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said Oneale came up to London about November last, and returned to the army about midsummer.
To the Second. That Oneale, after his return to the army in summer, spake twice unto this examinate of a petition to be sent from the army to the parliament, and told him that, because they did not know if himselfe would consent unto it, they would first petition him that he would approve of it, but that as yet there were but few hands to that petition, which was to be preferred to him, and therefore would not show it him.
To the Fourth. That the said Oneale used persuasions to this examinate that he would serve the king; that, if he did not, he should be left alone, and would but ruine himself ; for that all the troops under him were that way enclined: That, therefore, he should adhere to the king, and goe those ways that the king would have him, or words to that effect.
To the Fifth.That he saw a paper containing some directions for a declaration to be subscribed unto by the officers of the army, which paper was în Sir Jacob Ashley's hand; he saith it was long, containing two sides of a sheet of paper, or thereabout; the effect whereof was something concerning martiall law and better payment for the army, together with some other particulars; that it was to be directed to the parliament ; and that there were two letters, viz. C. R., at the end : That he doth not know who brought it unto Sir Jacob Ashley, but that both of them were very much troubled at it. He saith farther, that there was a direction at the end of the writing that nobody should see it but Sir Jacob Ashley; and the two letters C. R. were, as he remembers, to that direction, but whether before or after that direction he cannot affirme.
To the Seventh.-That he never heard Master Oneale himself speak of his going to Newcastle, but that he heard it from others; and, as he takes it, from his wife, the Lady Coniers; and that, whosoever it was told him so, told him withall that Oneale himselfe said so.
The Second Examination of Sir John Coniers, taken before the
Lords Committees, upon Saturday the 30th of October.
To the Fourth Interrogatory.—That Master Oneale said to him, that if he, this examinant, had been well known to the king, the king would have written to him, and therefore he conceived this examinant should doe well to write unto the king; to which he replyed, that he could not serve the king in that point; and therefore he thought it would be of no use to trouble the king with his letters.
To the Fifth.—That the paper mentioned in his former examination to have been seen by him in Sir Jacob Ashley's hand, contained directions for a petition to be presented to the king and parliament, in which was a clause to this effect : That whereas all men ought to give God thankes for putting it into the king's heart to condescend to the desires of the parliament, not only to deliver up unto them many of his servants and others, who were neere unto him, to be at their disposing, but also to doe many things, which none of his ancestors would have consented unto, as giving way to the trienniall parliament, and granting many other things for the good of his subjects; yet, notwithstanding some turbulent spirits, backt by rude and tumultuous mechanick persons, seemed not to be satisfied, but would have the totall subversion of the government of the state ; that therefore the army, which was so orderly governed, notwithstanding they had no martiall law, and ill payment, and but few officers, being of so good comportment, might be called up to attend the person of the king and parliament, for their security. This examinant further saith, that there were many other passages in this petition, which hee doth not now remember, only that there was some expression of a desire that both armies should be disbanded for the ease of the kingdome; and likewise a direction to procure as many of the officers hands as could be gotten.
To the Seventh-That he remembers well that it was not his wife, but Sir Jacob Ashley, that said to him those words: Oneale goes, or else Oneale, saith he, will goe to Newcastle ; but which of the sayings it was, he doth not well remember, but saith he replyed to it that Oneale said nothing to him of that.
This examinant further saith, that hee took occasion upon these passages from O'Neal, to command him and Sir John Bartlet, and all other officers, to repair to their quarters, to be ready to perfect their accounts with the country against the time they should be called for,
The Examination of Sir Foulke Hunks, taken before the Lords
Committees, upon Friday, October 29, 1641.
To the First Interrogatory.-He saith, That he doth well know Master Daniel O'Neale, who was Serjeant-major to Sir John Coniers : That he went from the army to London about the time that the king came out of the North to the parliament; and that be returned againe to the army, about that time, when Commissarie Wilmot and other souldiers were committed by the parliament.
To the Second. That the said O'Neale perswaded him, this examinant, to take part with the king, or something to that purpose ; and that thereupon this examinant acquainted the lieutenant-general with it, and presently repaired to his own quarter, to keep the soul, diers in order, where he staid not above two or three dayes, till be heard that O'Neale was fled. Hee further saith, that O'Neale dealt with him to have the troopes move ; to which he replyed, that he had received no such direction from his superiours, nor from the king : And that then he offered him a paper, and pressed him to sign it; whereupon hee, this examinant, asked if the generall, or lieutenantgenerall, had signed it; to which O'Neale answering they had not, hee said that he would not be so unmannerly as to sign any thing before them, and refused to reade it. He saith likewise, that Captaine Armstrong was present at the same time, and that O'Neale offered it to him, who looking upon the examinant, this examinant did shake his head at him, to make a sign that he should not doe it, and withall went out of the roome; and Armstrong afterwards refused it, giving this reason, that he would not signe it when his colonell had refused it, which he told this examinant.
To the Third.—Hee saith, That O'Neale told him he had very good authority for what he did ; but did not tell him from whom.
To the Seventh.—That Mr. O'Neale told him he was to goe to the Scottish army, but saith he doth not know for what end and purpose he would goe thither; for that this examinant shunned to have any thing more to doe with him.
The Examination of Sir William Balfour, Lieulenant of the
Tower, taken the second of June.
To the First Interrogatory.He saith, he was commanded to receive Captaine Billingsley into the Tower with 100 men, for securing of the place, and that he was told they should be under his command.
To the Second Interrogatory.--He saith, The Earl of Strafford told him it would be dangerous in case he should refuse to let them in.
To the Third.—He referreth himselfe to the former depositions of the three women taken before the Constable and himselfe: And fure ther saith, That the Earl of Strafford himselfe, after he had expostulated with him for holding Mr. Slingsby at the Tower gate; and after telling the said earle he had reason so to doe, in regard of what the women had deposed, by which it appeared there was an escape intended by his lordship; himselfe acknowledged he had named the word escape twice or thrice in his discourse with Mr. Slingsby, but that hee meant it should be by the king's authority, to remove him out of the Tower to some other castle ; and he did aske Mr. Slingsby where his brother was and the ship.
To the Fourth Interrogatory.—This examinant saith, The Earl of Strafford sent for him some three or foure dayes before his death, and did strive to perswade him that he might make an escape, and said, for without your connivance I know it cannot bee; and if you will consent thereunto, I will make you to have 20,000 pounds paid you, besides a good marriage for your soune. To which this examinant replyed, he was so farr from concurring with his lordship, as that his honour would not suffer him to conniye at his escape ; and withall told him, he was not to be moved to hearken thereunto.
Ex. in presence of us, Essex, WARWICKE, L. WHARTON, MAN,
James Wadsworth lies at the Half Moone in Queen's Street, at
Cockeťs House, a Joyner divers Officers lie, which is the next door.
Die Martis, 4. Maii, 1641.
Jatnes Wadsworth, He saith that one ancient Knot told him severall times the last week, that Sir John Suckling was raising of officers for three regia ments for Portugall; and saith, that he this examinant was at the Portugall ambassadour's on Sunday last, and then the ambassadour told him that he knew not Sir John Suckling, nor any thing at all of Sir John Sackling's raising of men for Portugall; and the ambassadour himselfe had no commission to treat for any men till he heard out of Portugali.
Tuesday, the 11th of May, 1641.
The Examinalion of John Lanyon.
Hee was upon Easter eve last, and severall times since, troubled by Captain Billingsley to enter into an expedition for Portugall with Sir John Suckling. And when this examinant told him that he was his majasty's servant, and could not goe without leave, Captaine Billingsley bid him take no care, for that he should have leave procured; and further desired him to get as many canoneers as he could.
This examinant doubting whether they were reall in that designe, repaired to the Portugall ambassadour's, and there understood from his secretary that hee was willing to have men, but they knew neither Sir John Suckling nor Captaine Billingsley; neither had they from them any commission to raise men.
Hee likewise saith, that Captain Billingsley did after sollicite this examinant to come to Sir John Suckling; and that upon Sunday was se'ennight last, Sir John Suckling and Captaine Billingsley, with many other officers, repaired unto his house in the afternoone, and there staid two hours at least; the examinant not coming in, they left a note hee should be with them that night at Sparagus