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comittee, to compel obedience, if neede require, to the orders and
comands of Parliam', and to leuy and receiue for them all such
sumes of mony as any fiue or more of the said comittee shall under
theire hands giue warrante for and estreate out unto them. Alsoe
the said comittee shall be aydinge and assistinge to the governor of
the said garrison, as oft as neede shall require, in raysinge and
summoninge the countye for strengtheninge the garrison.

It is the true intent and meaninge of this ordinance that nothinge
shallbee altered by this comittee, unlesse fiue of them att the least be
present att the debate thereof at Aylesbury.



G.

(Bee page 237.)
By the King,

A Proclamation, by his Majestic, requiring the Aid and Assistance
of all His Subjects on the North-side Trent, and within twenty
Miles Southward thereof, for the suppressing of the Eebels, now
marching against Him.

WHEREAS divers Persons, bearing an inward Hatred and Malice
against Our Person and Government, and ambitious of Eule and
places of Preferment and Command, have raised an Army, and are
now trayterously and rebelliously, (though under the specious
pretence of Our Eoyall Name and Authority, and of the defence of
Our Person and Parliament,) marching in Battell Array, against Us
their Liege Lord and Soveraign, contrary to their Duty and



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Allegiance, whereby the common Peace is like to be wholly
destroyed, and this flourishing Kingdom in danger to perish under
the miseries of a Civill War, if the Malice and Bage of these Persons
be not instantly resisted : And as we do, and must relie on Almighty
God (the Protector and Defender of his Anointed) to defend Us, and
Our good People, against the Malice and Pernicious designes of these
men, tending to the utter ruiue of our Person, the true Protestant
Eeligion, the Laws established, the Property and Liberty of the
Subject, and the very Being of Parliaments ; So we doubt not but
Our good People will in this necessity Contribute unto Us, with all
Alacrity and Cheerfulnesse, their assistance in their Persons,
Servants, and Money, for the suppression of the same Rebellion ;
And therein We cannot but with much contentment of heart acknow-
ledge the Love and Affection of Our Subjects of Our County of
York, and divers other Counties, in their free and ready assistance
of Us, which We shall never forget ; and Our Posterity will, as We
hope, ever remember, for their good.

Neverthelesse, in this our extream necessitie, though we have been
most unwilling, We are now inforced, for Our most just and
necessary Defence, again to call and invite them, and all other Our
Subjects of the (rue Protestant Religion, reciding on the North-side
of Trent, or within twenty Miles Southward thereof, whose hearts
God Almighty shall touch with a true sence and apprehension of
Our sufferings, and of the ill use, which the Contrivers and Fomenters
of this Rebellion have made of Our Clemency, and desire of Peace,
That according to their Allegiance, and as they tender the safety of
Our Person, the Property of their Estates, their just Liberties, the
true Protestant Religion, and Priviledges of Parliament, and indeed
the very Being of Parliaments, they attend Our Person upon
Munday, the two and twentieth day of this instant August, at Our
Town of Nottingham, Where, and when We intend to erect Our
Standard Royall, in Our just and necessary Defence, and whence
We resolve to advance forward for the suppression of the said
Rebellion, and the Protection of Our good Subjects amongst them,
from the burthen of the Slavery and Insolence, under which they
cannot but groan, till they be relieved by Us.

And We likewise call, and invite all Our Subjects, of the true
Protestant Religion, in the remoter parts of this Our Kingdom, to
whom notice of this Our Proclamation cannot so soon arive, That
with all speed possible, as they tender the forenamed Considerations,
they attend Our Person in such Place as we shall then happen to
Encamp ; And such of Our said Subjects, as shall come unto Us
(either to Our said Town of Nottingham, or to any other place, where
VVe shall happen to Encamp) Armed, and Arrayed, with Horse,
Pistolls, Muskets, Pikes, Corslets, Horses for Dragoons, or other
fitting Arms and Furniture, We shall take them into Our Pay,
(such of them excepted, who shall be willing, as Volon tiers, to serve
Us in this Our necessity without Pay.) And whosoever shall, in
this Our Danger and Necessity, supply Us either by Guift, or Loan
of Money, or Plate, for this Our necessary Defence (wherein they
also are so neerly concerned) We shall, as soon as God shall enable
Us, repay whatsoever is so lent, and upon all Occasions Remember,



382 APPENDIX.

and Be ward those Our good Subjects, according to the measure of
their Love, and Affections to Us and their Countrey.

Given at Our Court at York the twelfth day of August, in the
eighteenth yeer of Our Reign, 1642.



H.

(See page 301.)

A Great Wonder in Heaven, shewing the late Apparitions and
Prodigious Noyses of War and Battels, seen on Edge-Hill,
neere Keinton in Northamptonshire. Certified under the
Hands of WILLIAM WOOD, Esquire, and Justice for the Peace
in the said Countie, SAMUEL MARSHALL, Preacher of GODS
Word in Keinton, and other Persons of Qualitie. London ;
Printed for Thomas Jackson, Jan. 23, Anno Dona. 1642.

' THAT there hath beene, and ever will be, Laruse, Spectra, and such
' like apparitions, namely, Ghosts and Goblins, hath beene the
' opinion of all the famousest Divines of the Primitive Church, and
' is, (though oppugned by some,) the received Doctrine of diver.s
' learned men at this day ; their opinion being, indeed, ratified and
' confirmed by divers Texts of Scripture, as the Divells possessing
' the Swine, and the men possessed with Divells, in the Acts of the
' Apostles, that came out of them, and beat the Exorcists, by which
' it is evidently confirmed that those legions of erring angels that
' fell with their great Master Lucifer, are not all confined to the
' locall Hell, but live scattered, here and there, dispersed in the
' empty regions of the ayre, as thicke as motes in the Sunne ; and
' those are the things which our too superstitious ancestors called
' Elves, and Goblins, Furies, and the like, such as were those who
' appeared to Macbeth, the after King of Scotland, and foretold him
' of his fortunes both in life and death. It is evident, besides, that
' the Divell can condense the ayre into any shape he pleaseth, as hee
' is a subtill spirit, thin and open, and rancke himselfe into any forme
' or likenesse, as Saint Augustin, Prudentius, Hieronimus, Cyril,
' Saint Basil the Great, and none better than our late Soveraigne
' King James, of ever-living memory, in his Treatise de Demonologia,
' hath sufficiently proved. But, to omit circumstance and preamble ;
' no man that thinkes hee hath a soule, but will verily and con-
' fidently believe that there are divells ; and so, consequently, such
' divells as appeare either in premonstrance of Gods Judgements, or
' as fatall Embassadours to declare the message of mortality and
' destruction to offending nations, and hath, in Germany and other
' places, afflicted afterwards with the horror of a civill and forraigne
' warres, notoriously manifested.

' But to our purpose. Edge-Hill, in the very confines of Warwick -
' shire, neere unto Keynton in Northamptonshire, a place, as



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' appeares by the sequele, destined for civill warres and battells ;
' as where King John fought a battell with his Barons, and where,
' in defence of the Kiugdomes lawes and libertie, was fought a
' bloody conflict between his Majesties and the Parliaments forces ;
* at this Edge-Hill, in the very place where the battell was struckeu,
' have since, and doth appeare, strange and portent uous Apparitions
' of two jarring and contrary Armies, as I shall in order deliver, it
' being certified by the men of most credit in those parts, as William
' Wood, Esquire, Samuel Marshall, Minister, and others, on Saturday,
' which was in Christmas time, as if the Saviour of the world, who
' died to redeem mankinde, had beene angry that so much Christian
' blood was there spilt, and so had permitted these infernall Armies
' to appeare where the corporeall Armies had shed so much blood ;
' between twelve and one of the clock in the morning was heard
' by some sheepherds, and other countrey-men, and travellers, first
' the sound of drummes afar off, and the noyse of soulders, as it were,
' giving out their last groan es ; at which they were much amazed, and
' amazed stood still, till it seemed, by the neerenesse of the noyse, to
' approach them ; at which too much affrighted, they sought to
' withdraw as fast as possibly they could ; but then, on the sudden,
' whilest they were in these cogitations, appeared in the ayre the
' same incorporeall souldiers that made those clamours, and imrne-
' diately, with Ensignes display'd, Drummes beating, Musquets
; going off, Cannons discharged, Horses neyghing, which also to these
' men were visible, the alarum or entrance to this game of death
' was strucke up, one Army, which gave the first charge, having the
' Kings colours, and the other the Parliaments, in their head or
' front of the battells, and so pell mell to it they went ; the battell
' that appeared to the Kings forces seeming at first to have the best,
' but afterwards to be put into apparent rout ; but till two or three
' in the morning in equall scale continued this dreadful fight, the
' clattering of A rmes, noyse of Cannons, cries of souldiers, so amazing
' and terrifying the poore men, that they could not believe they were
' mortall, or give credit to their eares and eyes ; runne away they
' durst not, for feare of being made a prey to these infernall souldiers,
' and so they, with much feare and affright, stayed to behold the
' successe of the busiuesse, which at last suited to this effect : after
' some three houres fight, that Army which carryed the Kings
' colours withdrew, or i-ather appeared to flie ; the other remaining.
' as it were, masters of the field, stayed a good space triumphing, and
' expressing all the signes of joy and conquest, and then, with all
' their Drummes, Trumpets, Ordnance, and Souldiers, vanished ; the
' poore men glad they were gone, that had so long staid them there
' against their wils, made with all haste to Keinton, and there
'knocking up Mr. Wood, a Justice of Peace, who called up his
' neighbour, Mr. Marshall, the Minister, they gave them an account
' of the whole passage, and averred it upon their oaths to be true.
' At which affirmation of theirs, being much amazed, they should
' hardly have given credit to it, but would have conjectured the
' men to have been either mad or drunk, had they not knowne some
' of them to have been of approved integritie : and so, suspending
' their judgments till the next night about the same houre, they, with



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' the same men, and all the substantiall Inhabitants of that and the
' neighbouring parishes, drew thither ; where, about halfe an houre
' after their arrivall, on Sunday, being Christmas night, appeared in
' the same tumultuous warlike manner, the same two adverse Armies,
' fighting with as much spite and spleen as formerly : and so departed
' the Gentlemen and all the spectatours, much terrified with these
' visions of horrour, withdrew themselves to their houses, beseeching
' God to defend them from those hellish and prodigious enemies.
' The next night they appeared not, nor all that week, so that the
' dwellers thereabout were in good hope they had for ever departed ;
' but on the ensuing Saturday night, in the same. place, and at the
' same houre, they were again scene with far greater tumult, fighting
' in the manner afore-mentioned for foure houres, or verie neere, and
' then vanished, appearing againe on Sunday night, and performing
' the same actions of hostilitie and bloudshed ; so that both Mr.
' Wood and others, whose faith, it should seeme, was not strong
' enough to carrie them out against these delusions, forsook their
( habitations thereabout, and retired themselves to other more secure
' dwellings ; but Mr, Marshall stayed, and some other ; and so
( successively the next Saturday and Sunday the same tumults and
' prodigious sights and actions were put in the state and condition
' they were formerly. The rumour whereof comming to his
( Majestic at Oxford, he immediately dispatched thither Colonell
' Lewis Kirke, Captaine Dudley, Captaine "Wainmau, and three
' other Gentlemen of credit, to take the full view and notice of the
' said businesse, who, first hearing the true attestation and relation
' of Mr. Marshall and others, staid there till Saturday night follow-
' ing, wherein they heard and saw the fore-mentioned prodigies, and
' so on Sunday, distinctly knowing divers of the apparitions or
' incorporeall substances by their faces, as that of Sir Edmund
' Varney, and others that were there slaine ; of which upon oath
' they made testimony to his Majestic. What this does portend
' God only knoweth, and time perhaps will discover ; but doubtlessly
' it is a signe of his wrath against this Land, for these civill wars,
' which He in his good time finish, and send a sudden peace between
' his Majestic and Parliament. FINIS,'



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