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* him, & I kept a becoming distance, not hear« ing any thing y' was f', yet copercéive yo' « Mâtye pensive by yo' looks, & that yo A. Bp “ gave a figh; 'who, after a short stay, againe • kissing yo hand, returned, but with face all ye « way towards yo' Mâtye, & making his usual “ reverences, he being so submiss, as he fell “ prostrate on his face on the ground, & I im6 mediately step to him to help him up, wch I « was then acting, w" your Mâtye saw me trou. os bled in my ileep. The impression was fo lively, ~ y' I look'd about, verily thinking it was no • dream. .

« The K* f', my dream was remarkable, but « he is dead; yet had we conferred together 66 during life, 'tis very likely (albeit I loved him « well) I should have få something to him, might 66 have occasioned his sigh.

« Soon after I had told my dream, D'. Juxon, 165 then Bp of London, came to the K, as I re1“ late in y' narrative I sent S W Dugdale, wih

“ I have a transcript of here, nor know whether ," iu rests with his Grace ye A. Bp of Cant. or "S' W. Dugdale, or be disposed in S Joo Cot. 66 ton's Library near Westminster-hall; but wish “ you had yo perusal of it before you return into :“y' North. And this being not communicated : : . X 3


* to any but your felf, you may shew it to his “ Grace & none else, as you promised, S';';

“ Yo' very affect. fnd & fervi

" Tho: HerbeRT. Tork, 28 August 1680."

Many resemblances occur in several of the cir. cumstances attending the execution of this Prince and that of the late unfortunate Louis XVI. The following extract is made from a very curious little book, called “ England's Shame, or the 166 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. 12o. ***166 Dedicated to Her Most Excellent Majesty

6 Henrietta Maria, the Mother Queen of Eng46 land, Scotland, France, and Ireland."

" The soldiers were secretly admonished by 6 letters from Hugh Peters to exercise the adu 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 66 afford him a cushion to sit upon, nay, scarcely “ the company of his spaniel, but fcoffed at him 6 most vilely; as if to blafpheme the King were « not to blaspheme God, who had established “ him to be his Vicegerent, our supreme Mo

66 derator, “ derator, and a faithful Culos Duarum Tabulas 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, feconded with “ fears of declining, hoodwink their General « Fairfax to condescend to this bloody facrifice. * Whereas Oliver Cromwell and Ireton would « appear only to be his admirers, and spectators c of the regicide, by standing in a window at " Whitehall, within view of the scaffold and the 166 people; whilst Peters, fearing a tumult, dis“ sembles himself fick at St. James's; conceiting “ that he might thereby plead not guilty, though “ no man was more forward than he to encou. 66 rage Colonel Axtel in this action, and to ani

“ mate his regiment to cry for justice against the .6 traitor, for so they called the King.”. '

• The resolve passed,” adds Dr. Young, “ that . Co the King must be conveyed from Windsor :56 Castle to Hampton Court, Harrison rides with 1 « him, and upbraids him to his face. Peters 1 ¢ riding before him out of the Castle, cries, . 66 We'll whisk him, we'll whisk hiin, 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, says, Good Mr. Peters, what so will you do with the King ? I hope that you “ will do his person no harm. That Peters " might be Peters, he replies, He shall die the 45 death of a traitor, were there never a man in 66 England but he. The Captain forced to loose s his hold of the reins by a blow given him

over his hand with Peters's staff, this trum. “ peter of sorrow rides on finging his fad note, « We'll whisk him, we'll whisk him, I warrant 56 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 diffection. Oliver was at first anxious to have stained the King's me. mory, by pretending that he had a scandalous. disease upon him at the time of his death, had he not been prevented by the bold and steady affer. tion 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.


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He attended his master to the scaffold, but had not the heart to mount it with him. At the staircafe 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 the Lord 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 to. lerably well. A Gentleman at Brussels has several original letters of Rubens in MS. In one of them he expresses his fatisfaction at being foon to visit England; “ for (adds he) I am told * that the Prince of that country is the best

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