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FOURTH SERIES.—No. XXIII. JULY, 18! CORRESPONDENCE DURING THE GREAT REBELLION. The following letters are nearly all of them from the originals : where they are not so, it is stated. A letter from Colonel Owen to his wife, relating to the King's raising the siege of Gloucester, seems at variance with the statement in Phillips' History of the Civil War; but I am inclined to believe that the newspapers and pamphlets of the day, wThich Mr. Phillips so frequently refers to, whether on the side of the royal martyr or of the rebels, particularly of the latter, are not always to be trusted, being coloured according to the wishes of the side which they uphold.1 W. W. E. W 1875. From Wm. Brinkyr to John Owen of Clenenney,Esq., afterwards the loyal Sir John Owen : Sir,—I have formerly written unto you by the post, with direction to the postmaster at Conway, but cannot vnderstand that you have receyved any; the businesse not greate, & the 1 "A remarkable instance of this kind we meet with in the Prayers of Mr. George Swathe, minister of Denham in Suffolk, who, not¬ withstanding the King's success against the Earl of Essex, in taking Banbury Castle (see Echard's History of England, vol. ii, p. 238), takes the liberty, in his Prayers (p. 40),'of praising Gods provi¬ dence for giving the Earl of Essex victory over the King's army, and routing him at Banbury, and getting the spoyl'. Many instances of this kind are to be met with in the publick sermons before the two Houses."—Hudibras, edition by Grey, 1744, vol. i, p. 194, note. 4-TH SEK., VOL. VI. 15