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That upon the Encouragement from Colonel Lun. dee, the Country People fortified Dungannon, and brought in great store of Provisions, particularly
Two Thoufand Pounds worth of Oat-meal, and other Grain. That the 16th of March Colonel Lundec wrote a Letter to Colonel Steward, the Governor of Dungannon, in which he gave him Or. ders to quit the Town, and that Mr. Walker and others faw this Letter.
That the Town was deferted pursuant to these Orders, and all the Provisions left in it, which the Enemy from Charlemont possessed themselves of, being at that very time ready to starve, and could not have held their own Garrison much longer for want of Provisions, if this had not been.
Mr. James Hamilton, The Committee laid that Mr. James Hamilton who was employ'd with Arms, Money and Ammunition from England to Londonderry, arriv'd there the 21st of March, and immediately wrote to Colonel Lundee to come a Board his ship, who came accordingly, and brought divers Gentlemen along with him.
That Colonel Lundee took the Oaths to be true to King William, before his Committion was deliver'd to him, but the Mayor of Londonderry was not present, being gone into the Irish Army, and the Deputy Mayor was suppos’d a Papilt at that time.
That Colonel Steward, Captain Merwin, and Captain Corry, were all present when Colonel Lundee took the Oaths.
As to this particular Matter, Sir Arthur Royden inform'd the Committee upon his Examination, that himself and Captain Beverley, who commanded the Fersey-Frigat, and divers others were put out of the Cabin at that time, under pretence that Colonel Lundee and Mr. James Hamilton had private Business.
That Mr. Hamilton told them afterwards, that he had Sworn Colonel Lundee, but the Mayor and Aldermen were not present.
That the next Day he and most of the Officers and Gentry did take the Oaths, and that they defir'd for their Satisfaction that Colonel Lundee might be Sworn again, but it was refus d.
Mr. James Hamilton said, that Colonel Lundee did aftist at the Swearing at the Garrison, and likewife at the Proclaiming of King William, which was done March 22d.
That Mr. Hamilton deliver'd all the Arms and Ammunition which he had in Charge, and whereas he had Orders to receive a Thousand Pounds from Nir. Anderton at Chester, he could get but 595 1. 16 s. 8 d. which he paid to Colonel Lundee purluant to his Instruci ions, and produc'd his Receipt for it.
And upon the whole, the Committee seem'd fitisfied that Mr. Hamilton had given a good Account for bimself,
The Committee finds that the 13th of April the Enemy first appeared before Londonderry, marching within fight of the Town with the Vantguard of their Horse, whereupon a Council of War was cal. led that Afrernoon and a Resolution taken to march (the Monday following) out, and fight the Enemy; the People being very willing and Delirous lo to do.
Daniel Sberrard infurm'd the Conimittee that at this time when the Enemy appear'd near the Town, the Gunner had no Ammunition to fire at them, as the Gunner himself then told him.
There were Three Parles callid Claddyford, Sit. ford, and Long.Cawcy, where all from Sixteen to Sixty were order'd to Meet on Monday, April 15th, to Atop the Enemy from advancing further towards Londonderry.
That Colonel Lundee march'd out with great part of the Garrison, and likewise great Numbers of other Protestants did meet thereabouts.
Lord Blaincy, That upon the Enemies coming near the Paffes, the Proceitants ran in great Confusion, no Order was either given or obfevd.
That Colonel Lundee was look'd upon to be the Commander in Chief, but there was no sort of care taken, few of the Men having Powder, nor was there Three Guns fir’d before they were all routed.
Mr. Bennet, That Colonel Lundee himself, was one of the first that fled, bidding the Men shift for themselves, and laying all was Lost. Colonel Chichester met Colonel Lundee running from the Pass, and told him he mult rarry and give some Orders, or all would be Loft. To which, Colonel Lundee reply'd, That Londonderry was his Poft, and so he made the best of his way thither.
That Colonel Lundee, when he came to Londonderry, let in only fome few, as he pleas’d, and shut the Gates against the rest, who were Four or Five Thousind that lay without the Walls, all that Night expos’d to the Enemy.
Mr. David Carnes believes the Enemy had Notice fome way or other of the Resolution taken on saturday April 18th, at the Councel of War, because they marched immediately to the very place where the Protestants were to meet, upon which he went to Colonel Lundee, and acquainted him with it, and pressed him to march presently, that the Enemy might not first get thither, but he slighted his Advice, and said he had taken fufficient care, but yet never march'd till Monday Morning Ten a Clock.
Major Foseph Strowd laid, that he had advised fome Harrows might be thrown into Claddyford, but he took no care about it; that when he drew up with what Men he could to make Opposition against the Enemy, they cry'd out they wanted Pow. der, and most of them wanted Arms.
Mr. Bennet, That there was no Breast work or other Defence whatsoever, at any of these Passes to save the Men, or hinder the Enemy from coming over.
It appear’d to the Committee, that the fame Day the Fight was at Claddyford, Colonel Cunningham and Colonel Richards arriv'd in Londonderry River with two Regiments under their Command (viz.) April 1sth.
That Colonel Cunningham wrote two Letters prelently to Lundee, the Import of which Letters was to acquaint him with his Arrival with two Regiments, and to know in what Condition
, the Town stood, and that he stay'd for further Orders, but receiving no Answer to these Letters, about Nine a Clock at Night, he sent Major Tiffany up to the Governor with a third Letter to the same purpose.
That Major Tiffany, as he went, met Colonel Lundee's Mefienger carrying an Answer to the two former Letters, and cook him back with him to Londonderry, where Colonel Lundce opend his own Letter again which he had sent, and inserted a Postfcript in it. The Purport of this Letter was, that Colonel Cunningham should land the two Regiments afloon as he could, and that he would give them the best Accommodation the Town afforded. In the Postscript he confirms the fame Orders as to Landing the Men, but intimates that when they should discourse together, the Place would be found not tenable, and to refers him farther to the Bearer, which was Major Tiffany that carried the Letter.
That the next Morning, Tuesday, Colonel Cun. ningham sent to Colonel Richards, to bring three or four of his Officers along with him, and he having the like Number of his own; they went all up to Londonderry, leaving the Men on Board the Ships.
That they went direEtly to the Governor's House,
That in a short time after their Arrival, Colonel
That Colonel Lundee did refuse to admit divers
to be kept out, saying, they were to be a Select Company.
Colonel Lundee was the first Man that spake at this Councel of War, and made a Proposition to quit the Town, and send the two Regiments back again, alledging for this Reason that there was not above a Week or Ten Days Provision left in the Town, and that the Enemy was 25000 strong, and within Four or Five Miles.
That this Proposition was consented to by all present without any Contradiction, saving Colonel Richards, says he, opposed it by saying, Quitting the Town was quitting of a Kingdom, whereupon one rose up and Swore he would not be hanged for no Man's Pleasure, which he thinks was Major Tiffany ; and another said, he would
Home let who would be displeas'd, which he thinks might be Colonel Cunningham, but he is not positive. That all present Subscrib'd a Paper of their Consent to quit the Town, which Paper began in these Words. Finding upon Enquiry that there was not above a Week or Ten Days Provision, &c. Whereas, in Truth, there was no Enquiry made at the Councel of War, but all present took the Gover. nor's Word for it, who did inform them that he had search'd the Stores.
That they did all agree upon their Honour, not to discover what Resolution they had taken, Co. lonel Richards says, the Governor did propose an Oath of Secrecy, which the first refusing was rejected.
The Lord Blaney said there was a Proposition made to destroy all the Ammunition left in the Town, which the Governor approv'd, saying it was better to do so, than to fall into the Ene. mies Hands, but nothing was refolv'd as to this Matter.
Cornet Nicholson faid, that there was at this time great store of Provisions in the Town, every House having great Plenty. That Provisions came daily into the Town in Boats fufficient at this time for Three Months for 3000 Men, as Colonel Lun