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had forgot our former agreement? His answer was, No, he had not forgot it, but for the park he would not meddle with it; and therefore bade him do in it what he would: Whereupon he pressed it to him, how convenient it lay for his estate, and therefore, if he pleased, he would purchase it, and he should have the whole, or half, at the same rate it cost him. To which he said, he wanted money. He replied, Let not that trouble you, I will purchase the whole, and trust you for one half, till you are able to pay me; but, before we proceed farther, I will acquaint your father; which being accordingly done, and he having shewn him a particular of other lands, that were likewise upon sale, and offered him his choice; he took me in his arms, and told me, that himself, his son, and family were more beholden to me, than all the world besides; and therefore bade me go on and prosper.

Upon this, he went the next morning about it, and, there being a full committee, he was just upon the point of contracting for the said park, when on a sudden in came the Lord Richard, his father, then overtopping all in power, with three lawyers with him, and required them to proceed no further in it, in regard it was his own inheritance, and no park, as was supposed: Whereupon he informed the committee of the whole discourse, that passed between the general, his son, and himself the night before; upon which, he fell upon him in foul words, saying, Sirrah, Sirrah, hold your tongue, or I shall make you repent the time you were born; which the committee perceiving, they desired us to withdraw; and since that time never durst meddle with the park any farther.

Hereupon, the anger of the father and son waxed hot against the said Lieutenant-Colonel Joyce.

Upon this, and also upon the said Lieutenant-colonel's bearing testimony in the publick meetings of the officers against the army's apostasy at that time, who were then concurring to make the said Lord General Lord Protector, endeavours were used to ruin him; and to that purpose his lieutenant (who had before given information against the lieutenant-colonel, but could make nothing of it, as the commissioners, who had been appointed to examine the matters alledged, had signified to the general) was sent for from Portland, by General Cromwell, and by him encouraged to prosecute his lieutenant-colonel again, and, contrary to the course and custom of the army, privately appointed about nine officers, such as he could then trust in such an affair, viz. Colonel Whaly, Colonel G. Colonel Gravener, Lieutenant-Colonel White, and Lieutenant-Colonel Worsley, &c. to take the lieutenant's information against him; and they (having power thereunto) took his deposition against the Lieutenant-colonel, who falsly swore, That he should hear the Lieutentant-colonel say (in a discourse in Portland, about the death of Lockyer), That he was sorry, that Lockyer had not pistolled Cromwell; and thereupon sent him to prison without bail, and order was given, that he should be kept close prisoner. So he was carried away with musqueteers to the Mcuse, and put into a close chamber within the common Dutch prison, where the lice creeped up very thick, and where he was forced to continue above ten days : After great importunity, he obtained a remove to another chamber in the Meuse, where

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he fell sick with the filthy smells, and other inconveniencies, and continued ten weeks, but was often sent to by Oliver Cromwell, to lay down his commission, which he absolutely refused to do; declaring to all, how unworthily he was dealt with, and that what was sworn against him was false, and that it would at last appear to the view of the whole world; and, when they should understand what was the design, they would marvel. And, wben he could not be persuaded out of his commission, articles were drawn against him; and by the false and double swearing, and prosecution of his lieutenant, so encouraged as aforesaid, and the officers privately instructed by their general, he was outed and cashiered, though the Lieutenant-colonel was, in his own conscience, clear of any crime or offence, punishable by any law, or deserving such usage. After this, the said lieutenant moved the general,

then called protector, for his promised preferment, and his charges, in prosecution; but he answered him in these words: You have not dealt, like a christian, with your Lieutenant-Colonel Joyce. To which the lieutenant replied, That he had done nothing, but what he had commanded him, and persuaded him into, upon hopes of preferment. Whereupon, the general thrust him out of his chamber, and bad ehim go like a knave as he


This was the case, but the effects of it were more considerable, as to the ruin of his estate; for, before he was in prison, he had made large contracts, and paid many pounds in part; by which means, he was indebted greatly to private persons, who, as soon as they heard he was in prison, came so thick upon him, that, to satisfy them, he was forced to sell at such under rates, or else relinquish his bargain, that he lost above three thousand pounds in money, and five hundred pounds per annum, in lands; and he pays interest at present for twelve hundred pounds, and he owes the commonwealth sixteen hundred and odd pounds, in money and bills, for the estate he now lives in ; which being part of that which was the Lord Craven's, no man can deal in it, there being so many clamours about it.

And now, that he hath declared to your honours both his case and sufferings, he knows not what he should add more, unless it be to beseech your honours, so to take them into serious consideration, that, being vindicated to the world, he may once again appear to be an honest man, a true servant of his country; or else suffer according to his deserts, if he shall be found the contrary.




Colourable Commitment in Ireland demonstrated;

Or, The Irish Plot, for bringing ten thousand men and arms into Eng

land, whereof three hundred to be for Prince Charles's life-guard. Discovered in several letters, taken in a pacquet-boat by Sir Thomas Fairfax's forces at Padstow in Cornwall. Which letters were cast into the sea, and by the sea coming in, afterwards regained; and were read in the honourable House of Commons. Together with divers other letters, taken by Captain Moulton, at sea, near Milford-Haven, coming out of Ireland, concerning the same plot and negotiation.

Ordered, by the commons assembled in parliament, that these letters be

forthwith printed and published.

H. Elsynge, Cler. Parl. D. Com.

London, Printed for Edward Husband, Printer to the Honourable House of

Commons. March 17, 1645. Quarto, containing thirty-six pages.


To the Honourable William Lenthal, Esq. Speaker of the Honourable

House of Commons.

Bodman, March 7, 1645.


THESE inclosed letters being brought to my hands, by Divine Provi-

dence, I held it my duty to speed to you, because of the great importance of them, and to acquaint you how I came by them.

Having some dragoons at Padstow, a pacquet-boat from Ireland came into the harbour; the dragoons presently endeavoured to board her; and after some small resistance, wherein the captain and the master of the vessel were slain, they entered, seizing upon one Captain Allen; the said Allen threw a pacquet and divers loose letters, over-board, of which only these inclosed were recovered: I shall send Allen with all convenient speed, up to you, whose examination you have also herewith inclosed : I find him to be a dangerous and subtle man; I believe he has much in his breast, which may be got out of him, by reason he is obnoxious as a spy, and a man who, I perceive, loves his life so well, that good use may be made thereof, to discover, by further examination, what we have not opportunity to do here, but

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yet may be worthy of your knowledge: For it appears by some of the letters, that he hath much intrusted by the Earl of Glamorgan to him, to give a verbal account of; I have given Captain Moulton, who is upon the Irish seas, advertisement of the enemies intentions. To say no more, you will perceive by the date of the Earl of Glamorgan's letters,

That he has the honour, trust, and liberty of a very good and loyal subject. I suppose you will see by these letters, what reason there is to hasten recruits with effect, which I must withal represent to be the more needful, in regard of the diminution, which cannot but attend those marches; and that hardship the army has been put to in such a country, and at such a season. I must acknowledge your provisions for this army to be very great, and the committee of the army's care, in observing your appointments, therein to be answerable. I desire I


faithfully improve your favours, as becomes an honest man, to the glory of God, and your service: . And rest

'Your most humble servant,


To the Honourable William Lenthal, Èsq. Speaker to the Honourable

House of Commons.

Bodman, March 6, 11 at Night. Sir, IN my last, which was but yesterday by the post, I gave you an account of the agreement made for the delivery up of Mount Edgecomb, and the disbanding of the regiments raised in those parts, and of the coming of Mr. Coriton, and divers other gentlemen of quality; which is every day more apparent than other, by their hourly sending to the general, to be received into the protection of the parliament, which is now, in some measure, made known to the country, who had this day a meeting upon Bodman Downs: It was but yesterday they had notice, and one hundred of the four had not the notice come to them, yet about eight hundred or nine hundred appeared ; and now for the occasion the meeting was desired, which was for this purpose, to let them know the army was come to protect them, not to ruin them : That the soldiers, horse and foot, had charge to defray their quarters: That, if any soldier offered violence unto them, upon complaint it should be redressed: That the gentlemen of the country, naming such and such persons, were come into the parliament, which did very much encourage the commonalty to be the more forward to hearken to what might be for the service of the publick, and defence of their own county: And that which wrought the impression deepest upon their hearts, was Mr. Peters's publishing to them the pacquets taken in the Irish vessel, which I mentioned unto you

last letter, which he not only shewed unto them, but read the same, and permitted such of them, as desired it, to read them; and told them they should have copies of Glamorgan's articles, aud his other letters, if they desired them, which abundantly gave them satisfaction; and that which put it out of doubt was, That the ship and pacquets were seized op, and taken by the assistance of the inhabitants at Padstow, within their own county, but the day before: And indeed, it was a very seasonable and remarkable accident as could have happened, for the uniting of this county to the parliament; for the very thoughts of Irish and French are hateful unto them. Those letters, that were most considerable, miscarried in the water; which were the Earl of Glamorgan's to the Prince, Sir Edward Hyde, and to another; which Captain Allen, an Irish papist and merchant of Waterford, confesseth he had from the hands of the Earl of Glamorgan, to deliver as aforesaid. ; Upon his examination he said further, That the three hundred Irish, desired for the Prince's life-guard, were to be thus disposed: An hundred to be put into the mount, an hundred to Pendennis, and the other hundred to be a guard to the prince. The general hath sent post to Capt. Moulton, Admiral of the Irish coasts, to give him notice in what for-, wardness the Irish were to be transported, that they may keep out ships at sea for prevention : The trumpet, that went with the summons to the Lord Hopton, is not yet returned. To morrow early, the whole army, horse and foot, advances towards Truro : All

in my

passes, by-lanes, and fords being, for the most part, barricadoed or blocked up; so that, if the enemy should slip by, which we no ways fear, their marches will be so slow, that their rear will be engaged before they get half through the passage. Before this comes to your hands, without peradventure, the business will be very near decided by a treaty, or retreat into the sea. There came seven or eight of the Prince's servants this day for passes to go home, much lamenting the sudden carrying the Prince on shipboard, when they dreamed not of it. At Foy we took thirteen pieces of ordnance mounted, besides arms and powder: The first night the town slood upon their guard, but the next morning repented of their folly, and, without dispute, admitted our forces to come in. Be pleased to hasten down monies to the army, and match and powder with all speed to Lyme; neither of these will admit of delay : And hasten recruits, that they may meet us when we face about.

Your most humble and

faithful servant,


The examination of Allen is sent up by this bearer, who can inform you more of the carriage of the man: I hope the bearer will come safe with the letters ; he is enjoined to have great care, he comes far with such a trust.

To the Prince his Highness. May it please your Highness, SINCE my coming from his majesty on the fourteenth of October last, I have gone in such untrodden paths, as have not afforded me the possi.

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