L.c.2106: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692 September 13

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L.c.2106 London 7ber 13th 1692 fforreigne Letters since my last bring the following advice, Ostend the 16th of 7ber the Transport Shipps are still here but the Well boates gone for England some dayes agoe The people of the Countrey presented the Duke of Lyenster with 300 head of Black Cattle for the vse of the Army And there are bought 20000 Bombs & halfe the Number of Carcasses and 50000 Bulletts which are to bee Shot hott ~ into the Towne of Dunkirk with Intent to blow vp the Magazine And in a day or 2 wee recken to begin the Attacque Newporte Ditto 18 Vessells are arrived here from Holland Laden with Stones Brickes & [Parras] mingled among them they being all Designed to bee Sunck att the Enterence of Dunkirk Harbour which will vndoubtedly Spoyle the Porte Wee talke variously of the proceeds that wee shall make against itt And tis said wee shall not beseige itt in forme but Cont ent our Selves only with Bombarding of the Towne & Soyle the Harbour for the present And winter quarter a great many forces ~ about it & demand Contribution of all that parte of fflanders which is vnder the power of ffrance. Yesterday a Messenger arrived Expresse from the King but wee doe not as yet know his Errand but Sayes that some of the Guardes are ordered to Loo whereby wee ~ Conclude that his Maiesty will Suddenly leaue the Army & after some dayes there come for England Yesterday 14 Morters were ~ Shipped off att the Tower for fflanders & this day the Lord Overkirks Regiment of Dutch horse ~ Embarqued for the same Countrey pervse a Letter dated the 16th from [ff...es] that the ffrench: had drawne a great Detachment on one Side Winnixburgh to prevent our Attaque vpon Dunkirke vpon that quarter but theire maine Army Continues behinde the Lyne & that the King designes if the weather permitts to Endeavour to give the ffrench: a defeate by provokeing Luxem burgh to fight & will not leaue the Army soe Soone as he Intended haveing drawne out Severall Detachments to fall vpon & Sirkmish with parte of the Enemyes

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A Speciall Commission of Dyer & Perminer is ordered to bee taken out to bee held on the 26 Instant att the Towne of Winchester in order to Try diuers persons for Embesseling the Kings Stores in his Yard of Portsmouth is being found by the Grand Iury some whereof are officers of the said Yard & will bee Tryed for theire Lives ffalmouth the 8th the Spanish Expedicion Packett boate is come in heere from the Groyne haveing in her way mett & fought a ffrench: Privatteer of 26 Guns for 24 houres when the Privetteer was forced to beare off verey much Shattered and a Dutch Caper has brought in here a ffrench: Prize of about 60 Tuns Laden with Cordage &c for the ffrench: ffleet The Captain of the said Caper Sayes that hee Saw off of the [Seames] 25 great ffrench: men of warr Portsmouth the 11th: Sir Iohn Ashby & vice Admirall Rook are still att Spithead with about 70 Seale of Men of Warr The Princes & Princess of Denmarke come to Towne the beginning of next Weeke Paris the 9th: of 7ber his Maiesty went Yesterday to See King Iames Spouse & theire 2 Children att Ste: ~ [Ierme..s Enlay] but the Kings God daug hter Maria Sovisa is taken Sick of the Convulsions & tis beleived will Scarce recover Vpon advice that the Enemy has a designe to forme Some Seige in fflanders his Maiesty has ordered the ~ Musquateers & other Troopes of ~ of his Household to bee ready to March thitherwards promising to assist himselfe in person Letters from Grenoble of the 4th: Instant say that we are puting that Town into a posture of defence planting 100 Peices of Cannon vpon the Ramparts thereof & 24 Cannon are Carryed from Versailles to assist them thereon The same Letters bring an account that the Duke: of Savoy being Sick of the Small Pox att Ambrum has ordered Count Caparara notwithstanding his ~ Indisposition to pursue the proiected ~ designes with the Army as if hee were ~ present att the head of them & declared in Case of Mortallity that the vigorous Prince ~ [Dugen] of Savoy his nearest relacion for want of Issue Maie Succeed him in his ~~ Territoryes & new Conquests & that hee pursue the warr to the vtmost without ever harking to a Peace with the ffrench: King without ioynt Consent of all the Allies These Letters add that 3 [...] are arrived from the New Converts of Lontongue with an address to the ffrench: King- wherein they declare theire Abhorrance of the Duke: of Savoyes coming in an Hostile manner into the Kingdome of ffrance: and that they would with theire vtmost power Endeavour to represse the same & remaine firme & Inviolable to the Interest of his Maiesty but with all desired liberty of Conscience The right honourable Earle of Montague was the Close of the last weeke married with the Dutches of Albemarle being an Extraordinary great ffortune Shee haveing 6000li per & Annum besides a vast Summe of money & Iules = This day the Lord Newburgh was marryed with the Lord Brutnells daughter haueing a porcion of 12000[li]: with her = This day Admirall Russell came into the Counsell & gave the Queene an account: of This Summers Service att sea = This day Sir: Ralph Dellevall came to Towne - The

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forces and his Maiesty has sent orders to the Duke: of Lynster in what manner to come into the fight a Signall being agreed upon betwixt them ~ soe that wee may Suddenly Expect to heare of some accord on that Side as alsoe in Hungary parte of the Turkesh forces haveing passed the Save & the Grand Visier following with the rest & Prince Lewis advanceing with the Imperiall Army to meet him

To The honourable Sir Richard: Newdigate Baronet at Arbury near Coventry 4

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