[Certen] instruct[ions, obseruati]ons and orders militarie, requisit for all chieftaines, captaines [and?] higher and lower men of charge, [and officers] to vnderstand, [knowe and obserue]
Smythe, John, Sir, ca. 1534-1607.

Speaches to be vsed to a broad square, or to any ordered troupe of harquebuziers being in a straight or ground of aduantage, where horsmen cannot charge them.

WHen a good number of harquebuziers are redu∣ced into a square or troupe formed not in rankes oblique but by right line to flanke a breach or to make head against the enemie in some straight or passage, or that the place is such and of that strength for the guard of the harquebuziers that it is more requisit that they should make resistance against the enemie in some square or troupe formed then any waies disseuered or in troupes Page  147 confused, then the leaders vppon the approch of the ene∣mie are to say vnto them Discharge soldiors & to your knees, and charge againe volee after volee:* which beeing by them heard, the first and second ranke being in rankes of conue∣nient distances, are at one instant to giue a volee as neere as they can, taking their sightes at point and blank, which be∣ing doone, they ought in an instant to fall vppon one of their knees and to charge againe while the third and fourth rankes doo likewise giue their volees, which being by them performed, they ought in like manner to kneele downe and charge their peeces, giuing place to the fist, and sixt ranks to discharge their peeces ouer all their heads, which being performed throughout the whole hearse or troupe, sauing that the two hinder rankes shall not need to kneele bicause there are none behind them to shoot ouer their heads, then all the first rankes that haue charged their peeces againe are to stand vp & to giue volee after volee, and so to their knees againe, and to giue place to the hindermost rankes to dis∣charge their peeces ouer their heads according to the for∣mer prescribed order: But to the intent that two ranks may the better giue a volee both at one instant without daunge∣ring the one the other as aforesaid, it were requisit that eue∣ry second ranke should be reduced oblique as aforesaid to the ranke preceeding, for otherwise there can but only one ranke discharge at a time vnlesse their rankes be very thin.