A LETTER FROM Sr MARMADVKE LANGDALE, GENERALL of the Northerne Forces; TO Sir CHARLES LƲCAS: CONTAINING A cleare Relation of all their proceedings in the North: VVith an hopefull assurance of a speedy Relief to COLCHESTER.

After the Originall Copy, truly transcribed.

LONDON. Printed in the Yeare, 1648.



YOur gallantry in resolution and action du­ring that fierce and furious Siedge of Colchester, hath already confirm'd in us that noble opinion which we ever re­tain'd of you in all your undertakings, both for spirit and knowledge. Valour acquits it selfe best in extreames: Of this your loyall prowesse hath given an ample testimony. We here, who truly love and honour you, and who with some of our best and choicest Forces hope in a very short time to Relieve you; could not retain lesse then a deep resent­ment of the diversion of those nobly-disposed Royalists, [Page 2] who ingaged their Persons for your Succour: with the pre-mature fall of that active Sparke of true Native Ho­nour, the Lord Francis Villers: upon whose Surprized and dis-armed Body, report informs us, that such inhu­manity by a Mechanick hand was committed; as Barba­risme it self would conceive Horror to be an Actor in a Subject of such cruelty. But what shall either you or we collect from these tragick overtures, but the implacable hate and heat of an odious perfidious Foe, flaming from a furious desire of imbruing his treacherous hands in the bloud of all Such as professe themselves faithfull Ser­vants in defence of their Princes honour, safety of their Country, her just and auntient Liberties! for which we Fight: and for preservation of which, we shall ever hold it a devotionall loyalty to ingage our persons, fortunes, with whatsoever is most dear unto us. The cruelty they shew to ours, might prescribe us a Rule what to do, when it shall please God that we be (which we hope ere long to be) Masters of the field. But revenge in actions of cruelty shall ever be as far estranged from our thoughts: as theirs, since first these Civill unnaturall Wars were broached, have been from harbouring loyalty or com­passion. Mean time, these mens designes, who push at nothing lower then Crowns, may afford both you and us, who stand in defence of a just Cause, and no private Interest, as God is our witnesse) this usefull Lesson, ‘Rather to sacrifice our Lives to a noble and memo­rable fate; then to submit to an imperious mercilesse Foe.’

Hold out, brave Sir; continue your resolution; pur­sue your Sallies: let not their numerous Recruits amate you, (give me leave for the true zeale I beare to your Cause, and love to your person, to inforce this needlesse [Page 3] advice:) you need little doubt, but if Skippon's power of inlisting men be abridg'd, as we hear it is: that these recruits or fresh supplies cannot continue long. Sedition, have it never so specious pretences, nor powerfull Favou­rites; it will at one time or other be unmask'd, and shew its own deformity; which shown, those who followed her, and foolishly fawned on her, will become much a­sham'd that their mis-guided judgments should be ever taken with so deceiving a beauty.

Now to enliven the hopes of all that brave and ho­nourable Cavalry there with you; Think every Evening, how we are one daies March neerer you then we were in th' Morning: and that our heartiest wishes go along with you; as we are very confident within few daies, with our hands to assist you. And to confirm the appa­rancy of these hopes, you may be pleased herewith to receive an Abstract of our proceedings, together with the Order we observe, and Successe we receive in our March towards you; which you may with assurance communicate to my L. Goring, my L. Capell; to whom, I beseech you present my affectionatest Service, with all others of concern.

Having divided our Army into two severall Bodies, both for accommodation of Quarter, as also to reduce such Neutrall Counties in either Division, as upon appea­rance of a visible Force were easily to be made Ours: it was my Charge with sundry other English Cōmanders of eminent quality and under my Conduct, to march North­west; His Excellence, High Lord Generall of the Scotish Forces, North-east. In our March we found an opposing, but no considerable Party ready to incounter us near Appleby; but they were quickly driven to a speedy re­treat, and in such confusion, as their fear inforc'd them [Page 4] to make choice of such a place for their Quarter, as of all others, was most incommodious for relieving Soul­diers. Their retreat to that part of the Country made was for their ruine; being to incounter afresh with the Scots, by whom they were, though not totally routed, fearfully distressed.

Since which time, Scarborough a Port-town of main consequence; with the Castle, a Fort of impregnable strength, have declared for the King.

In our addresse to Kendall, we found the Town gene­rally wel-affected: Such as had been before Officers and active Instruments for the Publique; upon remove of some principall Fomenters of Sedition in those parts, because wholly Ours. These we receiv'd, and conferr'd Places of imployment and Cōmand upon them accor­ding to their qualities, and capacities of managing them.

We apparently found, during our short abode there; that nothing had so much infected the affections of the people, as the seditious doctrine of sundry Sectaries and Non-conformatists in those parts, who bestowed their oyle in laying adulterate colours upon the face of Rebellion.

But their feare of danger has caused them to leave their pasture: By whose absence & apprehension of their own errours, their deluded Flock is now brought back to the fold of Loyalty. So clear we left that part, or angle rather, of the County.

In our March to Lancaster, we met with no opposition. For the Town, it is rather Neutrall then cordially Loyall; howbeit, the Inhabitants pretended themselves Ours: for these, much like the popular affections of most men in those parts, move and remove just as they see our For­ces move. Some will wonder why we made it not our work in our March, to take in the Castle, being a place of [Page 5] such strength and conveniency for receiving and enter­taining Garrisons to keep those parts in awe and subje­ction; which otherwise, by the factious advice and practice of Incendiaries, (of which number there is no County but it has one corner or other sufficiently sto­red) might break out into open Rebellion; or such dan­gerous innovation, as it might highly trench upon the safety and welfare of those adjacent parts. But my An­swer is, as there is at this time no considerable Force within the Castle; which concludes it lesse formidable: So our times of Speedy marching are no convenient sea­sons for besieging. Let us first doe the work we came for in the County, and all these Forts will find hands to open their Gates to us cheerfully. There was no report which we receiv'd with more acceptance then the redu­ction of some Commanders in those parts; who, weary of ingaging their lives, estates, and liberties, in so unjust and disloyal a quarrel, became firme and faithful Cavaliers: and being persons of quality, drew others by their ex­ample, to the like practice of obedience and loyalty. I shall not need to instance them; their personall imploy­ments will witnesse so much for them.

In this our March towards Preston, we feare no over­tures. Heavy taxes and grievous quarterings have made many already shake off the insupportable yoak of their slavery. The father we go, the more confident we are. Cheshire hears of our advance with much cheerfulnesse. The like success we receive by Letters from his Excellence.

Dear Sir, hold out but a little, a very little space; your friends will visit you, and bring you off with honour: and with joynt imbraces congratulate you, for making loyalty your object of valour.

Your most constant Servant, M.L.

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