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"* him, & I kept a becoming distance, not hearing any thing y' was f, yet cd perceive yor "Matye pensive by yo looks, & that ye A. Bp "gave a sigh; who, after a short stay, againe ** kissing yor hand, returned, but wth face all ye "way towards yor Matye, & making his usual "reverences, he being so submiss, as he fell ** prostrate on his face on the ground, & I immediately step to him to help him up, wch I "was then acting, w" your Matye saw me trou"bled in my fleep. The impression was so lively, "y1 I look'd about, verily thinking it was no ** dream.
"The Kf sJ, my dream was remarkable, but U he is dead; yet had we conferred together "during life, 'tis very likely (albeit I loved him "well) I ssiould have P something to him, might "have occasioned his sigh.
"Soon after I had told my dream, Dr. Juxon, "then Bp of London, came to the Kg, as I re
.•** •late in y1 narrative I sent Sr Wm Dugdale, w*h "I have a transcript of here, nor know whether
." it rests with his Grace ye A. Bp of Cant, or « Sr W. Dugdale, or be disposed in S' JoB Cot** ton?s Library near Westminster-hall; but wish ** you had ye perusal of it before you return into « <y* North. And this being not communicated x 3 "to "to any but your self, you may shew it to his "Grace & none else, as you promised, S%' \ "Yor very affect. fnd & ferv1
"York; it. Aus 1680."
Many resemblances occur in several of the circumstances attending the execution of this Prince and that of the late unfortunate Louis XVI. Trie following extract is made from a very curious little book, called " England's Shame, or the '** Unmasking of a Politic Atheist; being a full "and faithful Relation of the Life and Death of "that Grand Impostor Hugh Peters. By Wil'** liam Young, M. D. London, 1663. Umo, "Dedicated to Her Most Excellent Majesty ** Henrietta Maria, the Mother Queen of Eng"land, Scotland, France, and Ireland."
"The soldiers were secretly admonished by "letters from Hugh Peters to exercise the ad"mired patience of King Charles, by upbraid** ing him to his face; and so it was; for hav** ing gotten him on board their boat to trans"port him to Westminster-hall, they would not ** afford him a cushion to fit upon, nay, scarcely "the company of his spaniel, but scoffed at him ** most vilely; as if to blaspheme the King were "not to blaspheme God, who had established ** him to be his Vicegerent, our supreme Mo
"derator, ** derator, and a faithful Cuftos Duarum Tabu/a** rum Legam, Keeper of both Tables of the Law.
** The King being safely arrived at Whitehall, ** (that they might the easier reach the crown,) "they do with pious pretences, seconded with *c fears of declining, hoodwink their General "Fairfax to condescend to this bloody sacrifice. "Whereas Oliver Cromwell and Ireton would ** appear only to be his admirers, and spectators "of the regicide, by standing in a window at "Whitehall, within view of the scasfold and the "people; whilst Peters, fearing a tumult, dis"sembles himself sick at St. James's; conceiting * * that he might thereby plead not guilty, though "no man was more forward than he to encou"rage Colonel Axtel in this action, and to ani"mate his regiment to cry for justice against the "traitor, for so they called the King."
"The resolve passed," adds Dr. Young, " that "the King must be conveyed from Windsor "Castle to Hampton Court, Harrison rides with "him, and upbraids him to his face. Peters "riding before him out of the Castle, cries, "We'll whisk him, we'll whisk him, now we "have him. A pattern of loyalty, one formerly ** a Captain for the King's interest, seizing x 4 "Peters's "Peters's bridle, fays, Good Mr. Peters, what "will you do with the King? I hope that yoa ** will do his person no harm. That Peters "might be Peters, he replies, He shall die the "death of a traitor, were there never a man in "England but he. The Captain forced to loose ** his hold of the reins by a blow given him "over his hand with Peters's stasf, this tmra. "peter of sorrow rides on singing his fad note* "We'll whisk him, we'll whisk him, I warrant "you, now we have him!"
Oliver Cromwell is said to have put his hand to the neck of Charles as he was placed in his coffin, and to have made observations on the extreme appearance of health and a long life that his body exhibited upon dissection. Oliver was at first anxious to have stained the King's memory, by pretending that he had a scandalous disease upon him at the time of his death, had he pot been prevented by the bold and steady assertion to the contrary made by a physician, who chanced to be present at the opening of the body.
Sir Thomas Herbert, who was Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles, and who waited on him for two years previous to his decapitation, has written a very curious and interesting account of that period,
He attended his master to the scasfold, but had not the heart to mount it with him. At the staircase he resigned him into the hands of good Bishop Juxon. He tells this curious anecdote respecting the Lord General Fairfax's ignorance of the King's death:—When the execution was over, Sir Thomas, in walking through the Long Gallery at Whitehall, met Lord Fairfax, who said to him, "Sir Thomas, how does the King?" "which," adds he, " I thought very strange, (it "seemed thereby that theLord General knew not "what had passed,) being all that morning (and "indeed at other times) using his power and in"terest to have the execution deferred for some "days." Cromwell, however, knew better; for on seeing Sir Thomas he told him, that he should have orders speedily for the King's burial. When Charles was told, that he was soon to be removed from Windsor to Whitehall, he only said, "God is everywhere alike in wisdom, "power, and goodness."
Charles the First was a man of a very elegant mind. He had a good taste in art, and drew tolerably well. A Gentleman at Brussels has several original letters of Rubens in MS. In one of them he expresses his satisfaction at being soon to visit England; "for (adds he) I am told ** that the Prince of that country is the best