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A63966 A new martyrology, or, The bloody assizes now exactly methodizing in one volume comprehending a compleat history of the lives, actions, trials, sufferings, dying speeches, letters, and prayers of all those eminent Protestants who fell in the west of England and elsewhere from the year 1678 ... : with an alphabetical table ... / written by Thomas Pitts. Tutchin, John, 1661?-1707. 1693 (1693) Wing T3380; ESTC R23782 258,533 487

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that seek the ruine of their Parents that begot them and brought them forth or them that lay violent hands upon themselves dashing out their own Brains cutting their own Throats hanging and drawing themselves ripping up their own Bellies tearing out their own Bowels they being in different senses Children and Members of that Body Politick they design and attempt the Destruction of and when I know not how long the Duration and Continuance of these things shall be or a Conclusion or End by God shall be put thereto who by Divine and Unerring Wisdom governs the World why shall my Soul be unwilling to take its flight into the unseen and eternal World Where no sullied sordid or impious thing most incongruous and unbecoming Nature shall be seen and found and where I shall behold no narrow conclusive contracted Soul there habitually preferring their private before a publick good but all most unanimously and equally center in one common universal good and where the sighs and groans and cries of the afflicted and persecuted shall be heard no more for ever I earnestly exhort all most highly to prize and value Time and diligently improve it for Eternity to be wise seriously and seasonably to consider of their latter End for by the irrepealable and irreversible Law of Heaven we must all die yet we know not how where or when Live with your Souls full of solicitude and care with a most deep concernedness and most diligent industriousness whilst you have time and opportunity and the means of Grace Health and Strength make sure of these two great things viz. 1. What merits for you a Right and Title to Eternal Life and Glory and the future unchangeable Blessedness as the Redeemers most precious Blood and Righteousness that thereby a real Application and Imputation may be unto you by sincere Believing 2. That that which makes you qualified Subjects for it is the great work of Regeneration wrought in your Souls being renewed in the Spirit of your Minds the Divine Nature being imprest upon them repairing of the depraved Image of God in you th●t being transformed into his own likeness thereby in the World you may mind an● savour more the things of the Spirit than the things of the Flesh Celestial and Heavenly more than Terrestrial and Earthly Superiour more than inferiour things And therewith have a holy Life and Conversation conjoyned that results and springs from the same as Fruit from the Root and Acts from the Habits Let all in order thereto seriously consider these few Texts of sacred Scripture let them predominately possess you let them be deeply and indelibly Transcribed upon your Souls let them be assimilated thereunto and made the written Epistles the lively Pictures thereof Matth. 5.8 20. Blessed be the pure in heart for they shall see God Vers. 20. For I say unto you except your Righteousness exceed the Righ●eousness of the Scribes and Pharisees ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven John 3.3 Jesus answered and said unto him Verily verily I say unto thee except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God 1 Cor. 6.9 10 11. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God c. Gal. 5.19 20 to 23. Now the works of the Flesh are manifest which are these Adultery c. James 1.18 Of his own Will begat he us with the Word of Truth that we should be a kind of fi●st fruits of his Creatures 1 Pet. 1.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which according to his abundant Mercy hath begotten us again to a lively hope by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Vers. 13. Wherefore gird up the loyns of your Minds c. Colos. 3.1 2. If ye then be risen with Christ seek those things that are above Set your affections on things above not c. Gal. 5.24 And they that are Christs have crucified the Flesh with the Affections and Lusts c. Eph. 2.1 And you hath he quickned who were dead in trespasses and sins Rev. 20.6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first Resurrection on such the second Death hath no power Rom. 8.1 There is therefore now no Condemnation c. 1 Pet. 1.15 But as he that hath called you is holy so be ye c. Vers. 23. Being born again not of corruptible Seed c. Psal. 4.3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself c. I shall mention now no more the whole Bible abounds with these Texts with what a Renovation and Change of our Carnal and Corrupt Hearts and Natures there must be with Holiness of Life and Conversation before we can be capable of a future and blessed Immortality and of inheriting the Kingdom of God for ever and ever Amen A Letter written by Mr. John Hicks Octob. 5. the day before his Death My Dear Nephew I Am yet in the Land of the Living though in the Mouth of Death I have been concern'd for you next to my own Children before I die I thought fit 〈◊〉 write two or three Lines to you a● a Manifestation of my great Love to you I earnestly desire the welfar of you here and to Eternity hereafter next to my own Wife and Children you will want me when I am gone but I hope the Lord will take care of you make it your business to walk with him to serve him faithfully flee youthful Lusts and Remember your Creator in the days of your Youth be deeply concern'd to have your Heart and Nature chang'd and an interest in Christ secur'd unto you Death comes suddenly you know not when where nor how you shall die Let time therefore be most precious to you fill it up with Work and Duty Live by faith more than by sense and this will stand by you when you come to ●ie Seek the things which are above and set your Affections upon them have your Conversation in Heaven whilst you are upon Ea●th When you see your Parents give my dear Love to them and their Children the Lord grant that we may meet in his everlasting Kingdom When you see any of your Cousins give my dear Love to them and be not asham'd of my Sufferings I wrote last Saturday was a Seven-night to my Brother George but whether he is at London or Worcester I know not I wrote to him to desire him to Petition the King that some Favour and Mercy might be shewed me if he thought fit Things that are made to aggravate my Crime I am clear from as that I perswaded the Duke of Monmouth to assume the Title of King at Taunton when I was not there with him or in Thirteen days after he came into England and that I rode to and fro in the West to perswade People to go in to his Army when I was in the East and ca●● from thence to hi● in the West but my Non-conformity cuts me and obstructs the
another place yet was not the indefatigable Zeal of that Party discouraged but Mr. Farewell a person intrusted in managing the Estates and Lands of the Jesuits and Pain Brother to the famous Pain who wrote St. Coleman's Elegy set a new Project on foot to the same purpose in some Letters sent to Prance and printed by N. Thomson which indeed if we look close into 'em will appear to be Sir Roger in little there being the self same Expressions in one as the t'other and his Mystery seeming to be hardly more than their Letters spread a little thinner The Blood gubling out of the Wound Bedlow and Prances East and West Contradictions The Wax dropt on his Clothes after he was found and several other things the self same in both of ' em And I remember at that very time 't was shrewdly suspected and rumour'd about Town that the same person lay behind the Curtain and thrust their Cats-feet into the Fire who has since appear'd publickly in prosecution of the same Cause Before their Trial they reckon'd their Witnesses by the hundred pretending to make his Self-murther as clear as the Sun When they came to it and had all the fair Play imaginable Pain 's heart fail'd him and he pleaded Guilty Farewell made so poor a Defence and the Matter was so clearly prov'd against 'em that Farewell and Thomson were both fined by the Court and sentenced to stand in the Pillory with this Inscription over them For Libelling the Justice of the Nation by makin● the World believe that Sir E.B.G. murther'd himself Where how abundantly they were honour'd by the Spectators all who know any thing of the Story can't but remember Thus it lay for some time and no person was so hardy to make any farther Attempts that way while there was any possibility of having Justice against 'em But when the Sheriffs Juries nay King and all were chang'd when that past which poor Oates and all the World have cause to remember when if Prance wou'd not unconfess he knew he must tread the same dolorous way that Oates had gone before him and had now done all that cou'd be desired Then Sir Roger took up the Cudgels and publish'd his Book call'd The Mystery of Sir E. B.G 's Death unfolded Or which wou'd have been a fitter Title The second Edition with Additions of Farewell and Pain 's Letters The main of what he advances there will be answer'd in clearing as was propos'd the Objections against the Evidence relating to that matter If the ill Character of the persons who gave it be urg'd to invalidate their Testimony as this does not reach all of 'em so it has been often answer'd Who but such were fit for such Villanies If their seeming Disagreement in some part of their evidence what greater Argument that 't was no Combination If Prance retracted we are told by Sir Roger himself That he was a white-liver'd Man and so might be frighted out of truth as well as into it And indeed on that very reason 't was long before suspected that if he shou'd ever be bore hard upon he wou'd not be able to stand it But the Papists wou'd never kill him because he had obliged'em As if Gratitude were a Popish Vertue or Charity any more than Faith were to be kept with Hereticks Those that think so let 'em look back and see if the last Reign be enough to convince ' em It may be urg'd on Here are several Testimonies in the Trial of the Murtherers and since that invalidate the Evidence there given Warner and his Wife and Maid about Green That he was at home all that Evening when he was accused for committing it ' Twou'd be enough to oppose to this their Confession to Captain Richardson That they cou'd do him no good But besides this Mr. Justice Dolbin's Observation on the Trial clears it effectually They swore to the Saturday fortnight after Michaelmas day which was says the Justice the 19 th of Octob. not the 12 th on which the Murther was committed If Broadstreet and others testifie they were in the Room where the Body was laid and Hills Wife so rubs up her Memory that after so many years she remembers what she cou'd not upon his Trial That she and he and their Child lay in the Room all that very time when the Body was said to be there ' Twou'd not be a shift but an Answer That they were Papists that swore it who can swear any thing But besides Broadstreet acknowledged before the Duke of Monmouth That Hill was gone from his Lodgings before this time as was prov'd on the Trial. Mrs. Tilden says There was but one Key to their Door Mrs. Broadstreet at the same time with what she own'd about Hill That there were six or seven Contradictions in others we see as well as the King's Evidence and these being much homer and more irreconcileable than theirs must of necessity destroy the belief of what else they testifie But the home thrust is The Centinels saw no Sedan carried out This the printed Trial easily sets right The Centinels were Trollop and Wright Trollop staid till Ten and saw a Sedan go in but none out again Wright till One but saw none go out It must be in Trollops time being as Prance says about Twelve The Centinels being then at Bury's Lodge smoking and drinking Trollop says on the Trial he was never at the Lodge but so does not Wright as any one may see by consulting it he being never ask'd the Question 'T will give a great Light into this Deed of Darkness in the next place to consider several Circumstantial Evidences which wou'd of themselves go very far to prove that Sir E. B. G. was murther'd by the Papists and that in the very place and manner which has been already described The first of these from Sir Edmond's own mouth which has been already hinted but shall here be farther clear'd 'T was indeed so notorious that Sir E. G.B had boding thoughts and a sort of a Prophetical Intimation of his Death and that by the Papists and discours'd of so publickly and generally that Sir Roger cou'd not deny all the Matter of Fact but endeavours to avoid the force on 't when he says as is witnessed by several On my Conscience I shall be the first Martyr This he interprets I doubt I shan't live long Sure though he says in one place The Man was no Fool yet he must be supposed to be no better any more than all the Readers if neither he nor they made any difference between being hang'd and martyr'd But the very reason of this ●nterpretation was for what Sir R. dearly loved that he might have opportunity for a Reflection on the Parliament He fear'd says he that the Parliament wou'd call him to account and that nothing wou'd satisfie 'em but his Life for not discovering it sooner In opposition to this any impartial man need but consider what follows Esquire Robinson on
Death he replyed Nay a greater than the Apostles our Lord himself died not only a shameful but a painful Death He further said This manner of Death hath been the most terrible thing in the World to my thoughts but I bless God now am I neither afraid nor ashamed to die He said The parting with my Friends and their grief for me is my greatest difficulty but it will be but for a very short time and we shall meet again in endless Joys where my dear Father is already enter'd him shall I presently joyfully meet Then musing with himself a while he with an extraordinary seriousness sung these two Verses of one of Herbert's Poems Death is still working like a Mo●e Digging my Grave at each remove Let Grace work so on my Soul Drop from above Oh come for thou dost know the way Or if to me thou wilt not move Remove me where I need not say Drop from above He then read the 53 d of Isaiah and said He had heard many Blessed Sermons from that Chapter especially from the 16 th Verse All we like Sheep have gone astray we have turned every one to his own way but the Lord hath laid on him the Iniquities of us all seeming to intimate some impress made on his Soul from them but was interrupted then he said Christ is all When the Sheriff came he had the same chearfulness and serenity of mind in taking leave of his Friends and in the Sledge which seemed to increase to the last as those present have affirmed joyning in Prayer and in singing a Psalm with great appearance of Comfort and Joy in his Countenance insomuch that some of his Enemies that had before censured his chearfulness for unthoughtfulness of his Danger and therefore expected to see him much surprized now professed they were greatly astonished to see such a Young Man leave the World and go through Death as he did Mr. Jenkyn's Letter to Mrs. Scot on the 26 th of September 1685. Dear Sister THE News which came in my Brothers Letter of the 22 d Instant to Mr. Dewy did not at all surprize me for indeed I expected no other and seeing all hopes of saving my Life are blasted I thought my self bound to write a Line or two to so near a Relation as your self wherein I might take my leave of you and bid you farewel till we shall meet again in Glory and never be separated more As for my own part tho such a sort of Death as I am like to suffer be that which I always dreaded when at a distance I have sometimes thought of it yet I ●hank my God now it draws near even but a few hours off I find my self supported under the thoughts of it and hope by his strength who will never forsake his own I shall be enabled chearfully to undergo it with Glory to his Name and comfort to my own and the Souls of others that are more nearly concerned for me and as I have made it my own endeavour to submit to the Will of God in this sad Dispensation without murmuring or repining I hope you have been sensible of your Duty in the same respect which is Patiently to submit to his Will and eye his Hand in this severe stroke And though God has been pleased to deny success to your endeavours for the saving of my Life yet I am satisfied nothing has been wanting on your parts and for all the trouble you have been at on my account tho I do not live to shew my Gratitude yet I render you my dying thanks and beg your Prayers for my support in the last moments of my Life If you receive this before my Death the certain time of which I have not notice of pray remember my Love to My Brother and Thanks for all Kindnesses and as for my young Relations my Prayer for them shall be That they may see more happy days than I have done and die a more peaceable I can't say more happy Death And now Dear Sister I take my leave of you and commi● you to the protection of that God who hath made every thing beautiful in his time and will shew you the meaning of this Providence which now we do not understand to whom I trust I am now going and into the enjoyment of whose Presence I doubt not but ere long you will meet Dear Sister Your affectionate Brother WILLIAM JENKYN Mr. Jenkyn's Letter to his Mother on the 29 th of September at 12 at Night Taunton Dear and Honoured Mother I Have even now received the News of Execution to morrow which tho I have so short notice of yet I hope I am prepared for it and by God's strength enabling me I shall joyfully be carryed through it The kindness you have been pleased to shew in your great Concern for me since I have been under this trouble as well as the Duty I owe to so near a Relation as your self engages me to acquaint you with my present condition for your satisfaction which truly is such that I must beg you to accept this present Letter for my last Farewel And tho this sad Providence cannot but be grievous to so near and affectionate a Relation as your self yet I hope it already has and still does yield the peaceable fruits of Righteousness to your self and me who have been severely exercised with it As for my own part I hope I can truly say that God has by this Providence weaned m● from the World and made me willing to leave an● to be dissolved that I may be with Christ which i● far better And now I am come to die I hope I ca● truly say I have nothing else to do but to die an● having fought a good Fight and finished my Cours● I am now in expectation of that Crown of Rewar● which God the righteous Judge of the whole Earth h● promised to all those that love his appearing and 〈◊〉 it is my great work to be now every moment fitting 〈◊〉 self for my great and last change so 't is the 〈◊〉 which belongs to you and the rest of my dear Relation● to resign me up into the hands of that God whose 〈◊〉 am and to whom I am going and not repine at 〈◊〉 righteous Will which we ought quietly to submit 〈◊〉 I bless God I die with a clear Conscience and thou●● I have deserved much worse at the hands of God 〈◊〉 my past sins than I am like to undergo yet I coun●● with respect to Man I die a Martyr for the Prot●stant Religion and meerly for doing my duty in opp●sing of that flood of Popery which seem'd to be just ove●whelming the Church and Interest of Christ in the●● Nations and I wish that the Prudentialists of ou● Age that have withdrawn their helping hand fro● so glorious a Design do not within a few days 〈◊〉 the smart they have deserved by this their basenes●● But being now just leaving the World it 's grievous to look back on
comfort when we may say to them with David Psal. 59.3 Not for my transgession nor for my sin O Lord. Nor are we by fraudulent pusillanimous Compliances in wicked Courses to bring sin upon our selves Faint Hearts are ordinary false Hearts choosing Sin rather than Sufferings and a short Life with eternal Death before Temporal Death and a Crown of Glory Such seeking to save a litle loses all and God readily hardens them to proceed to their own destruction How many like Haza●l 2 King 8.13 run to excesses they never thought they were capable of Let Rulers and others read seriously and weigh Prov. 1.10 to 20. 2 Chr. 28.6 to 17. Prov. 24.11 12. and Prov. 2● 10. and avoid what is bad and follow what is good For me I hope by Gods strength to joyn with Job chap. 13.15 and the Psalmist Psal. 22.4 and 167. and shall pray as Psal. 74.19 to 24. And Psal. 122.6 to 9. And Luke 1.74 75. and shall hope as Psal. 94.14 15. I do freely forgive all that directly or indirectly have b●●n ●he cause of my being brought to this place first or last and I pray God forgive them I pray God send Truth and Peace in these Three Kingdoms and continue and increase the glorious Light of the Gospel and restrain the Spirit of Prophanity Atheism Superstition Popery and Persecution and restore all that have back-slidden from the Purity of their Life or Principles and bless his whole People with all Blessings spiritual and temporal and put an end to their present Trials And I intreat all People to forgive me wherein I have offended and concur with me to pray That the great good and merciful God would sanctifie my present Lot and for Jesus Christ his sake Pardon all my Sins and receive me to his Eternal Glory It is suggested to me That I have said nothing of the Royal Family and it remembers me that before the Justices at my Trial about the Test I said That at my Death I would pray That there should never want one of the Royal Family to be a Defender of the True Ancient Apostolick Catholick Protestant Faith which I do now And that GOD would enlighten and forgive all of them that are either luke-warm or have shrunk from the Profession of it And in all Events I pray God may provide for the Security of his Church that Antichrist nor the Gates of Hell may never prevail against it Colonel Rumbold AT the same place died Colonel Richard Rumbold Jun. 26. 1685. most of what occurr'd considerable in his Defence and Speech you have had already in the business of the Assassination Two or three Passages more there are worth Remarks in the same as Arguments of his Sense and Courage For this Cause he says were every hair of his Head and Beard a Life he 'd joyfully sacrifice 'em all That he was never Antimonarchical in his Principles but for a King and Free Parliament the King having power enough to make him great and the People to make 'em happy That he died in the Defence of the just Laws and Liberties of the Nations That none was markt by God above another for no Man came into the World with a saddle on their backs nor others booted and spurr'd to ride upon 't And being askt if he thought not his Sentence dreadful answer'd He wisht he had a Limb for every Town in Christendom The Last Speech of Col. Richard Rumbold at the Market-Cross of Edinburgh with several things that passed at his Tryal 26 Jun. 1685. AT the same place died Colonel Richard Rumbold about Eleven of the Clock he was brought from the Castle of Edinburgh to the Justices Court in a great Chair on Mens Shoulders where at first he was asked some Questions most of which he answer'd with silence at last said He humbly conceived it was not necessary for him to add to his own Accusation since he was not ignorant they had enough already to do his Business and therefore he did not design to fret his Conscience at that time with Answering Questions After which his Libel being read the Court proceeded in usual manner first asking him If he had any thing to say for himself before the Jury closed His Answer was He owned it all saving that par● of having Designed the King's Death and desired all present to believe the words of ● Dying Man he never directly nor indirectly intended such a Villany that he abhorred the very thoughts of it and that he blessed God he had that Reputation in the World that he knew none that had the Impudence to ask him the Question and he detested the thoughts of such an Action and he hoped all good People would believe him which was the only way he had to clear himself and he was sure that this Truth should be one day made manifest to all Men. He was again asked If he had any exception against the Jury He answered No but wished them to do as God and their Consciences directed them Then they withdrew and returned their Verdict in half an hour and brought him in Guilty The Sentence followed For him to be taken from that Place ●o the next Room and from thence to be Drawn on a Hurdle betwixt Two and Four of the Clock to the Cross of Edinburgh the Place of Execution and there to be Hang'd Drawn and Quartered He received his Sentence with an undaunted Courage and Chearfulness Afterwards he was delivered into the Town-Magistrates Hands they brought to him two of their Divines and offered him their Assistance upon the Scaffold which he altogether refused telling them That if they had any good Wishes for him he desired they would spend them in their own Closets and leave him now to seek God in his own Way He had several Offers of the same kind by others which he put off in like manner He was most serious and fervent in Prayers the few-hours he lived as the Sentinels observed who were present all the while The Hour being come he was brought to the Place of Execution where he saluted the People on all sides of the Scaffold and after having refre●hed himself with a Cordial out of his Pocket he was supported by two Men while he spoke to the People in these words Gentlemen and Brethren I● is for all Men that come into the World once to Die and after Death to Judgment and since death is a Debt that all of us must pay it is but a matter of small moment what way it be done and seeing the Lord is pleased in thi● manner to take me to himself I confess something hard to Flesh and Blood yet blessed be his Name who hath made me not only Willing but Thankful for his honouring me to lay down the Life he gave for his Name in which were every Hair in this Head and Beard of min● a Life I should joyfully sacrifice them for it as I do this And Providence having brought me hither I think it most