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• his goods, without your privities; for truly the proñess of souldiers * sometimes to comit some insolencies wout comand from their supĩors • is the cause of my writing at this time; hoping hereby, through your 'care, to prevent a future evill, in all thankfullness I shall acknow• ledge (besides the great obligation you pull on Mr. Parker) myselfe " to bee

Gawthrop, 13 February, 1644.

• Your much obliged,

• Ric. SHUTTLEWORTH.'

· These are to intreat all officers and souldiers of the Scottish armie, • and to require all officers and souldiers of the English armie under my

comaund, that they forbeare to take or trouble the pšon of Edward • Parker of Brousholme, esquire, or to plunder his goods, or anie other • hurt or damage to doe unto him in his estate.

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• Tho. TYLDESLEY.'

* This 8th day of August,

anno Dom. 1648.

“ This was only ten days before the battle of Preston.

“ The following specimen of local poetry has been lately discovered among the papers at Browsholme. It is given with some abridgments and corrections.

A BALADE OF MARYAGE.

In yonder wode there is a dene,

· Wher I myselfe was late reposyng,
• Wher blosomes in ther prime bave bene,

• And flowers faire ther colors losyng;

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“* This very ancient expression I do not quite understand: perhaps the words mean Barley Fields."

'+ At Downham is found a species of crystals, usually called Downham Diamonds, which in lustre equal Bristol stones,

• When moore or mosse doe saffron yelde,

And becke and sike ren downe with honie ; • When sugar growes in every fielde,

And clerkes wyl take no bribe of monie;
• When men in Bowlande dyeth here,

· And at Jerusalem bee buryed;
• Or when the Sunne dothe ryse at noone;

* Then, &c.

Now farewel frende, yf it bee soe,

* And thys thy once expected wedyng; « For neither I nor none of

my

kinn
• Wyl ev'r nede to loke for bidyng.
'I swere and vow, yf this bee trowe,

· And thou of such an evyl carryage,
• Yf I shoulde lyve ten thousande yere,

• I'd nev'r more expecte thie maryage.""

An extract from the manuscripts of Mr. R. Asheton, of Whalley Abbey, states :

" 1617. Mawdlin Day, to Broxholme to dinner. July 23d. To Harrop Fell ; met Mr. Pker cum aliis a fox hunting. Sept. 1st. To Totteridge; Ralph Anderton shot a stag at top of east end of Totteridge

Keeper's two hounds cast off, brave sport, killed him in the fence; soe to Thom'.

Parkers; broke him up; eat the chine and the liver. Do. 5th. (Whalley Abbey.) Aftsupper a motion made to bunt in Bolland next day, which

the Chancellor (of the Dutchy, Sir Walter Mildmay) and all the company resolved

to doe. Do. 6th. All but Mr. Chancellor into Bolland. At Stable Oak a stag killed, at Harden

another a little above, which made excellent sport. I, with Mr. Anderton and the rest, to Broxholme, soe to Whalley and supped, then to Portfield late."

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