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while he seemed to be praying. When he stood up, the Recorder finding in his Behaviour as it were an Expectation of a Pardon, wished him not to deceive himfelf, nor beguile his own Soul; he was come to die, and must die ; requiring him not to equivocate with his last Breath, if he knew any thing that might be Danger to the King or State, he should now utter it. Garnet said, It is no time now to equivocate; how it was lawful, and when, he had shewed his Mind elfewhere : But, faith he, I do not now equivocate, and more than I have confessed I do not know. At his ascending up the Ladder, he desired to have Warning before he was turned off. But it was told him, he must look for no other Turn but Death. Being upon the Gibbet, he used these Words : I commend me to all good Catholicks, and I pray God preserve his Majesty, the Queen, and all their Posterity, and my Lords of the Privy-Councel, to whom I remember my humble Duty, and I am sorry that I did dilemble with them : But I did not think they had had such Proof against me, till it was shew'd me; but when that was proved, I held it more Honour for me at that time to confess, than before to have accused. And for my Brother Greenway, I would the Truth were known ; for the false Reports that are, make him more faulty than he is. I pould not have charged him, but that I thought he had been safe. I pray God the Catholicks may not fare the worse for my Sake, and I exhort them all to take heed they enter not into any Treafons, Rebellions, or Insurrections against the King : And with this ended Speaking, and fell to praying ; and crossing himSelf, Said, In nomine Patris & Filii, & Spiritus San&i, and prayed, Maria mater gratiæ, Maria mater misericordiæ, tu me à malo protege, & hora mortis fuscipe. Then, In manus tuas, Domine, commendo Spiritum meum: Then, Per Crucis hoc Signum, (crossing himself) fugiat procul omne ma
for the fallenway, I wouine accused
lignum. Infige Crucem tuam in corde meo, Domine. Let me always remember the Cross; and so returned again to Maria mater gratiæ, and then was
turned off, and hung till he was dead. : The Execution of Sir JER VIS ELVIS, An
e , no 1615. O N Monday the 20th of November, 1615, he
was executed at Tower-hill, upon a Gibbet there set of purpose, about six a-clock in the Morning.
He came on Foot to the Gibbet from Sheriff Goare's House, between Dr. W byting and Dr. Felton, two of his Majesty's Chaplains ; and coming to the Ladder's Foot, he talked a Word or two to the Executioner.
Then he went up the Ladder four or five Steps the Executioner sitting over his Head, upon the Top of the Gibbet : Sir Jervis finding the Ladder to stand too upright for his Ease, spake to have it amended, which forthwith (he coming down) was done, being fastened in the Ground; and then he went up again fix Steps, where after a while, sitting easily, he said : :
Nobles, Right Worshipful and others, I am here come, as well to thew, explain, and unfold that which, at the time of my Arraignment, so many of you as were present expe&ted ; as also to thew that then I perceived I had lost the good Opinion of many, in standing so long upon my Innocency, which was my Fault, I confess, hoping now to recover the same, and your good charitable Opinions of me; which Fault I then saw not, being blinded with mine Errors, which made me account it no Sin.
But since my Condemnation, by Means and Help of these two Gentlemen here present (the two Do&tors) I wais persuaded of the Greatness of my Sin, and that it was so much the greater, by how much the more I did
conceal it ; which by God's Mercy. I perceiving, cerrar Sulted not with Flesh and Blood, but thought, in this my Condemnation, my best way for my Soul's Health, to reme veal to the Omnipotent and all-seeing God, the most see cret and inward Intentions and Thoughts of my deceitful Heart, not once Suspeating the Pains or Difpraises of the World, which I regard not at all.
: It may be some will say, that this place was most unfit for my Execution, appointed to terrify. and daunt me so much the more ; but alas !: I fear not Death, * Place, nor any such like thing, for I account it the King's and Council's Special Favour that I die here ; for that I requesting the same, it was granted, whereby I see now : this Tower, late wherein I should have been called to the
State Business, and still might, if I had perform'd a more loyal Service to my King and Country than I did.
Next, I hat I was not appointed to Tyburn, a Place of more publick Reproach than now I am brought, being
worthy to die by due and lawful Justice, in prosecuting : this bloody and enormous AEZ against a kind Gentleman,
who deserved not ill at my Hands, nor at any Man's else for ought I know.
But were it I had not trusted him, who was a moft perfidions Wretch, I had not fallen into this same, which may warn all here present to take heed whom they trust in
a bad Matter, and to admonish you that are trusted nec | ver to break honest and just Fidelity. ..
I was by divers Tricks drawn into this Astion, which I received from the Earl of Northampton, Sir Thomas Monson, and none other'; but had I remembred the 119th Pfalm, 115th Verse, and said with that holy Prophet, Away from me ye wicked, for I will keep the Commandments of my God; then had I refus Sed such like Tricks. Alus! now too late ; there wars my Fault, that I did not refuse them, and cast my Jelf upon God's Providence, without any Dependency on Man, tho never so honourable. Was ever any deceiv’d. that did truft in God ? there was never any. -1
Therefore I admonill you all ; let none, how horrottrable soever he be, or the King himself, move you to a any thing not agreeable to God's Word, do it not, reject its for this was my Fault, that I had not at the first opened this Plot to his Majesty, who no doubt would mojt juftly and righteously have punisb’d the same.
Tou Nobles, Worshipful, and others, let my Example teach youl thus much, That you prophane not the holy Sabbath of the Lord, nor his good Creatures, nor that you turn (by a lascivious Course) Nights into | Days, and Days into Nights, as I have done ; and that in serving God, you must not only read the Scriptures, but join Praštice therewith; for what Good elle will the same effe&t, if the Heart be foul, bloody, and jimpure ?
Some here knew my Forwardness therein ; but I plead not Innocency that way, but caft it off, and confefs, that of this great Affembly I am the most wretched Simer.
You expe&t Speeches from me of some concealed Matters, and apon fome of my Speeches used at the closing up of my Arraignment; but I stand here loco Peccatoris, non Oratoris, yet I will shew you that I have opened to my Lord Chief Justice of England, fince my Arraignment, that which to the uttèrmost of my Power I was able to derify, upon which then I took the Body and Blood of Jefus Christ ; and in further Testimony thereof, I will now feal it with my last and deareft Breath.. . ........ ...!
Nobles and others, to fee your Faces it rejoiceth meira whereby you manifest your Love in granting my Request, to be Witnesses of my Death';' I see a Number of my Friends there there there, [pointing as he spake] whom, out of their Loves, Tentreat to beseech God to strengthen me in Denth; tho ignominions to fome, yet to me a bitter Cup, mingled to me with God's Mercy, a Special Favour this way to call me Home, whereas he might have taken away my-Life by shooting the Bridge, or some Falls or otherwise ; and then this unrepented Sin, which I ac
counted no Sin (such was my Blindness.) had been
Damnation to me ; for God is just, and the unre• pented Sinner shall have no Salvation. .
There is none of you present here, that knows how or in what sort he fall die, it may be in his Bed, it may be otherwise (God knows); I protest before you all, I never came over this Hill in the chiefest of all my Prosperity,
with more Foy than now I have at this prefent ; for I now I know that presently I shall behold the glorious Face and
Sight of my Creator. to.. . Take heed, and let my Example incite you to serve God truly and uprightly, better than I have done, left a Pameful Death overtake you, ous it doth me, who am unworthy of my Parents Care in bringing me up.
It may be fome will say I have a flinty Heart, because I bed no Tears; my Heart is Flesh as any others, and I am as faint-hearted to look Death in the Face as any others ; but because my Use hath been not to feed Tears, I cannot now easily, except it be for the Loss of some great Friend, albeit now my Heart begimeth to melt within me, being wounded (with that the Tears stood in his Eyes] to see the Faces of some there present; whom I most earnestly love, and now must depart from with Shame ; for worldly Regard I respect. not, for well Mr. Sherif knows that (to shame this my finful Flesh the more) I wijl (if he had pleased) to have been brought from Westminster thro' the City, to have warned all Spe&tators how they bould not escape without Judgment for Blood; for God is just. . .
I had almost forgotten to show you á frange thing; which God brought to my Memory the laft Night, which was this; I confess I have been a great Gamefter, and especially on the other Side, have wasted and played many Sums of Money, which exhausted a great part of my Means, which I perceiving, vowed seriously (not slightly or unadvisedly) to the Lord in my Vow and Pray ers, Lord let me be banged if ever I play any morel which not long after is most juftly come upon me,