Baxter - BX5207 B3 A2 1696

42 r he LIFE of the King : SoI bid my Haft (Mr. Dailey the Town Clark) and any Friends farewell, and never came to Gloucefter more. WhenI came homeI found the beggarly drunken Rowt in a very tumultuating Difpofition, and the Superiors that were for the King did animate them, and the People of the Place who were accounted Religious were called Roundheads, and openly reviled, and threatned as the King's Enemies (who had never medled in any Caufe againfl the Kings) Every drunken Sot that met any of them in the Streets, would tell them, [ we Atilt take an order with the Puritans ere long.] And jute asat their Shews, and Wakes; and Stage-plays, when the Drink and the Spirit ofRyot did work together in their Heads, and the Crowd encouraged one ano- ther, fo was it with them now ; they were like tyed Mafliffs newly loofed, and fled in the Face of all that was religious, yea, or Civil, which came in their way. It was the undoing of the King and $ilhops that thisParty was encouraged by the Leaders in the Countrey againi thecivil religious Party. Yet, after the Lord's Daywhen they had heard the Sermon they woulda while becalmed, till they came to the Alehoufe again, or heard any of their Leaders hifs them on, or heard a Rab- ble cry, [Down with the Round-beak.] And when the Warsbegan, almoft all theta Drunkards went into the King's Army, and were quickly killed, fo that fcarcea Man of them came home again and furvived the War. g 6o. All this time, the King having marched fromNottingham to Shrewsbury, had there very fuccesfully made up his Army, efpecially out of Shroplhire, War- cefterfhire, Herefordfbire and Wales, though many came alfo out of other Parts: And the Earl of Effix's Army was filledup, and was marching down towards Wercefter. The Fury of the Rabblewas fo hot athome, that I was fain to withdraw again, and being with one Mr. Hunt near Inkborougb, there came a Party of the Earl of Effix's Army before the reft, toblock up the Lord Bryon in Worcefer, till the Earl ofEfx came to take him there. This Party lay in a Meadow near Pówitk, above a Mile fromWorcefter, Mr. Hunt, with other Countreymenbringing them in Pro- vifton ; I had a great 'mind to go fee them, havingnever feenany part of an Ar- my Asfoon as I came, a Meffenger came out of Worcefter fecretly, to tell them that the Lord Bryon wasmounted and ready to be gone: Hereupon, the Comman- ders ( Col. Brown a Scot, Col. Edwin Sans of Kent, and Col. Nash. Fienes, Capt. yob. Pieces, and Capt. Wingate ) confulted what was to bedone; Brown and Sands were hot for the leaving of their Ground (where they were fecure by a River) and prefently to purfue the Enemy : The rat faid, ThisMeffage may be a Deceit, to draw us into a Snare ; let us firft fend Scouts, and fee how it is. But the other prevailed, and over the Bridge they went ; (being all horfe and Dragoons) and by that time they hadpall a narrow Lane, and halfof them entred a Field beyond it, they found the King's Horfe under the Command of Prince Rupert drawn up ready to charge them (when they knew not whom they fought with, nor knew that Prince Rupert was within twentyMiles of them) fo he charged them before the cell came in, and Col. Sands was wounded and taken Prifoner, and died of. his Wounds ; andMajor Douglas flain, and the refi fled ; and though the Enemy purfued them no farther than the Bridge, yet fled they in grievous terror to Par- there, and the Earl of Effix's Life Guard lying there, took theAllarm that the Ene- my was following them, and away they went. This Sight quickly told me the Vanity of Armies, and how little Confidence is to be placed in them. § 6a. Upon this, Prince Rupert fetchtoff theLord Byron andmarcht away ; and the next Day the Earl of Efes came to Warcefter, with many Lords and Knights, and a flourilhing Army, gallantly cloathed, but never tried in Fight. There were with his Army, as Chaplains to the feveral Regiments, abundance of famous, excellent Divines ; viz. Mr. Stephen Mardedll and Dr. Barges to the Earl of Effix's Regiments, Mr. Obelisk Sedgwick to Col. Hollis's Regiment, Dr. Ca- libute Downing to the Lord Roberts's Regiment, Mr. yob. Sedgwick to the Earl of Stamfard's Regiment, Dr. Sparrow, to Mr. Hampden', Mr. Perkins to Col. Goodwin's, Mr.Moor to the LordWharton's, Mr. Adoniram Bii ield to Sir Henry Cbolmley's, Mr. Nakao to Col. Grantham's, Mr. Simeon AP, to the Lord Brooks or the Earl of Man. ebefter's, (I remember not whether) Mr. Morton of Newcaftle, with Sir Arthur Ha- flrigg's Troop; with many more. Mr. Bifieldand Mr. Moor quartered with us at Kiderminfter , where were the Regiments of Col. Efes, the Lord Wharton, Sir HenryCbolmeley, and the Lord Brooks at- Beudeley : while they quartered there, the King's Army was upon the March from Shrewsbury towards Oxford: Their way lying through Wolverhampton, fome óf their Scoots appeared on the Top of Edge,