April the 8th came certain intelligence to London from Brumingham

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April the 8th [1643] came certain intelligence to London from Brumingham of the cruell slaughter of diverse of the inhabitants of that honest Town, and that about eighty of their dwelling houses were burnt downe by that barbarous and butcherly Prince of Robbers, and his accursed Cavaliers. But yet withall, that his filching Forces got little by their so inhumane barbarity: for, God fought for those poore unarmed inhabitants, who were for the most part, Smiths, whose profession or trade was to make nails, sythes aud such like iron commodities; and that with such ironweapons as they had they so knocked the Earl of Denbigh that he received his deaths wound in his furious pursuit of some of them, and immediately after dyed of those his wounds: And with him also (as it was credibly informed) the Lord Digby that arch-traitor to the Common wealth of England was sorely wounded in the same fight. And this also was noted and credibly informed thence as a remarkable providence of the Lord. That in the plundering and burning of this Town the greatest losse was to the malignant partie of that Town who inhabited among them, most of the honest and godly men there, having by Gods mercy and good providence carryed and conveyed away their best goods into Coventry before the Cavaliers came to their Town.