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would have a little better digested this I have said, and therefore I hope you will excufe me ; I have deliver'd my Conscience, I pray God you take those Courses that are the best for the Good of the Kingdom and your own Salyation... : Bishop. Tho' your Majesty's Affe&ions may be very well known as to Religion ; yet it may be expe&ed that you thould say: fomething thereof for the World's Satisfaction: 1'. . . :: - King. I thank you heartily, my Lord, for that I had almost forgotten it. In Troth; Sirs, my Conscience in Religion, I think, is very well known to all the World; and therefore I declaré before you all, that I die a Christian, according to the Profession of the Church of England, as I found it left me by my Father; and this honest Man, I think, will witness it, 2131...1

Then turning to the Officers, he faid, Sirs, excuse me for this fame : I have a good Cause, and I have a gracious God;: I will say no more,

Then to Colónet Hacker he said, Take Care that they do not put me to Pain : And, Sir, this, and it pleafe you - -** d aj :: Butija Gentleman coming near the Ax, the King said, Take heed of the Ax, pray take heed of the Axo ***"Ling:;,... ? Then speaking to the Executioner, he said, I fhall say but very short Prayers, and when I thrust out my Hands --- ... !!!!

Then he called to the Bishop for his NightCap, and having put it on," he said to the Exė. cutioner, Does niry Hair trouble you? who desir'd him to put it all under his Cap, 'which the King did accordingly, by the Help of the Executioner and the Bishop. Then turning to Dr. Juxon, he faid, I have a good Cause and a gracious God on my Side. : " " " . i . .

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Bihop. There is but one Stage more, this Stage is turbulent and troublesome, it is a short one; but you may consider it will soon carry you a very great way, it will carry you from Earth to Heaven; and there you will find a great deal of cordial Joy and Comfort. I

King. I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible Crown, where no Disturbance can be, no Disturbance in the World.

Bilbop. You are exchanged from a Temporary to an Eternal Crown, a good Exchange.'

Then the King said to the Executioner, Is my Hair well? And took off his Cloak and his George, giving his George to the Bishop, saying, Remember. Then he put of his Doubler, and being in his Wastecoar, he put on his Cloak again ; then looking upon the Block, he said to the Executioner, You must set it faft. .

'.,. Executioner. It is fast, Sir. . . ", . - King. When I put out my, Hands this way (stretching them out) thepi - - After that, having said two or three Words to himself, as he stood with his Hands and Eyes lift up, immediately stooping down, he laid his Neck upon the Block: And then the Executioner again putting his Hair under his Cap, the King thinking he had been going to strike, said, Stay for the Sign. , · Executioner. Yes, I will, an't please your Majesty. After a little Pause, the King stretching forth his Hands, the Executioner, at one Blow, sever'd his Head from his Body, and held it up and shew'd it to the People, saying, Behold the Head of a Traitor ; after which the Corps was put into a Coffin, and the Bishop and Mr. Herbert went with it to the Back-Stairs to have it embalmed; after embalming, his Head was sewed on, and the Corps was wrapt in Lead, and the Coffin cover'd with a Velvet Pall, and then removed to


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St. Fames's. Mr. Herbert then made Application to such as were in Power, that it might be inter'd in Henry VII's Chappel; but 'twas deny'd, for that his burying there would attract infinite Numbers of all sorts thither; which, as the Times then were, was judged unsafe and inconvenient, Mr. Herbert acquainting the Bishop with this, they then resolv'd to bury the King's Body in the royal Chappel of St. George, within the Castle of Windsor, both in regard that his Majesty was Sovereign of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and that several Kings had been there inter'd; namely, King Henry VI, Edward IV, and Henry VIII, upon which consideration the Committee of Parliament was address'd to the second time, who, after some Deliberation, gave. Orders, bearing Date February 6, 1648, authorizing Mr. Herbert, and Mr, Anthony Mildmay to bury the King's Body there. Accordingly the Corps was carried thither from St. James's, Feb. 7. in a Hearse cover'd with black Velvet, drawn by fix Horses cover'd with black Cloth, and at: tended by about a dozen Gentlemen.


He was of the most inoffensive Disposition, the most exemplary Piery, the greatest Sobriety, Chastity and Mercy that any Prince has been endow'd with; and who might have said that which Pericles was proud of upon his Death-Bed, con-. cerning his Citizens : That no English Man had ever worn a mourning Gown through his Occasion. Clar. Vol. 1: p. 76.

He was always the most punctual Obferver of all Decency in his Devotion, and the strictest Promoter of the Ceremonies of the Church, as believing in his Soul the Church of England to be


instituted the nearest to the Practices of the Apostles, and the best for the Propagation and Advancement of Christian Religion of any Church in the World; and, on the other side, tho' no Man was more averse from the Romisla Church than he was, nor better understood the Motives of their Separation from us, and Animosity against us; he had the highest Dislike and Prejudice to that part of his own Subje&s who were against the Government establish'd, and did always look upon them as a very dangerous and {editious People, who would, under pretence of Conscience, which kept them from submitting to the spiritual Jurisdi&ion, take the first Opportunity they could find or make to withdraw from their temporal Subje&ion. Pag. 81.

To speak first of his private Qualifications as a Man, before the mention of his princely and royal Virtues. He was, if ever any, the most worthy of the Title of an honest Man; so great a Lover of Justice, that no Tempration could dispose him to a wrongful A&ion, except it was so disguis'd to him that he believ'd it to be just. He had a. Tenderness and Compassion of Nature, which restrain'd him from ever doing a hard hearted thing; and therefore he was so app to grant Pardon to Malefactors, that the Judges of the Land represented to him the Damage and Insecurity to the Publick that flow'd from such his Indulgence. And then he restrain'd himself from pardoning either Murders or Highway Rob; beries, and quickly discern'd the Fruits of his Severity, by a wonderful Reformation of those Enormities. He was very punđual and regular in his Devotions: He was never known to enter upon his Recreations or Sports, tho' never so early in the Morning, before he had been at publick Prayers; so that on Hunting Days his Chap: lains were bound to a very early Attendance. He was likewise very strict in observing the Hours of his private Cabinet Devotion; and was so fevere an Exa&or of Gravity and Reverence in all mention of Religion, that he could never endure any light or prophane Word, with what sharpness of Wir foever it was 'cover'd; And tho' he was well pleas'd and delighted with reading Verses made upon any Occalion, no Man durft bring before him any thing that was prophane or unclean, that kind of Wit had neyėr any countenance there. He was so great an Example of conjugal Affe&ion, that they who did not imitate him in that particular, durft not brag of their Liberty; and he did not only permit, but direct his Bishops to profecute those scandalous Vices in the Ecclesiastical Courts, against Perfons of Eminence, and near Relation to his Service. Vol. 3. 256. "

aritiat iin .. His Kingly Virties had some Mixture and Allay that hinder'd them from thining: in full Lustre, and from producing those Fruits they fhould have been attended with: He was tor in his Nature very bountiful, tho' he gave very much. This appear'd more after the Duke of Buckinghan's Death, after which those Showers fell very rarely, and he paused too long in giving, which made those to whom he gave less sensible of the Benefit. He kept State to the full, which made his Court very orderly, no Man presuming to be seen in a place where he had no Pretence to be. He saw and observ'd Men long before he receiv'd them about his Person, and did not love Strangers, nor very confident Men. He was a pacient Hearer of Caufes, which he frequently acCustom'd himself to at the Council Board, and judg'd very well, and was dexterous in the mediating Párt; - so that he often put an End te


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