Rob Goodwin Letter dated 26 June 1643

To my highly honoured
Colonell Sir Thomas
Barrington att his
House in Queene
Streete
I
Present

London

Honoured Sir,

You shall understand that this present Monday morning, being the 26 of June, we received the sad tidings of Colonel Hamdens death; he died on Saturday night last.; it being to all honest men a cause of much reluctation and sorrow this day likewise was read in the howse a proclamation which came from Oxford, granting pardon to all members of either howse that would come in to Oxford within ten daies excepting out of that pardon only 5 Lords and 13 Commoners the Earles of Essex Warwick Manchester Stamford and my Lord Say and Seale; Sir John Hotham, Sir Ac: Haselrigg, Sir ffran: Popham, Sir Ed: Hungerford, Sir Hen: Lindloc??, Mr Pym, Mr Strode, Mr Natha: Fiennes, Mr Alex: Popham, Mr Hamden, My Lord Major Colonel Mann the proclamation did seeme to anihilate this Parliament; the Lords voted that they would maintaine this Parliament with their lives and sent it downe at the conference; and do fixed a declaration might be sett forth concerning this proclamation; our howse did concur; my Lord General is yet at Tame; but we had this day an intimation given us by Mr Pym that he would goe forward upon some designe tomorrow : some commanders in the armie doe refuse the Covenant, I wish the number be not many; I cannot write you any good newes our forces at Leister have taken some of their Commanders ; my Lord Fairfax is in great want of horse ; the Queene advanceth: the last night the Cavaliers plundered Wickham and tooke a troope of my Lo: Generals horse; and this City tooke an alarum upon it and were up in armes all night: Colonel Martin’s regiment is to goe downe to the armie with all convenient speede: there is nothing yet done in your Committee since you want although I pressed it for the other armies which concerns Essex I will doe anything you shall command: I have nothing else for the present thus in hast my humble service being presented to your selfe and my Ladie I take my leave and with ease rest

June 26 1643                           Yours to Serve you

I beseech you present my
service to Sir John and
his Ladie and all the rest
of the Ladies./

Rob: Goodwin