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186 castle), and balls of wild-fire to throw in at " their broken windows, and all hopes of keep
ing the castle was taken away; now, and not 6. till now, did the besieged sound a parley. And “ though in their Diurnals at London they have “ told the world that they offered threescore thou: “ fand pounds to redeem themselves and the “ castle, and that it was refused, yet few men take $t themselves to be bound anything the more to
“ believe it because they report it, I would « Mafter Case would leave preaching treason, and ľ instruct his disciples to put away lying, and « speak every man truth of his neighbour. Cers
tainly the world would not be fo abused with untruths as now they are; amongIt which num, ber this report was one: for if they in the
castle offered so liberally, how came the rebels ~ to agree upon articles of surrender so far be" neath that overture for the Articles of Sur“ render, were these ; ." First, That the Ladies and all others in the w castle should have quarter. . “ Secondly, That the Ladies and seryants should
" carry away all their wearing apparel; and that « fix of the serving men, whom the Ladies should " nominate, hould attend upon their persons ? wheresoever the rebels Thould dispose of them.
" Thirdly, 'That all the furniture and goods « in the house should be safe from plunder; and « to this purpose one of the fix nominated to « attend the ladies, was to stay in the castle, and “ take an inventory of all in the house; of which " the Commanders were to have one copy, and “ the Ladies another.
« But being on these terms masters of the « castle and all within it, 'tis true they observed « the first article, and spared the lives of all the « besieged, though they had flain in the defence « at least fixty of the Rebels. But for the other “ two they observed them not in any part. As « soon as they entered the castle, they first seized « upon the several trunks and packs which they « of the castle were making up, and left neither “ the Ladies nor servants any other wearing-clothes « but what was on their backs. · « There was in the castle, amongst many rich « ones, one extraordinary chimney-piece, valued « at two thousand pounds; this they utterly de« faced, and beat down all the carved works « thereof with their pole-axes. There were « likewise rare pictures, the work of the most < curious pencils that were known to these latter < times of the world, and such that Apelles him< self (had he been alive) need not blush to own " for his. These in a wild fury they break and w tear to pieces; a loss that neither cost nor art
“ Having thus given them a taste what per“ formance of articles they were to expect from " them, they barbarously lead the Ladies, and the “ young Lady's children, two sons and a daugh“ ter, prisoners to Shaftesbury, some four or five 6 miles from Wardour *.
“ While they were prisoners, to mitigate their
sorrows, in triumph they bring five cart loads « of their richest hangings and other furniture « through Shaftesbury towards Dorchester: and « fince that, contrary to their promise and faith, “ given both by Sir Edward Hungerford and & Strode, they plundered the whole castle: so “ little use was there of the inventory we told " you of, unless to let the world know what “ Lord Arundell loft, and what the Rebels gained. " This havock they made within the castle.
5* Without they burnt all the out-houses ; they .“ pulled up the pales of two parks, the one of
“ red deer, the other of fallow; what they did
* The learned and the illustrious Mr. Chillingworth was in Wardour Castle when it was taken. He had retired thither in very bad health. He was carried by the Parlia. ineatary army first to Salisbury, and then to Chichester;
in the Bihop's palace of which city he dicd soon after. : wards.
« fot kill they let loose to the world for the next.** “ taker. In the parks they burn three tenements “ and two lodges; they cut down all the trees « about the house and grounds. Öáks and elms, «c fuch ås but few places could boast of the like,' « whose goodly bushy advanced heads drew the « eyes of travellers on the plains tó gaze on them; " these they sold for four-pence, fixpence, or « twelve-pence a-piece, that were worth three, “ fout, or five pounds a-piece. The fruit-trees 66 they pluck up by the roots, extending their " malite to conimit fpoil on that which God, by a or special law, protected from destruction even in « the land of his curse, the latid of Canaan; for so “ we read: When thou shalt befiegé a city, " thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing “ an ax against them, for thou mayest eat of them, " and thou shalt not cut them down and employ « them in the fiege; only the trees which thou “ knowést that they be not trees for meat thou Malt “ destroy. Deut. xx. 19, 26. Nay that which < escaped destruction in the Deluge cannot escape « the hands of these Children of the Apollyon the " Destroyer. They dig up the heads of twelve “ great ponds, some of five or fix acres a-piece, and , “ destroy all the fish. They fell carps of two foot « long.for two-pence and three-pence, a-piece: ~ they sent out the fish by cart-loads, so that the
“ country could not spend them. Nay, as if the “ present generation were too narrow an object for “ their rage, they plunder posterity, and destroy " the nurseries of the great ponds. They drive « away and sell their horses, kine, and other cattle, “ and having left nothing either in air or water, “ they dig under the earth. The castle was served 6 with water brought two miles by a conduit of , “ lead; and, intending rather mischief to the “ King's friends than profit to themselves, they cut , “ up the pipe and sold it (as these men's wives in. « North Wiltshire do bone-lace) at six-pence a " yard; making that waste for a poor inconsiderable, “ sum which two thousand pounds will not make “ good. They that have the unhappy occasion to « sum up these losses, value them at no less than " one hundred thousand pounds. And though “ this loss were very great, not to be paralleled by 6 any except that of the Countess of Rivers, yet « there was something in these sufferings which did « aggravate them beyond all example of barbarity. " which unnatural war till now did produce, and, " that was Rachel's tears, lamentation and weep-, u ing and great mourning, a mother weeping for " her children, and would not be comforted, bes “ cause they were taken from her. For the rebels, " as you hear, having carried the two Ladies “ prisoners to Shaftesbury, thinking them not lafe
T4 “ enough,