On June 16, 1645, Charles I was defeated at Naseby and General Thomas Fairfax was charged with overthrowing the king's Southwest stronghold. A third and final siege of Exeter began in the winter of 1645, with skirmishes taking place around the city.. Fairfax had taken control of this, Exmouth, Dawlish and Alphington by January 1646. Starvation began to take hold in the city, giving rise to a curious account of a flock of larks providing brief salvation as they were hunted, killed and sold. On the 3rd April, a small delegation from the Royalist defenders of Exeter, including Sir John Berkeley, and former Mayor and MP Robert Walker, rode out to Poltimore House to agree surrender terms with General Fairfax. After six long days of negotiation led by Councillor John Were, an agreement of surrender was reached on the 9th April. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.