We must confess that H. P. a Barrister of Lincolns Inn made a slight Answer to Ienkins, but being ashamed to set down his Name, we will not trouble the Reader with it, but leave it to the Lawyers.
But this man endured from time to time strict Imprisonment in most of the Goals at London, was arreigned at the Sessions in the Old Baily, at the Kings Bench Bar, and where not? and is now at liberty, legally answering to all the Exceptions against him.
We enter this year with the military affairs of the English Army (for the Scots are gone) modelled into less,* and sixty thousand pounds a Moneth setled for their pay, as also for the Transport and Page 979 Maintenance of these to be imployed into Ireland, viz. eight thou∣sand Foot, and two thousand Horse. And in these Commissioners are appointed to treat with the General at Saffron Walden in Cam∣bridgshire, and the Advance-money was borrowed of the City, no less than two hundred thousand pounds.
The Officers met, five and fourty of them, and resolve,
That they were not resolved concerning the engaging in the Service of Ireland with those under their Command; yet they shall be ready to fur∣ther and advance it amongst those under their Commands. But con∣clude in four Questions.
- 1. Under whose Conduct in chief those (who are to engage for Ire∣land) shall go?
- 2. What particular Forces of this Armie are to be continued in Eng∣land?
- 3. What Assurance of Subsistence and Pay to those that engage for Ireland during their stay there?
- 4. When shall the Armie receive their Arrears and Indempnitie for past Services in England?
And thus heated, a Petition is drawn into Heads:
For provision for Indempnitie,* the Arrears to be paid, that the Foot Souldiers may not be prest out of the Kingdom, nor Horsmen compelled to serve on Foot, their Widows and Children to be relieved, and (untill the Armie be disbanded) that they may receive Pay to discharge Quarters, and not to burden the Countrey.
To this Petition were Subscribers, increasing daily into Thou∣sands, and to be preferred by Lieutenant General Hamond, Colonel Hamond, Ireton, and Rich, and others who are sent for to the Par∣liament, and ere they come the Parliament declare,
Their high dislike of that Petition, and their approbation and esteem of their good Service who first discovered it: but if the Subscribers for∣bear to proceed any further therein, they shall be retained in the Parlia∣ments good opinion: and that those who shall continue in their distem∣pered condition shall be proceeded against as Enemies to the State.
But all things were pieced for the present, and not till the Gene∣ral was angry, who sends a Letter to some Members, and to this effect,
That there is another Petition on foot in the Countie of Essex against this Armie, and which was read in several Churches yesterday by the Mi∣nisters Page 980 to get Hands thereto. The Souldiers, specially the Horse, are much troubled at this, and crie out, Why may not we petition, as to see Petitions▪ subscribed in an indirect manner against us, and that under our Noses? The Horse here about talk of drawing to a Rendezvouz to compose something of Vindication, &c.
Walden, April 5.