A Letter sent from Dr. Barnard, a Reverend Divine, and Parson of TREDAGH

To Sr. Simon Harcourts Lady in West­minster, LONDON March 18. 1641.

And Printed by the appointment of the Right Worshipfull Sr. Francis Knowles Knight a Member of the Honourable House of COMMONS.

Wherein more particularly is con­tained divers very memorable passages twixt the Kings Armies, and the Rebels in the Towne of Tredagh and the Countrey round about.

Which may give comfort and satis­faction to all his Maiesties good Subiects here in England to see the powerfull finger of the Almigh­ty in preserving and giving Victory to, as it were, a handfull of men, against a multitude of bloud-thirsty Rebels.

London, Printed for Nathanael Butter, 1641.

AN ABSTRACT OF Newes since our releife, Ianuary 11. to the 20. of February,
Drogedagh Feb. 23. 1641.

AFter much miserie wee were releived by the Pinnace with some bisquet and ammunition, extremitie of want drawing on of both, that it was not, vnobser­ved that it came iust as wee returned from Church, where wee had beene solemnely praying for it. The Rebels h [...]d sunke a barque in the Channell, but two or three dayes before the wind and tide had driven her out to sea, they had hoysted an iron chaine but that hindered not their passage over it neither; 1000. of shot were sent from either side the river, and had dou­ble returnes from ours, yet not one man of ours lost, with what ioyfull acclamations, the Pinnace and her shallop were received within the bay, what mutuall salutations of shot were given, and answered, how the streets rang againe with thanks and prayers to God, from all sorts, those who were eye and eare| witnesses can never forget. At this releife the countenances of the townesmen apparantly fell, till vpon [...]econd thoughts▪ towards night they seemed to bee very glad, and for an expres­sion were very kinde to the souldiers, offering them drinke upon every guard upon free cost, which the poore men (not used to re­ceive so liberally, and without their officers knowledge) tw [...] parts of the watch were drunke about midnight▪ [...] sleepe▪ a breach was made in the wall in an [...] orchard[?] betweene [Page 2] St. Iames gate and the water, in which as was confessed, (by one hanged the next day) an officer had a cheife hand in, about three of the clocke 500. entred, and continued an houre or two vn­discovered, till being marched vpon the key they shouted; which was either in assurance of victorie, or to invite the Towne to their promised assistance, some of them had adventured vp to the Mill mount, and killed the first Sentinell, others had entred upon the bridge; This shout being our first Allarme, the Gover­nour run out vnarmed, and was the first that caused a drumme to beate, and in that haste was compelled to take the Main guard, who were his owne Company, and commanded men from by guards, these were his present strength, first posted down some pikes commanded by the Ensigne to make good the bridge un­till the Musquetiers could make readie, we met the enemy up­on their first entrie, and finding them resisted by a guard of ours, charged home and soone compelled them to retreat. The Go­vernour immediately releeved his ensigne with Musquetiers, who mette not farre from the bridge an other company of the Re­bells, but being in the darke tooke them by their answer to bee friends, untill hee found the contrarie by a shot made at him, which went through the brimmes of anothers hat next him, assoone as we gave fire it proved so effectuall, that they instantly scattered rnd were chased through the streets, leaving their dead bodies, as stumbling blocks in our way; And now my Lord Moore with what horse hee could make readie came to the a­ssistance, who chased the residue of them up the hill where they dropped apace, but where the breach was could not yet be found till they directed us by their flight, through which 100. escaped and now each Captaine had got together force, and invironed them in each quarters, and with ease laid them on heapes in e­very corner, so that the slaine within the walles and prisoners taken without were 200. This deliverance the worst of men acknowledged to be the hand of God, for had they marched to the next port, and cut the guard off there, who were most sleep­ing; A thousand of their owne men were there ready to en­ter and wee had beene lost. 'Twas Gods hand that their shouts gave us the first Alarme to our safety and their destruction.

In this hot skirmish wee lost few, the most being but cheqed them at their first entrance unarmed, to prevent their giving [Page 3] notice, onely three were lost in fight. This was the only night (of any neglected) which the joy of the present releife occasioned, but for the future, doubled our watches, fourty horse in seve­rall divisions still riding the round, and by their often visits, a sentinell had scarce time to winke. My Lord Moore one night, and the Governour another, (as supervisours of the whole) have not failed constantly since to watch in their owne persons. The Enemy without on the South side of the Towne, seemed to bee about 3000. who in severall bodies stay'd an houre or a after day, beleeving the Towne to be taken, expecting the ope­ning of a port, which wee perceiving, and having taken a Piper of theirs, caused him to play very merrily upon one of the plat formes, and to call out in Irish that the Towne was theirs; It was good sport to see them shorten the way by leaping ditches, and running themselves out of breath, who should bee first taken, and so were brought in by tennes.

This extraordinary blessing deserved a speciall solemne thanksgiving, which wee performed two dayes after. A faire wind inviting the Pinnace next day to returne, past with as many Prayers for safety, by the Souldiers on the walles, as shee had beene received with prayses; But a small fisher boate, as a Iust Iudgement of God for the former nights worke, by unskilfulnesse of the Pilat ranne a ground, and that night, was taken by the Ene­my with 14. prisoners.

Also about 3. Miles of at Mormame Towne the Pinnasse fel into the like hazard being most falsely left by the shallops to the mercy of the Enemy, who played upon her on both sides, 100. of the Rebels under the shelter of Cart loads of furse, despe­rately approached so neere that they got under the sterne, and with crowes and pick-axes beganne to bulge her, where neither pike nor musquet could offend them. In this straight Captaine Studvild, (who hath much deserverved) in the adventure of releiving us twice threw some granadoes amongst them, they endured the breaking of six, but when the seaventh was cast, they runne away, and never attempted their designe after, the number of the slaine is uncertaine, but by the mighty streame of bloud, it is conjectured to bee about 60. Whil'st wee saw this danger wee ceased not in publique to pray for her safety, whose losse was likely to bee our ruine; This night, shee was [Page 4] freed into the Poole, and on the Monday morning, with a faire wind, bad us farewell.

Wee had an other Friggat, which assisting the Pinnasse in the burning of some barques, ranne the same casualtie, and lay under the same advantage to the Enemy, who having made [...] brest-worke played upon her all night, but returned without any harme, save the losse of one man; Many drummes were sent by the Rebels for exchange of Prisoners, till theirs here being spent, they were forced to send for more to Aragh, and yet wee have more still, who have beene cherished by the Towns| men as if they were Martyrs, they giving them good victuals caddoes and caps, so that they make no suite to bee released▪ In 14. dayes, our former supplies were wasted, and a gre [...] scarcity beganne to grow upon us; The whole designe of the Rebels wee saw, was to starve us, by burning all the corne and hay within two miles of us; they drew often nigh us in the darke nights, and in mockery askt our Sentinels, if wee had yet eaten up our Cabbadge stalkes and Horse hides: and indeed, famine was such at length with the Common Souldiers, that Horses, Dogges, and Cats, were good meat; some provisions (by searching) were found hid in Cellers; This sufficed not▪ but wee were forced to sally out, which was always blest with some releife, and without the losse of any Souldier. February the 7. wee sallied out 40. musquetiers and 25. horse to secure others appointed to bring in, who were unexpectedly set upon by 400. newly come out of the North, wee instantly charged them, killed 80. tooke two of their Cullours, killed a Lievetenant and an Ensigne, and tooke an other, and 9. prisoners, one died as so one as hee came to Towne, and being unbuttoned, hee was begert with a Saint Francis Girdle next his skinne, not one of our men being hurt: An other time we marched out 100. foote, and a troope of horse, wee were set upon by 500. but wee ha­uing notice by some of their owne party of their intention, wee made a faire retreat through them and killed many of them, of ours not one hurt, one was shot through the dubblet and shirt, and had onely his skinne rased.

At length, our sto [...]e failed, so that from the hartiest, nothing could bee heard, but intentions of desperate [...] ▪ our friggats and our agents had beene long in [...] b [...] heard nothing of [Page 5] their returne, and by the continuance of contrary winds, our hopes wee saw, were dashed from thence.

Also in this extreamity (besides our ordinary meetings on Wednesday) wee appointed the next Friday as a day extraordi­nary, onely to begge our bread of God; For my Subject, I tooke the fourth Petition of the Lords prayer, that day wee continued in the Church from morning to evening, which was blest with much affection and teares, wherein some confident passages fell, in assuring some present extraordinary answere, might have seemed to have beene without warrant.

But see the event, that very night the wind in [...]ned, and the next morning suddenly changed to as faire a wind and weather, as wee could wish, and so continued. That evening we receiving notice, that our supply approached, on Sunday morning wee met at Church earlier then wee used in the continuance of the same subject and petition, and at the conclusion of the Sermon, a Messinger came into the Church with the glad tidings of our releife within the Barre, it being so received in Gods House, wee tooke it as from God himselfe, and so with thanks giving to him, from whom every good guift descendeth, wee went and saw the salvation of God.

I must not forget an other deliverance, the same Sunday mor­ning, the Enemy about 4. a clock with their whole strength, made a bold attempt with scaling ladders to the walles; 2. or 3. were fixed in one place, and some were gotten up, the Sentinell missing fire at one, knockt him downe with the butt end of his musket, and crying out to the guard, who was nigh my chamber window: I was the first that heard him, and the clattering of the Ladders, wee instantly gave them their fill of shot, and they left their Ladders with some of their bloud, the number of the slaine is uncertaine, they having drawne them away, but an Eng­lish boy taking his opportunity escaped from them, said, hee saw three lying dead in one ditch, by which may bee conjectured what were slaine of them; on our part not one hurt, so that in the words of the Psalmist, Psalm. 136. 24. verse. Wee may praise God for that one day, who gives food to all flesh, and who delivers us from our Enemies for his mercy endureth for ever.

And yet a further deliverance, wee are now quitting the Towne of the Papists, who have beene the cause of all this evill; [Page 6] some of the Aldermen are parting, some have offered to goe [...] to Church, but it is thought with the same affection as the C [...] ­pernaites for the loaves. An Inventory of all their goods [...] ta­ken, and such of men and women, as have beene suspected to side with the Rebels, have their dayly passes to them, save sober soules, and of good fashion have desired to bee informed i [...] which worke I shall bee glad to bee imployed all day and every day. A prize was also taken by the Pinnasse, laden with herring, bisquet, and other provision, which hath added somewhat to our score, wee have 4. Companies more, so that wee are in all 2000. foote and neere 200. horse, more I could have writ, but the unexpected haste of the Pinnasses returne, who is now ready to weigh anchre causes mee to breake of and pleads my excuse, for what is here confusedly written.

FINIS.

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