Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

17.5.1647 (Monday 17 May 1647)

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17. Heard high language of the solders intentions and resolutions, though I scarce may credit they should be so bold, yet I shall observe whether a multitude dare not attempt anything, and learn not to judge hastily of things and persons and wait conclusion of thing(s.) reports of soldiers foot, abusing of women, they are now coming towards us, the lord be our guard and protection from their violence and insolence. I had some rugged words from one of them a Lieutenant about quartering, whereby I perceive how unable poor men are to contain their spirits, if ever they are in employment.