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te Gentlemen, Tho' true it is, what i formeris t have deliver'd touching my Guiltiness and Dee « fert of Death, my Meaning was, and is, only * in respect of my Sins towards God, and no fur8( ther for Breach of the Laws of the Kingdom, « than only lying once with the Lady Castlehaven, a thro' Persuasion of the Earl, who was then in « Bed with her; and using some small Force for « the purpose, I did emit, but not penetrate her * Body. I came not to my Lord with a « Desire or Intent any Ways to serve him, « but was rather inclin'd for the Sea, only Mr. « Skipwith had drawn me thither for Society-fake, “ and not hearing from my Friends concerning a my intended Voyage, and being more kindlý “ respected by the Earl than I look'd for, I staid “ from Week to Week, and Month tó Month, * contrary to my Intention. Then my Lord, «making me his Bed-fellow, did one Day, when Skipwith was with him in the Garden, (but walk“ing somewhat apart) break out in Speeches to « me to this purpose : Brodway, thou art young, i lufty, and well-favour'd, and therefore canst not « but prevail with any Woman thou attempteft ; " wherefore for that I am old, and cannot live " long, my Wife wholly delighting in Lust, which « I am neither able nor willing to satisfy, thou « may'st do well to lie with her; and so pleasing “her, after my Death marry her, and thereby “ raise thy Fortune. Fitzpåtrick knows my Lord “had sollicited me again and again, hearing him « use this Language when we have been in Bed af together, and he lying at the Bed's Feet: Which "to clear, he charg'd Fitzpatrick to speak his “Knowledge ; who reply'd, 'Twas true. Then he was ask'd by one of the Lords, Whether, wher my Lord Sollicited him, my Lady defir'd to have him know "her carnally? “ To which he said, No, he would

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which was whated her and all which he

ei noi wrong her, tho' she bated him infinitely. But, « faid he, I know well, if I were minded, and able « to proffer, she would not say nay ; for Mr. Skip« with and Amprill lay with her commonly.

“He added, that Skipwith confessed to him, « he had often known her, and gotten a Child upon “ her, which she, like a wicked Woman, had made “ away, which was the only and fòle Occasion he " the said Skipwith now hated her and therefore had “ turned to the young Lady Audley; all which he « prefum'd Skipwith would confefs upon his Oath. « That the Countess was the wickedeft Woman in “ the World, and had more to answer for, than « any Woman chat lived, as he thought. At which Words, that Lord which ask'd him the former Question, Said, Grow not into a Passion, Mr. Brodway, and fpeak nothing for Malice. He answerd, «God « forbid I should, I am in Charity with aụ living « People, and do as freely forgive my Lady Castle haven, as I do desire God to forgive me ; but « what I speak, is true, as I shall presently an« wer before him that redeem'd me, and the Ho“ ly Ghost who fanctify'd me : To whom be all “ Honour and Glory, now and for evermore, “ Amen. ." Then he proceeded further, and said, That “ my Lord would have had him done it long be«fore ; for one Night coming to him to his Bedfide, he caught him, and bid him come to Bed « to him and his Wife; that thereupon he made ď to him as if he would ; but being got from "him, departed the Chamber, never intending “ to do so foul a Deed ; and that for the Reasons “aforesaid he hated her of all Women living. “ Howbeit, that one time, fatisfying my Lord's “ Desire, he came to Bed to them, where (being

gracify'd) Nature provok'd him to a kind of Desire, and he emitted, but did not enter her


« Body, as he hop'd for Salvation ; that he never

knew any Woman carnally whilst he liv'd in my « Lord's House..

" That it was not his Intentions to bring to « Light either my Lord's or my Lady's Shame ; « but that when he was upon his Oath he could

not but speak the Truth; his Nature being ne6 ver prone to Lying; or if it were in his Youth, of the good Correction of his Parents had weau'd

him from it, saying, that his Mother had often si told him the old Proverb, A Liar is worfe than a « Thief ; and he thought he had more Stripes for

that than all Faults else whatsoever ; that he had,

as he hoped, spoke nothing of Moment against “my Lord at his Arraignment; he could not now

remember every thing; if he had, he desir'd Par" don. And so concluding his Speech, prepar'd himself for Death; pulling out a lac'd Handkerchief, he desir'd the Executioner to tie it about his Head. Then pulling off his Garters, and unbuttoning his Doublet, Mr. Goodcoale, the Minister, aşk'd him, if he would not have a Pfalm. He said Yes, with all my Heart. Then he read the 143d Psalm; which Mr. Brodway, pulling up the Handkerchief, sung very chearfully, never changing Colour at all. The Minister delir'd him to make Confession of his Faith; so he pronounc'd aloud the Belief.

Mr. Goodcoale said, these are the Articles of the Christian Faith, according to the Church of England, into which Faith you was baptiz'd; pray hgnify when ther in that Faith you intend to die?” He said Yes; «for there is no other Faith (as I suppose) in

and by which a Man can be fav’d. Then he

made Request to the Sheriffs, and those of s his Kindred there, that he might be bury'd

in his own Country. It was then told him, that it was granted, and Order taken to have it so, wherefore he should now mind his Prayers. When his Kinsman

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ask'd him, if he had never another Prayer in his poca ket? He said, No. Then ask'd Mr. Goodcoale, If he would say after him? And he faid, Tes, with all my Heart ; but first he defir'd the Executioner to tie his Hands again. Which being done, Mr. Goodcoale said a short Prayer to recommend his Soul and Body to Almighty God, in and for the Merits of Christ's Death and Passion : To which Brodway and the People said Amen: Then lifting up his Hands to Heaven, he said, Lord Jesus receive my Spirit, and the Cart was drawn away.....!

Fitzpatrick beheld him hanging, and lifting up his Hands, and commending himself to God, was executed in like manner.

CHARACTER of Pryn, and his Felow-Suf

i si : ! ferers. i .

THERE were three Perfons, says my Lord

I Clarendon, most notorious for their declared Malice against the Government of the Church by Bishops, in their several Books and Writings which they had publilh'd to corrupt the People, with Circumstances very scandalous, and in Language very scurrilous and impudent, which all Men thought deserv'd very exemplary Punishment.

They were of the three several Professions which had the most Influence upon the People, a Divine, a Common Lawyer, and a Doctor of Physick ; none of them of Interest or any Esteem with the worthy Part of their several Professions, having been formerly all look'd upon under Characters of Reproach : Yet when they were all sentenc'd, and for the Execution of that Sentence brought out to be punish'd as common and signal Rogues, expos'd upon Scaffolds to have their Ears.cut off,



and their Faces and Foreheads branded with hot Irons (as the poorest and most mechanick Malefactors us'd to be, when they were not able to redeem themselves by any Fine for their Trespasses, for to satisfy any Damages for the Scandals they had rais'd against the good Name or Reputation of others Men begun no more to consider their Manners, but' the Men, and each Profeffion with Anger and Indignation enough thought their Education and Degrees, and Quality, would have secur'd them from such infamous Judgments, and treasur'd up Wrath for the time to come. Clar. Vol. 1. 94. .? - Page 199. His Lordship fays of Pryn : He was not unlearned in his Profession of the Law, as far as Learning is acquir'd by the mere reading of Books ; but being a Person of great Industry, had spent more time in reading Divinity; and, which mar'd that Divinity, in the Conversation of factious and hot-headed Divines : And so by a Mixture of all three, with the Rudeness and Arrogance of his own Nature, had contracted a proud and venomous Dislike of the Discipline of the Church of England; and fo by degrees (as the Progress is very natural) an equal Irreverence for the Government of the State too: Both which he vented in several absurd, petulant and supercilious Discourses in Print.. · Dr. Nallon, Vol. I. p.798. obferves, that Pryn liv'd to see himself and the Presbyterian Party, of which he was a most zealous Champion, recompens'd with Ignominy and Contempt: And adds, that he heard a familiar. Acquaintance of Mr. Pryn's aver, that he was fo fensible both of the Folly and Mischief of those youthful and injudicious Eflays of his unfortunate Pen, which were rather the Results of Prejudice and Revenge, than Law or Reason ; that he has heard Mr. Pryn say,


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