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and noble nature-occupied an entrenched camp. I must conclude, your loving friend, RICHARD The assault was led by the Bideford and Barnstaple GBENVILLE." contingent, who arrived on the ground first. Hopton This letter was written at a place called Fitzford, was defeated, and one thousand stand of arms taken. a mansion close adjoining the ancient town of As a consequence of this, our siege was again raised, Tavistock, and not, I am told, above a mile or so the Cavaliers being forced to flee with such haste from Crowndale, the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. that they left behind them three great guns and A very scornful and haughty reply was the return some powder. Sir Ralph's headquarters were at given by the garrison to this missive. They told Saltash, of whose powerful women I have before him they should have only answered him with written. We hired a Newcastle ship to batter him silence, save that he intended to publish his own at that place, but the master of it failed of his letter; they declared their satisfaction that he had bargain, and meanly betrayed his trust.
become an open foe, rather than remained a preAgain we had some weeks after this of compara- tended friend. They somewhat shielded the King tive quiet, and no news was sent from this town to from the blame of the war, alleging that his mis. the Parliament, the commanders being “more de- chievous counsellors had rendered him cruel to his sirous to serve their God and country than to cackle subjects. One or two sentences of this letter were like hens on the laying of every egg.' Yet in one of both pithy and trite. “ As for our proposing condithe sallies that took place, Colonel Digby, of the tions of peace, we shall most gladly do it, when it malignants, received a rapier wound in the eye, and may advance the public service; but to do it, to the the conduct of the siege fell into the hands of Sir enemies of peace, though we have been thereto Richard Grenville, that champion his young rela- formerly invited, yet hath it pleased the Disposer of tive, whom I captured with his colours, was so proud all things to preserve us from the necessity of it, of, but to whom the people of this town feel no and to support us against all the fury of the en. great love.
raged enemy. The same God is still our rock and Now a great calamity befel us, in the death of our refuge, under whose wings we doubt not of protecesteemed and noble commander, Colonel William tion and safety, when the seducers of king Gould, a man of high authority and of great force of shall fall and die, and that name which by such oharacter. All of us who could be spared attended the courses is sought to be perpetual in honour shall service, when one of our chaplains, the Rev. Stephen end in ignominy." The letter concluded thus: Midhope, improved the occasion of his death. Colonel “Whereas you mind us of the lost condition of our Wardlaw is incapacitated by disease, incurred during town, sure it cannot be you should be so truly perthis war, so that the command is put in commission suaded of it, as they are of your personal, who subto the Mayor, Colonel Crocker, and Lieutenant-scribe themselves, and so remain friends to the Colonel Marten, till & commander-in-chief is
faithful.” pointed by the Parliament. On the 15th of March, In Sir Richard's letter was enclosed a book en. before Colonel Gould's death, Sir Richard Grenvillé titled “The Iniquity of the Covenant.” We were sent a letter into the town addressed to the colonel, summoned to the burning of this volume,,which officers, and soldiers of the fort, and to the town took effect in the market-place of the town, which itself.
is situate near unto the great church. It was done The Tonkins have much to tell me of this gentle by the common hangman, and by order received man, and so have many of our officers and men who from the Council of War. An immense crowd of belong to the place. For he was supposed to be townspeople and soldiery gathered at this burning. favourable to the Parliament, and, indeed, declared It was a beautiful spring day, the air soft and balmy, himself for it, and was even offered the government the sunshine fresh and bright, and the flames leaped of Plymouth by them. And, though I esteem it a up sportively amongst the leaves of the book, but possible thing for men to wisely turn from a bad the faces of many of the older men and women were unto a good cause, yet for a man who has been in a gloomy and anxious, and the children were chidden good cause to turn therefrom unto a bad, is surely when they indulged in merry play. worse than foolish.
Men do generally abhor a turn- Proclamation was then made that all those who coat, and the feeling of the town towards this Sir had any of these books, and did not bring them Richard is unmistakable, amounting to bitter hatred forth, should be held and dealt with as enemies to with many, and scorn and contempt in almost all the the State and town. rest,
To Colonel Marten was now given the authority, “ Skellum Grenville," “ Renegado Grenville," are and we had reason to rejoice that we had over us a his common names amongst us, unless worse ones commander of so much decision and vigour. He are used. In his letter he excused himself for turn- acted upon the offensive, to prevent the enemy from ing from one party to the other, and gave certain taking up close quarters again, but the Cavaliers reasons for doing so-viz., the non-payment of his drew their circle around us nearer and nearer. men in the service of the Parliament, and the sec- Colonel Gould had been a rigid man, stern and taries that infested the Protestant religion, and severe to offenders against God's laws: he purged made the war an occasion of their own advancement. our army from swearers, drunkards, and abominable He ended by counselling the town to lay aside its livers, causing the town and garrison to be very rebellion against the King, and propose a peace. careful in observing the Lord's day and days of “Thus," said he, my affection urgeth me to im- humiliation, and to be frequently present at the part unto you, out of the great desire I have, rather ordinances of the Lord of hosts. And now our to regain my lost old friends by love than by force new Colonel was of equal decision in these matters, to subject them to ruin, and on that consideration and with more daring and energy, which suited us
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well. For we were tired of being inactive, and “ To prevent the effusion of Christian blood, I do greatly desired to do some mighty act that should hereby require you immediately to deliver Mount deliver us from our persistent foe.
Edgecumbe House unto me for the use of the King We were well pleased to hear that the town has and Parliament. And you shall have fair quarter, gotten the name of “Tough old Plymouth” from which, if you shall refuse, I have acquitted myself the malignants, and we are the last, to the shame of from the guilt of the blood which may be spilt in these two counties, it must be owned, that adhere to obtaining my just desire. the Parliament in either Devon or Cornwall.
“ ROBERT MARTEN. Colonel Marten first determined to make an “Passage, May 15, 1644. assault upon St. Budeaux. This is a little village “To the Governor of Mount Edgecumbe House, north-west of the town, where there were stationed these.” 500 Cavaliers. They had garrisoned the church Our landing was effected at the Warren. At this tower, and made various other preparations for de- place there were mounted three small guns, which fence. Colonel Marten ordered a party of 600 to ad used greatly to annoy our boats going to Stonevance upon this place, while at the same time he sent house. In this expedition I was given the command some horse to Plympton, as if we were to encounter of a detachment, for, besides our captain and a the besiegers there. This was but a feint. Our lieutenant, there were no other officers to be spared men got separated, which was disastrous at first, to this duty; and my men captured these guns at but our foot rallied, captured the church tower, the outset with much ready bravery, the gunners spite of its defenders, took two officers and forty- retreating to the house. four other prisoners, as well as some powder, horses, The Colonel's summons produced no result; he and arms.
therefore ordered us to press onward, leaving a party And now there was swift exchange of shot and to watch the garrison of Mount Edgecumbe, which sword. Only three days later we beat up the was defended by musketeers. We assaulted Maker enemy's quarters at Newbridge, on the way to Church tower, and took it, wherein was a barrel of Plympton. Here our forlorn-hope disobeyed orders powder. This church standeth on a height overin their too great zeal, and fell on while yet the looking the sea, and has a most fair prospect on reliefs were a mile behind. They beat the Cavaliers every side. It has been much used for years past as from hedge to hedge, and captured a breastwork in a beacon and signal tower, on account of its comadvance of the bridge. But, their powder being manding situation. I could but reflect, amidst the spent, they were compelled to retreat before the bustle and turmoil of our action, what a rude conenemy's main strength. Yet only two men were trast was presented to the exquisitely lovely scenery wounded. This was on the 19th of April. On the around. I could but remember how much Lettice 21st another small skirmish took place, an attack would like to be here with me, in happier times, for being made from Prince Rock upon the malignants the hawthorn bushes were white and fragrant at Pomphlet Mill, but some prisoners and, what around us, and I saw how the bluebells nestled in we needed more, some provisions, were brought in. the glades of the park as we passed; their little blue
Our next encounter was at Trenaman's Jump. We heads dancing to the soft, warm courting of the issued from Hopton's work, an old fortification of spring breezes; and the heights were golden with our besiegers, opposite our fort of Maudlyn. We the furze blossoms, and the fragrance of them was were one thousand foot and a hundred horse, with warm and sweet; while the sky was dotted here four hundred musketeers and twenty-five horse, to and there with larks, who, as they rose and fell in prevent a flank attack ; these were stationed in the the bright clear air, sang as if nothing could ever ways about the village of Compton. We had here a come and destroy God's peace and goodwill to man. signal triumph, through the mercy of God, for we And if I had other thoughts, of her who was herself beat the enemy thoroughly, and brought back one a human blossom of this most charming southern hundred prisoners, notwithstanding attempts were land, if I longed to be roaming here with her in made at a rescue. We only lost one man, and he peaceful days, when no cruel fate should divide ur, an unskilful soldier.
and when my words of love might be tenderly But our next adventure, as it has an especial breathed forth to her in a scene that was little short interest for me, will, I know, be of as especial an' of an earthly paradise, surely I shall be forgiven. interest to the readers of this at Brier Grange, Our thoughts are swifter than our actions, else I and I must endeavour, therefore, to be the more should not have had time to muse thus, in the midst particular in my narration thereof.
of deeds that required quick intelligence and the Colonel Marten thought it good to make an effort oversight of others. Next we marched through a for Mount Edgecumbe, now in the hands of sturdy series of God's pictures, lying all around and above Royalists. This fair mansion, situate in extensive us on sea and earth and sky, to a fort at Cawsand, and beautiful grounds, is on the western shores of a fishing village lying nestled in the shores of the the bay, and whoever possesses it has large power to bay of that name, and so on through flowery further or hinder the entrance of ships into Plymouth meadows and lanes to Millbrook, another village Sound and Millbay Pool, as well as the parts of the further west. This place was entrenched and garsea more closely commanded by our fort. Captain risoned by two hundred and fifty men, but we Haynes was ordered across from Cremill Point to carried it. Thence we marched to Inceworth, where Mount Edgecumbe, our Colonel himself following us the fort was abandoned on the approach of our with twenty horse. We were three hundred.
victorious forces. The Colonel first despatched the following sum- But our captures, unfortunately, could not be mons to the mansion :
held. For the Cavaliers, enraged at our successes,
got speedily together, and came down upon us in releases them from the obligation to serve him. And force from their head-quarters on the Cornish side also that our jealousy for the Constitution of Eng. of the Tamar at Saltash ; so that Colonel Marten, land is a godly jealousy, deserving of commendation; thinking he had given them enough for one day, and that as no man has these rights now, but by the and not wishing to lose his booty, retreated. We careful work of the ages that are past, since this had taken two hundred prisoners and twelve pieces nation was a kingdom, so no man has a right of cannon—a great loss for them and a great gain lightly to let them slip from his grasp, but should
cherish and maintain them for this nation's inheriOn the road back he assaulted Mount Edgecumbe, tance in the future. but here we
were repulsed. We burnt the ban- Dick and I have many earnest discourses on these queting-hall and out offices, but the main building and various other subjects, yet sometimes he will of stone resisted our attacks.
very playfully and merrily interrupt our talks to We found on our return that while we were out the propose some music, or some game, or some other besiegers had attacked our outworks with a thousand diversion, into which no one can enter more heartily, horse and foot, but had been gloriously beaten or throw more gaiety and fun than he. back.
“I was never so happy in my life, Ben," he said to The next morning our Colonel had me before him, me one day, “as since I took our dear old sergeant's and was pleased to praise me much for my great advice, to fear God, and know no other fear.' I bravery and modest behaviour therein on the pre- used to have a fear of death, a dread of life even, and vious day. The Lord needs such officers as you, now I know nothing inside but peace for a foundaEnsign Holbeck, in His army," he was good enough tion. I don't mean to set myself up as faultless, to add ; " and I have great pleasure in promoting you know that, Ben, but I pray to be kept from you to a lieutenancy, in the place of Lieutenant wilful sin, and when I know I have sinned through Morris, who was so unfortunately wounded and unwatchfulness, I go straight to God for forgiveness captured by the enemy at Trenaman's Jump." for the sake of Christ; and I feel I am forgiven, and
“God send young Morris back to us again, I hope I try harder next time to struggle against sin, Colonel Marten!” I said, respectfully; for I was because of God's forgiving love. It is just like when unwilling to take what I hoped he had not per- I was a little child, and did amiss and ran to mother manently left.
and told her, and she forgave me. I felt clear and Our Colonel smiled. “I like you none the worse, happy again ; and yet I always wanted to be a better Ensign, for those words," he said; “rest assured I child, because she loved me so." will not deprive him of his reward either, if we are I nodded, for I could not speak; his words, so 80 happy as to see his face again."
honest, so earnest, went home to
heart. From this I gathered that young Morris would “Do you remember that text in the Bible, Ben, be above a lieutenant on his return to us, and, in There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be that case, I was well pleased to receive and enjoy my feared'? I understand it now. I often wonder why promotion.
preachers talk so much of the terrors of unbelief; I should be won quicker by the joys and goodness of
belief. The ground of my fearing God and knowCHAPTER XVI.-Tonkin's Ironsides,
ing no other fear' is, that I am forgiven.” N being promoted to I enjoyed these talks with Dick, and I hope I
my new lieutenancy, profited by them. It was not very long before I received many kind he began to pray with his men in his quarters, and congratulations, and invited me and my company to join them. He read
cordial a chapter to them, or got any of them who could do than that from my so (but these were not many) to read the chapter true friend, Dick Tonkin. themselves, and then he simply expounded it; and I Dick's health had never have often thought I derived more good from these been so sound since his little services than from the stated ones I attended. wound, but his temper was And, one by one, Dick's men and my men, among
as sweet and his manner whom was Tom, began to kneel and pray aloud as playful as ever. Only I amongst their comrades, their hearts being touched sometimes noticed that there by the Spirit of God. And I used to feel as if our was behind all this more dear old sergeant must be glad if he knew, and that serious tone of thought, and I am perhaps God permitted him to know. sure he took his stand amongst us Various books got amongst us at this time, some
as one of those officers who were written by Richard Baxter, a godly man in the actuated, not by mere necessity for employment, or Eastern counties, and some versions in rhyme of the love of adventure, but by a real firm belief in the Psalms, such as the Scots are accustomed to use in justice of the Parliamentary cause.
their form of worship; and now we added to our He studied, in his moments of leisure, various services the singing of hymns, which became very papers and pamphlets written by godly men, who popular amongst the men, and led to an increase of were well disposed toward their country, and for our numbers from other companies and regiments. that reason dared speak their minds. Dick has While Sergeant Gurney was alive there had been shown me some of these writings, which show that something of this kind in his quarters, more if a monarch is unfaithful to his vows towards his particularly amongst the non-commissioned officers people, he ceases, in fact, to be their monarch, and and elder soldiers. But this grew especially with
How I Fared at the Siege of Plymouth.
the younger men, and though their elders did not Hearing of this made me reflect on the words of interfere, it is very certain that they were well my sister Lettice in regard to prisoners, and pleased that it should be so. And Colonel Marten especially female prisoners, whom this war has once linked his arm in Dick's, and walked up and introduced to a position they would never have down a long time with him on our parade ground; occupied otherwise, and exposed to the deprivation and, as my friend told me, strengthened him much, of their liberty for political offences. and even playfully called his company “Tonkin's At this part of the siege those in authority were Ironsides."
very much straitened for money, so that our pay as The name got wind, and was not unwillingly soldiers was far in arrears, and my sister Lettice's appropriated; we loved to be called “ Tonkin's Iron present proved a great boon to me. It is not difficult sides.” Mrs. Tonkin's face was very beautiful to to understand that the merchants and traders of the look at when I told her of this, and the tears would town, especially those who were dependent upon not stay in her eyes, but trickled softly over her traffic with ships, were far behindhand in their cheeks, they came so fast; and she was forced to hide receipts. for a little her happiness and holy pride from my Nevertheless, we were now well enough supplied sight.
with provisions, and never likely to suffer as we had “God be praised! My dear, my precious son. done in our early experience as a besieged place; Ben, I gave him to the Lord from the beginning," for by forays and skirmishes we had learned how to she said tenderly; and then I did not wonder any provide for ourselves and those within the walls, who longer.
were not able to procure food without our help. Our Early in Jnly we were fighting again, but, Prince beef is now only threepence-halfpenny a pound, and Maurice being repulsed, drew off his forces, and left we learn that our cheese, coal, and meal are cheaper us under a blockade by Sir Richard Grenville, with here than in London. 3,000 men.
But what I had such good reason to dread has Various skirmishes, mostly in pursuit of food or come to pass : our water leat is cut off. I have had stores, had taken place between the attack on Mount many sad forebodings on this subject, many arguments Edgecumbe in May and the withdrawal of Prince with and against myself, as it were, which were hard Maurice. Once our party brought in 9 guns, 150 indeed to bear. For I could not believe, if I gave prisoners, 100 cows and 500 sheep, which latter set any information, but that the whole matter from us in good heart again, our victuals having run very beginning to end would be wormed out of me by low.
curious questions, and how could I endure to implicate At another time we killed a fine young captain, Lucy's father? Now that the thing is passed out of Arundell by name, in a skirmish, when fifty horses my power, I see ways that I might have adopted to were taken by us. This gallant young officer guard against our thirst, without endangering the was the son of the Governor of Pendennis Castle, in freedom of Mr. Woollcombe, and I call myself a fool Cornwall, and his father bears the nicknames of many times a day, but it does not restore the leat “Old Tilbury” and “ John for the King." He was to us. shot in the entrenchments by Captain Braddon. I punish myself by restricting as much as I can Some of our prisoners were sent to Lydford, and
of the fluid which circumstances have rendered imprisoned there by Sir Richard Grenville in the so precious to us. This is the first time in my life castle of that town. Three of them were executed that I have learned to properly appreciate this great without trial for high treason by the same reno.se blessing, which God has given to man so freely and less foe of a cause he once espoused. Lieutenant- so unsparingly in this favoured land. Now during Colonel James Hals, of Efford, near this town, is the time since the scarcity began may be seen strange in prison there yet, greatly to the grief of his sights at almost every hour of the day, for the heat friends, who know not how matters will fare with makes people thirsty, and they go about, young
and him after such sad examples. Sir Richard Grenville old, rich and poor, with every kind of vessel in their is notorious for his cruelty. One of our men, but hands, begging water from the favoured owners of lately returned to us, described how upon one occasion wells. he compelled one of two prisoners that were taken It is fortunate there are so many of these, which, to hang the other, while he sat the while on horse- j indeed, the names of the streets of this town themback close by beholding the spectacle. After this, selves signify, as Westwell, Tinewell, Well, Buckwell, our men have a natural horror of falling into his &c. Besides which there are various conduits, but power.
these are dependent upon the leat, and dry enough We have had some further trouble on account of now in this warm summer weather. But we have had Mr. Collins. A relation of his has been accused of abundance of rain, so that the purpose of the maligsending clothes to him, and not only has she nants to let us die of thirst has been frustrated concommitted this offence (for which I could hardly find siderably, for whilst we can catch rain-water for it in my heart to punish her), but she has betrayed washing purposes, and drink of the wells, we shall to the enemy what store of powder there is, and live to fight them more than they desire. incited the malignant commanders to an assault. It
(To be continued.) is also proved that she invited Cavalier-Major Harris to stay at her house if the town should be taken, and declared the Protestant religion in Plymouth to be decaying. For all these offences she is, though quite a lady, brought to the Castle and con ined therein.
BY EMMA LESLE.
At last the cab stopped, and Kate saw, to her disappointment, that it was not a broad, fashionable thoroughfare, and the shop, with its piles of buns and loaves of bread, was by no imposing, but rather oldfashioned in its appearance,
and the whole street was the lag
same, although there were a great number of people about, and everybody seemed in such a hurry that Kate made up her mind there must be a fire, or some accident must have happened, near at hand. All this passed through her mind, as her box was being lifted from the roof of the cab, as she stood on the pavement looking up and down the busy, old-fashioned street, that was so unlike what she had fancied her new home would be.
Her cousin Marion was behind the counter in the shop, and there seemed to be & constant stream of customers coming and going. “ This is the best bun house in London," whispered her uncle, as he took her hand and led her in.
The old lady, who was likewise serving, left her post when she saw Kate and her uncle, and led the way into the cosy parlour behind the shop. She seemed pleased with Kate's appearance and
manner, and asked her a The Long-desired Situation.
great many questions about
her home and her mother. CHAPTER III.-In London.
“We are very quiet, old-fashioned people, our.
selves," she said, "although we live in London, and was night when Kate reached London, but her I am very particular about the young people I have
uncle was waiting for her at the railway-station, to help me in the shop, and never allow them to and she and her luggage were soon stowed away in a make friends among the customers. Be civil to all, cab, and they were rattling through the brilliantly but nothing more than that to anyone, my dear; that lighted streets. To Kate's unaccustomed eyes it was is my rule, and you must remember to obey it. like fairyland for a few minutes, and she thought she Marion knows I am more strict about this than any. had indeed been fortunate to obtain a place in one of thing else, and so I hope you will remember it, too." these grand shops.
“Yes, ma'am, I will," said Kate; and then the But she soon found there were streets in London old lady asked the servant to bring up some supper, almost as dimly lighted as their own village streets and went back to the shop, that Marion might come at home, and shops much less grand and imposing in and speak to her father and cousin. than those she had first seen.
“I am to give you some supper and then take you