• warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
  • warning: Memcache::connect() [function.Memcache-connect]: Can't connect to 127.0.0.1:11211, Connection refused (111) in /data/sites/www.easternassociation.com/sites/all/modules/memcache/dmemcache.inc on line 351.
October 14, 1642
October 14, 1642

From to

Dear Anne,

I thank you for your Letter – God’s blessings on you for sending it, with news of Father, and of you. Regarding the Weather, there are Blankets, at my Mother’s house in Huntingdon; they are in a trunk in the room where I slept. I will ask that she send them to you. Also Sergeant Kilmister says, that my wretch of a Brother (Sydney) kept the Loom-works well-supplied with Sea-Coal, for the comfort of the Weavers against the Cold Winters of the Fen; but since these Craftsmen are now Troopers of Captain Cromwell, that Surplus can be spared for you and Father! Mrs Kilmister will act as your agent, and keep you well-supplied. And please, with the Money I have left for you with Mother, buy a Coat, and a Cloak and Hat; I pray you will do so; your good health is precious, to my Father, and to others besides.

Our Troop is with the Army of Lord Essex, in the brigade of Horse under the command of Sir Philip Stapleton, who commands the bodyguard of Lord Essex. We are north of Worcester, along the Severn between Kidderminster and Bewdley, both Towns Garrisoned by Parliament; Essex believes the King means to march from his camp at Shrewsbury, and Assault us at Worcester, whose walls are weak. Prince Rupert is said to be nearby, waiting an opportunity to deliver a blow as he did at Powick in September. He is said to have with him a Dog, that speaks to Devils, and whispers to him military secrets of great significance, and that through Black Arts will guide him to Victory.

I will tell you in confidence – and in the strictest confidence, Anne, I beg you – that Captain Cromwell thinks little of Essex’s plan. Capt Cromwell observes that the Country here consists of Fields, enclosed by Hedges; ground that would constrain the ability of Foot to order themselves in significant Array; and more importantly would constrain the ability of Horse to combine and maneuver and charge. He believes the King is marching, not south toward Worcester, but west toward Birmingham, and the open country where Rupert’s horse – more powerful than ours, it must be admitted – would have the advantage, and the road to London then open. He has said as much to Sir Philip, in a manner brusque, yet courteous; Sir Philip thanks him for his Counsel, then sends us to trot about the muddy, wretched roads seeking the Devilish Dog of Rupert.

But such is War, Anne, as I learned it in America, it consists for the most part of waiting for the Enemy to make some mistake, with the Victory going to he whose mistakes are the Fewest.

You said in your Letter, you wished to know more of my life in America. What, pray? You may ask me anything.

I am and remain your humble servant,

Lieutenant Edmund Holyfen, the Troop of Captain Cromwell, North of Worcester

 

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