Pamflet Band
A 'Lively Portraiture* of Sergeant-Major-General Richard Browne, and the first page of a pamphlet he had printed in London. The objective was to explain the purpose of his correspondence with the Royalist George, Lord Digby before accusations of treachery could be levelled against him.

Westminster Trained Bands, whose level of training at this point left something to be desired. Lieutenant Elias Archer, who served at the siege, described the catastrophe: 'Whether the fault were in their chiefe Leader, at that present either through want of courage or discretion I know not, but their Front fired before it was possible they could doe any execution, and for want of intervals to turn away speedily the second and third wranks, fired upon them, and so consequently the Reare fired upon their owne Front, and slew or wounded many of their owne men. . . it was told me by a Captain in that Regement, that they had seventy or eighty men slaine or hurt in that disorder1.

In general Trained Bands were regarded as unreliable by both sides as they refused to serve outside their county boundaries, those of London and its suburbs being an exception. London was far too important politically for Parliament to risk offending the City by disarming its Militia and, fortunately for the Parliament cause, the Common Council of the City managed to persuade the

Fi: Officer

This man wears a gold-stitched buff coat over his civilian clothes and lets fall the elaborate 'leading-staff which is his symbol of rank as he realises that his orders will cause the loss of so many of his men. He wears an orange sash which indicates his allegiance to the Earl of Essex as his general. Since the withdrawal of Sir William Waller's independent commission on 9 October his officers would wear Essex's colours.

F2: Ensign

This officer has the duty of preserving his company's ensign, if necessary at the cost of his own life. He wears blackened armour over his buff coat. Note the dent in his breastplate: the armourer who made it would claim this was the result of firing a

fiQn on for divers Weeks by an intercourfe of Letters.

Sergeant Major (jenerall Brown.

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Printed for Laurence BUikhck, and are to be fold at the Signe of the Sugar-loaf at Temple-Bar.

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Militia that it was preferable to campaign away from London than at its gates. The soldiers illustrated here are typical of those who fought in a series of campaigns in southern England in 1643 and 1644 with the armies of the Earl of Essex and Sir William Waller.

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