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The Execution of THOMAS SCOT, the Regicide,
the 17th Day of October, 1660. THE Night before Execution, when he was
+ in the Dungeon, he was, (as he had been that Day) somewhat fadder than at other times; and one ask'd him, if any particular Thing lay on him ? He said, No ; but the Lord was pleased to suspend his comforting Prefence : But, faid he (with an humble Boldness I would fpeak it) The Lord shall not put me off with any thing besides himself. After having spent fome Hours in Prayer, as at other Times, about Midnight we left him, and his Fellows, that they might get a little Rest, for the Support of their natural Spirits; and in three or four Hours his Wife, Children, and many other Friends return'd. When we came, we found them praying : Ąs foon as Colonel Scroop had ended, Mr. Scot turned about, and opening his Arms, he imbraced his Wife, and one of his Daughters : Ah, said he, my dear ones, God is good, he is come, he is come! I am full, I am full. O bless the Lord for me, and with me! O my Soul, and all that is within me, magnify the Lord! By and by he went to Prayer himself; and one would have thought he had been as it were) in Heaven, his Soul was so enlarged in blessing, praising and magnifying the God of his Salvation. O! said he to 'his Wife, I would not change this dark Room for the best Stan-Chamber under Heaven. He desir'd his Friends and Relations would not be folicitous for his Body ; but let them do what they pleased, and exercise what Cruelty they would ; laying, it was meet it should be fo: And that the dead Bodies of the Witnesses must be unburied, that the Scriptures might be fulfill’d.
Some Part of his Prayer was, to bless the Lord, that (as the Psalmist faid) tho' he came in there weeping, and fearing that he had not yet been bearing precious Seed, yet now they were returning rejoicing and triumphing, and carrying their Sheaves with them. Call lis not (laid he) Marahs (as the onee said) but call us Naomies ; for we came in hither (some of us) empty, but we are going out full: The Lord hath not writ bitter things, but good of us; for this is glorious Grace, That we are counted worthy to suffer for GOD and his CAUSE. Oh! What shall we render to the Lord ? We will take the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Oh our Souls, bless the Lord ! and we do with our Souls bless thee, that we have an Eternity to bless thee in ; for no less will satisfy our Souls. And now, O blessed and glorious God ! shall we be among thy Worthies? If possible, let us attain to the firit three ; but if we attain not to fo glorious a Teftiinony às that, yet, O Lord! let us be among thy Worthies. We desire to glorify thy great and blessed Name, that thou haft in any Meafure enabled us to encourage our Hearts in the Lord our God, at such a time as this, when eighty are (as it were) in the Flames ; and the People speak of worse than stoning us. When some fpake of the Reproaches of the People, he said, he accounted that his Honour.
Mr. Scot's Speech upon the Ladder.
Gentlemen, I stand here a Spectacle to GOD to Angels, and Men : To GOD and Angels, to whom I hope I am shortly a going. And now to you I owe it ; to God, and the Nation, and myself, to say something concerning each. For myself, I think it may become me to tell you how, Hibis und in dem i!. The s', and any----
and why I came hither; and something in the general, concerning my Capacity. In the Beginning of these Troubles I was (as many others were) unsatisfy'd. I saw Liberties and Religion in the Nation in great Danger, to my best Apprehension; I saw the Approaches of Popery in a great Measure coming in upon us : I saw
Upon which the Sheriff interrupted him in these Words : If you will betake yourself to Prayer, you may.
Mr. Scot replied, I shall not speak to reproach
The Sheriff interrupted him again, saying, You have but a little Time, Mr. Scot, therefore betake that little Time to Prayer. Mr. Scot replied, I mall speak----
The Sheriff interrupted him again, saying, I beseech you, Sir, betake yourself to Prayer.
Mr. Scot said, it may become me to give an Account of myself, because---
The Sheriff interrupted him again, saying, It doth not become you to Speak any such thing here, therefore I beseech' you betake jourself to Prayer ; it is but a little time you have to live : You know, Mr. Scot, that is the most needful thing.' .
Mr. Scot replied, 'Tis fo----
The Sheriff interrupted again, saying, Sir, But when you came upon the Stage, you depriv’d yourself very much. I
Then said Mr. Scot, I thought to tell you how I came hither '
Here the Sheriff interrupted again, (or else fome one beside the Sheriff) and spake to this Effect. Every Body knows, that----
Mr. Scot said, Sir, 'Tis hard that an Englishman hath nct Liberty to Speak--- .
The Sherif interrupted again, saying, I cannot suffer you to speak any such thing... .
ime you bedful things
Mr. Scot said, I shall say no more but this, T hat it is a very mean and bad Cause that will not bear the W ords of a dying Man; it is not ordinarily denied to People in this Condition----
The Sheriff interrupted again, saying, Sir, Ton had a fair Tryal, and you were found guilty.
Mr. Scot replied, 'Tis according to my Mind to Speak what may be said----
Here the Under-Sheriff interrupted, saying, Ik hath been denied unto your Predecesors, and will be denied unto you.
Then he pray'd; wherein he has this Expres-y. sion, I say again, to the Praise of the free Grace of God, I bless his Name, he hath engaged me in a Cause not to be repented of. I say, in a Cause not to be repented of. · His Prayer being ended, he was turn'd off.
HUGH Peters's Execution, the 17th of O&ober, .. 1660, as related by a Friend of his.
N R . Peters, as is well known, was exercised
W under a great Confli& in his own Spirit, during the time of his Imprisonment, fearing (as he would often say) that he should not go thro? his Sufferings with Courage and Comfort, and said to Friends, that he was somewhat unprepar'd for Death, and therefore unwilling to die ; fomething he said he had committed, and other things omitted, which troubled him ; but tho' it was a cloudy and dark Day with him for a Season ; yet the Light of God's Grace and Favour would break forth at last.. :.'.
And surely the Favour of God did at the last appear, for a little before he went forth to Exečution (as many can testify) he'was well compoled in his Spirit, and chearfully said, I thank God .' ;
: ' ".. . now
now I can die, I can look Death in the Face and not be afraid.
As for that flanderous Report which was took, much receiv'd by good People as well as bad, te wit, that he was guilty of Uncleanness; a Friend coming to him in Prison, put that Question serioufly and soberly to his Soul. To which he reply'd, That he blessed the Lord he was wholly clear in that Matter, and that he never knew any. Woman but his own Wife.
A Night or two before he suffer'd, two of the Episcopal Clergy, who, as some report, were the King's Chaplains, came to give him à Visit ; they endeavour'd to make Advantage of the Temptations wherewith he was then affaulted, and to persuade him to a Repentance and Recantation of his former A&ivity in the Parliament Cause, which they endeavour'd to enforce upon him by a Promise of Pardon from the King, in case he would herein hearken to them." But tho? he was then much affli&ed in his Spirit, yet the Lord did help him to bear up with much Courage against the Insinuations of that fort of Men, and told them he had no Cause in the least to repent of his adhering to that Interest ; but rather, that he had in the Prosecution thereof done no more for God and his people in there Nations; and with Civility dismissing thofe Visitants, he applied himself to fome other Ministers then present, whom he judged more able to fpeak a Word in Season to him under these greae Trials, where with the Lord was then pleas'd to exercise him.
Being carried upon the Sledge to Execution, and made to fit therein within the Rails at Chasing-cross, to behold the Execution of Mr. Cookė; one came to him, and upbraided him with the Death of the King, bidding him (with opprobrious Language) to repent : He reply'd, Friend,