The Princes first Fruits: OR, A Full and Perfect RELATION OF TWO VICTORIES Obtained by Col. Rich his Brigade, together with the Forces under the Command of Sir Michael Levesey, over some forces landed out of the Revolted ships neer Sandown Castle, in the County of KENT, August 10. & 14.

TOGETHER WITH A Perfect List of the Commanders, and Officers taken Prisoners, and the number of slain on both sides.

To the three Sons of their Father the D.

Put up thy Pipes Prag. Melancholicus
Bedew thy sheet with tears: Elencticus!
Say, Where's thy Jacobs staff, what star to foe
Did stain your glory with this overthrow?
Come leave your lisping, and at length be wise,
The despis'd Cause must Conquer all your lies.

Printed in the yeer 1648.

Loving Brother,

THE Prince (whom so many of our Pulpits flattered, with the Title of The pledge of our ensuing happinesse) hath given us a taste of that sweet fruit, which the Kingdome is likely to gather from his Government, if the Lord in wrath permit him to rule o­ver us: The yong man hath begun a health to Englands happiness, and the peoples liberty, in a cup of blood. Up­on Thursday the 10 of this present, his Highness, as they call him, (for my part I know not how tall he is) landed a party of some 80 of his men, under the Command of one Aldredge, a Cheese-monger, who lived sometime in Bread-street, and was Apprentice with Mr. Rob. Smith; there might be a kinde of illfavoured policy, in sending out these Water-Rats at the Heels of this Cheese-mon­ger, the smell of his old profession might engage them farther with him, then their personall valour could carry them on; and indeed it proved so, for being landed, they fell upon a small party of Sir Michaell Lev [...]seys foot who were upon the guard, (at the two houses, which we call the Half-way houses, between Sandwich and San­down,) beat them off, and took possession of the houses; Sir Michaels horse taking the Alarm, charged the enemy with abundance of Gallantry, routed the Party, wound­ed many, killed 8. or 9. upon the place, and put the rest (they having first fired the Warriners house) to flight. Among the prisoners taken, Aldredge was one, who knew me well, and told me he went aboard at Yarmouth with Cap. Iohnson: this poor man was miserably wound­ed in the back, shoulder, and arm, cut in the head, and both hands; yet that party, with whom he unhappily en­gaged, refused to affoard him any succour or means (if [Page 2]possible) to cure his wounds. Sir Michael sent a Trumpet to Sandown Castle, acquainting them with his condition, and permitting them, if they please, to take him in, but they (whose mercies are cruelties) would not. This Al­dredge told me, that Prince Rupert and the Lord Gerard promised him to follow, but whether they did or not, he could not say: and for valiant Captain Iohnson, if you enquire of him, take it merrily:

But Oh Thom. Johnson! Where was he?
Truly where safest 'twas to be,
Beset with Bottles, three times three,
Which no body can deny.

Had it been a drinking match on shoar, the High Admi­rall himself, could not have kept his new Col. aboard; but I am perswaded the Gentleman is sick of fighting, and wisheth himself in his Landladies Chimney-corner, at the spread Eagle in Gratious-street.

I have no more at present, but to pray God to open the eyes of the Prince, his Right, Trusty, and Welbeloved at London, whether they be Lords, or Common Councel men, that (before it be too late) they may see God in the greatnesse of his power, coming out against that party, and breaking them in pieces, so as if he did point out with his finger (as he doth to Babylons daughter,) that they and their adherents are to be destroyed. Farewell.

Your affectionate Brother, I. H.

A true Coppy of a Leter to a friend in London, concern­ing the late fight at Deale in Kent, with the number of the slaine, and a perfect list of the prisoners taken.

Worthy Friend,

SInce you and I have wept together, and poured out our soules to God in the behalfe of the daughter of our people, I could not but in the day of Ierusalems rejoycing, call you to rejoyce and be glad with her. It is the song of the faithfull in these parts, (and I hope it will be said in this day with you also) for this is our God, we have waited for him, & he will save us: this is the Lord, we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoyce in his salvation. Truly friend, God hath appeared for us from his holy heaven, and our God from the mountaine of his power; clouds and darknes were round about us, even a sad expectation of a second insurrection by the sons of violence amongst us, and behold light hath ap­peared to us, & joy to the Tabernacle of the upright. God (though in the wisdome of his providence, he hath not yet broken and scattered the ships of our enemies by the east wind) hath wonderfully appeared for us. Yesterday (being the 14 of this present moneth) the Kings Son (the darknes of his Fathers image) landed about 5 or 600 arm­ed men (fit instruments as any in Colchester, or Hamiltons Army, to establish the happines of this Kingdome) neer Sandowne Castle, this morning they sallied out of the Castle (where they secured themselves the last night,) & intended to have fallen upon our friends in their quarters at upper Deale, and to have swallowed them up for break­fast. But God (who ordained the earth to help the wo­man against the Dragon) sent a man before, a Seaman, who coming out of the ship, listed himselfe under Col. Rich, and furnished them with intelligence of this de­sign; [Page 4]this caused our friends to draw down al, or the grea­test part of their forces both horse and foot to lower Deale (who else had layn scattered about the Country 4 or 5 miles in compass) it is a sad truth that our honoured Friends in the L. Gen. his Army, are so few, and they so weak by reason of sicknes, that some companies do not affoard above 40 fighting men; yet the L. (who useth to appear then most when his power shall not be darkened by the shadow of an arme of flesh) put such courage into their hearts, and cloathed their arme with such sinews, & strength, that they gave them such a blow, as was beyond their own, contrary to their enemies, and above their Friends expectation, the manner briefly thus.

Major Husbands led the horse, Lieut. Col. Axted the foot, Sir. Michael Levesey charged gallantly with them, before I can tell you they fought, they ran. In the charge Col. Riches Quarter Mr. and 3 troopers of ours were slaine, 18 private souldiers wounded: Major Husbands had the heel of his hoot shot off, the Lieut. Col. horse kild under him, but he was soon furnished with another for the chase, in which 180 of the enemy fell (never to rise more) upon the sands. Gibson their Major Gen. with 20 more Comman­ders and Officers, and 73 private souldiers taken prison­ers, 300 armes, with abundance of brave pillage; the Commanders so much gold and silver in their pockets, as if they had no need of the Cities 20000 li.

I cannot heare that Capt. Iohnson, that famous turne-coat was in this service, as it is supposed, he is gone (with Bat­tens Knight errantry) a sheep hunting into Rumney Park; this defeat may probably coole the courage of those mutton mungers; and (we hope) be a standard lifted up against the violence of your London designe. I pray in­forme me by the bea [...]er how you perceive the Adamites [Page 5]affected with this signall victory: present my love and respects to all our cordiall Friends, and be assured I am,

Your much obliged friend to serve you, D. H.

A perfect Coppy of a list of the Commanders and Offiers taken the 14 of August 1648. neer Sandown Castle in Kent, as it was presented to his Excellency the Lord General Fairfax.

MAjor General Gibson, Commander in chief.

Sir Iohn Boyce, the old Rob Carrier of Duning­ton Castle, shot in the belly, pricked in the neck, and wounded in the head with the But end of a musket.

  • Sir Iohn Knotsford.
  • Colonell Linsey.
  • Sir Iohn Corran.
  • Sir Hugh Mahan—sometimes servant to the Prince.
  • Lieut. Col. Ball.
  • Lieut. Col. Gambling.
  • Major Drure.
  • Major Burrage.
  • Capt. Hull.
  • Capt. Right.
  • Capt. Bourman.
  • Capt. Corpe.
  • Capt. Poole.
  • [Page 6]Mr. Hason.
  • Mr. Iames.
  • Mr. Blix.
  • Lieut. Handen formerly Bosons mate.
  • Lieut. Castate.
  • Lieut. Mashee an Irish man.

With 180 killed on the place, 73 private souldiers ta­ken prisoners, and 300 Arms.


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