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A Famous VICTORY Obtained before the City of Exeter, on Sunday Ianuary 1. by Captaine PYM, Againſt Sir Ralph Hopton, and the Corniſh CAVALIERS Where after foure houres fight, he obtained a glorious Victory, and ſlew above a thouſand of the Cavaliers, and tooke 38. Priſoners, and 7. pieces of Ordnance, with the loſſe of a hundred men at the moſt.

Being the Copie of a Letter, ſent from Lievetenant HYWORD, To his worthy Friend, inhabiting in the Citie of London.

Bearing date January 2. 1643.

January 6. Printed for I. H. and T. Finch, 1643.

A Famous VICTORY: Obtained by Captain Pym, before the Citie of EXETER. Againſt Sir Ralph Hopton; And the reſt of the Corniſh Cavaliers.


MY Love to you, having ſo fit an opportunity (by reaſon my Captaine had occaſion to ſend a Poſt to London, J did eſteeme it a tye of Friendſhip, to ſalute you with this ſhort Scedule, wherein is contained a generall of our Proceedings ſince my laſt Letter.

On Chriſtmas day we had a falce alla­rum, by reaſon that ſome three Hundred of Sir Ralph Hoptons Troopers had ſcouted out, and were pillaging the Country Vil­ages thereabouts, by which meanes the Country roſe, and we were commanded to leave the Church, and Arme our ſelves, the Citie being all in an uprore, but be­fore we could quit the City, and arrive at the place where the Cavaliers were, (not­withſtanding though the inhabitants had made ſome oppoſition, to the loſſe of ſix men,) yet they were eſcaped, and got in­to Kings-bridge, where Sir Ralph Hopton himſelfe is quartered, ſo that for that time we retreated to the City, which at our re­turne we found pretty well appeaſed.

All the weeke after we did little, one­ly we ſent out parties to diſcover whe­ther the Cavaliers made any attempt upon any part of the County, but they lay very cloſe not making the leaſt attempt, one­ly we were informed that Sir Ralph Hop­ton called a generall Muſter, but how ma­ny he muſtered we can by no meanes get certaine knowledge of, but the report is that he is about five thouſand ſtrong.

Thus we continued till Sunday mor­ning (being Newyeares-day) about three of the clocke in the morning, J being ri­ding the Round, to diſcover whether my Centries did their duty carefully, on a ſud­den J diſcovered neere forty Horſemen ſtealing upon my Centries, and one of their Piſtols immediately went off by an accident, (as was confeſt by one that was afterward taken priſoner) which the Cen­tries hearing, diſcharged their Carbines, and retreated to the Court of Guard, and in a quarter of an Houre the City was in a poſture of defence, onely the cryes of women and Chilldren did ſo trouble us, that J profeſſe J had rather oppoſe an E­nemy in the field, though with ſome diſ­advantage. then to endure that torment in a City moſt ſtrongly fortefied.

During this hurly-burly the day aproch­ed and then we might diſcover a mighty ſtrength which had begirt the City on each ſide, and planted Ordnance againſt our Bulworkes, at which they fired nere thirty times endeavouring to diſmount our Ordnance, but did us litle hurt, onely kild five of our metroſes, and one Caunonier.

During this time our Cannons played at them, doing indifferent good executi­on, for they lay open to us upon the ſide of a hill which lies on the ſouth ſide of the City.

Thus they held us play on every ſide for the ſpace of three houers, inſomuch that we were almoſt ſpent and tyred out. eſpecially on that part of the City which lyes North-eaſt, for by the violence of the Enemy our men was beaten from the workes, and they began to draw ſo nigh the wall that they began to caſt Grana­does over the wall into the City.

And one remarkeable token of Gods mercy to us J cannot omit, one Thomas Smith with a bull-hide fell upon ſix Gra­nadoes, at ſeverall times and put them out before they broke, and came off unhurt, which other wiſe would have done great miſcheife.

The enemy finding that that part of the City began to give way to them drew up their maine forces, to that place lea­ving their Ordnance playing againſt us, guarded with ſome ſmall number of men, which my Captaine eſpying, drew up part of his men to the number of eight hundred and ſallied out upon them, and with the loſſe of five and twenty men he ceized their Ordnance, and took ſeventeene Cannoniers Priſoners.

By this time the Contry came in and fell upon Sir Ralph Hoptons Reare, and Cap taine Pym upon his flancke with his owne Ordnance ſo mauled him that pre­ſently he retreated, and having got clere of our forces betooke himſelfe to flight, in this battell we ſlew above a thouſand of his men, and loſt not above foureſcore, or a hundred at the moſt, beſides we tookſeven pieces of Artillery. and eigth and thirty priſoners, but none of any Note, and now we are in greater hope then e­ver, that we ſhall put Sir Ralph Hopton to a Non-plus, fot my Captaine is reſolved to purſue him, and uſe all meanes to pre­vent his making Head againe.

This is all that for this time J have to write, onely as occaſion ſhall offer it ſelfe I ſhall give you information of our ſuture proceedings.

Your Friend and Servant, Abell Hyword.

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TextA famous victory obtained before the city of Exeter, on Sunday Ianuary 1. by Captaine Pym, against Sir Ralph Hopton, and the Cornish cavaliers where after foure houres fight, he obtained a glorious victory, and slew above a thousand of the cavaliers, and tooke 38. prisoners, and 7. pieces of ordnance, with the losse of a hundred men at the most. Being the copie of a letter, sent from Lievetenant Hyword, to his worthy friend, inhabiting in the Citie of London. Bearing date January 2. 1643.
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Bibliographic informationA famous victory obtained before the city of Exeter, on Sunday Ianuary 1. by Captaine Pym, against Sir Ralph Hopton, and the Cornish cavaliers where after foure houres fight, he obtained a glorious victory, and slew above a thousand of the cavaliers, and tooke 38. prisoners, and 7. pieces of ordnance, with the losse of a hundred men at the most. Being the copie of a letter, sent from Lievetenant Hyword, to his worthy friend, inhabiting in the Citie of London. Bearing date January 2. 1643. Hyword, Abel.. [8] p. January 6. Printed for I.H. and T. Finch,[London] :1643.. (Signed: Abell Hyword.) (Signatures: A⁴.) (Place of publication from Wing.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Hopton, Ralph Hopton, -- Baron, 1598-1652 -- Early works to 1800.
  • Pym, Alexander, d. 1660 -- Early works to 1800.
  • Exeter (England) -- History -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Campaigns -- Early works to 1800.

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