A LETTER From the Lord General CROMVVEL, Dated September the Fourth, 1651.

To the Right Honorable William Lenthal Esq; Speaker of the Parliament of the Common-wealth of ENGLAND.

Touching the taking of the City of WORCESTER; AND The total Routing of the Enemies Army.

Resolved by the Parliament,
THat the Letter from the Lord General, Dated the Fourth of September, 1651. be Printed, together with the Order made yesterday for a Thanksgiving on the next Lords Day, and read, together with the said Order.

Hen: Scobell, Cleric. Parliamenti.

London, Printed by John Field, Printer to the Parliament of England. 1651.

For the Right Honorable William Lenthal Esq; Speaker of the Parliament of the Common­wealth of England.


I Am not able yet to give you an exact Accompt of the great things the Lord hath wrought for this Commonwealth, and for his People, and yet I am un­willing to be silent, but accord­ing to my Duty shall represent it to you as it comes to hand: This Battel was fought with various Successes for some hours, but still hope­ful on your part, and in the end became an Ab­solute Victory, and so full an one as proved a total Defeat and Ruine of the Enemies Army, a Possession of the Town, (our men entring at the Enemies heels, and fighting with them in the streets with very great Courage) and of all their Baggage and Artillery; what the Slain are I can give you no Accompt, because we have not taken an exact View, but they are [Page 4]very many, and must needs be so, because the Dispute was long and very near at hand, and often at Push of Pike, and from one defence to another; there are about Six or seven thousand prisoners taken here, & many Officers and No­blemen of very great quality, Duke Hamilton, the Earl of Rothes, and divers other Noblemen, I hear the Earl of Loutherdail, many Officers of great quality, and some that will be fit subjects of your Justice: We have sent very consider­able Parties after the Flying Enemy; I hear they have taken considerable numbers of Pri­soners, and are very close in the Pursuit: In­deed I hear the Countrey riseth upon them every where, and I believe the Forces that lay through Providence at Bewdley, and in Shrop­shire and Staffordshire, and those with Colonel Lilburn, were in a Condition as if this had been foreseen, to intercept what should return. A more particular Accompt then this will be pre­pared for you as we are able: I heard they had not many more then a Thousand Horse in their Body that fled, I believe you have near Four thousand Forces following and interpo­sing between them and home: Their Army [Page 5]was about Sixteen thousand strong, and fought ours on Worcester side of Severn almost with their whole, whilest we had engaged half our Army on the other side but with parties of theirs; In deed it was a stiff business, yet I do not think we have lost Two hundred men: Your new raised Forces did perform singular good Service, for which they deserve a very high esti­mation and acknowledgement, as also for their willingness thereunto, forasmuch as the same hath added so much to the reputation of your Affairs; they are all dispatched home again, which I hope will be much for the ease and sa­tisfaction of the Countrey, which is a great Fruit of the Success. The Dimensions of this Mercy are above my thoughts, it is for ought I know a Crowning Mercy; surely if it be not, such a one we shall have. If this pro­voke those that are concerned in it to Thank­fulness, and the Parliament to do the will of him who hath done his will for it and for the Nation, whose good pleasure it is to establish the Nation and the change of the Government, by making the people so willing to the De­fence thereof, and so signally to bless the En­deavors [Page 6]of your Servants in this late great Work. I am bold humbly to beg, That all thoughts may tend to the promoting of his Honor, who hath wrought so great Salvation; and that the Fatness of these continued Mer­cies may not occasion Pride and Wantonness as formerly the like hath done to a chosen Na­tion; but that the Fear of the Lord, even for his Mercies, may keep an Authority and a People so prospered and blessed, and witnessed unto, Humble and Faithful, and that Justice and Righteousness, Mercy and Truth may flow from you as a thankful Return to our graci­ous God; this shall be the Prayer of

Your most humble and obedient Servant, O. Cromwel.

Your Officers behaved themselves with much Honor in this Service, and the Person who is the Bearer hereof, was equal in the performance of his Duty to most that served you that day.

THe Parliament being very sensible of the wonderful and seasonable Mercies God hath been pleased to vouchsafe unto this Na­tion, by his great Blessing upon their Army near Worcester, in Routing the Army of Scots on Wednesday last, As is expressed in a Letter from the Lord General to the Speaker of the Parliament, herewith Printed, and intending to set apart a day of Solemn Thanksgiving unto God, to be observed through this Com­monwealth; Do in the mean time Order, That the Ministers in all Churches and Con­gregations within the late Lines of Commu­nication and weekly Bills of Mortality, on the next Lords day, give Publique Thanks to Almighty God for this great Mercy; And that the Lord Major of the City of London, Do take care that timely notice be given to [Page 8]the said Ministers for that purpose; and that the said Ministers do then read the said Let­ter.

Resolved by the Parliament,
THat the Letter from the Lord General, Dated the Fourth ofSeptember, 1651. be Printed, to­gether with the Order made yesterday for a Thanks­giving on the next Lords day, and read, together with the said Order.

Hen: Scobell, Cler. Parl.

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