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whereof you are all. Eye-witnesses, because a thousand times since I brake this my Vow.
Then he espied.one Sir Maximilian Dallifon standing near the Gibbet on Horseback, and said unto him. You know, Sir Maximilian, what gaming we have had, and how we have turned Days into Nights, and Nights into Days : I pray you in time to leave it off, and dishonour God no more by breaking his Sabbaths, for he hath always enough to punish, as you now see me, who little thought to die thus. . *To which Šir Maximilian answer'd him, Sir Jervis, I am much grieved for you, and I wall wever for get what you have here said ; whereunto Sir Jervis said, Look to it, do tben. .. ... . . Further, he continu'd his Speech, saying, Let no Man boast of the Abilities and Gifts of Nature, which God giveth him, for therein I displeased God, being transported with over-much Pride of my Pen, which obsequiaus Quill of mine procured my juft Overthrow; upon the knitting of my Lord Chief Justice's Speech at my Arraignment, by reason of two or three Pal ages at the Bottom of my Letter, subscribed with my own Hand, which I utterly had forgotten, because I felt not any Sin; which when I heard, I Saw none other but the Finger of God could thus point to this Fact; by this Means I do prom teft. before God, and confess before you all, that I was so farovertaken by this bloody Fast, that for Satisfaction of the same, I willingly yield, my deareft Blood, to the Shame of this my Carcasso: not being Yo much grieved for the fame as for others, that I wish I had hanged in Chainsi perpetually, so that I had revealed at first the heinous Pilot. . ... I hen should I have saved the Lives of some already dead, fome in the Tower, fome in the City, Some over Seas; fo foould I have prevented many from being W: dows, Jame from being Fatherless, and some from being Childless, binong whom mine own Wife for one, and -eight fatherless Children of mine, which I leave now bebind me, and God knows how many be guilty of this Fakt, and when it will be ended. " - The Lord Chief Justice, upon clofing up of my Speeches at my Arraignment, said I was an Anabaptist : 1 would to God I were as clear from all other Sins, as from that, for I always detested that Condition.
As for my Wife, fome say she is a Papift ; but true it is, the comes So short from a fincere Protestant, (I mean in that respez) that when she is among Papists pe cannot well forbear them. ..
Then he spake to the Sheriff, saying, if it may be permitted without Offence, I have Somewhat to say, and that is this, Is it lawful for any one here to demand of me any Questions? To which the Sheriff answer'd, It is not lawful; wherefore good Sir Jervis (quoth he) farbear. Sir Jervis thereunto Said, with doubling his
Words, It is enough, it is enough, in 2 I have here (quoch he) one that holdeth my Cloak, ļ may I bestow fomewhat on bim? The Sheriff answer'd, ; That you may Sir ;; whereupon he calld the young Man
to him by his Name, who stood waiting at the Ladder's | Foot, and gave him out of his Pocket fome Pieces of Gold,
or Silver, Here, take this, spend it ; which he with bitter Tears thankfully accepted. Dr. Whyting and Dr. Felron strained Courtesy, which of them tould begin a publick Prayer, fitting for this party's Condition, one of them willed the other ; but ac last Dr. Whyting said, If you Sir servis can perform it your self, you, of all Men are fittest to do it, with Efficacy both of Soul and Spirit ; whereupon he said, I fall do my best then ; but my Hearers, I crave your charitable Constručtion, if with half Words and imperfet Speeches, I chatter like a Crane.
His Prayer being ended, he ask'd if he might pray privately ; the Do&or said, Yes Sir.
Then made he a short Prayer to himself, with his Face cover'd; and after he uncover'd it, and said, Now I have pray'd, now I must pay, I mean, do
the last Office to Fustice. With that Dr. W hyting said, Sir Jervis, you may stand one Step lower on the Ladder ; To whom the Sheriff answer'd, It is better for him, Mr. Doctor, to be where he is : Stay (quoth the Do&or) to the Executioner, for he hath given a Watch-word, he is in private Prayer again, Tea, quoth he, I know that, for he hath given me & Watch-word, when I fal perform my Office to him. .
. He uncover'd his Face after his second short Prayer,and first took his leave of all the Assembly,saying, with a chearful Voice and Countenance, I pray you pray for me, who shall never move behold your Faces : Then he said with a great Fevency of Spirit, Lord] de fire at thy Hands this bitter Cup of Death, as the Patient receiveth a bitter Potion, not once demanding what is iiz the Cup, but takes and drinks it off, be it never fo bitter. • As foon then as he had audibly said, Lord Jesus receive my Soul, which, it seems, was the Executioner's Watch-word, he presently turned him off the Ladder ; and being off, the Executioner's Man caught hold of one of his Feet, his own Man on the other Foot, whereby they suddenly weighed his Life ; where hanging a small Distance of Time, his Body not once stirred, only his Hands a little stirred and moved, being tied only with a little black Ribband, which a little before he had reached to the Executioner, putting up his Hands to him for that purpose : All which being ended, both Corps and high Gibbeç were from thence removed.
The Execution of the Lord AUDLEY, May 14, 1631.
Ervin, Lord Audley, Earl of Castlehaven,
having, the 25th of April, 1631, receiv'd Sentence of Death, a Warrant was illu'd for his Execution upon Saturday the 14th of May following ; Notice whereof was given him, and his Coffin carried into the Tower about a Week before, tliát he might the better prepare himself for Death: The Dean of Pauls, Do&or Winerfe, failed not daily to visit him, and to see how he stood, and to settle him in his Religion.
Being brought to the Scaffold, attended by the Dean of Pauls and Dr. Wickham, together with his Servants, he saluted the noble Personages, and whole Affembly, shewing to them all a very noble, manly and chearful Countenance, such as feemed no ways daunted with the fear of Death. After a fhort while shewing himself to the People, he addressed himself to Prayer, the Deans accompanying him in that Exercise, but somewhat apart" ; which being not long, he stood upon his Legs, and leaned upon the two Deans, conferring with them. Then he turned to the Lords, and spake to this Effect : : I acknowledge with Thankfulness the great * Goodness of Almighty God, that it hath plea“ sed his Divine Majesty to beltow on me many “ Endowments, as Honour, Riches, and the like, “ which I have mispent ; having been a vicious “ Liver, and justly deserved Death, for as much, 5 and in that the least Sin ar God's Hands justly “ deserveth Death, and no less; but for the two hei“nous Crimes with which I am branded, c011“demned, and here to suffer for, I do here deny " them upon my Death, freely forgiving those that have accyled me, and have been the OcG4
is casion of my Death, even as freely as I my self ff do desire Forgiveness at God's Hands, which I “ hope to obtain thro' his infinite Goodness and “Mercy; and somewhat the rather, by your “ Christian Prayers, which I expect, and humbly
“beg of your Lordships, and this whole Allem.“ bly. Now for as much as there hath been “ Speech and Rumour of my Unsettledness in my Śc Religion, I have, for Explanation thereof, not ç only made Confession of my Faith to those two “ worthy Doctors, but for better Satisfaction to the « World in that Point, express'd the same in Wri« ting under my Hand signed; which as it is here $ fet down, I desire may be publickly read. '
The Confession of his Faith then was read by a young Gentleman, with a loud Voice, wherein he profefles he dies in the Faith of the Church of i England. - After which he proceeded : " I acknowledge so the great Juftice and Mercy of the King's Ma“ jesty ; his Justice in bringing me to the Bar; .“ and his Mercy in affording me such a Noble and “ Gracious Tryal here ; and I give his Majesty FC humble and hearty Thanks for alligning my .“ Death to be in this Manner, contrary to the Þr Sentence pronounced against me at my Arraign
ment : But there is a greater Favour than this, - for which I am to render Thanks unto his Sa
cred Majesty, and that is, the long time I have . had to repent in ;. whereof (praised be Almighty Ś God) I can speak with Comfort, I have made s good Use, and am now fully prepared for Death, "and much the better, by the good Help and In“struction of these two worthy Men, to whom I “ acknowledge my self bounden, and do here, be“fore you all, give them hearty. Thanks for their
great Pains taken in coming to me, praying for name, and preaching and reading to me.