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An Exact of Lievtenant Generall MIDDLETONS LETTER: To the Honourable Sir WILLIAM WALLER.

And by him communicated to, and Read in the Honourable Houſe of COMMONS, on Saturday laſt, being the 24. of this inſtant Moneth of Auguſt. 1644.

Wherein is ſet forth a VICTORY, Obtained againſt the Enemy by a Partie of Horſe and Dragoones, under the Command of Captaine Fincher, Quarter-Maſter Generall to Sir William Waller, at Farrington.

Wherein were taken, ſlaine and diſperſed neere 600. Horſe and Foot of the Enemy; As alſo a Liſt of the Names of the Officers that were taken, with many other particulars in that great Defeat.

And withall, How one Captain Blunt a Papiſt, killed moſt cruelly a godly Miniſter, which Captain, was with many others, there taken Priſoners in this Fight.

LONDON, Printed according to Order, by G. Biſhop. Auguſt. 28. 1644.

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An Exact of Liev. Generall MIDDLETONS LETTER, To the Honorable Sir WILLIAM WALLER.

Honoured Sir,

THE Forces I am to have from Lime, are to be to morrow with mee at Charde, the London Regi­ment at Weymouth, I think will be with me a day or two hence, our piſtolls and Saddles are landed at Wey­mouth; I have given Orders to Commiſ­ſary Fox, to bring them to my Quarters4 at Charde; I have taken a Courſe to re­cruit, by leaving a proportion of Horſe upon divers Hundreds in Summerſet­ſhire; I doubt not, but the Horſe will be in a good poſture ere long; Having re­ceiv'd intelligence of ſome new Leavies neere Briſtoll, I commanded Captaine Fincher, Quarter-maſter Generall, with a party of three Hundred Horſe, and one hundred Dragoones that way, he came very opportunely about the time they were to March to their rendezvous, kil­led only five in the place, diſperſed and took the reſt priſoners, I have ſent you a Liſte incloſed, of the priſoners Names; I hope the leavie is marr'd: One of the priſoners, Captaine Blunt, a Papiſt, killed a Miniſter not long ſince, moſt cruelly; I intend to ſend over all the pri­ſoners to Lime, I think this Captaine Blunt deſerves to be hanged. Your Ho­nour5 may acquaint the Committee of both Kingdomes with this cruell Act: It is impoſsible to heare of any thing from my Lord Generall, but by ſea, hee is in good condition, as I am informed; ſince our comming into theſe parts, wee have not onely ſtopped their leavies of men & money, but likewiſe we have ſtreigh­tened the Kings Army much of proviſi­on, I doe heare his Majeſties Army is either retreated, or intends ſhortly to retreat; I cannot affirme the truth of this. I doubt not, but I ſhall be able ſhortly to informe you; for I intend to go towards Exeter, and as neer as poſſi­bly I can, to the Kings army, with a good party of Horſe and Dragoones, ſo ſoon as I have diſtributed the piſtolls to the ſeverall Troopes; Colonell Stroude is here, and hee is to raiſe a Regiment of Horſe, which I make no queſtion hee6 doe quickly. If the Parliament will im­ploy their Forces this way, the VVorke was done.

Your humble ſervant John Middleton.
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Priſoners taken at Farrington.
  • Edward Biſſe Colonell.
  • Captaines.
    • EDward Davies,
    • Iames Kirton,
    • Iohn Haſſet,
    • Iohn Blunt.
  • Walter Swaine Lieu. of Horſe.
  • Lievtenants of Foot.
    • T Thomas Heath,
    • George Bingham,
    • Thomas Rirketon,
    • Edward Day.
  • Walter Swayne, Coronet.
  • William Maſſy, Quarter-Maſter.
  • 8Henry Zouche, Chaplaine to the Collo­nell.
  • Iohn Swenbrooke, Servant to Captaine Haſſett.
  • Henry Biggins, Servant to Collonell Biſſe.
  • William Sims, Chyrurgion.
  • William Brooke, Servant to Lieutenant Swayne.
  • Thirty Eight Troopers,
  • Twelve Foot Souldiers,
  • Three Barrells of Powder,
  • a good quantity of Match and Bullets,
  • neere a Hundred Horſe.
FINIS.

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TextAn exact of Lievtenant Generall Middletons letter: To the honourable Sir William Waller. And by him communicated to, and read in the honourable House of Commons, on Saturday last, being the 24. of this instant moneth of August. 1644. Wherein is set forth a victory, obtained against the enemy by a partie of horse and dragoones, under the command of Captaine Fincher, Quarter-Master Generall to Sir William Waller, at Farrington. Wherein were taken, slaine and dispersed neere 600. horse and foot of the enemy; as also a list of the names of the officers that were taken, with many other particulars in that great defeat. And withall, how one Captain Blunt a papist, killed most cruelly a godly minister, which captain, was with many others, there taken prisoners in this fight.
AuthorMiddleton, John Middleton, Earl of, 1619-1674..
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Bibliographic informationAn exact of Lievtenant Generall Middletons letter: To the honourable Sir William Waller. And by him communicated to, and read in the honourable House of Commons, on Saturday last, being the 24. of this instant moneth of August. 1644. Wherein is set forth a victory, obtained against the enemy by a partie of horse and dragoones, under the command of Captaine Fincher, Quarter-Master Generall to Sir William Waller, at Farrington. Wherein were taken, slaine and dispersed neere 600. horse and foot of the enemy; as also a list of the names of the officers that were taken, with many other particulars in that great defeat. And withall, how one Captain Blunt a papist, killed most cruelly a godly minister, which captain, was with many others, there taken prisoners in this fight. Middleton, John Middleton, Earl of, 1619-1674.. 8 p. Printed according to order, by G. Bishop,London :August 28. 1644.. (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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  • Waller, William, -- Sir, 1597?-1668.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649.

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