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cleared myself among the people; and they did not feem very forward to take me away, till some of the superior persecutors towards the door, cried out, • How well do you execute your warrant ?' And then they took me and Edward Cowper, Henry Ridgway, and John Harris, away in custody up to the justice's house, but he would not be seen, being much troubled that he had signed the warrant, it having been ready drawn by Robert Connell, the bishop's register, and sent to the justice by the bishop, desiring him to sign it, which he had done with great reluctancy. They then took us from place to place, to find a justice, but none cared to see us ; till at last we were brought before the mayor, and this Connell, who being one of the aldermen, was also a justice of the peace for the city, ex officio. They were a little rough, and pretty high upon us, but the Lord, for whose name and cause we were there, kept us over their spirit and power. John Boles, John Lackey, Samuel Watson, Thomas Pim, John Pim, jun. and other friends, continuing the meeting, and many of the people with them; the officers also brought away these friends last named, before the mayor at the same time. They charged us with a riotous and unlawful assembly; I told them, they themfelves did not believe it to be a riotous assembly; and there were many witnesses that we were peaceable, till the churchwardens and their officers disturbed us. Then Robert Connell himself confefied we were not making any disturbance, but said it was an unlawful assembly, the act of toleration in England not extending to Ireland. I answered, that act being for the liberty of the subject, extended every where in Ireland, and other countries, where the subjects of England are fettled under the crown of England. Then they demanded security for our appearance at the aflizes, and for our good behaviour in the mean time. We told them, we were not of ill behaviour, and there
fore needed not to be bound; but seeing their wicked design, we all refused; they then wrote a mittimus, pretending to send us tu gaol; but at last they told us we might go where we pleased; only they charged us, upon pain of what should follow, not to have any more meetings there, for if we did, they would take more severe measures with us. Then they having a ful: bottle of wine upon the table, would have given us some, but we all refused it, at which they were angry, and so we left them, and went down to Thomas Dale's at the Swan, where many of us lodged, and pretty many friends being together there after supper, we concluded to have another meeting next morning, and some friends were appointed to give notice to the mayor, some to the justices, some to the foldiers, and some to the people of the town.
28th. The next morning, about nipe, we went to this second meeting, where the people did not gather much till about ten, and I had stood up about half an hour, when in came the same church-wardens, and made the lik: disturbance as before, taking names, and threatening the people with the bishop's court and excommunication, frightning some, but most did not seem to mind them, and I went on for some time, till also came two of the mayor's serjeants at mace, and constables, and a great mob after them, and they commanded me to be filent, and the meeting to disperse, Some of the meaner sort went out of the house as fast as they could, being fearful; but many staid to see the issue, and they taking me into custody, I went with them, but they took no other friend. The mayor, this alderman Connell, and some others, being together, I was had before then without any warrant; they were very angry, and gave me some threatening language. I told them, they were not to insult the king's peaceable subjects, nor exercise their own passions upon them; but if I had broken any law, I was subject to the law, either actively or paflively, and if they acted without law, they also were punishable by the law. They were very angry still, and the mayor said, I had assembled myself with others, contrary to law, and demanded fecurity for my appearance at the next aslizes, the fixteenth of next month, at the city of Kilkenny, and in the mean time to be of good behaviour. Then I faid, "What law have you here in Ireland against our meetings?' The mayor faid, “There is no law for them here;' then said I, “There is none against them; and where there is no law, there is no transgression; and the act of toleration in England gives us, as well as all others the king's Protestant dissenting fubjets, liberiy every where in his dominions. Then they wrote a mittimus as followeth, viz.
City of Kilkenny, ss. By John Birch, Esq.
Mayor of the faid city, and Robert
- We herewith fend you the body of Thomas Story, he unlawfully assembling himself with several other · persons, and refusing to find sufficient security for his
appearance next assizes, and for his good behaviour, and him in safe custody to keep, till thence discharged by due course of law; and for so doing this shall be your warrant. Given under our hands and seals this twenty-eighth day of February, 1716. . .
John Birch, Mayor,
"To the Keeper of his Majesty's
gaol, of the said city, Thefe.'
Here is a copy also of the warrant, viz.
• Com. Kilken. et. ? Com. Civit. Kilken. S
By Ebenezer Warren, Esq. one of his Majesty's justices of the Peace for the said counties.
«Whereas complaint hath been made unto me, that a set of people called Quakers, are riotoully assembled, these are therefore in his Majesty's name, to will and require you, and every of you, on sight hereof, to disperse the said Quakers, and in case of resistance or refusal, to apprehend the bodies of the several. persons fo refusing or resisting, and them so apprehended to bring before me or some other of his majesty's justices of the peace in the said counties, to be dealt with according to law, whereof fail pot at your peril, and for so doing this shall be your warrant. Given under my hand and seal this 27th day of February, 1716.
"Ebenezer Warren.' “To the several Constables and Officers,
in and through the said Counties.'
• This justice Warren having all along in parliament (for he was a member) been friendly and kind to friends in all their concerns, and being inadvertently precipitated into this affair by the bilhop, we were better satisfied that we had this second handle to pro. ceed upon, than to have any occasion for his name in the contest; and so I was sent to the common gaol of the town, among thieves in irons, where I stayed not long in the custody of the gaoler, till Anthony Blunt, the sheriff of the city, a very civil young man, and loyal to king George, came to me, and shewed his resentment sufficiently at their doings; for he not only called for the mittimus, that we might have a copy of it (which the gaoler had refused, being an Irish papist) but left it in my own hand till he returned, going immediately to some of the justices (Warren for one) to have their opinions and concur.
OF THE rence in taking me to his house, which he readily had, and accordingly took me with him, and pro vided me a very great room in his house, and agreeable accommodations, to the disappointment of that great episcopal envy thus levelled against me. 'All this I observed to be the Lord's doings, for the furtherance of the gospel and his own glory, and the Lord was with me in a good degree, to my great comfort and only sure help.
On the Sixth and Seventh days came friends from several parts to see me, and many stayed in town till the Firtt-day, being the third of the First month, and in the forenoon we had a meeting in the sheriff's house, where his wife (a very good-natured sober woman) and family were present, and many of the neighbourhood. We had a good open time, wherein I had an opportunity to expose Antichrist and his ministers, which I am apt to think went to the bishop's ears, as it did quickly through the town, the people wondering at our boldness, not knowing our foundation.
• 4th. The next day I went to take the air in the late duke of Ormond's gardens there, and some friends with me, and several people came to us, and among others some French Protestants, and an Irish papist; who seemed friendly, and repeated some verses against such as seemed to be religious, but aimed at nothing but promotion and worldly honour and glory by it. I guessed what he was, and gave him the following lines, which he took on a piece of paper with a pencil:
Natural religion was simple first and plain,