THE DECLARATION OF Commissary Generall BEHR, Against divers slanders and lies spread abroad against him.

WHereas by some malicious and ill disposed persons severall slanders and calumnies have beene by Letters and otherwise spread abroad against me and my reputation, in sun­dry particulars:

First, that J have said, that in case the Parliament and his Excellency the Earle of Essex should be at variance, J would fight for the Earle against the Parliament.

Secondly, that J have detracted, by ill Language, from the Honour and reputation of the Scottish Nation in generall; and in particular, from the Honour of his Excellency the Lord Generall Lesley.

Thirdly, that J have laid base aspersions upon the whole Nation of the English.

Fourthly, that J have behaved my selfe so Poultron-like, as that in the head of a Brigade J have suffered my selfe to be baffled, without offering that just defence appertaining to the reputation of a Souldier.

By the Law of God and nature, and by the particular obligation of Military duty I am forced unto some Apology for my selfe, albeit it troubleth me to speake for mine owne private, when I must be doing for the publique. But I will say but little.

When I first entered into this service, and ever since, I have had no end but unto which I and the rest of the Army were directed by the State for the defence of Religion and Liberty, against the common Enemy: it being impossible that such a mischievous thought should rise in my heart, as what to doe in a falling out betwixt the Parliament and the Earle, while the common designe of the State is so honourably and faithfully carried on by his Excellency.

Neither am I guilty to my selfe of so much barbarity in manners, and perversnesse in judgement, as to slander the glory of the Scottish Nation, purchased by them in so many valorous and Noble actions, and attested by the common report and esteeme of Europe. And in particular of Generall Lesley, whose constancy, valour, and fidelity, hath beene so highly honoured by the King of Sweden, and of whose actions so good a memory is left in my native Countrey of Germany, I having had the honour not onely to be a fellow-souldier and Commander in that Army, but a spectator also, and a witnesse of his atchievements.

Nor can I discover in my selfe that height of impudency, as to dare defame the English Nation, which carrieth throughout the World so high a lustre of Glory and Renowne, especially in this time and occasion, while by this Noble Nation I have the honour done me to be imployed in so important a charge, for the defence of the State.

To the last calumnie I can say nothing, but must referre my behaviour unto the report of those Gentlemen and Souldiers, who upon our march to and from Glocester were in the Brigade.

But of all these calumnies and lyes in generall I am bound to say, that they are invented, forged, and vented by men ill affected to the common good, who for sinister ends endeavour to sow division, and to rend in sunder the happy union of the two Nations: of which raveling some beginnings are already discovered in divers Commanders who have laid downe their Commissions in his Excellencies Army, upon no other ground, but that it standeth not with their honour to serve where the robber of their Nations honour is tolerated.

I protest before the Almighty God, and all men of Honour, that in these particulars, and in any other that may have reference to these, I am maliciously and undeservedly circumvented, basely slandered, and falsely belyed. And if any one shall be so forward as to take upon him the maintenance of any of these, I hereby offer my selfe ready to give him all the satisfaction which with life and honour a Souldier and Gentleman is bound to do.

HANS BEHR.

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