A LETTER Sent from the LORD GORING DIRECTED To the Lord Maior, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of London, and what was agreed upon, at the receipt thereof.

ALSO Rochester surrendred to the Lord Fairfax, and his further pro­ceedings in Kent, and Lieutenant Generall Crom­wells comming up with his Forces.

As also The Lord Gorings passing over the River of Thames into Essex, and the proceedings of the Essex men at Bow, and other places.

LONDON, Printed by B. A. MDCX·LVIII.

To the Honourable William Lenthal Esquire, Speaker of the House of Commons.


THe particulars are too many to be related at this time concerning this last nights Ingagement with the Enemy at Maidstone, which in brief was such as ne­ver was since these wars began: This Army strugled with so much difficulty, to overcome a stubborn and resolute Ene­my: The fight begun about 7 of the clock at night, about a mile from Maidstone, and before we could hear them from hedge to hedge, and get in at the Barracado's, it was past nine, after we had entred the town, we disputed every street and turning; they having 8 pieces of Canon, which they dischar­ged above 20 times upon our men in the streets, & by Gods mighty help and assistance, we overcame them between 12. and one of the clock at night, being every minute in all that time firing upon their horse and foot, and they upon us, we took about 400. prisoners, and near as many Horse, our for­lorn hope of horse gave the red Standard of horse as gallant a charge as ever was seen, which is said to be Gen. Hales his Troop. The reason why the Ingagement began so soon, the Train and Rear of the Army being three miles off (and not come up) was, that the Forlorn of horse and Foot being in­gaged in viewing the town before it was dark, came off safe, The Enemy being with their wh [...] of horse and foot [Page 2] within two miles on the top of the Hill towards Rochester [...]ll day long in view of our Army, about 8000. men, who, as [...]hey perceived that they [...] dispute the pass at Alsford, which was very difficult for us to have done; they sent in a suppply of 1200. Horse and Foot to those before in the town of [...] Sea­men, Apprentices, and most part Commanders and Cavaliers, There were in all, as we guess, 200. then slain in and about the town, and Capt. Price a very honest and stout Gentleman Col. Hewsons Captain Lieutenant, was also slain, and about 30. more of our men, most falling at the mouth of the Ca­non with case-shot; we took 8 pieces, six Iron and two Brass abundance of arms, having been up all night, and want of time cannot send more particulars at present: Only I desire God to let you see, how the old quarrell is revived by the same party, with greater violence then at first. You will shortly understand what Earls, Lords, and other persons of quality appeared in this businesse. His Excellency from the first minute of Ingagement to the last; could not be drawne off from a personall and hazzardous attendance on the ser­vice, and is much impaired in his health.

Iohn Rushworth.

Another Letter frm Maidstone.


IN my last le [...]ter I acquainted you of our marching to­wards this town according to the advice of a Councell of War, which was thought and conceived more fa­cile and better to ingage the Enemy then at Rochester, or Nor [...]eet, and when we drew neer Maidstone we found the Lanes Barracado'd with trees and other things which were thrown in the ways, and the hedges loyn'd with Musqueteers, yet after some time spent, (with great difficulty) we beat them from one place to another, till we had driven them back into the very town, and at the bridge we found little opposition, but the streets were strongest fortified, and the stou [...]iest defended of any that I have known in all the late unhappy wars, their ordinance loaded with case shot did us some mischief before we could get under their shot the rain was more disadvantage to us then unto them; for they shot out of windowes and at doors, but in this service the fire­locks were of great use unto us. From the time we had begun the fight till we had gotten the town was six or seven hours, In the first action I cannot but observe unto you the gallantry of a party of about sixty of our horse, which charged ano­ther party of theirs, where ours gave them a through charge, and did that evecution upon them, that it is thought, there was not a man of the Enemies party that was not slain or wounded. In this town were above 2000 men, amongst which were few of the Kentish Country men, but Sea-men, Water-men, and such as came to them from London, which [Page 4] were chosen out as the only fighting men they had among [...] them; of these we took about 1400 [...]risoners, horse and foot, of which you will have a List by the next; they ar [...] for the present put into Maidstone Church: our horse are gone forth in parties towards Rochester, to discover the E­nemies main body; we hear that all is quiet about Dover, and in the wild of Kent, and I pray God that all other Towns and places may avoid the bringing of that ruine upon them­selves, as is befallen upon this Town, we are very weary with travel and much watching, therefore I take my leave and rest.

Your assured friend, I. T.

On Sat [...]urday the 3 of this instant Iune ne [...]es was brought to the City of London that the Essex men had gotten into a body and placed two Drakes on Bow bridge, three or four miles from London and stood there in a posture but [...] none that passed that w [...]y, it was said they in­ [...]end not to ma [...]ch out of their county.

At the same time it was also certi [...]i [...]d that the Lord G [...]uring was in Greenwich Park with di­verse Collou [...] of hors [...] a [...]d foot and about noon he sent a message to the Lord Major and Alder­ [...] and commonal [...]y of the City of London, and the [...]e being at the same time sitting a Court of [Page 5] Common councell some debate was concerning the supersciption of this letter and it appeareth that it was not directed in the usuall proper stile for that Court, it was conceived, that th [...]re was a consideration betwixt him and those which were so desirous of a Common Hall which they thought to have gotten this day, and by this let­ter to breed division and distraction it was ther­fore agreed by the said Common councell that the said letter and the messenger that brought it, should be sent up to the Parliament which was done accordingly and the Milita took great pains to set the City in good and ready posture.

Out of Kent it was certified that this party which were with the Lord Goring came from Rochester for his Excellency the Lord Fairfax being passed on the o­other side of the water at Maidstone we bridg the Kentish forces fearing that they should be forced to fight or be all pend up suddenly in a corner of th [...]e County th [...]se came away on this side the river againe intending there­ihereby to get some more to them from London or to draw the A [...]my back again before the other part of the County be quite [...]ded or to intercept what should go to his Excellency, but he may b [...] prevented in this for letters came this day that Lieutenant Generall Crom­well with a gallant party of horse is returned [...]t of [Page 6] Wales and it was thought that this night his quarters would be about Mayden-head wich is but 22. miles London.

This morning we understand that the L. Goring with about two or 3000 men fearing the pursuit of the L G. for­ces, ferried over the river of Thames neer Greenwich into Essex.

On Sunday the 4 of June 2 Drakes were brought up to Asgate, and there planted.

This day about 12 of the clock Letters out of Kent certi­fiing that the Kentish men except such as came away with L. Goring, which were about Rochester side are dispersed, and gone to their homes having layd down their Arms, and and the City of Rochester is in the possession of the Lord Generall.

About this time Col: Whaley with a good party of his Ex­cellencies horse came back out of Kent over one the Essex side of the river Thames and had his randezvous on miling-green which is between Bow and London he sent many pris­ners which they had taken to Guild-hall, and the Lord Gen: is expected to return suddenly.

Imprimatur Gilbert Mabbott.


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