Lucy Hutchinson (16201681). Memoirs of Colonel Hutchinson. 1906.
Appendix VIII Letter to Lord Fairfax Instructing Him to Guard Nottingham
May it please your Excellence,I am commanded by the House of Commons to represent unto you that the town of Nottingham is a place of that importance, both in regard of the pass, being seated upon the river of Trent, and in regard of the situation in relation to the neighbouring counties, that it much deserves your consideration for a seasonable aid and supply. And the rather in regard that at this present they are improved with strong force at Newark and Welbeck and elsewhere of malignant enemies: they themselves on the contrary are in a weak and languishing condition: it is therefore the desire of the House unto your excellence that you would be pleased to afford them what aid you in your great wisdom shall think fit for the relief of their pressing and urgent necessities.And so I rest your very loving friend,
April 29th, 1643.
Tanner MSS. vol. lxii. p. 87. (The signature of the letter is missing, and the letter is probably merely a draft of the one actually sent.)