PRIMS Full-text transcription (HTML)

A LETTER Sent from Col. VVill. Lockhart, Dated at Dunkirk, Decemb. 31. 1659. Superſcribed, For the Right Honourable, William Lenthall, Eſq Speaker of the Parlia­ment of the Common-wealth of Eng­land.

Read in Parliament, January 3. 1659.

LONDON, Printed by John Streater, and John Macock, Printers to the Parliament. 1659.


A LETTER Sent from Colonel William Lockhart.

May it Pleaſe Your Honour,

THis day by Private Let­ters I have received the Joyful, and Accepta­ble News of the Parliaments Re­entering upon the Exerciſe of Their Authority; Which I thought it my Duty to Commu­nicate Immediately to the Officers and Souldiers of Your Garriſon in this Place; and accordingly began with thoſe of my own Re­giment, Proceeding afterwards to the reſt, and Endeavouring to4 ſet it upon all their Hearts, how Extraordinary, and almoſt Mi­raculous the Workings of GOD have been, in bringing to paſs this Your Laſt Return; and how happily Advantageous it is likely to prove to all the Three Nations, and to each Particular Concern­ed therein. I can give Teſtimo­nie of the General Acclamations, and all outward Signs that could be rendered of abſolute Satisfa­ction in every man here; neither do I in the leaſt-wiſe Queſtion the Conſent of their Hearts, with the ſenſible Demonſtrations of their Tongues, and Countenances; eſpecially when I Declared to them the many and ſingular En­couragements they have formerly5 received from the Parliament; and that they cannot expect the like, from any other Authority what­ſoever; beſides the Conſideration of their Reſpective Memberſhip, and Incorporation with the Bo­dies both Civil and Military un­der Your Command.

We have (GOD be praiſed) during the late Interval, continu­ed Faithful Servants to the Ho­nour and Intereſt of our Country, and are at preſent in ſuch a po­ſture, as to fear nothing from a­broad, being ſo well fortified at home.

I was recalled from the Proſe­cution of Your Commands at St Jean de Luz, by the ſame Power that Ordered me thither; but6 finding the face of things changed at my Return; and my ſelf at a loſs what to do, I was at laſt ad­viſed by ſome Perſons, to diſ­charge my ſelf to thoſe who took upon them the Mannagement of Affairs at that time, and did ac­cordingly give them the beſt Lights I could, whereby to diſ­cern the Intereſt of the Com­mon-wealth, in Relation both to France, and Spain; after which I forthwith betook my ſelf to this Place, to Act here according to that Truſt, which You had for­merly Repoſed in me: and I hope my preſence hath not been un­ſerviceable. But if it ſhall be thought Requiſite, That I come over again to render You a more7 full Account of my late Nego­tiations abroad, I ſhall moſt wil­lingly and cheerfully do it: In the mean time, till Your farther Directions, I ſhall Proceed to uſe all care and dilligence here, both for the orderly diſpoſing of the Garriſon, and the vigorous op­poſing of the Enemy, if occaſion require; hoping, That in a ſhort time I ſhall Receive the Honour of Your commands, which ſhall always find a ready and exact Obedience in me, and all that are under my Charge.

I thought the great Importance of this happy day, would have its effect upon the Spirits of our Ene­mies round about us, as well as upon our own, though in a diffe­rent8 manner: And therefore to expreſs our Joy, and to intimate unto them the juſt cauſe of their Sadneſs, I have this night ordered all our Great Guns, both by Sea and Land, to Proclaim our Exal­tation, and their diſappointment.

I ſhall daily Pray, That God would crown Your Counſels and Endeavours with Succeſs, anſwe­rable to the Honeſt and Peaceable Expectation of the Nations under You; and do for my own part give my ſelf up intirely to be diſ­poſed by you, as becomes him who is ſo really and without Re­ſerve,

May it Pleaſe Your Honour,
Your Honours Moſt Humble, Faithful, and Obedient Servant, William Lockhart.

About this transcription

TextA letter sent from Col. VVill. Lockhart, dated at Dunkirk, Decemb. 31. 1659. Superscribed, for the Right Honourable, William Lenthall, Esq; Speaker of the Parliament of the Common-wealth of England. Read in Parliament, January 3. 1659.
AuthorLockhart, William, Sir, fl. 1621-1676..
Extent Approx. 5 KB of XML-encoded text transcribed from 5 1-bit group-IV TIFF page images.
SeriesEarly English books online.
Additional notes

(EEBO-TCP ; phase 2, no. A88411)

Transcribed from: (Early English Books Online ; image set 115120)

Images scanned from microfilm: (Thomason Tracts ; 150:E1013[3])

About the source text

Bibliographic informationA letter sent from Col. VVill. Lockhart, dated at Dunkirk, Decemb. 31. 1659. Superscribed, for the Right Honourable, William Lenthall, Esq; Speaker of the Parliament of the Common-wealth of England. Read in Parliament, January 3. 1659. Lockhart, William, Sir, fl. 1621-1676.. 8 p. printed by John Streater, and John Macock, printers to the Parliament,London :1659 [i.e. 1660]. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Jan. 4".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.

Editorial statement

About the encoding

Created by converting TCP files to TEI P5 using tcp2tei.xsl, TEI @ Oxford.

Editorial principles

EEBO-TCP is a partnership between the Universities of Michigan and Oxford and the publisher ProQuest to create accurately transcribed and encoded texts based on the image sets published by ProQuest via their Early English Books Online (EEBO) database ( The general aim of EEBO-TCP is to encode one copy (usually the first edition) of every monographic English-language title published between 1473 and 1700 available in EEBO.

EEBO-TCP aimed to produce large quantities of textual data within the usual project restraints of time and funding, and therefore chose to create diplomatic transcriptions (as opposed to critical editions) with light-touch, mainly structural encoding based on the Text Encoding Initiative (

The EEBO-TCP project was divided into two phases. The 25,363 texts created during Phase 1 of the project have been released into the public domain as of 1 January 2015. Anyone can now take and use these texts for their own purposes, but we respectfully request that due credit and attribution is given to their original source.

Users should be aware of the process of creating the TCP texts, and therefore of any assumptions that can be made about the data.

Text selection was based on the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (NCBEL). If an author (or for an anonymous work, the title) appears in NCBEL, then their works are eligible for inclusion. Selection was intended to range over a wide variety of subject areas, to reflect the true nature of the print record of the period. In general, first editions of a works in English were prioritized, although there are a number of works in other languages, notably Latin and Welsh, included and sometimes a second or later edition of a work was chosen if there was a compelling reason to do so.

Image sets were sent to external keying companies for transcription and basic encoding. Quality assurance was then carried out by editorial teams in Oxford and Michigan. 5% (or 5 pages, whichever is the greater) of each text was proofread for accuracy and those which did not meet QA standards were returned to the keyers to be redone. After proofreading, the encoding was enhanced and/or corrected and characters marked as illegible were corrected where possible up to a limit of 100 instances per text. Any remaining illegibles were encoded as <gap>s. Understanding these processes should make clear that, while the overall quality of TCP data is very good, some errors will remain and some readable characters will be marked as illegible. Users should bear in mind that in all likelihood such instances will never have been looked at by a TCP editor.

The texts were encoded and linked to page images in accordance with level 4 of the TEI in Libraries guidelines.

Copies of the texts have been issued variously as SGML (TCP schema; ASCII text with mnemonic sdata character entities); displayable XML (TCP schema; characters represented either as UTF-8 Unicode or text strings within braces); or lossless XML (TEI P5, characters represented either as UTF-8 Unicode or TEI g elements).

Keying and markup guidelines are available at the Text Creation Partnership web site.

Publication information

  • Text Creation Partnership,
ImprintAnn Arbor, MI ; Oxford (UK) : 2011-04 (EEBO-TCP Phase 2).
  • DLPS A88411
  • STC Wing L2779
  • STC Thomason EL2779
  • STC ESTC R202756
  • EEBO-CITATION 99862940
  • PROQUEST 99862940
  • VID 115120

This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions. Permission must be granted for subsequent distribution, in print or electronically, of this EEBO-TCP Phase II text, in whole or in part.