed write, being ſo wea­rie with extream dutie, but I hope5 by the next to ſend your Highneſs a more perfect one, and a Liſt of the Priſoners, many of them, J ſup­poſe being very conſiderable. Co­lonel Shapcot of this County was pleaſed to march with me on this Deſign, and was with me at the bea­ting up of their Quarters, and hath ſhewed himſelf wonderfull ready, in every reſpect, to preſerve the Peace of this County. My Lord, I remain,

May it pleaſe your Highneſs, Your moſt obedient, and moſt humble Servant, UNTON CROOK,

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TextA letter to his highness the Lord Protector from Captain Unton Crooke, signifying the totall defeat of the Cavaliers in the west, under the command of Sir Joseph Wagstaffe. Published by his highness special commandment.
AuthorCroke, Unton..
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Bibliographic informationA letter to his highness the Lord Protector from Captain Unton Crooke, signifying the totall defeat of the Cavaliers in the west, under the command of Sir Joseph Wagstaffe. Published by his highness special commandment. Croke, Unton.. [2], 5, [1] p. Printed by Henry Hills and John Field, printers to his highness,London, :1654. [i.e. 1655]. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "March. 17".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Wagstaffe, Joseph, -- Sir.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.

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