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Being an Account of Edge-hill Fight. 315 Service too, that was my Lord of Bedfordhimself, who did very gallantly, and Sir Willianz Belfore, the late Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir Philip Stapleton, and all the Troops which formerly had been under some other kind of Report, they did extraordinary Service, kept intirely to their Charge, and though they were long under the Power of the others Canons, there were some seventeen Shot of Cannon-shot against them, and they stood ftill, and God bethanked, not a Man of them hurt; yet there was likewise Very extraordinary Service performed by my Lord Gray and Sir Arthur Hazelrig, who indeed was a Help to give a great Turn to the Day, by cutting off a Regiment of the King's, which was called the Blew Regiment; and there were many other Gentlemen of great Worth, that did very extraordinary Service too, I would not have you understand that others did not do it, because I remember not their Names, for I speak to you now but on the sudden, but there were divers Others did very great Service, only these I have named that come to my Memory, and you will hear more of the rest upon other Occasions : Upon the Close of the Day, we know it for certain, that the best Regiment of the King's was cut off, and the next his best Regiment, which was that under my Lord of Linsey; there was all the Prisoners taken I told you of, there were those Persons

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of Quality Nain I told you of, and there was, as we conceive (this I tell you upon Infor: mation, as we conceive, and are informed by the Country Men, that faw them bury the Dead next Day, and bring them up into Heaps, there was, as is informed and conceived) about three thousand of theirs slain; and we cannot believe nor we cannot have any Information, to give us Reason to believe, that there was above three hundred of ours slain: And this was to be observed of God's Providence in this Day's Work, that though it began fo improbably, yet before the Close of the Night, which was two Hours (for they began to fight indeed but about four a Clock) we had got the Ground that they were upon, we had gotten the Wind, and we do not know, nor by Infor mation conceive, that there was twenty Men of ours killed by all the King's Cannon: When it was Night, that there could be no fighting, we drew out Forces together, and so likewise did the King; they were then but at a reasonable Distance, it may be three times, or fix times, or some such Distance of this Room; but in the Night, the Forces of the King withdrew up towards the Hill, from whence they came; and my Lord General, amongst others, fent my

self for to bring on those Forces which I told you were a Day's March behind (which was Colonel Hambden, and Colonel Granthani, and


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those Troops of Horse and the Artillery,) and sent to bring them up to him; and about one a Clock at Night or two a Clock, those Forces came to my Lord General, and joyned with the rest of the Army; and when the King had drawn his Forces up the Hill, my Lord General drew us a matter of half a Mile or three quarters of a Mile further from the Hill

, that he might be out of the Power of the Cannon; there we stood to our Arms all the Night, and in the Morning drew our selves out again into the Fields, but we heard no more News of the other Army, more than we saw some scattering Men, of some three or four Troops of Horses on the Top of the Hill, which came to bury the Dead, and take away some of their Cannon, and such things as those were, but they came no more down the Hill, neither that Day nor on Tuesday, tho' there were divers Reports came to us in the Army, and I believe came hither? that there was fighting on Monday and Tues: day, yet there was no fighting, for the King kept on the Top of the Hill, and we came away on Tuesday at four a Clock; fo that we can assure you there was no more Action, than was on the Lord's Day,

Gentlemen, I shall, after I have declared this Narration to you, say no more than this, That certainly my Lord General himself hath deserved as much in this Service, for his Pains, and for his Care, and the particular Success


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that was upon it, as truly I think, ever any Gentleman did ; and in the next place, that as God of his own immediate Providence did thus declare himself for the owning of his own Cause, fo you will not forget to apply your selves to God, to give him the Glory, and to intreat his Blessing upon the future Success

Richard CROMELL's first Speech to his

Parliament, after the Death of OLIVER,
Jan. 27. 1658. in which he makes a short

on his Father; asures them of his Love for Parliaments, and recommends to them the Care of the Publick Peace by providing for War, &c.

My Lords and Gentlemen,
Believe there are scarce

any of you here's who expected some Months since to have feen this great Assembly at this Time, in this Place, in Peace, considering the great and unexpected Change which it hath pleased the all-disposing Hand of God to make in the midst of us ; I can assure you, that if Things had been according to your own Fears, and the Hopes of our Enemies, it had not been thus with us : And therefore it will become both

you and me, in the first place, as to Re


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Verence and Adore the great God, Possessor
of Heaven and Earth, in whose Hands our
Breath is, and whose are all our Ways, bea
cause of his Judgments; fo to acknowledge
him in his Goodness to these Lands, in that
he hath not added Sorrow to Sorrow, and
made the Period of his late Highness's Life,
and that of the Nation's Peace, to have been
in one Day
· Peace was one of the Blessings of my Fa-
ther's Government; a Mercy, after so long
a Civil War, and in the midst of so great Di-
vifion which that War bred, is not usually
afforded by God unto a People in so great a

The Cause of God, and these Nations, which he was ingaged in, met in all the Parts of it, as you well know, with many

Enemies and great Opposition; the Archers, privily and openly, sorely grieved him, and shot at him, yet his Bow abode in Strength; and the Arms of his Hands were made strong by the Hands of the mighty God of Jacob. As to himself,

he died full of Days, spent in great and fore Travail ; yet his Eyes were not waxed dim, neither was his natural Strength abated, as it was said of Moses, he was serviceable even to the last.

As to these Nations he left them in great Honour abroad, and in full Peace at home; all England, Scotland and Ireland dwelling fafely, every Man under his Vine, and un


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