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- Troop, and, by my. God I will go thro' this.
Death, and he will make it easy to me. Now
into thy Hands, O Lord Jesus, I commit my · Spirit. Then he was turnd oft. ". . .
The CHARACTER of Col. Tho. HARRISON.
The King being taken from Hurst's-Castle, was received by Col. Harrison with a strong Party of Horse, by whom he was to be conducted to Windfor-Castle. Harrison was the son of a Butcher, near Nantwich in Cheshire, and had been bred up in the place of a Clerk under a Lawyer of good, Account in those Parts; which kind of Education introduces Men into the Language and Practice of Business; and if it be not resisted by the great Ingenuity of the Person, inclines young Men to more Pride than any other kind of Breeding, and disposes them to be pragmatical and insolent, thoʻthey have the Skill to conceal it from their Mafters, except they find them (as they are too often) inclined to cherish it. When the Rebellion firft began, this Man quitted his Master, who had relation to the King's Service, and discharg'd his Duty faithfully, and put himself into the Parliament-Army, where having first obtained the Office of a Cornet, he got up, by Diligence and Sobriety, to the State of a Captain, without any signal Noricę taken of him, till the new Model of the Army, when Cromwel, who possibly had Knowledge of him before, found him of a Spirig and Disposition fit for his Service, much given to Prayer and Preaching, and otherwise of an Understanding capable to be trusted in any Business, to which his Clerkship contributed very much, and then he was preferred very faft; fo that by the Time the King was brought to the Army, he had been a Colonel of Horse,
and lookd upon as inferiour to few, after Crowe py wel and Ireton, in the Council of Officers, and in w ba the Government of the Agitators; and there could were few Men with whom Cromwel more coming t municated, or upon whom he more depended for The the Conduct of any thing committed to him; be telt receiv’d the King with outward Respect, kept him self bace, but attended him with great Stridnels, and was not to be approached by any Address, an form (wering Questions in thort and few Words, and when importun’d with Rudeness, he manifested an Apprehension that the King had some thought of making an Escape, and did things in order to prevent it. Being to lodge at Windsor, and fo to 1" pass by Bagshot, the King express'd a Defire to lee his little Park at Bag shot, and fo to dine at the Lodge there, a place where he had ufed to take much Pleasure, and did not dissemble the knowing that the Lord Newburgh, who had lately married the Lady Aubigney, liv'd there, and faid, he would send a Servant to let that Lady know that he would dine with her, that the might provide a Dinner for him. Harrison well knew the Aftection of that Lord and Lady, and was very uns willing he hould make any Stay there ; but finding the King so fixt upon it, that he would not be otherwise remov'd from it, than by absolutely refusing him to go thither, he chose to consent, and that his Majesty should fend a Servant, which he did the Nighư before he intended to dine there. Before thë King came thither, Harris fan had sent fome Horfe, with an Officer, to search the House, and all about the Park, that he might be sure no Company lurk'd which might make fome Attempt. The King having spent three or four Hours at the Lord Neuburgh's with very much Satisfaction to himself, tho' he was not suffer'd to be in any Room without the Com
he might be foule, and all abouth an Officer, to
pany of fix or feven Soldiers, who suffer'd little to be spoken, except it was so loud that they could hear it too, he took a sad Farewel, appear ing to have little Hopes of ever seeing 'em again. The Lord Newburgh rode fome Miles into the Fo: rest to wait upon the King, 'till he was requir'd by Harrison to return. In this Journey Harrison observing that the King had always an Apprehenfion that there was a Purpose to murder him, and had once let fall some Words of the Odiousness and Wickedness of such an Alsassination and Murder, which could never be safe to the Person who undertook it : Harrison told him plainly, “ That “ he need not entertain any fuch Imagination or “ Apprehension ; that the Parliament had too “ much Honour and Justice to cherish fo foul an
Intencion, and assur'd him, that whatever the “ Parliament resolv'd to do, would be very pub“ lick, and in a way of Justice, to which the ..“ World fhould be Witness, and never would en
“ dure a Thought of secret Viole ice.” Which his Majesty could not persuade himself to believe, nor did imagin they durst ever produce him in the fight of the People, under any Form whatfoever of publick Tryal, Clarend. Hif. Vol. III. p. 246. * When Cromwel last modeld his Army, Harrison was discarded, with many other Officers who had the greatest Names in the Fadions of Religion ; ( Clar. Vol. III. p.595.) They had gone very great Lengths with the Usurper ; but when he aflum'd the Regal Power, and they found they were to be excluded any Share in the Government, they begun to thew their Disaffe&ion to him, as they had done to their former Governours. And as the Prote&or well knew how to manage that Enthusiastick Zeal with which his Officers were inspir'd, to the Destruction of every other Power; so when he had serv'd his Ends of them, he slighted the Opposition they pretended to make to his Tyranny, and hew'd them of how little Signification and Influence they were, when they had depriv'd themselves of his superiour Dire&tion and Conduct.'.
The Execution of Mr. JOHN CARE W, the day of O&ober 1660. as related by a Friend of bis. THE Day he suffer’d, and the Hour being
1 come, the Rope being ty'd about him, he rejoyc'd exceedingly, saying, Oh ! What am I, that I fhould be bound for the Cause and Interest of the Son of God? And when he was coming down Neugate Stairs, to go into the Sledge, in a very smiling, chearful manner, he utter'd Words to this efteå ; My Lord Jesus, for the Joy that was set before him, endur'd the Cross, and despised the Shame, and is now set down on the right Hand of God; whose Steps I desire to follow. It was also observ'd, that the Chearfulness of his Countenance, all the way as he went to the Gibber, remain'd, to the Encouragement of the Faithful, and Admiration of Enemies, uttering by the way many chearful Expressions, setting forth his Joy in the Lord.
When he was brought to the Gibbet, before he went up the Ladder (his Hands being bound) he exhorted several Friends ftanding by, to be faithful unto Death, and not to be ashamed of the Cause for which they suffered, and they should receive'a Crown of Life. And further laid to a Friend that stood by, That he hoped the Truths of the Kingdom which - he had preach'd up and down would not be the less esteemed, for that he came now to seal them with his Blood. ..
......... Mr. CARE W's Speech upon the Ladder...???
Ruly, it is not Words, nor that which I have 1 to speak in mine own Spirit, will glorify
· God, or give any Advantage to your Souls, or unto me : But it is, if I may speak a few Words in the Spirit of the Lord, and in the Power of his Might, and from an unfeigned Love unto Jesus Christ: That would indeed give me an open En trance, and make my Paflage very fweet; and a · Blesling may be behind, even upon you. The firit thing (indeed) thar hath been very weightý ( and I defire to leave it upon all, upon Saints as well as upon those that are not acquainted with Jesus Christ ) that Eternity, Immortality, and eternal Life, it is a wonderful thing; the Thoughts and Apprehensions of it are able to fwallow uprà poor Soul: We little think what it is; he that knows most of God, and most of Christ, and hath the greatest Measure of the Anointing, he little, little knows what it is to appear before the holy, the most glorious, the most righteous God of Heaven and Earth; to stand before his Judgment Seat, before Jefus Christ that is at his Right Hand: And where all the holy Angels are so aThamed (because of the Glory of God) that they fall down and cover their Faces, and cry Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come. And therefore, if such glorious Creaturés, if such excellent Spirits as thefe Seraphins and Cherubins be, if they do fall down before the Glory and Majesty of this most excellent and wonderful God, how should Dust and Alhes do ? And how should they fear and tremble to appear before him ? And therefore, I say, think of this, and of the Righteousness of God, as well as 'of his Glory and Majesty, and of his Justicę; that