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present (for lo much as all the danger was at the rirising of the House) it was earnestly desired of the Lords that some care might be taken of our safety: The motion was received by some Lords with a smile, some other Lords, as the Earl of Manchester, under. took the protestion of the Arch-bishop of York and his company ( whose shelter I went under ) to their lodgings; the reft, some of them by their long stay, others by secret and far-fetch't passages escaped home. It was not for us to venture any'nore to the House without some better assurance; upon our refolyed forbearance therefore, the Arch-bishop of York sent for us to his lodging at Westminster, layes before us the perillous condition we were in, advises for remedy (except we meant utterly to abandon our Right, and to defert our Station in Parliament) to petition both his Majesty and the Parliament, that since we were legally call'd by his Majesties writ to give our Attendance in Parliament, we might be fecured in the performance of our Duty and Service against those Dangers that threatned us; and withall to protest against any such A&s as should be made during the cine of our forced Absence, for which he assured us there were many Presidents in former Parliaments, and which if we did not, we should be tray the Trust committed to us by his Majestie, and shamefully betray and abdicate the due right both of our selves and Succeffours

. To this purpose in our presence he drew up the said petition and protesta



tion, avowing it to be legall, just and Agreeable to all former Proceedings, and being fair written fent it to our severa'l Lodgings for our Hands, which we accordingly subscribed, intending yet to have had some further Consultation concerning the delivering and whole carriage of it. But ere we could suppose it to be in any hand but his own, the first Newes we heard was, that there were Messingers addressed to fetch us in to the Parliament upon an accusation of high Treason. For whereas this Paper was to have been delivered, first to his Majesties Secretary; and after perusall by him to his Majestie, and after from his Majestie to the Parliament, and for that purpose to the Lord Keeper, the Lord Littleton, who was the Speaker of the house of Peers ; all these professed not to have perused it at all, but the faid Lord Keeper willing enough to take this Advantage of Ingratiating himself with the House of Commons and the fa&tion, to which he knew himself sufficiently obnoxious, finding what use might be made of it by prejudicate minds, reads the fame openly in the house of the Lords : and when he found fome of the faction apprehensive enough of misconstruction, Aggravates the matter as highly offensive, and of dangerous consequence; and thereupon not without much heat and vehemence, and with an ill Preface, it is sent down to the House of Commons; where it was entertain


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ed hainoully, Glynne with a full mouth crying it up for no less then an high Treason; and some comparing, yea preferring it to the Powder-plot. VVe poor souls ( who little thought that we had done any thing that might deserve a chiding) are now called to our Knees at the barr, and charged feverally with high Treason, being not a little astonished at the suddainness of this Crimination, compared with the perfect Innocence of our own Intentions, which were only to bring us to our due places in Parliament with safety and speed, without the least purpose of any mans offence; But now Traytors we are in all the hafte, and must be dealt with accordingly; For on January 30 in all the extreamity of Frost, at Eight a Clock in the dark Evening, are we voted to the Tower ; Only two of our Number had the favour of the black Rod by reason of their Age, which though defired by a Nuble Lord on my behalf, would not be yielded, wherein I acknowledg, and bless the Gra-, cious providencc of my God, for had I been gratified , I had been undone both in body and Purse ; the rooms being strait, and the expence beyond the reach of my estate : The newes, of this our crime and imprisonment foon flew over the City, and was entertained by our well.willers -with ringing of Bells and Bonfires ; who now gave us up (not without great Triumph ) for loft men railing, on our perfidiousness, and adjudging us

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to what foul Deaths they pleased ; and what fourrile and malicious pamphlets were scattered abroad, throughout the Kingdom, and in forraign parts, blazoning our Infamy, and exaggerating our treasonable practises? what insultations of our adverfaries was here ? being caged fure enough in the Tower, the fation had now fair oportunities to work their own designes; they therefore taking the advantage of our restraint, renew that bill of theirs, (which had been twice before rejected fince the begining of this Seslion) for taking away the votes of Bishops in Parliament, and in a very thin house easily passed it : VVhich once condescended unto, know not by what strong importunity, his Majesties afsent was drawn from him thereunto; we now instead of looking after our wonted Honour must bend our thoughts upon the guarding of our lives, which were with no small eagerness, pursued by the violent Agents of the Faction. Their sharpest wits and greatest Lawyers were imployed to advance our Impeachmene to the height; but the more they lookt into the business; the less crime could they find to fasten upon us : In so much as one of their Oracles, being demanded his judgment concerning the fact, profelled to them, they might with as good rcafon accuse us of Adultery : Yer still there are we fast ; only upon petition to the Lords obtaining this favour, that we might lave tounsel

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alligned us; which after much Reluctation; and many menaces from the Commons, against any man of all the Commoners of England that should dare to be seen to plead in this case against the representative body of the Commons, was graunt. ed us; the Lords Assigned us five very worthy Lawyers, which were nominated to them by us; whàť trouble and charge it was to procure those eminent and much employed Counsellors to come to the Tower to us, and to observe the strict lawes of the place, for the time of their ingress, regress, and stay, it is not hard to judg. After we had lyen some weekes there, however the house of Commons, upon the first tender of our Impeachment had desired we might be brought to a speedy tryall, yet now finding bulike how little ground they had for so high an Accusation, they began to flack their


and suffered us, rather to languish under the fear of so dreadfull Arraignment. In fo much as now we are fain to Petition the Lords that we night be brought to our tryall : the day was set, several summons were sent unto us; the Lieutenant had his warrant to bring us to the Barr; Our impeachment was severally read; we pleaded not guilty Modo a forma, and desired speedy proceedings, which were accordingly

. promised, but not to hastily performed. Afrer long expectation another day was appointed for the prosecuzione of this high charge. The Lieute

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