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M. Speaker,

I Humbly Deſire you to diſcharge your Publike Truſt to the Nation, and tender this to the Truſtees in Parlia­ment, Sir, I am in ſo doing

Your Servant VVilliam Bray.

THE FOXES Craft Diſcouered; in deſtroying the PEOPLES beſt Friends, who ſtand in their Prerogative way for Perfect Peace and Freedom.

As it will appeare by their uſage, not onely of Captaine Bray, but alſo of his Troop, that raiſed themſelves at their owne coſt, and have con­tinued in many hazards, but now muſt be disperſt with the reward of thrats or Impriſonment, or be preſt to ſerve under one of the Foxes new Creatures.

Whereunto ianexed, A Congratulatory LETTER To the Promotrs of a Large PETITION of the 11th September, for diſcovering their Apprehentions to prevent our New Slavery.

By John Naylier Quartermaſter, Richard Ellgood, and John Marſhall, appointed by the Troop for theing thee things.

Aprill 2 Printed in the firſt yeer of the Peoples pretended Freedom, but intended Slavery, 1649.


Certaine PASSAGES BETWEEN Some Members of Parliament, and the Preſenters of the following Petition.

OF all the expectations of men, the moſt Juſtifiable expe­ctation of Juſtice is the greateſt miſery to men, when fruſtrate; but we whoſe Names are here ſubſcribed, have moſt wickedly, partially and unjuſtly been fruſtrate of our Ex­pectations, as we expected Juſtice to our ſelves, and the Nation in generall, being without reaſon ſhewed us, diſmiſſed of the Conduct of thoſe our Officers, which we are all of us, with many more, certaine of their Integrity, but with Reſolution to addreſs our ſelves to the Parliament, as the onely helpe, under God, that we knew of to do us Juſtice, we were diſcouraged ſeverall ways, which made us deſiſt from any further hoping to get any Juſtice done us.

Firſt, when we had ſent ſome of our men to London with our Deſires, which was the Seventeenth of this inſtant March. 1648. with reſolution to have delivered this Petition to the Parliament the 19. comming to the Parliament door, we found our Captaine committed to Windſor Caſtle, for appealing to the Houſe, againſt ſome dealings with him by one that was inferiour to that Su­pream Authority, which was the amazement of our Spirits to ſee that juſt right of the People ſo trampled upon, and gave us (as we thought) great cauſe of feare, leſt we ſhould be ſerved the ſame ſawce with our Petition, we knowing the honeſty and integrity of our Captaine; but yet howſoever, on the 21. of this preſent, one of thoſe which we intruſted, went into the Houſe upon the r ſing of the Houſe, and delivered our Petition to the Speaker, who looking upon it, and finding Captain Brays name in the Title of4 the Petition, he began to make ſlight of it, asking the Party that delivered it, whether it were in behalf of Captaine Bray, or not? Who anſwered, It was in behalf of the Troop, and Captaine Bray beſide; when he heard it was in the Troops name, and ſaw the ſub­ſcriptions of our hands, he did vouchſafe to read ſome part of it, and commended ſome of the former part of it to be very honeſt, Collonel Harriſon ſtanding by in the Houſe, did alone ſeem to be the moſt pittifull to us, in relation to the hard meaſure that was cited in it, meaſured to us, but Commiſſary Generall Ireton told our Souldier, That whereas it touched upon an Ordinance for no deduction for Free-quarter for thoſe rayſed for this ſummers ſer­vice, he told the Souldier againe, That that Ordinance did not extend to Forces of the County of Kent, which was very ſtrange to us, but the Comiſſary Generall told the Souldier, That there was care taken for us to ſerve in the Army under a new Captaine, but the Souldier told him againe, That we would ſerve under no other Captaine then Captaine Bray; but Alderman Permington then replyed, That it ſeemed we would not obey the Generall; the Souldier asked him, when we ever diſobeyed any of the Generalls juſt Commands? whereupon the Alderman ſeemed to catch ſome advantage of the Souldier, and asked him, Whether he thought the Generall would command any unjuſt things? who made him anſwer, That he ſhould not catch him, for he did not ſay he did; but in fine of all, we finding that we had beard the ſenſe of ſo many eminent men in the Houſe, we were diſcouraged to trou­ble them any more with our Petition; for the Speaker told our Souldier, That he look'd for ſome ſuch ſtuffe in the tayle of the Petition, as he look'd upon in the end of it, which you may here ſee; but yet having read as much of our Petition as he thought fit, he thruſt it into the hands of our Souldier again, and ſo left him, but yet theſe our intruſted men waighted at their door that af­ternoon againe, but could not get our Petition into the Houſe to the Speaker, although the Seargeant courteouſly went and asked the Speaker. Whether he ſhould bring it in, or not.

Now we deſire all honeſt Cenſciencious unbyaſſed men to judge, Whether we are not unworthily dealt withall, for all our integrity to the Nation, as our Petition, (which we have made publick here will ſhew) for we muſt either at laſt all of us leave our imployment in the Army, or at leaſt break this Troope,5 which is one of the moſt Unanimouſeſt Troopes in the ARMY, (as it ſtood under Captaine Bray; for the ſetting up or purify of Iuſtice in the Nation.

To the SUPREAM AUTHORITY of the Nation, the PEOPLES Repreſentatives, aſſembled in Parliament. The humble Petition of Captaine William Brays Troop, of the Regiment of Colonell John Reynolls.


THat whereas your petitioners, having through the ſad ap­prehenſions of the power of a prevailing party, both a­mongſt you, and in all the Councells of the Nation, Ma­ny of us laid down Arms, in the latter end of Fourty Se­ven, & in the beginning of Fourty Eight, being about their perticu­lar Imployments, but ſeeing with grief of heart, the Nation, and our ſelves immediately brought to Slavery by the aforeſaid prevailing party, inſomuch, that when we ſaw them appearing in the Field in Armes, then we and others thought it high time to begin to gird our Swords to us againe, and in a way, without pre­ſident, to raiſe you a Regiment, conſiſting of Seven Troopes of Horſe, at our, and their propper Coſts and Charges, which is ſuch a thing, that we cannot tell that ever you had the like done for you before; But yet we did cheerfully, notwithſtanding the preſent Charge, and danger thereof, becauſe we found an Inclination in thoſe of greateſt power in Marſhall Affaires, to imploy ſuch men in Commiſſion over us, which we knew had ventered very hard, even almoſt to blood for the attainment of that which now this honorable Houſe hath declared;

6Viz. That the People under God, are the Original of all juſt Po­wer, but when we had ingaged under the afore ſaid Officers, ſeve­rall times God ſtill giving Victory, inſomuch that thoſe, ours and the Nations enemies were ſubdued, and then began our old Machiavellian Adverſaries to ſet to worke againe, and abomina­bly to Apeſtatize and back-ſlide from Principles of Righteouſneſs, peace, and ſettlement of this Nation, and to endanger it ſo, as to bring a flood of miſery and Injuſtice upon it; whereupon, we, when we were di miſſed from the County of Kent, we have ſtood upon the accompt of Juſtice. Righteouſneſſe and Safety to this Honorable Houſe, and the people that intruſted them, but now finding that the Generall hath given our Troop away from Cap­taine Bray, to another Man which we know not, nor never had any experience or ground of confidence in, and by theſe actings, your Petitioner, are meerly diſcouraged to act as Souldiers in this Regiment any longer, we having juſt cauſe to ſuſpect that our Captaine is ſlighted meerly for his integrity to the Juſtice of this Honorable Houſe, and the people that intruſted them, and becauſe he will not proſtrate his Conſcience to the luſt and will of men without reaſon.

THerefore our requeſt to this Honorable Houſe is, that ſince you have Voted that there ſhould be no deductons for Free-quarter for thoſe that ingaged for the late Summers ſervice, but it is ſo with us; May it pleaſe this Honorable Houſe, notwith­ſtanding our good affections and ſecurity that we had full deducti­on of halfe our pay, while we ſerved in the County for Free-quar­ter, therefore we deſire this Honorable Houſe to Order the payment of the ſaid Deduction from the Committee of Kent, according to the former Vote of this Honorable Houſe; And further, that you will be pleaſed to weigh the premiſſes, and conſider us with righ­teous and juſt ſatisfaction toward our great expence, danger, haz­ard & loſſe of time, which we have undergone for the peoples juſt ſatisfaction, we having not had one penny of pay neer upon ſixe Moneths, to the utterimpoveriſhing of us, and the ſad Oppreſſion of the Country, and beſides many horſes loſt amongſt us, whilſt we ſtood upon the account of Juctice, that ſo we may not be made the onely object of miſery in this firſt yeer of freedom, which will but open the mouthes of men to aſperſe and diſhonor you, for we are very willing at theſe unrighteous diſcouragements to7 lay down our Arms, at this caſting out of our Captaine; onely we deſire this Honorable Houſe to conſider us likewiſe in ſome mea­ſure toward all this neer upon ſix Moneths time; And we deſire alſo that this Honorable Houſe will put us in a way of ſatisfacti­on for former Arrears, before we diſmiſs or diſperſe. Alſo we de­ſire you ſeriouſly to weigh and conſider an Addreſs preſented to this Honorable Houſe the 26. of Febr. 1648. by the hand of Lieu. Col. Iohn Lilburne, & many others of the Nations and our friends, that were Preſenters, promoters, and approvers of the large Peti­tion of Septem. the 11. 1648. the aforeſaid Addreſs being the lively portrature of our apprehenſions, it being high time to inſiſt upon Laws of ſettlement, Peace & Juſtice, before we ſhall be willing to ingage in any other Nation, in the warre of Ireland; the unſettle­ment in Juſtice, Apoſtacy, Deceipt, and neglect, here having been the cauſe of the Miſery to the Souldery and People there; Further we deſire this Honorable Houſe to conſider of a late Sentence paſſed againſt a Member of our Regiment, with ſeverall other men of ſeverall other Regiments by the Counſell of War; and to conſider whether the ſaid SENTENCE be con­ſiſtent to the juſt Rights, which we have ſpent our bloods for, or not, we conceiving all our ſelves ſentenced in their ſentence; And we further deſire this honorable Houſe, ſo to regulate the Articles of War, that they may be ſuitable to free-born Engliſh men, and that likewiſe the ſame principles & laws may govern our Officers (both Superiors & Inferiors) which ſhall govern us; which way of Or­der we account to be moſt conſiſtent to the pe ple s dear purcha­ſed Rights. We hope this Honorable Houſe will take theſe ruffe and unpolliſhed lines in the charitableſt conſtruction, it being no part of our Principles to ſpeake any other language then the plainneſs of our hearts.

And your Petitioners ſhall daily pray, &c.
  • Wiliam Haſlup, Lieutenant,
  • Chriſt. Cheſman, Cornet,
  • Iohn Nay­lier Quartermaſter,
  • Corporalls:
    • Austin VVhitney,
    • Rob. Harbiſon,
  • Joh. VVright,
  • Rob. Painter.
  • Fran. Haſllup,
  • Wil. Bastin.
  • Iohn Lathe,
  • Tho. Grimos,
  • Iohn Hardey,
  • Gilbert Games,
  • Rich. Hill.
  • Rich. Sanders,
  • Rob. Harriſon,
  • Tho. Richards,
  • Val. Stephenſon,
  • Ed. Avery,
  • Hen. Bug­bey,
  • Io. Baſtin,
  • Ant. Baſtin.
  • Ioſeph Pepitt,
  • Io. Marſhall.
  • Ed. Baſtin,
  • Will. Scott,
  • Sam. Gaer,
  • Sam. Howlt,
  • Fran. Lee,
  • Dan. King.
  • Tho. Satchell,
  • 8Tob. Robbinſon,
  • Rich. Robbins,
  • George Betten,
  • George Spoo­ner,
  • Tho. Anderton,
  • Ioh. Franon,
  • Ioh. Allin,
  • Rob. Abbit.
  • Will. B•••••,
  • Chriſto. Booth.
  • Iames Trigg,
  • Wil. Smith,
  • Hum. Budds,
  • Rob. Patridge,
  • Sam. Mowbray,
  • Will. Howell,
  • Iohn Parr,
  • Io. Laſey.
  • Ioſ. Raſtall,
  • Thomas Li••ell.
  • Tho. Flafer,
  • Ioh. Waſhburne,
  • Ioh. Cornelius,
  • David Chemi,
  • Wil. Sidwel.
  • Tho. Roe,
  • Rich. Ellegood,
  • Nicho. Weſtwood,
  • Ha•••ball Dawſon,
  • Jer. Stephenſon,
  • Hen. Philpott,
  • Ed. Taylor.
  • Will. Haddock,
  • 〈◊〉Bence,
  • Will. Gilbert.
  • John Ellington,
  • Att. Boothe,
  • Wi. Morden,
  • Jo. Mutlow,
  • Rob. Bagey,
  • Joh. Price,
  • Ralph Phillips
  • Joh. Eluins,
  • Ioh. B••g••.

To our much honored and truſty Friends, the Petitioners of the Eleventh of Septem. This preſent. in London.

DEear Friends,

you are the reviving of our Spirits, to ſee that you have not yet made ſhipwrack of your Integrity in theſe times of Apoſtacy, we acknowledge that you have given grat incouragement to us, to act ſomething againſt the new Chai••of the Nation; and we deſire likewiſe, that you will accept of ſo••ſmall incouragement from us, viz. That we have ſeen your late Addreſs of Febr. the 26. 1648. and doe readily and cheerfully, comply with it in every Circumſtance thereof, and have likewiſe ſo farre taken notice of it to the ſupreame Authority of the Nation, the People Aſſembled in Parliament; Therefore Dear Friende, We deſire that you will likwiſe weigh and conſider our Freinds, that have preſented our Apprehenſions in a Letter to the Generall, and to joyne with us in our endeavors for their inlargement (if you account that which they did juſt) and full and ample, reparation of their injuries ſuffered in the publick Cauſe of the people, and that further both you and we doe continue faithfull one to another, iour old juſt principles; for be you aſſured that we are ready to lay downe our lives, (if God ſhall call for them in our) Capaſſitie for the Nations juſt and full Rights, and therein reſt ſatisfied, knowing that you are involved in the ſame common Cauſe of the Engliſh People, with your Faithfull Friends for Iuſtice.


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TextThe foxes craft discouered; in destroying the peoples best friends, who stand in their prerogative way for perfect peace and freedom. As it will appeare by their usage, not onely of Captaine Bray, but also of his troop, that raised themselves at their own cost, and have continued in many hazards, but now must be ... with the reward of threats or imprisonment, or be ... to serve under one of the foxes new creatures. Wherein is anexed a congratulatory letter, to the ... of a large petition of the 11th September, for discovering their apprehensions to prevent our new slavery. / By John Naylier quartermaster, Richard Ellegood, and John Marshall, appointed by the troope for the prosecuting these things.
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Bibliographic informationThe foxes craft discouered; in destroying the peoples best friends, who stand in their prerogative way for perfect peace and freedom. As it will appeare by their usage, not onely of Captaine Bray, but also of his troop, that raised themselves at their own cost, and have continued in many hazards, but now must be ... with the reward of threats or imprisonment, or be ... to serve under one of the foxes new creatures. Wherein is anexed a congratulatory letter, to the ... of a large petition of the 11th September, for discovering their apprehensions to prevent our new slavery. / By John Naylier quartermaster, Richard Ellegood, and John Marshall, appointed by the troope for the prosecuting these things. Naylier, John., Ellegood, Richard., Marshall, John, fl. 1649.. 8 p. s.n.],[London :Printed in the first yeer of the peoples pretended freedom, but intended slavery, 1649.. (Place of publication from Wing.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Aprill 2".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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