A letter written by a Parliament officer, Nehemiah Wharton, 13 September 1642
(Catalogue ref: SP 16/492/11)
Sabbath day, Sept the 3rd
We peacefully enjoyed.
I was informed by a country man of a vile priest 6 miles away who had horses for the Commission of Array [for the king's side] and had arms in his house. I immediately got 20 musketeers and marched out to search the house. I clothed the country man with a soldier's red coat, gave him arms and made him my guide. But having marched 2 miles, certain gentlemen of the country informed me that Justice Edmond, a well-spoken man, was robbed by the vile bluecoats of Colonel Cholmley's regiment and lost even their beds. I immediately divided my men into 3 squadrons, surrounded them and forced them to give up their loot, …
We had news that Prince Robert, that evil Royalist, had surrounded Leicester and demanded £2000 or else threatened to plunder the town. Then our soldiers were even madder to be at them, but lacked orders …
Worthy Mr Obediah Sedgwith gave us a good sermon. My company in particular marched to hear him in rank and file. Mr John Sedgwith was appointed to preach in the afternoon, but we had news that Prince Robert had plundered Harborough and set fire to some nearby towns …