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A56455 The last words of William Parry a lawyer who suffered for endeavouring to depose the Queen's Highness, and bring in Q. Mary and her young son James. Parry, William, d. 1585. 1700 (1700) Wing P559B; ESTC S110350 2,419 4

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The Last Words of William Parry a Lawyer who SUFFERED for endeavouring to Depose the Queens Highness and bring in Q. Mary and her young Son Iames. XXVII ELIZ. WHereas a Paper hath been for some time handed about in Manuscript pretended to be the Speech of the abovesaid William Parry This is to inform the Publick that the said Paper is Spurious and Counterfeit and that the True Genuine Speech is what is here presented to the World Mr. Sheriff I Shall not trouble you with an Account of the particular Crimes for which I am brought to this untimely End but only in General deliver Five Principal Causes that have in sooth drawn so just a Judgment upon me First Disobedience to my Parents Secondly Ill Company Thirdly the leaving my lawful Calling to engage in Affairs of State Fourthly Bearing false Witness And lastly my Ingratitude to those that rais'd me I shall say something upon each of these by way of Warning to all People but especially to those who have been my Accomplices several of whom do now hear what I say First Of my Disobedience to my Parents who sent me to study the Law albeit I prov'd a graceless Youth given up to all manner of Naughtiness and in one of my wild Frolicks ●estsoons married without their Consent or Knowledge and was thereupon left by them to shift in the wide World Where I lived many Years in the lowest Degree of Misery and Want which when attended with Pride Avarice and Ambition is the Parent of all Evil. My Wants engaged me in ill Company and taught me to associate with such who were secret Enemies to the Queen's Highness particularly one Robin Trickster a Turn-coat Scrivener and Maister Harry Madrigall of St. Iohn's Parish afterwards Clerk of Her Grace's Guards These Two as it was generally thought held private Intelligence with Mary late Queen of Scots and were entirely devoted to Her and Her young Son Iames who they affirmed had a better Title to the Crown than Her Highness They perswaded me that Her Highness was an Enemy to God's Church That Philip King of Spain when he had reduced his Rebellious Subjects whom our Queen had takan into Her Protection would lend his Troops to be employed against Her Majesty That Mary Queen of Scots would by the Help of France where She had great Power prepare an Army to be sent to Scotland and from thence invade England That the Queen's Grace should be Deposed and Her best Friends destroyed especially the Lord Burleigh the Earl of Leicester General for Her Highness in Holland and Sir Francis Walsingham They told me They had both worked themselves into Her Majesty's Service and advised me to do the same which I accordingly did with their Assistance in the way of my own Profession But alas I soon neglected my Calling as a Lawyer to engage in Affairs of State which was the Third Cause of my Misfortunes Being employed to engross an Act of Parliament against Popery I inserted a Clause which involved the Protestants in the same Guilt and Penalty with the Papists Then I endeavoured to set up an Inquisition against the Calvinists as the Duke of Alva has lately done in Planders which was promoted by Direction from the Queen of Scots Her Abettors in order to divide the Protestants among themselves I shall not take up your Time with recounting the several Attempts I made for the Advancement of Popery and of the Interests of Mary late Queen of Scots and Her Son Iames. I therefore proceed to the Fourth Cause of my Misfortunes I mean the Breach of that Commandment which forbids us to bear false Witness against our Neighbours Sir Nicholas Bacon whom his Enemies allow to be the greatest Lawyer ablest Statesman and truest Lover of his Prince and Country of any in his Age Sir Philip Sidney that Noble Patron as well as Master of Wit and Learning a Personage who seems born for Courts and the Management of the greatest Affairs My Lord Admiral Howard who gave the Enemy that famous Defeat at Sea which they have never since been able to recover and another Lord of the Council were the chief Enemies to the Queen of Scots and had perform'd the most eminent Services to the Kingdom This my two Confederates wotted well enough and thereafter perswaded me to forge an Accusation against them of High Treason It is well known how sharp and Universal the Prosecution was so that if their Innocence had not appeared unblemished in every Particular they might probably have lost their Heads And now my own Sufferings have brought me to a true Sense of my Crimes I am heartily glad that wicked Design did not succeed I now come to the last and greatest Cause of my present Calamity which is my Ingratitude to those that raised me My two Companions and I in order to pursue our Designs began to insinute our selves into the good liking of Sir William Cecil L. Burleigh who tho' he well enough understood our Principles yet observing us to be Men of some Dexterity and believing the solemn Protestations we made him was prevailed with upon Promises of our Amendment to pardon our past Offences and take us into some Degree of Favour We then professed the greatest Zeal for the Service of Her Highness but still continued our Correspondence with the Queen of Scots by the means of a Clerk to Robin the Scrivener At home we made our Party so strong that we attempted by the help of a certain Tire-woman to bring the L. Burleigh the E. of Leicester and some others into Disgrace with Her Highness by all the ill Offices and Representations that Calumny could suggest Nay we began to hope we had made some Impression Which fed our Vanity to such a Degree that I confess I flatter'd my self with nothing less than immediately succeeding Sir Tho. Bromley semblably the Scrivener had fixed his hopes on my L. Burleigh's Staff and Harry Madrigall expected to come into the Place of Sir Francis Walsington But Her Grace immediately saw thro' the Design The whole Kingdom began to resent our Practices with the utmost Indignity The Parliament publickly asserted the Merit of those great Men and we were all discarded with the just Marks of Ignominy to the Satisfaction of all good Subjects What hath happened since I need not repeat I acknowledge my self justly doomed to the Execution of that Sentence pronounc'd against me I must now leave you all tho' notwithstanding my many Infirmities I might by the Course of Nature have held out Three Years longer May Her Majesty's Grace long Live and Reign Amen And I wish that every Body but especially my Accomplices of whom I see several here before me would take Warning by my Example When he had thus finished his Speech he was immediately TURNED OFF in the Presence of above Five Hundred Spectators both English and Scotch who for the Generality were very well pleased to see him make so good an EXIT