A DECLARATION OF THE SCOTTISH ARMIE CONCERNING Their immediate marching towards the Bor­ders of England; As also the Reasons of their com­ming, together with their Resolution touch­ing the same.

LIKEWISE The number of their Army, both Horse and Foot, and their advance, with this Motto in their Ensignes, For Religion, Crown, and Kingdome.

Whereunto is annexed, The Resolution of the Northern Counties, concerning the Scottish Army; and their present procee­dings therein.

⟨7ber 13⟩ LONDON: Printed for R. V. and are to be sold at the Royall Exchange in Cornhill, MDCXLVII.

A DECLARATION Of the Scottish ARMIE CONCERNING Their marching towards the North of Eng­land, under command of Lieut. General David Lesley.

SIR,

THE Scottish Army (under command of Lieutenant Generall David Lesley) are returned from the North of Scotland, and are now upon the Borders of England, where [Page]He hath quartered them for the present, but at no great distance, although many in num­ber, and an army of a great Body; divers re­ports are ecchoed in these parts, but that of that of the greatest credence, is, their resoluti­on to stand firme to the treaty and covenant be­twixt the two Kingdomes, the army (as we hear) doth consist of about twelve thousand horse and foot, most of them well armed, the Foot having this Motto in their Ensigne, For Re­ligion, Crown, and Kingdome, and some with the Bible.

What their intentions are, wee cannot as yet discover, but they pretend fair, and have declared as followeth:

That their present motion and advance toward the Borders of England, is for the better accom­madation of the Souldiery, and to take up their Winter quarters for the refreshment of that Ar­my, which hath of late undergone, and perfected so great a worke, in reducing of the Kilkettonians, and sub duing the potent Enemy of that Kingdom, having for many yeares been continually in actu­all service in the Field.

And they do further declare, that they have no [Page]designe against the Kingdom of England, as hath bin suggested by many, neither have they any de­sire to invade this Kingdome, or crosse the River Tweed, as hath been reported by some of the Bor­derers of this Nation. Further declaring, that they have been, and shall be ever ready to joyne with their Brethren of England, in all things that may tend to the preservation of the solemn League and Covenant, and the peace and prosperity of both Kingdomes, &c.

Divens of the Scottish Horse quarters ve­rg neer us, the Lord Coopers Regiment not far of, Colonel Hambleton, and the Jockies dear Valentine, are also with their Regiments about the Shire of Douglasdale, the Lord Sinckler is said to have a gallant & full Regi­ment in the County of Anaudale, divers o­ther Colonels are with their Regiments a­bout the Counties of Merch, and Teverdale, and hath given strict command that no vio­lence or misbehaviour bee used against any Englishman, that doth happen within their quarters, upon what occasion soever, as they will answer it at their perill.

We have lately received further intelli­gence, that another part of the Scottish Ar­my, are advancing up towards Edenburgh, un­der the command of Major Generall Mid­dleton, which army consists of about seven thousand, Horse and Foot.

We do not hear any thing of their fur­ther approach, few dayes will dissolve the mistie Cloud, and bring those things which are now hidden to their full splendor and brightnesse, which is all, from

Your affectionate friend to serve you, W. Wheatly.

The Copy of another Letter from the North.

SIR,

UPon the close of this Letter, we recei­ved further newes from the North, viz. That the Committee of Estates in Scotland, have chose two Commissioners, the one to give a visit to his Majesty, the other to come to the Parliament; they bring with them the Treaty and the Covenant, and have re­ceived [Page]instructions from the Committee of Estates how to treat thereon, with the Com­missioners of the Parliament of England.

By an Expresse from Lancashire, and other parts adjacent, it was further intimated, viz. That the Gentry and Commonalty in those parts, are resolved to stand in a posture of de­fence against the Scots Army, in case they should advance over Tw [...]ed; and to that end, doth keep constant watch in severall places adjoyning upon the Counties of Tevidale, Annandale, and Duglasdale: By the next you shall hear further, from

Yours to se [...]ve you, W.W.

From Newcastle thus.

Right Honourable,

REceiving your Letter concerning Mr Cheesely th [...]u [...]h his free passage (before it came) was gra [...]ted an [...] t [...]re [...]n your expectation an [...]w [...]red, yet that a clear and right inter­pretation may bee had of the cause of stopping Mr. Chee [...]ely, and all misinterprerations removed, I desire to demonstrate the grounds and reasons of what I did, and give your Honors amp [...]e and what further satisfacti [...]n I can in the t [...]ing, that no offence may be taken thereat, First my in [...]elligence [...]rom the South told me of dangerous risings and tumu [...]s [...]n the ci­ty of London against the Parliament occa [...]oned by t [...]e [...]nsti­gation of some particular male-contented persons, who en­deavoured to embroyle this Kingdom in a second warre and was labouring to kindle a flint in your Nation, and had [...]ent [Page]some Agents thither to set the work on foot: (which seemed too probable by that which fell from the mouthes of many of your Clergy in their Pulpits about the same time) & that the Speakers of the Parliament were (with most of the mem­bers driven from the Houses, and glad to flye to the Army for safety.

And they with the Army marching towards the City with a resolution to suppresse those tumults: and Mr. Cheesely co­ming in the mean time (before I had received any expresse from the Army how the state of affaires stood, and before I knew that Mr. Speakers, and the rest of the Members were safely returned to the Houses) and shewing mee a paper without a seale, which he pretended to be the Speakers passe (which I knew not nor him neither) and not having the Ge­nerals passe, nor letting me see your Commissioners passe, (but only at last told me that he had it) but did not shew it me at all, I was doubtfull that hee might have beene a party ingaged in that dangerous combination against the Parl and Army, and going to do some ill offices in your Kingdome, & therefore upon these grounds and some others, I thought it my duty (in discharging of the trust reposed in me) to desire Mr Cheesely to stay here till I sent an expresse (which I did with all speed) to Major Generall Lambert in Yorkshire, up­on the return whereof Mr. Cheesely had free passage, and was no longer stayed.

And therefore I hope no such construction will be put as that there was the least intention in me (or any thing condu­cing to it) to violate the happy friendship and union betwixt the two Nations, which I with all cordialnesse, and reality have endeavoured, and shall with all my power study to pre­serve,

For the Right Honourable the Estates of the Kingdome of Scotland.
FINIS.

This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Text Creation Partnership. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions. Permission must be granted for subsequent distribution, in print or electronically, of this EEBO-TCP Phase II text, in whole or in part.