SIR THOMAS FAIRFAXES TAKING OF Dennis Castle, AND Felford Haven; And twenty six peeces of Ord­nance taken in a Dunkerke ship that came to relieve Pendennis, all the men taken prisoners, and all their Ammunition and provisions in the ship, and fifty men put in her for the service of the PARLIAMENT.

With the Generalls summons sent in­to Pendennis Castle, and the Governors An­swer. And the proceedings in blocking up of Micha­alls Mount, where Marques Hamilton is prisoner. Eighty come in to the Parliament from thence; With the last passages of Sir Thomas Fairfaxes victorious proceedings in CORNEWELL.

This being a true Copie and examined, is Printed and published according to Order of PARLIAMENT.

Printed for Matthew Walbanke at Grays-Inne Gate. March. 26. 1646.

SIR Thomas Fairfaxes taking of Dennis Ca­stle & Felford Haven, &c.

Most Honoured Sir,

THE French and Walloons who dis­banded on the Lords day last were to stay at the next port Towne un­till Shipps might bee procured for their transportation, all the rest of the English, both Commanders and Souldiers had Passes, either to goe out of the Land, or repaire unto their owne Countreyes, and places of dwelling: the rest disbanded day by day, and marched out of this coun­trey Eastward, and the Gentlemen of the Countrey un­to their owne houses; This day the two last Brigades did lay downe their armes and march away. There were nine Brigades of them, and it is verily beleeved that they were about five thousand horse and foote. The Fort on the East side of the Harbour of Faymouth, and right over against Pendennis Castle is yeelded up by Bow­than [Page 4](that was the Lieutenant thereof) unto the General five dayes since, who hath placed a very strong Garrison in it, it lyeth neare the mouth of the Harbour, and much lower then Pendennis Castle, and is more fit seated for the commanding of that Harbour. Yesterday last being the 18th of this moneth, Dennis Castle, being a Fort made by Sir Richard Vivian at the charge of the Country, at the mouth of Felford Haven, being scituated on a Pena Insula, much after the manner of Pendennis Castle, was yeelded up into the hands of the Generall by those that had the command thereof. This Castle and Harbour li­eth a league to the West of Pendennis, full in sight of the Castle. The Harbour is a very safe and deepe Harbour, the greatest ship in the Kingdome may ride a floate in it at low water, it will prove to be of very great use to us, for the taking in of Pendennis, by meanes that our ships lying there, may prevent (by the helpe of St. Mawes) the conjunction of any ships for the reliefe thereof: I went with the Generall and the Committee to receive the possession of this Fort, and in the way the Generall went unto Arwinkle, Sir Peter Killegrew's house, where and in the Village of Pennicomquicke we had quarted two Regiments for the blocking up of Pendennis Castle on the land side. The day before the Generall sent thither those two Regiments, the enemie in the Castle set on fire Sir Peters house, and burned a great part there of downe to the ground, and would have done the like with Pen­nicomequicke, had not our mens unexpected comming prevented them in the Castle, and the man of War that hath 40. pieces of Ordnance in him, which lyeth a ground on the North side of the Fort let us passe very quietly through Pennicomquicke, and to Arwinkle, which lyes within halfe musket shot of the enemies Out-workes, but is blinded by the houses and trees, so that they cannot see those that are on the other fide of the house: but when we came off, and were past Pennicomequicke, and advan­ced [Page 5]into an open field in our way backe to Perin, the ship that lay on the North side of the Castle let flye at us, but their shot (by Gods mercy) did us no harme, though the bullets flew very neer us, and one grazed not farre from mee, which wee found, and was a bullet of some 12 l. weight. As soon as the Generall came to Perin he caused a summons to be drawn up, and sent it by his Drum-Major unto the Governour of the Castle, requiring him to yeeld it unto him for the use of the Parliament, u­sing divers reasons to perswade him thereunto; But Arundell of Treverse who is the Governour thereof, gave him a peremptory denyall, saying, that hee was 70. yeares old, and could not have many dayes to live, and therefore would not in his old years blemish his ho­nour in surrendring thereof, and would be rather found buried in the ruines thereof, then commit so vilde a Treason, (or words to that effect.) Questionlesse the place is very strong, as well by its naturall scituation, (it being almost an Island, and seated on a rising hill) as by Art and great industry; and it is victualled (as they say) for nine or ten moneths, and they have in it a­bout one thousand, or twelve hundred men, all despe­rate persons, and good souldiers; and they have pow­der and shot great store, and at least eighty great Guns mounted, besides forty in the ship which lies on the North side of the Castle. Therefore the Generall resolves to block it up very close both by Land and Sea: which he may the better doe, in regard that we have Denis Ca­stle, and the Haven of Helford on the west, and St. Maws on the east; and for that, if we draw a Line thwart the narrow necke of Land, a little on this fide Arwinkle house, which is not above Musquet shot over: Pendenis Castle will remaine unto them but as a close and sure prison, and so in the end the belly will conquer them, without striking of a stroake. Here are in this Fort ma­ny very considerable men, and the most desparate Per­sons [Page 6]and the violentest enemies that the Parliament hath in this kingdome; and the Country reports, they have a very great masse of wealth in this Castle, for this was ever a place the enemy did much confide in; and therefore without question it cannot chuse but bee very rich: I verily beleeve that if the Workes were once per­fected for blocking of them up, two thousand good foote would keepe them in, that they should not be able to break forth to annoy the Countrey. Penicomquicke, and Peryne will be able to entertaine that number very well, so that the Souldiers be well payed, that so they may be able to pay for their Billets, The countrey is extreamly impoverished, and I feare that Bread and all other provisions will grow very scarce, and so conse­quently very deare; for there is already no Hay or Oats to be gotten here, and flesh growes very deare. The ene­my hath fortified the Mount where the Marquesse of Hamilton is kept. Eighty Souldiers that should have gone into the Mount, came this day with their Arms, and tendred their service to the Generall at Truro. The Ge­nerall intends to send a Regiment to Marketsene to block up the Mount, and to keep them from Ranging abroad; They say the Mount is a place neither strong, nor well victualled, and therfore cannot hold out long. This last night one of the ships which came down with Sir George Askew, fell into the Harbour of Falmouth, on St. Mawes fide, and notwithstanding both the Block-house, and the Bulwarke at the poynt of Pendenis shot very furious­ly at her, yet she came very safely into the Harbour, and so passed upon the Tide, to a place in the Harbour called Mawpasse passage, where a Frigot of Dunkerks had runne her selfe a ground and came in on purpose to assist Pen­dennis Castle, she had in her 26. pieces of Ordnance, and though our men entered her, yet she stood very stoutly to her defence, yet at last we masterd her, and tooke all the men out of her, and put in her about fifty men of [Page 7]our owne, and so intend to make her a Man of Warre to serve the State, and she may prove very usefull, for she is an exceeding good sailer, and will bee good against our enemies Navigable ships, that so we may take them.

Sir, most of the great Malignants of the Countrey (unlesse those that are in Pendennis and the Mount) are come in; If you alone do not take some speedy course to remove them out of the County, untill the County bee fully setled, I feare it will not bee long before we shall have new troubles here. Thus with the tendernesse of my best love and service I rest,

Yours in what ever I may serve you T. M.

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