TO THE HONORABLE William Lenthall Esquire, Speaker of the Honorable House of COMMONS.


OVr News is very joyfull, even the defeat of a raging Enemy of neer two thousand men, under the command of the Lord Digby, having taken neer one thousand Foot of mine neer Ferry-Briggs; [Page 4] my Horse under the command of Co: Copley, fell suddenly upon them, and not onely released the Foot, but God gave us an absolute Victory, as the List inclosed will manifest, there is not above two or three hundred of them left to­gether, who are fled towards Ski­pton; Eight hundred of mine pur­suing of them, so that I am retreat­ing to block up the North side of Newark, and have sent two Re­giments to Colonell Rossiter, to assist him in blocking up the South side, till I receive further Orders from the Committee of both Kingdoms: There is no conside­rable Enemy for me to follow, the [Page 5] King being in Newark, and the Garrison cleered of most of their Horse; Its conceived a very sea­sonable time to block up the same, I want onely their comands. You shall hear further from me by the next that offers so much happi­nesse to

Your Friend to serve you, Sydenham Poyntz.

Prisoners taken at the Battell at Sherborn on Wednesday Octob. 15. about four of the Clock in the Afternoone.

  • COlonell Sir Francis Anderson.
  • Col: Bulmer.
  • Col: Chaytor.
  • Col: Carnaby.
  • Lieut. Colonell Matthew Wentworth.
  • Lieut. Colonell Gordon.
  • Major Craythorne.
  • Capt. Leneon, Master of the Ordnance.
  • Captain Iames Cholmley.
  • Captain Marshall.
  • Captain Pudsey wounded, and four Cap­tains more taken.
  • Captain Lieutenant Slater.
  • [Page 7] Lieutenant Iohn Turner, and divers other Reformadoes.
  • Mr. Duke Tunstall, a great Papist.
  • Mr. Clavering.
  • Mr. Lowther.
  • Colonell Sir Francis Carnaby slain.
  • Colonell Sir Richard Hutton slain.
  • Mr. Slingsby sore wounded.
  • Colonell Clavering and Carnabyes colours taken, with divers other colours.
  • Lord Digbyes Coach, and the Kings Sur­geon in it.
  • Much gallant Pillage.
  • We lost not ten men, but many wounded.
  • The Enemy were about One thousand six hundred, intended for Montrosse, ours about One thousand, twelve hundred and fifty.
  • About Six hundred of the Enemy gone towards Skipton.
  • Three of Four hundred Troopers taken, and about Six hundred Horses.
  • Fourty slain, and many wounded.
  • The Countesse of Nidsdale taken.

The substance of Sir Mar. Landales Speech: [...]o his men before this fight.


YOu are all gallant men, but there is some which seekes for to scandall your gal­lantry for the losse of Nasby businesse, but I hope you will redeeme your Reputati­on, and still maintain that gallant Report which you ever had, I am sure you have done such businesse that never was done in any War with such a number; your March from Oxford, first beating of Rositer, and the reliefe of Pomfrett, the like was never done: And I hope you are Gentlemen, that you will still maintaine it, and redeeme that which you have lost: for my owne part I will not have you goe any where, but where I will lead you my selfe.


WEE have had such a businesse here, as never was since these Warres began My Lord Digby, and Sir Marmaduke Langdale had thought to have sur­prised our Army againe, as they did at Pomfret, but the Lord of Hosts was wonderfully seene as alwayes so now especially; they came of a sudden from VVel­beck House, one thousand and two hundred Horse, and tooke eight hundred of our Foot at Sherlurn, twelve miles from York, but before they carryed them off the Field, our Horse came on, and joyned battell with them, Routed their Horse, Released the prisoners, took above five hundred of them, whereof there was great Commanders, both slaine and taken. I have sent you inclosed, a List of those were taken now, but our Horse are still in pursuit, the Lord give a blessing to them; You shall heare more by the next post, God willing. I pray you let me heare from you as often as you can, for it is my joy, and the onely comfort upon the earth to heare of your health and happinesse; the Lord be praised for all his benefits towards us, but for the comfort of you, the Lord knowes my inward thoughts: I pray God blesse you. I rest your ever loving friend till death.

James Hopkinsonn.

Col. Copleys Letter to the Hono­rable the Commissioners for War.

Honoured Gentlemen,

THe Enemy last night beat up our Guard at Cusworth Manor to Ferri­bridge this day, tooke all our Foot at Sherburne, we pursued them ever since day, charged them, at the Towns end, routed them, but not without the rout of some of our men. And so the Lord hath given us the victory, many prisoners are taken, we are yet in the pursuit, we have redeemed all our Foot and their Arms, this is all for the present, from

Your most humble servant, Chr. Copley.
Honor. Gentlemen,

MY hast last night made my Relation short and imperfect, This I now present is for your fur­ther satisfaction: Upon the Intelligence of the Kings advance to Blyth with part of his Horse, We appointed a Randevouz on Tuesday morning, pur­posely to have stopt his advance by Dancaster, but having heard he had a Randevouz that morning at Worksope, and thereby fearing his advance into Ches­shire, we kept our quarters and the gard at Duncaster as usually, onely that we might be in readinesse, I appointed a Randevouz of all our Horse at two of the clock on Tuesday night. The enemy advanced beyond our expectation from Worksope through Dan­caster by day light, and beat up our guard at Cus­worth about six or seven of the clock. And in Scaws­by keyes they quartred, and marcht straight to Ferri­bridge next morning, and thence to Shurburne, & took the Foot and their Arms, and beat Colonel Wrins Regiment at the North side Shurburne: I had sent to Pontefract at foure a clock in the morning, to give no­tice to have saved the Foot, but the Messenger from Colonel Overton returned to Pontefract, not daring to go on, so the foot had no notice, and were taken; We marcht on from the Randevouz by day met and joyned with the Lord Gen. Regiment, who had ta­ken good store of baggage of good value and divers prisoners, who had lost their army in the night. We continued a speedy march toward Ferribridge in hope [Page 14] to have got the Passe there, have stayed the Enemy, and have saved the Foot. When we were marcht up to Pontefract, the Castle gave us notice the Enemy was got before us, there we hasted to draw up our Men, drew forth a strong Party to force the Enemy to a stand, but they were taking our Foot, by that, that Forlorne got to Betterice Hill, which wee understood at Milford, and that the Enemie was drawne up in Bo­dies on Sherburne Common: Here wee drew up our Horse, and ordered them into Bodies for Charges and Reserves, as before I had given order to the Officers, here we fell into a great strait, wee durst not march through Milford, fearing the Enemy with their Dra­goones (for we heard they had such, but they had none, or their new got Muskets) might have put us in­to disorder, but above the Town, through the Hedges, which was some inconvenience, but wee were forced when we came neere Sherburne, and the enemy draw­ing out against us, to draw over a narrow way through an impassable Brooke we knew not of, having much adoe to bring in our Bodyes againe into Order, which might have occasioned the loss of the day, had not the Enemy been somewhat too late in drawing out of the Towne; So I brought on against every of their Bo­dyes as neere as I could a Body of ours, and by the help of our Reserves, we got the day, through the blessing of God, for divers of our Horse were Routed, and the mischiefe fell most upon my Regiment, who charged the onely Gallant men, the Reformadoes; many of our men are wounded, hardly ten slaine; The Victory cleare, we kept the field, pursued the Enemy three miles, tooke above foure hundred prisoners, whereof many are escaped, by negligence of the Souldiers, who [Page 15] regard the spoyle more then the glory, but for the num­ber and quality of the Officers, I desire you to peruse the List inclosed, taken (for your further satisfaction) by Coll. Lilburn; The recovery of our Foot, and Arms, was not the least part of our Victory, the losse was the right spur to the Engagement, the Lord put on, and wrought both, for the preservation of this County. I have sent above 100. of the Prisoners to Pontifract, how many I know not, to Cawood Castle; 150. at least to Yorke; For the further prosecution of the Victory I I sent (not having time to stay for your Order) Col­lonel Alureds and Collonel Wrens Regiments, both to prevent the enemies March to Montrosse, which believe it was the maine Designe, the securing of Bolton Lea­guer, to whose assistance, I have directed Coll. Lamberts Horse if the rest thinke fit, but for a further addition of strength, I conceive were safe to send the Lord Ge­neralls Regiment after, hearing you have resolved they shall not March to Generall Poynts, who is by this time at Nottingham, but I submit this to your wis­dome, desiring your speedy resolution, to morrow our other Regiments will be in their frontire Quar­ters againe; I shall be with them to attend the ene­mies motions againe. Your desire of a full relation hath madē me tedious, I crave your pardon, shall pre­sent your Order for the expression of your good ac­ceptance of our Service, and your future care of us, for the present, I rest,

Your most humble servant, CHR. CORLEY.

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