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A28290 An historical account of making the penal laws by the papists against the Protestants, and by the Protestants against the papists wherein the true ground and reason of making the laws is given, the papists most barbarous usuage [sic] of the Protestants here in England under a colour of law set forth, and the Reformation vindicated from the imputation of being cruel and bloody, unjustly cast upon it by those of the Romish Communion / by Samuel Blackerby ... Blackerby, Samuel, d. 1714. 1689 (1689) Wing B3069; ESTC R18715 230,149 164

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presently brake his Oath and accused me of these things Cardinal Como's Letter to Parry Foulis Hist lib. 7. cap. 3. f. 393. The Letter also in that Confession mentioned to be writ from Cardinal Como to him as the same is related by Fowlis followeth SIR HIS Holiness hath seen your Letter of the first with the Certificate inclosed and cannot but commend the good disposition and resolution which you write to hold towards the Service and common good wherein his Holiness doth exhort you to persevere and to bring to effect that which you have promised And that you may be the more assisted by that good Spirit which hath moved you thereunto his Holiness grants unto you his Blessing plenary Indulgence and Remission of all your sins according as you have desired assuring you that besides the merit which you shall receive for so doing in Heaven his Holiness will farther make himself Debtor to acknowledg your deservings in the best manner that he can and the more because you use the greater modesty in not pretending any thing or reward Put therefore to effect your holy and honourable purposes and regard your health And to conclude I offer my self to you heartily and desire you all good and happy success At your Service N. Card. Di. Como Rome January 30th 1584. All this he confessed before the Lord Hunsdon Sir Christopher Hatton and Sir Francis Walsingham all three of the Privy Council he acknowledged his Fault and begged Pardon for the same by his Letters to the Queen to Burleigh and Leicester His LETTER to the Queen as Foulis relates it was as followeth Parry's Letter to Queen Elizabeth Foulis Hist lib. 7. cap. 4. f. 341. YOVR Majesty may see by my voluntary Confession the dangerous Fruits of a discontented Mind and how constantly I pursued my first conceived Purpose in Venice for the Relief of the afflicted Catholicks continued it in Lyons and resolved in Paris to put it in adventure for the Restitution of England to the antient Obedience of the See Apostolick You may see withal how it is commended allowed and warranted in Conscience Divinity and Policy by the Pope and some great Divines though it be true or likely that most of our English Divines loss practiced in Matters of this weight do utterly mislike and condemn it The enterprize is prevented and Conspiracy discovered by an honourable Gentleman my Kinsman and late familiar Friend Mr. Edmond Nevil Privy and by solemn Oath taken upon the Bible Party to the Matter whereof I am heartily glad but more sorry in my very Soul that ever I conceived or intended it how commendable and meritorious soever I thought it God shame him and forgive me who would not now before God attempt it if I had Liberty and Opportunity to do it to gain your Kingdom I beseech Christ that my Death and Example may as well satisfie your Majesty and the World as it shall glad and content me The Queen of Scotland is your Prisoner let her be honourably intreated but yet surely guarded The French King is French you know it well enough you will find him occupied when he should do you Good he will not loose a Pilgrimage to save you a Crown I have no more to say at this time but that with my Heart and Soul I do now honour and love you am inwardly sorry for my Offence and ready to make you amends by my Death and Patience Discharge me a Culpa but not a Paena good Lady And so farewel most Gracious and the best Natured and Qualified Queen that ever lived in England From the Tower the14th of Feb. 1584. William Parry Some short time after he was arraigned at the Kings-Bench-Bar in Westminster-Hall Parry's Arraignment and Confession and confessed himself Guilty and when his Confession was recorded and Judgment demanded against him Hatton thought it necessary for the Satisfaction of the Multitude that were present that his Crime should be clearly and fully represented out of his own Confession which Parry acknowledged to be voluntary and prayed the Judges that he might read it Himself But the Clerk of the Crown read both it and also Cardinal Como's Letter and Parry's own to the Queen to Burleigh and to Leicester which he confest to be the very Letters themselves yet did he deny that ever he was resolved to Kill the Queen Being now commanded to speak if he had any thing to say why Judgment should not be given against him he answered perplexedly as if he were troubled in Conscience for the foul Fact he had undertaken I see I must die because I have not been constant to my self Being will'd to declare more plainly what he meant My Blood said he be amongst you Sentence of Death being pronounced he in a Fury cited the Queen to the Judgment-Seat of God. He was executed in the Palace-Yard he said he was never fully resolved in his Mind to take away the Queens Life and then died without in the least commending himself to God. So let all the Enemies of Jesus Christ and his Gospel perish These Plots and Conspiracies produced the said two Acts before mentioned the one for Provision to be made for the Security of the Queens Majesties Person and the Continuance of the Realm in Peace by which the said Association was confirmed The other Act against Jesuits Seminary Priests who would ground any Villanous Plots and Designs upon the Bull of Pius Quintus The former of which Acts of Parliament followeth in these Words as it is in Rastal 27 Eliz. cap. 1. Rast Stat. 2. part f. 283. An Act for Provision to be made for the Surety of the Queens Majesties most Royal Person and the Continuance of the Realm in Peace Treason in any Successor or other for them to take away the Queens Life And in case it happens to be tried notwithstanding the Succession and their Issues utterly excluded from the Crown FOrasmuch as the good Felicity and Comfort of the whole State of this Realm consisteth only next under God in the Surety and Preservation of the Queens most excellent Majesty And for that it hath manifestly appeared that sundry wicked Plots and Means have of late been devised and laid as well in forreign Parts beyond the Seas as also within this Realm to the great endangering of Her Highness most Royal Person and to the utter Ruine of the whole Common-Wealth if by Gods merciful Providence the same had not been revealed therefore for the preventing of such great Perils as might hereafter otherwise grow by the like detestable and devilish Practices at the humble Suit and earnest Petition and Desire of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and the Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the Authority of the same Parliament Be it enacted and ordained if at any time after the end of this present Session of Parliament an open Invasion or Rebellion shall be had or made into or within any of Her Majesties Realms
the Seminary Priests then in England or which should after that tim● have come hither had been of Mr. Morton and Mr. Saunders his mind before mentioned when the first Excommunication came out or of Mr. Saunders his second resolution being then in Arms against Her Majesty in Ireland or of Mr. Parsons The Parliament excused Traiterous disposition both to our Queen and Country The said Laws no doubt had carried with them a far greater shew of Justice But that was the Error of the State and yet not altogether for ought they knew improbable those times being so full of many dangerous designments and Jesuitical practices In this Year also divers other things fell out unhappily towards us poor Priests and other the graver sort of Catholics who had all of us single Hearts and disliked no man more all such factious enterprizes For notwithstanding the said Proclamation and Law Heywoods Practices Mr. Heywood a Jesuit came then into England and took so much upon him that Father Parsons fell out exceedingly with him and a great trouble grew amongst Catholics by their Brablings and Quarrels A Synod was held by him the said Mr. Heywood and sundry Ancient Customs were therein Abrogated to the offence of very many Campian answered as Sherwin did These Courses being understood after a sort by the State the Catholics and Priests in Norfolk felt the smart of it This Summer also in July Mr. Campian and other Priests were apprehended whose Answers upon their Examinations agreeing in effect with Mr. Sherwins before mentioned did greatly incense the State for amongst other Questions that were propounded unto them this being one viz. if the Pope do by his Bull or Sentence pronounce Her Majesty to be deprived and no Lawful Queen The Question propounded to Campian and others and her Subjects to be discharged of their Allegiance and Obedience unto Her and after the Pope or any other by his Appointment and Authority do Invade this Realm which part would you take or which part ought a good Subject of England to take some Answered that when the Case should happen they would then take Councel what were best for them to do Another that when that Case should happen he would Answer and not before Another that for the present he was not resolved what to do in such a Case Another that when the Case happeneth then he will Answer Another that if such deprivation and Invasion should be made for any Matter of his Faith he thinketh he were then bound to take part with the Pope Now what King in the World being in doubt to be invaded by his Enemies and fearing that some of his own Subjects were by indirect means drawn rather to adhere to them then to himself would not make the best Tryal of them he could for his better satisfaction whom he might trust to In which Tryal if he found any that either should make doubtful Answers or peremptorily affirm that as the Case stood betwixt him and his Enemies they would leave him their Prince and take part with them might he not justly repute them for Traitors and deal with them accordingly sure we are that no King or Prince in Christendom would like or tolerate any such Subjects within their Dominions if possibly they could be rid of them Thus much the secular Priests themselves Confess and certainly then 't is not to be denied but they own all the Treasons and Villanies that the Protestants charge upon the Papists only they would fain excuse themselves and the grave sort of Catholicks from having any hand in them And at the same time they justifie the State in their procedure against them because they have a Colour of reason to believe them all alike and know not but they are so But may the Papists say tho the States might have reason to make it a Capital offence to reconcile any of the Subjects of England to the See of Rome yet it seems hard to make a Man a Traitor for staying in or if a Man be out returning to his Native Countrey which 27 th Eliz. cap. 2. doth which Objections will be sufficiciently answered by the following Account of their Practices in the Queens Dominions from the twenty third year of her Reign to the twenty seventh The Papists had Writ so much against the Queen and other Excommunicate Princes that divers who had the Popes power in Esteem were perfectly drawn from their obedience and amongst others in the Year 1583 one Somervil Somervils Conspiracy Camb. Annals f. 289. Foulis Hist l. 7. cap. 4. f. 338. Bakers Chron. f. 361. who went to the Queens Court and breathing nothing but Blood against the Protestants furiously set upon one or two by the way with his drawn Sword and being apprehended Confessed that he designed to have killed the Queen with his own hands One Edward Arden Somervil's Wives Father his own Wife Somervil's Wife and one Hall a Priest were Arraigned and Condemned for this Conspiracy Somervil was three days after found strangled in Prison Arden was hanged and Quartered But so merciful was the Queen that she spared the Women and the Priest This unfortunate Gentleman Somervil was drawn into all this by the cunning of a Priest and cast by his Evidence saith Mr. Cambden In the Year 1584. Francis Throgmorton eldest Son of John Throgmorton a Justice of Peace in Cheshire Francis Throgmorton's Conspiracy Camb. Annals f. 294.298 Bakers Chron. f. 362. was Clapt up for being in a Conspiracy to bring in an Army of Foreigners and Deposing the Queen And no sooner was he Committed to Custody and had Confessed some things But Thomas Lord Paget and Charles Arundel a Courtier who joyned with him in the Conspiracy privily fled the Land and withdrew themselves into France And Mendoza the Spanish Ambassador who was likewise engaged in the same Design being greatly reprehended for it secretly Crost the Seas into France Throgmorton Confessed the Fact and afterwards denied it and after that cast himself upon the Queen's Mercy and in writing Confessed the same again at large But at the Gallows pretended to deny it again he being executed and the others fled that Conspiracy came to nothing Soon after this there was a further Discovery of the design of the Pope the Spaniard Camb. Annals f. 299. Foulis Hist l. 7. cap. 5. f. 345. The Earl of Arundel and Northumberland were ingaged Camb. Annals f. 310 311. there you will see the design was for delivering the Queen of Scots for the Conquering of England and the destruction of the Protestant Religion and the Guises for invading England which was Discovered in this manner One Chreighton a Scotch-man of the Society of Jesus passing into Scotland and being taken by some Netherland Pirates tore certain Papers in pieces the torn pieces being thrown over board were by the Wind blown back again and fell by chance into the Ship not without a Miracle as Chreighton himself said and Sir Willam
Obstacle by killing her altered his opinion but was for joyning five more to Savage to make sure of the Matter Which being agreed on they set forward the design of the Invasion The design was by Babington imparted to the Queen of Scots and she was to reward the Heroical Actors in this barbarous Attempt or else their Posterities in Case they perisht in it And he was Commanded to pass his word to the six Gentlemen and the rest concerning their reward for their Service In this Conspiracy were ingaged divers Gentlemen who were very Zealous for Popery Edward Windsor Brother to the Lord Windsor Thomas Salisbury of a Knights Family in Denbeighshire Charles Tilney of an ancient Family who was then but lately reconciled to the Romish Church Chideock Tichburn of Southampton Edward Abbington whose Father had been the Queens under Treasurer Robert Gage of Surry John Travers and John Charnock of Lancashire John Jones whose Father was Yeoman of the Wardrobe to Queen Mary Savage before named Barnwel of a noble Family in Ireland and Henry Dun Clark in the Office of first Fruits and Tenths and one Polley To every of these Gentlemen was a Part in this Conspiracy assigned and all things went according to their hearts desire as they thought Nothing perplexed Babington But his Fears of being failed in the Foreign Aid that was promised him therefore to make sure of it he resolved himself to go over into France and to that purpose to send Ballard privately before for whom by his Money under a Counterfeit name he procured a License to Travel And that there might not be the least Suspicion of himself he insinuated into Secretary Walsingham by means of Polley and earnestly besought him to procure him a License from the Queen to travel into France promising her to do her extraordinary good Service in pumping out and discovering the secret designs of the Fugitives in behalf of the Queen of Scots The Plot discovered but as we say forewarned forearmed he being a faithful and cunning Secretary by his Spies had discovered all and informed the Queen and therefore only commended Babingtons pretended design and made him fair Promises and so from time to time delayed him The chief instrument in discovering this Plot was one Gilbert Gifford who lurked in England under the Name of Lauson in mind Salvage of his Oath but had informed the Secretary what he was and to what purpose sent into England This having gone on for some time Ballard apprehended the Queen apprehending there might be great danger in letting it proceed further ordered Ballard to be apprehended who was seized on before he was aware in Babingtons House just as he was setting out for France Babington and some others of the Confederates being jealous the design was discovered hid themselves in St. Johns Wood near London Notice being given of their withdrawing they are proclaimed Traitors at last are found and seized on and the rest of their fellow Rebels fourteen of whom were executed in September 1586. in St. Giles in the Fields where they used to meer and consult about their intended murthering of the Queen and invading the Kingdom Mary Queen of Scots having been at the bottom in all these designs The Queen of Scots at the bottom Cam. Annals from f. 33 to f. 35. D' Ewes Journal f. 392 393 395 400 401 405 408. A Commission Issued for trying Mary Queen of Scots grounded on 27 Eliz. Cap. 1. Camb. An. l. 3. f. 347. and there being no probability of the Kingdoms continuing in the safe and secure exercise of the Protestant Religion under their Protestant Queen so long as she was in being The Papists being assured by her that in case she had the Crown she would introduce Popery Queen Elizabeth was advised to try her for Treason which she was with great difficulty prevailed to do and Issued out a Commission grounded upon 27 Eliz. Cap. 1. herein before set forth The Commissioners appointed to Try her were these viz John Archbishop of * Whitgift Bakers Chron. f. 369. Canturbury Sir Tho. Bromley Kt. Chancellor of England William Lord Burleigh Treasurer of England William Lord Marquess of Winchester Edward Earl of Oxford great Chamberlain of England George Earl of Shrewsbury Earl Marshal Henry Earl of Kent Henry Earl of Darby William Earl of Worcester Edmund Earl of Rutland Ambrose Earl of Warwick Master of the Ordinance Henry Earl of Pembrook Robert Earl of Leicester Master of the Horse Henry Earl of Lincoln Anthony Vicount Mountague Charles Lord Howard Lord High Admiral of England Henry Lord of Hunsdon Lord Chamberlain Henry Lord Abergavenny Edward Lord Zouch Edward Lord Morley William Lord Cobham Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Edward Lord Stafford Arthur Lord Grey of Wilton John Lord Lumley John Lord Stourton William Lord Saunders Lewis Lord Mordant John Lord St. John of Bletnesho Thomas Lord Buckhurst Henry Lord Compton Henry Lord Cheney Sir Francis Knolles Kt. Controller of the Houshould Sir Christopher Hatton Vice-Chamberlain Sir Francis Walsingham Secretary William Davison Esq Sir Ralph Sadleir Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster Sir Walter Mildmay Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Amias Pawlet Captain of the Isle of Jersey John Woolly Esq Secretary for the Latin Tongue Sir Christopher Wray Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas Sir Edward Anderson Chief Justice of the Bench Sir Roger Manwood Chief Baron Sir Thomas Gawdy and William Periam Judges The substance of their Commission was this The substance of the Commission Cambd. Annals f. 348. after the recital of 27. Eliz. Cap. 1. thus it followeth Whereas since the end of the Session of Parliament viz. since the first day of June in ●●e 27 th Year of our Reign divers things have been compassed and imagined ●●nding to the hurt of our Royal Person as well by Mary Daughter and Heir of James the Fifth King of Scots and commonly called Queen of Scots and Dowager of France pretending a Title to the Crown of this Realm of England 〈◊〉 by divers other Persons cum scientia in English with the Privity of the said Mary as we are given to understand And whereas we do intend and resolve that the aforesaid Act shall be in all and every part thereof duly and effectually put into Execution according to the Tenour of the same and that all offences abovesaid in the Act abovesaid mentioned as afore is said and the circumstances of the same shall be examined and Sentence or Judgment thereupon given according to the Tenour and Effect of the said Act to you and the greater part of you we do gi●e full and absolute Power License and Authority according to the Tenour of the said Act to examin all and singular Matters composed and imagined tending to she hurt of our Royal Person as well by the aforesaid Mary as by any other Person or Persons whatsoever cum scientia in English with the Privity of the said Mary and all circumstance of the same and all
brought their Designs about and the Palatinate was irretrievably lost they broke off the Match and left the King and Prince in the Lurch Right Popish Jugling After this Treaty was dissolved the King thinks of a Match with France The French Match Rushw Coll. 1 pt f. 114. A Parliament called and the Lord Kensington was sent Ambassadot into France to feel the Pulse of that Court touching it and gives an Account that it would be accepted soon after which a Parliament was called to meet the twelfth of February in the 21 st year of this King 1623. and now the King is of the Mind to take the Parliaments Advice about his Sons Match as he told them and is grieved for the Increase of Popery if after all the foregoing Passages it be to be believed and promises a great deal and porforms never a whit And here I cannot omit what Wilson saith speaking of this Parliaments Petition against Papists and the Kings Answer both which he hath printed at large f. 272.273 274 275. to which I refer the Reader If the King saith he had seriously and really considered the very last Clause of this Petition wherein the Glory of God and the Safety of his Kingdoms so much consisted as the Parliament wisely express and foresee and which the King saith is the best Advice in the World and which he promised so faithfully to observe in the next Treaty of Marriage for his Son it might perhaps have kept the Crown upon the head of his Posterity But when Princes break with the People A good Caution for all Christian Princes and States in those Promises that concern the Honour of God God will let their People break with them to their Ruine and Dishonour And this Maxim holds in all Powers whether Kingdoms or Common-wealths as they are established by Justice so the Justice of Religion which tends most to the Glory of God is principally to be observed The Parliament followed the Chase close The Parliament displaceth Papists and bolted out divers of the Nobility and Gentry of Eminency popishly affected that had earthed themselves in Places of high Trust and Power in the Kingdom as if they meant to undermine the Nation Their Names Wilson saith were these Francis Earl of Rutland the Duke of Buckinghams Wives Father Sir Thomas Compton Their Names VVilson's Hist f. 276. that was married to the Dukes Mother and the Countess her self who was the Cynosure they all steered by the Earl of Castle-haven the Lord Herbert after Earl of Worcester the Lord Viscount Colchester after Earl of Rivers the Lord Peter the Lord Morley the Lord Windsor the Lord Eure the Lord Wotton the Lord Teinham the Lord Scroop who was Lord President of the North and which they omitted the Earl of Northampton Lord President of Wales who married his Children to Papists and permitted them to be bred up in Popery Sir William Courtney Sir Thomas Brudnell Sir Thomas Somerset Sir Gilbert Ireland Sir Francis Stonners Sir Anthony Brown Sir Francis Howard Sir William Powel Sir Francis Lacon Sir Lewis Lewkner Sir William Awbury Sir John Gage Sir John Shelly Sir Henry Carvell Sir Thomas Wiseman Sir Thomas Ge●rard Sir John Filpot Sir Thomas Russel Sir Henry Beddingfield Sir William Wrey Sir John Counwey Sir Charles Jones Sir Ralph Conyers Sir Thomas Lamplough Sir Thomas Savage Sir William Mosely Sir Hugh Beston Sir Thomas Riddall Sir Marmaduke Nivell Sir John Townesend Sir William Norris Sir Philip Knevet Sir John Tasborough Sir William Selbie Sir Richard Titehborn Sir John Hall Sir George Perkins Sir Thomas Penrodduck Sir Nicholas Saunders Knights besides several Esquires popishly addicted either in their own Persons or by means of their Wives too tedious to be expressed here and these were dispersed and seated in every County who were not only in Office and Commission but had Countenance from Court by which they grew up and flourished so that their Exuberancy hindred the Growth of any Goodness or Piety their Malice pleased to drop upon Soon after which the Parliament was adjourned after they had made thirty five publick Acts and seventy three private ones but nothing was done with relation to the Papists Rushw Coll. 1 pt f. 154 155. VVilson f. 277. saith the King desired this Match above all Earthly Blessings The King admiring the Alliance of mighty Kings though of a contrary Religion desired the Match with France unmeasurably notwithstanding his Promise to the Parliament which the French perceived and though they were very forward before yet now abated of that Forwardness And whereas they were at first very modest in their Demands in favour of the Papists yet now inlarged those Demands and strained the King to the Concession of such Immunities as he had promised the Parliament he would never grant In August 1624. this Match was concluded and in November the Articles were sworn unto by King James Prince Charles and the French King the Articles concerning Religion were not much short of those for the Spanish Match Papists encouraged by the Treaty with France Rushw Coll. 1 pt f. 154. The Papists formerly daunted by the Breach of the Spanish Match were now again revived by the Marriage Treaty with France And at this time upon the Death of William titular Bishop of Calcedon most of the English Secular Priests did petition the Pope that another Bishop might be sent over into England there to ordain Priests give Confirmation and exercise Episcopal Jurisdiction Among others Matthew Killison and Richard Smith were presented And though the Regulars were opposite to the Seculars in this Matter yet those of the Order of St. Benedict joyned with the Seculars and Rudesin Barlo the President of the English Benedictines of Doway wrote a Letter in their Behalf at the Congregation at Rome named of the Propagation of the Faith. Dated the 12 th of December 1624. In which Letter was this Passage That there were above sixty Benedictine Monks in England and that it is not to be doubted said he for that it is already seen the good Success under the first Bishop that another Bishop being constituted there would be more joyful Fruits within two Years in the English Mission than hitherto hath been for sixty years now lapsed But not long after the Episcopal party of the Romish Church prevailing Pope Vrban the VIII created Richard Smith Bishop of Calcedon and sent him into England with Episcopal Authority over the Priests within the English Dominions The Close of this Kings Reign Rushw Coll. f. 155. And now I am come to the Close of this Kings Reign for after he had notwithstanding all his connivance at the Papists out of either Ambition or Cowardise recommended the Protection of the Church of England to the then Prince of Wales Charles the First advised him to love his Wife but not her Religion and exhorted him to take special care of his Grand-Children the Children of the Elector Palatine by his Daughter
made the Papists were ingaged in a most Horrid Plot against the Protestant Religion and the Parliament having now made this Act whereby the Papists are excluded from all Places of Profit and Trust it is not hard to believe that their Malice was thereby greatly heightned and their Rage very much increased against the Protestants and their Actings put it beyond doubt that it was so For this Act passed in the Year 1673. and then it is we find them deeply ingaged in contriving our Destruction and so inhumane were they that notwithstanding the late King Charles the Second's Kindness to them yet unless he would fully comply with them in the butchering his Protestant Subjects extirpating the Protestant Religion which they called a * Coleman's Tryal p. 69. Pestilent Heresie and the introducing of the Romish Superstition and Idolatry he must be taken out of the way to make room for one that would I confess I have met with very many that have owned the Dis-believing of any such Design but when I seriously reflect upon the Letters that were produced against Mr. Coleman and owned by himself to be his when I consider the Evidence that was given by all the Witnesses that proved the Horrid and Treasonable Popish Plot that was discovered in 1678. and the Agreement that there is in the Substance of the thing although there may be some Variations as to Circumstances when I consider the Witnesses were Strangers to one another that did so agree in their Testimony and that the Discovery was so sudden and the Witnesses came in so quick one after another after the Discovery that it is not to be presumed there could be any Subornation when I consider the Credit they had with the King himself and with four Parliaments when I consider the great Attempts notwithstanding to take the Odium off the Papists and cast it upon the Protestants when I consider the unwearied Pains taken by the Papists and some that are much worse because they espoused their Cause under a Protestant Vizar to lay the Murther of Sir Edmond-Bury-Godfrey at the Protestants Door and to wipe off the Stain thereof from the Papists when I consider the Methods that were taken in the late King James the Seconds his Reign so exactly pursuant to what was designed in case Charles the Second had fallen as was contrived * Either by Shooting Poison or Stobing the first of which Methods was by granting a general † The Declaration for Liberty of Conscience Designed to be published in case the Popish Plot had then taken effect you may find printed in Coleman's Trial p. 58. Liberty of Conscience and thereby deluding divers Protestants to serve a Popish Interest although against their Wills it is to me matter of Amazement that there should remain the least doubt of the Truth of that Plot in the Minds of any that are really Protestants especially when I consider that there wanted nothing in the late King James's Reign but a Parliament to take off the Penal Laws and Tests to bring that Popish Plot to the highest Perfection that the Papists ever designed and what Endeavors there were to obtain that is sufficiently known To run through the whole Series of that Popish Plot would be to draw out this Account of the Grounds of making the Penal Laws to a Length beyond what its Design can warrant which is the publick Good and therefore as a Confirmation of the Truth of that Plot and to refresh the Memory of those who perhaps are willing to forget it I shall here only insert Coleman's Letters as you will find them printed in his Tryal and also Bedloes Depositions as they were taken before and printed by Sir Francis North then Lord Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas and afterwards made Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England for the good Services he had done the Crown Coleman's Letters are as followeth Mr. Coleman's First Letter SInce Father St. German has been so kind to me Coleman 's Tryal p. 44. as to recommend me to your Reverence so advantagiously as to encourage you to accept of my Correspondency I will own to him that he has done me a Favour without consulting me greater than I could have been capable of if he had advised with me because I could not then have had the Confidence to have permitted him to ask it on my Behalf And I am so sensible of the Honour you are pleased to do me that though I cannot deserve it yet to shew at least the Sense I have of it I will deal as freely and openly with you this first time as if I had had the Honour of your Acquaintance all my Life And shall make no Apology for so doing but only tell you that I know your Character perfectly well though I am not so happy as to know your Person and that I have an Opportunity of putting this Letter into the Hands of Father St. Germans Nephew for whose Integrity and Prudence he has undertaken without any sort of Hazard In order then Sir to the plainness I profess I will tell you what has formerly passed between your Reverences Predecessor Father Ferryer and my self About three Years ago when the King my Master sent a Troop of Horse Guards into his most Christian Majesties Service under the Command of my Lord Durass he sent with it an Officer called Sir William Throckmorton with whom I had a particular Intimacy and who had then very newly imbraced the Catholic Religion to him did I constantly write and by him address my self to Father Farryer The first thing of great Importance I presumed to offer him not to trouble you with lesser Matters or what passed here before and immediately after the fatal Revolution of the Kings Declaration for Liberty of Conscience to which we owe all our Miseries and Hazards was in July August and September 1673. when I constantly inculcated the great Danger the Catholic Religion and his most Christian Majesties Interest would be in at our next Sessions of Parliament which was then to be in October following at which I plainly foresaw that the King my Master would be forced to something in prejudice to his Alliance with France Which I saw so evidently and particularly that we should make Peace with Holland that I urged all the Arguments I could which to me were Demonstrations to convince your Court of that Mischief and pressed all I could to perswade his most Christian Majesty to use his utmost Endeavor to prevent that Session of our Parliament and proposed Expedients how to do it But was answered so often and so positively that his most Christian Majesty was so well assured by his Embassador here our Embassador there the Lord Arlington and even the King himself that he had no such Apprehensions at all but was fully satisfied to the contrary and looked upon what I offered as a very zealous Mistake that I was forced to give over arguing though not believing as I did
Sessions then we are now I pray God we do not loose ground By my next which will be er'e long I shall be able to tell your Reverence more particularly what we are like to expect In the mean time I most humbly beg your Holy Prayers for all our undertakings and that you will be pleased to Honour me so far as to esteem me what I am entirely and without any reserve The Examination of Capt. William Bedlow taken upon Oath before the Lord Chief Justice North at Bristol on Monday the 16th of August 1680. Bedlows Examination before the then Lord Chief Justice North taken immediately before his death THe Examinant saith that the Duke of York hath been so far engaged in the Plot as he hath seen by Letters in Cardinal Barbarines's Secretarys Study that no part hath been proved against any Man already that hath suffered but that to the full those Letters have made him guilty of it all but what tended to the Kings death And at Rome I asked Father Anderton and Father Lodge two Jesuites what would the Duke do with his Brother when he was King and they answered me they would find a means for that they would give him no trouble about it Then I told them I believed the Duke loved his Brother so well he would suffer no violence to be done to him they said no if the Duke could be brought to that as he had been Religiously to every thing else they might do their work their other business was ready and they might do it presently But they knew they could not bring him to that point but they would take care for that themselves they had not begun with him to leave him in such scruples as that But they would set him in his Throne and there he should reign blindfold three or four days * * According to the old Game the Protestants must hear the odium of the Papists villanies for they had settled some they should pitch the action upon should clear their Party And then he should fly upon them with the Sword of Revenge And this Examinant doth further adds that the Queen is not to this Examinants knowledge nor by any thing that he could ever find out any way concerned in the Murther of the King But barely by her Letters consenting and promising to contribute what Money she could to the introducing the Catholic Religion nay 't was a great while and it made her weep before she could be brought to that The Narrative of Sir Francis North Lord Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas at the Council-board AT my first coming to Mr. Rumsey's House where I was to Lodge at Bristol upon Monday the 16th day of August in the Afternoon being the first day of the Assizes Sir John Knight came to me and said That Mr. Bedlow lay dangerously ill of a Fever and had little hopes of Life and desired that I would give him a Visit that he might impart something of great consequence to me before his death I told him I would give him a Visit that Night after Supper about Nine a Clock if I might be satisfied of two things first that there was no infection in his distemper Secondly that the time would not be inconvenient but he might discourse to me without prejudice to his Condition After a little while two Physitians came to me and assured me that there was no danger of Infection and that the time I had appointed would be most proper for commonly he took his repose in the Afternoon and at nine a Clock he would in all probability be refreshed and fit to Discourse with me thereupon I declared my resolution of going and desired the company of the two Sheriffs and my Brother Roger North and appointed my Marshal William Janes to go with me to him As we were upon the way Mr. Crossman a Minister in that City told me Mr. Bedlow had desired him to come with me to him I said it was very well and I should be glad of his Company whereupon we went altogether and being come into the Room where Mr. Bedlow lay I saluted him and said I was extream sorry to find him so ill I came to visit him upon his own desires I did imagine he had something to impart to me as a Privy Counsellor and therefore if he thought fit the Company might withdraw He told me that needed not yet for he had much to say which was proper for the Company to hear and having saluted the Sheriffs and Mr. Crossman he discoursed to this purpose That he looked upon himself as a dying man and found within himself that he could not last long but must shortly appear before the Lord of Hosts to give an account of all his actions and because many Persons had made it their business to baffle and deride the Plot he did for the satisfaction of the World there declare upon the Faith of a dying Man and as he hoped for Salvation that whatever he had testifyed concerning the Plot was true And that he had wronged no Man by his Testimony but had testifyed rather under that over what was truth That he had nothing lay upon his Conscience upon that account That he should appear chearfully before the Lord of Hosts which he did verily believe he must do in a short time He said he had many Witnesses to produce who would make the Plot as clear as the Sun and he had other things to discover which were of great importance to the King and the Country Hereupon he making some pause I told him the Plot was so evidently made out that no reasonable Man no Protestant I was sure could doubt of the Truth of it but he ought not to have concealed any thing that concerned the King so highly he ought to discover his whole knowledge in Matters of Treason that Traytors may be apprehended and secured who otherwise may have opportunity to execute their Treasonable Designs To this he reply'd that much of that which he had not discovered was to coroborate his former Testimony that he had concealed nothing that was necessary to the Kings preservation That he thought it not fit to accuse more Persons till he had ended with those whom he had already accused He expressed great grief and trouble at the the Condition of this poor King and Country so he termed them whom he knew at that time to be in eminent Danger from the Jesuites who had resolved the Kings death and he was sure they would spare him no longer then he continued to be kind to them he said he was privy to their Consultations at Salamanca and Valadolid where they used to observe the favourable Conjuncture they had to introduce their Religion into England which consisted in their having a Head he must be set up what ever came of it and if they let slip that opportunity they should never have such another for without a Head they could do nothing he said further he knew the