« ПредишнаНапред »
with greater fury, or to higher prejudice of the common safety, I could not but give you an account thereof impartially, as I found it; (and in such a juncture blame not your friendes, if they should at any time be over jealous out of tenderness to the commonwealth) and I went myself purposely to drive it as farr as I could; and you have the account.-Bristoll, Feb. 26,
THURLOE. STATE PAPERS. 1. 695.
Major General Massie to King Charles II.
May it please your Majesty,
It was the necessity of my condition that commanded me to look abroad for a future support (yet still with refference to your majesty's good will and pleasure) as a thinge, by which I might the better be enabled to render myself more serviceable, when at any time I should bee made happy with your Majesty's commands; and that I might with more dexterity and conveniency answere thereunto, I conceived, that by engageing in his majesty of Denmark's service (unto which also I was invited by some persons of quallity belonging to that kingdom, giveing me good hopes to finde a handsome reception at that court, then indeede I found his Majesty beinge in a actuall levyinge of force, though with much privacy) I might finde the best of conveniencies to that purpose, and so resolved to take my journey to his court at Copenhagen, your Majesty haveing gratiously been pleased to further my desines,
and to honour my address with your letters recomendatory unto his Majesty there; and since my duty commands me to give your Majesty a true and just accompt of the same, I have more at large wrote my lord Rochester who will give your Majesty the same, when you shall please to command, not dareing to trouble your Majesty in these with any relation of that, which can give you so little satisfaction. But leaveing Denmarke, et re infecto, am returned to Hamburgh, wher I am enforced to take up my former resolution, in disposeing of myself to some other parte, which noe perswation could drive me to, if meere necessity constrayned me not for a future support, especially to any remote service, that might put me out of a capacity of answereinge your Majesty's call, at any time, when the Lord shall please to prepare the way for your Majesty towards the possessing of your owne kingdomes ; and therefore, according to my duty, shall humbly offer it to your Majesty's consideration, that if I may noe way be found for the present of use to or in your Majesty's service, that with your Majesty's good leave I may looke out for my best conveniency of a livelyhood, (endeavouring as neare as I can) that way, which may most probably render me usefull to your Majesty's service hereafter, humbly powreing out my poore prayers at the throne of grace, (in the performance of which Duty, God willinge, I shall never fayle) that the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in the establishing your royall hart in his feare, would also establish your feete upon the throanes of your kingdomes, and make your people truly happy in the enjoyment of so good, so gratious a kinge : such shall be the constant prayers of
Most ROYAL SIR,
most faithfully devoted,
Edw. Massie. (No date; but placed among
the papers of 1655.)
CLARENDON. STATE PAPERS. II. 646, 647.
The King to Major General Massey.
Since the distractions in England continue, and so many interests are on foot, I hope some good opportunities will be offered to promote mine ; and therefore I am well content that you venture yourself thither once again, in hope that you will find our friends better prepared than they were the last time, and better resolved to free themselves from the servitude the whole nation groans under. I must leave you entirely to your own discretion, and the judgment you will make upon conference with your friends upon the place, whether you shall stay in the city, or go into the country. If the city be ready for action, I believe they will be glad of your company and assistance, and you will understand in what method that work is to be carried on. If you find it counsellable to go into the country, and that there is life in the business of Bristol and Gloucester, and that other places are ready to do their parts, you shall then take with you a commission for commissioners for the county of Gloucester, and upon consultatiou with such persons of quality there as are willing to act, proceed thereupon for putting that county into a posture, and for the seising upon the city of Gloucester, whereof we have made you Governor by our commission; and we doubt not but the Commissioners appointed by us will make choice of you to be Commander-in-Chief in that County, and that they and the Commissioners of the adjacent Counties will unite and associate themselves in the best manner they can for the carrying on, and advancing our service, until by our own presence,
or a farther signification of our pleasure, they shall receive more particular directions. You shall give those who adhere to you and join with you assurance, that we will requite and reward their good affections, and that we desire nothing more than to see them happy under the protection and security of those they were born under. What we resolve to do ourself, and what you may depend upon from us you well know, and I hope we shall shortly meet again.
Brussels, Jan. 14, 1659-60.
Abbott, Archbishop, clxvii.
Bacon, Mr. Robert, xcii. clxxxiii.
Backhouse, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major,
commands the. great horses, xxiv. lxiii.
cliv; beats up the quarters of the Irish,
68; his plot, and letters, lxxxiii, et seq.
76, et seq. 284, et seq. in the battle at
Ridmarley, 111; ditto, near Monmouth,
• 120 ; mortally wounded at Ledbury, cii.
144 ; his widow and children, cvii; other
particulars, clxxxii. clxxxviii.
Balls, red hot, lxiv. clxvi. 51. 220.
Banbury, lxvii. 106.
Banner of Nath. Fiennes, cliii; ditto of
William Cooke, clxxviii.
Barckley, Colonel, 246.
Bard, Sir Henry, xcix. cv. clxxxvii. 182.
Barnold, Colonel, killed, cix.
Barnewood, John, 223.
Bartlet, Mr. John, plundered, cxli. clxxii.
Bath, 118. 208.
Baxter, Richard, his account of Worcester
and Gloucester, xxi; of the state of
Gloucester, xci, et seq. observations on
the effects of the war, cxv.
Bayard's Green, clxxi. 254.
ter, Iv; wounded there, clxvi. 45. 213; Baynton, Sir Edward, 155.
feated at Stow, cxiii.; anecdote of, clavii. Beher, Colonel, Commissary General,
Ixxxiv. 91. 147. 238.
Bell, Mr. of Sandhurst, clxxxiii. 219.
Bellingham, Lieutenant Colonel, clxxxviii.
Berkeley, Castle and town, xxxviii. lxxxi.
xcix. cix. cxii, cliv. 26. 63. 64. 88. 108.