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A FULL RELATION Of the late Proceedings, Victory, and good Succeſs (Through Gods Providence) Obtained by the PARLIAMENTS Forces Under Sir William Waller, At the taking of the Town and Caſtle of Arundell, In Suſſex, Decem. 20. and Jan. 6.

Where were taken above a thouſand Priſoners, two thouſand Arms, neer two hundred Horſe, about a hundred Commanders and Officers, with great ſtore of Treaſure.

As it was delivered by a Meſſenger from Sir Wil­liam Waller, To the Right Honorable, William Len­thall Eſq; Speaker to the Houſe of Commons.

And by him appointed to be forthwith printed and publiſhed.

Printed by JOHN FIELD, Jan. 8. 1644.

ON Sunday the 17. of December, Sir William Waller drew forth his Forces and marched to Hazelmoore: On Monday he came to Mid­hurſt: On Tueſday night he came into Arun­dell Park; and on Wedneſday morning about eight of the clock valiantly aſſaulted the Town of Arundell on the North-weſt, and South-weſt parts thereof; and about ten of the clock the ſame day, forced the Enemy to fly from their workes, and retreat into Arundell Caſtle: In which ſervice, his new ſouldiers taken at Alton, did good execution; the ſame night a Regiment of Horſe came from his Excellency the Earl of Eſſex to the aide of Sir VVilliam Waller: Sir Wil­liam poſſeſsing himſelf of the Town, where Pro­viſion being ſcarce; on Thurſday divers People ſent in ſix load of Victuals freely, which good example of theirs for the publique good, did in­duce many others to do the like.

The ſame day, Colonell Morley came thither with a Regiment of Kentiſh Forces; and Major Bodley did a notable Expolit; he perceaving divers in the Caſtle looke forth in a Balcone, tooke un­to himſelf and 12. others, their muſquets, unto a private place of advantage, from whence they altogether diſcharged into the ſaid Belcone, and ſlew and wounded divers of the Enemy; The ſame night 2. Sacres were planted in the Steeple, with divers muſquetiers, who on Friday mor­ning betimes, played hotly on the enemy, which appeared on the top of the Caſtle; the ſame day divers were taken in their intended eſcape from the caſtle; Alſo, Sir Miles Liveſey brought a Regi­ment of Horſe, and Sir William Springate a Regi­ment of Foot from Kent, to the aide of Sir VVil­liam: alſo the ſame day, the courſe of a Pond was turned, and more fully perfected on Saturday, the draining whereof emptied the Wels of water within the caſtle, ſo that now the Enemy began to be diſtreſſed with thirſt; the ſame day divers of them fled from the caſtle, and were taken pri­ſoners; whereupon a ſtronger Guard was kept about the ſaid caſtle.

On Sonday divers more fled from the caſtle, and many horſes were turned forth, of which our Souldiers made a good purchaſe, onely one of them was ſhot by the Enemy, whoſe bloody cruelty and inhumane malice did mightily ap­pear againſt us, in that they took him, and hewed him all to peeces; which doubtleſſe they would have done to every one of us, had we been like­wiſe in their power. The ſame day Colonell Hads, and Colonell Dixie, approached towards us with two Regiments out of Kent, for the fur­ther aid of Sir Willam Waller; and alſo divers Re­giments out of Suffex: On Munday the 25. of De­cember the enemy make ſhew of a ſalley, and a­bout 30. of them appeared unto us from the Caſtle yard, whereupon the Drums did beat, and the Trumpets ſound, and all our men were pre­ſently gathered together, in a fit poſture to charge the Enemy; who preſently took them­ſelves to their heels, as the beſt remedy to prevent danger, and ſo manfully retreated.

On Tueſday we planted Ordnance in a new place againſt the Caſtle, which made the Enemy that they durſt not peep over the walls to ſhoot at us as they had wont to do. On Wedneſday, di­vers of the Enemies having forgot the former danger, came forth into the Belcone again, where­upon we placed divers Muſquetiers in the ruines of an old Chappel, from whence we did good ex­ecution upon them; the ſame day Sir Ralph Hopton came to Petersfield, and quartered his Forces thereabouts, and ſome of the Enemies fled out of the Caſtle, and eſcaped by the River, in a boat made of a raw Oxe hide. On Thurſday more of the Enemies were taken eſcaping out of the Caſtle, and that afternoon, the Enemy hungout a white flag, pretending a parley, and calling to ſome of our men, delivered them Letters directed to our Generall, and Colonell Marlow, in which they deſired, Sack, Tobacco, Cards and Dice, to be ſent vnto them to make merry this idle time, promiſing to return us for them, beef and mutton; but the truth is, they wanted bread and water, and that night did put divers live Oxen over the walls of the Caſtle, for want of fodder; the ſame day, a party of his Excellencies horſe incountred with a party of Sir Ralph Hoptons Horſe neer Pe­tersfield, and took priſoners, two Quarter-maſters one Sergeant, and two common Souldiers. On Friday Hoptons army moved towards us, as far as Mardin and Weſdin, and we brought our Am­munition that was at Midhurſt, to Arundel. On Saturday morning divers fled forth of the caſtle unto us, amongſt whom was one Sergeant, who ſignified the great want of proviſion, having no­thing but powdred beef, and a few live beeves left them. The moſt materiall paſſages untill Thurſ­day following, was the Enemies treatingwith too haughty requeſts for men in their Condition, and the daily running away of the Enemy from the Caſtle unto us; notwithſtanding Sir William had made it death by Proclamation to thoſe that came forth. On Friday the 5. of Ianuary, 1644. the Enemy began to feel the fruits of their deſerts, being extremely pinched with famine, and there­upon ſent a meſſage to our Major Generall of the Weſt, the generous ſpirited, Sir Will. Waller, with more humble expreſsions then formerly: Deſiringa Treaty, by meanes of 3. perſons from either party; and that the Lady Biſhop, with her Daughters, and waiting Gentlewoman might have liberty to come forth & refreſh themſelves. To all which Sir William agreed, and invited the ſaid Lady and Gentlewomen, together with Co­lonell Bamfield, Major Bovill, and a Captaine, being the perſons ſent from the Caſtle to dine with him, who all had noble reſpect, and good entertainment: Perſons on our part ſent to the caſtle to treate, were, colonell Wems, Major An­derſon, and a Kentiſh captain: At this Treaty, there was no full agreement made between them in regard the Enemy did not fully condiſcend to Sir Williams demands; and ſo the perſons on ei­ther ſide were returned, but the Gentlewomen continued with Sir William, who feaſted and entertained them that night; alſo in that after­noone the Lady Goring and her Daughter came to viſite the Lady Biſhop and her Daughters, one of them being married to the Lady Gorings onely Son, he being in the caſtle; which viſite gave a ſpeedy accompliſhment to our Deſigne: For Miſtreſſe Goring after ſome conference with her Mother in Law, returned to her Husband in the caſtle; and ſhortly after, the enemy ſent a Drum, with colonell Rawlins and Major Mul­lins, to treat for a finall agreement; upon which Treaty, they condeſcended to Sir William: The ſubſtance of which agreement was, That all the Enemies ſhould be ſurrendered Priſoners, toge­ther with the caſtle, all their armes, ammunition, treaſure, and whatſoever they poſſeſſed, into the cuſtody and diſpoſing of Sir William, by 9. of the clock on Saturday morning, being the 6. of this inſtant. For aſſurance whereof, colonell Ravvlins & Major Mullins ingaged themſelves, and alſo promiſed that colonell Edward Foard, and Sir Edvvard Biſhop ſhould immediatly come forth, and ingage themſelves to Sir William al­ſo: To vvhich purpoſe the ſaid Drum vvas ſent back, and after midnight returned onely vvith a Letter, in vvhich vvere ſome ſimple demands; hereupon Sir William trebled his Guard upon the caſtle, leaſt any eſcape ſhould be made; and returned the Drum, and demanding them to come forthvvith, or elſe he vvould diſſolve the Treaty, and proceed againſt them; whereupon Sir Edward Biſhop, and Colonell Foard came according to agreement, to Sir William, about two a clock in the morning: Thus God brought about this great work, without bloodſhed, and Sir William Waller is poſſeſſed of the ſaid Tovvn and Caſtle of Arundell, vvith a­bout 100. Officers and Commanders, the chief are, Sir Edvvard Biſhop, Colonell Bamfield, and Colonell Foard vvith one Doctor Shelling vvorth; beſides, about 2000. armes, vvith am­munition, and good ſtore of riches to incourage our Valiant Souldiers in their further ſervice, mean while Sir Ralph Hopton hath ſpent his time frivolouſly againſt Warbleton Houſe, be­twixt Wincheſter and Portſmouth, where wee leave him till divine Iuſtice findes him, and give the vvhole Glory of our ſucceſſe to God.

The taking this Town and Caſtle hath been of excellent conſequence to the City of LONDON, as will ſhortly appear to be made manifeſt.


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TextA full relation of the late proceedings, victory and good success (through Gods providence) obtained by the Parliaments forces under Sir William Waller, at the taking of the town and castle of Arundell, in Sussex, Decem. 20. and Jan. 6. Where were taken above a thousand prisoners, two thousand arms, neer two hundred horse, about a hundred commanders and officers, with great store of treasure. As it was delivered by a messenger from Sir William Waller, to the Right Honorable, William Lenthall Esq; Speaker to the House of Commons. And by him appointed to be forthwith printed and published.
AuthorWaller, William, Sir, 1597?-1668..
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Bibliographic informationA full relation of the late proceedings, victory and good success (through Gods providence) obtained by the Parliaments forces under Sir William Waller, at the taking of the town and castle of Arundell, in Sussex, Decem. 20. and Jan. 6. Where were taken above a thousand prisoners, two thousand arms, neer two hundred horse, about a hundred commanders and officers, with great store of treasure. As it was delivered by a messenger from Sir William Waller, to the Right Honorable, William Lenthall Esq; Speaker to the House of Commons. And by him appointed to be forthwith printed and published. Full relation of the late victory obtained by the Parliaments forces under Sir William Waller at the taking of Arundell. Waller, William, Sir, 1597?-1668.. 8 p. Printed by John Field,[London] :Jan. 8. 1644.. (Place of publication from Wing.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Waller, William, -- Sir, 1597?-1668 -- Early works to 1800.
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