Sketches of some striking incidents in the history of Barnstaple, the substance of a lecture

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Page 41 - Barnstaple] to perish with hunger. The good people of Barnstaple were full of compassion, they took us into their houses, and treated us with the greatest kindness; thus God raised up for us fathers and mothers in a strange land.
Page 41 - I should have supposed it an easy matter for any one to have fallen in love with your dear mother in those days, for she was very beautiful, her skin was delicately fair, she had a brilliant colour in her cheeks, a high forehead, a remarkably intellectual expression of countenance ; her bust was fine, rather inclined to embonpoint, and she had a very dignified carriage, which some persons condemned as haughty, but I always thought SINGULAK OFFEB. 123 it peculiarly becoming to one of her beauty. The...
Page 41 - ... my intended. I should have supposed it an easy matter for any one to have fallen in love with your dear mother in those days, for she was very beautiful, her skin was delicately fair, she had a brilliant color in her cheeks, a high forehead, a remarkably intellectual expression of countenance ', her bust was fine, rather inclined to embonpoint, and she had a very dignified carriage, which some persons condemned as haughty, but I always thought it ' peculiarly becoming to one of her beauty. The...
Page 13 - Berdenestaple1 hath be [en] waullid, and the Waulle was in compace by Estimation half a Myle. It is now almost clene faullen. The names of the 4. Gates by Est, West, North, and South, yet remain, and manifest Tokens of them.
Page 13 - ... received this honour by their means. The Castle was in ruins when Leland visited Barnstaple ; and Philip Wyott, town clerk, records that, Dec. 19, 1601, part of the wall was blown down, " and did no harm, saving some ravens were found dead, and belike sat withinside the wall." During the Civil War there was much fighting in and about Barnstaple, which Clarendon (who was for some time Governor of the town) pronounced "the most miraculously fortified place that I know.
Page 40 - sailed over the bar, up the river*, and landed on the Quay, at " Barnstaple, on a Sunday morning, during Divine service. In their " miserable destitution they ranged themselves in the Market " House ; the inhabitants, when they came out of Church, flocked " to see the poor refugees ; an old gentleman...
Page 25 - Arrived the Prudence, with a prize taken on the coast of Guinea, having in her 4 chests of gold to the value of 16,000 and divers chains of gold with civet and other things of great value.
Page 13 - The houses be of stone, as al houses in good townes there aboute be. There be manifest ruines of a great castelle at the north west side of the towne a litle beneth the toun bridge, and a peace of the dungeon yet standith. One Johelus de Totenes, films Aluredi, was the first that I can reade of that lay yn this castelle.
Page 19 - I hope came safe to you : if you have not received a very particular account of all the Devonshire garrisons, one very long letter of mine hath missed you : but in truth, though I expected very much from Barnstaple, it exceeded far even that expectation, and considering all circumstances is the most miraculously fortified place that I know, and I am confident is the best provided to receive an enemy, especially in a magazine of victuals, of any town in England.
Page 19 - ... has arrived at Dartmouth a ship with two hundred barrels of powder, and at Falmouth there are great, very great quantities of match and muskets, and pistols, arrived. I have given directions for drawing a good proportion of all to Bristol, by Barnstaple, and have likewise written to Charles Gerrard, to appoint some persons to receive his powder at ... from whence he may have it at Swansea in one tide. I expect an answer from him tomorrow night, at Barnstaple, whither I go to give direction for...

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