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The Truth Of our bad Newes FROM EXETER, Sent in a Letter, dated May 20, 1643. from a conſiderable man there, to an eminent Merchant in London: And may ſerve as a Confutation of our Malignants boaſting, who take all advan­tages to diſcourage the well-af­fected Party.

LONDON, Printed for John Rothwell, at the Sun in Pauls Church­yard. May 24. 1643.


The truth of our bad Newes FROM EXETER, Sent from a conſiderable man there, to an eminent Merchant in London; And may ſerve as a Confutation of our Malignants boaſting, who take all advantages to diſcourage the well-affected Party.

Maſter Agher, I Kindly ſalute you, &c.

Yours of the 16. preſent I received, with the en­cloſed from our Friend Maſter Newgate; I ſhall onely intreat you at preſent2 to give conveyance to this incloſed by the next Poſt.

The Parliament forces in theſe parts have on Tuſeday laſt received a very great defeat by the Corniſh, at Stratton in Cornwall, where were about five thouſand foot, and not one Horſe, they being twenty Miles farther in Cornwall, to prevent the raiſing of the coun­trey upon the Poſſe Comitatus. The enemy was foure thouſand foot and five hundred horſe; the fight continued twelve Houres, in all which time our poore Gray-coats and Vo­luntiers did their parts very manfully; but our baſe cow-hearted trained Souldiers, as ſoone as they came to doe ſervice ran all away, and brought the whole Army into an utter confuſion. They had one troope of Horſe, or more, in the Reare, which forced them on to fight; and the reſt of the Horſe ſeeing we3 had none to oppoſe did great ſpoile.

Wee have loſt three hundred men, with thoſe that were taken Priſoners, two thou­ſand Armes, Powder, Math: We had foure thouſand pounds there in Money, which was all preſerved to a ſmall matter.

Our Horſe, being ſixe hundred, and about a thouſand Dragooners, were at Bodmin in the midſt of Cornwall, where they releaſed an hundred and fifty Priſoners, and many coun­trey people came in to them; but hearing of this defeat preſently revolted, and began to ſet upon our Horſe; but they behaved them­ſelves ſo well, that they cleared their way through them, killed many of them, and tooke up Horſes in the countrey and horſt their Priſoners, whom they had ſet free, and are ſafely come to Plimouth.

Our ſtrength was ſo great, and ſo well ac­commodated,4 that doubtleſſe the hearts of Gods people were too much ſet upon them and therefore Gods preſence being with­drawne, wee had no more left then an Arme of fleſh.

It hath been apparent ſince theſe troubles began, the Lord hath been pleaſed to worke greater deliverances by weake meanes, then by a powerfull Army; but I confidently be­leeve this Victory the enemy hath obtained will but heighten their pride, and make them the more fit for deſtruction, and fleſh them up againſt the day of Slaughter.

God will not be wanting on his part, if we be not wanting on ours.

Yours at command, N. E.

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TextThe Truth of our bad newes from Exeter, sent in a letter, dated May 20. 1643. from a considerable man there, to an eminent merchant in London: and may serve as a confutation of our malignants boasting, who take all advantages to discourage the well-affected party.
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Bibliographic informationThe Truth of our bad newes from Exeter, sent in a letter, dated May 20. 1643. from a considerable man there, to an eminent merchant in London: and may serve as a confutation of our malignants boasting, who take all advantages to discourage the well-affected party. N. E.. [2], 4 p. Printed for John Rothwell, at the Sun in Pauls Church-yard,London :May 24, 1643.. (Letter signed: N.E.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Campaigns -- Early works to 1800.
  • Exeter (England) -- History, Military -- Early works to 1800.

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