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my lady Tempest, Mr. Thwing, Mr. Rushton, Bolron, Several times, I know not how and some others.
often. Justice Dolben. Was it agreed that the king Thwing. When was it you accused me first should be killed?
of the plot? Bolron. It was, my lord.
Boiron. When I went to the council I ac. Baron Atkyns. Consider seriously, you speak cused him. in the presence of God, and of a great assem- Thwing. He did not accuse me of the plot bly; and that a person's life is at stake: Tell in several months. it again, wbat were the words.
Sir Tho. Stringer. Come, Mr. Mowbray, tell Bolron. It was agreed that the king should your knowledge. be killed, and that it was for the good of the
Mr. Mowbray was sworn. catholic religion; and I paid 101. to Mr. Rusbton in Mr. Thwing's presence, towards killing Mr. Mowbray. My lord, what I have to say the king, and saw a list in Mr. Rushton's and is only against Mr. Thwing. At an assembly Mr. Thwing's hands, of the names of several of divers priests at Barnbow-hall, amongst the that engaged for promoting the Roman Catho- rest there were Father Rushton and Mr. lic religion; which was to be by killing the Thwing; and there they determined to kill the king.
king. Baron Alkyns. Was it a List of those that Baron Atkyns. When was this? were to kill the king?
Mowbray. This was near Michaelmas 1676, Bolron. The List I saw was of money raised and they declared it was not only lawful, but to kill the king.
meritorious to do it: They also declared, That Baron Atkyns. What was the title of that London and York were to be fired; and that List?
force was to be made use of against the king, Bolron. A List of the Names of the Actors and all other heretics that should oppose the and Contributors, engaged in the design of pro- advancement of their religion: And Mr. moting the Roman Catholic religion, and also Thwing and Rushton declared, the king was an of establishing a Nunnery; which was raising heretic, and excommunicated by the Pope, and money for the killing of the king. And besides had sot kept his promise with the Jesuits to the iol. I paid towards it, I paid 57. to have my bring in their religion, and therefore deserved soul prayed for. Thwing told ine afterwards to be killed, and it was not only lawful but meat my house, that in Yorksbire, Lancashire, ricorious so to do. and Derbyshire, 30,0001. was raised for the Mr. Belwood, of council for the king. Was killing of the king; and that the List was sent there not a List? beyond sea.
Mowbray. Yes, a List of those engaged in Justice Dolben. What can you say against the design of killing the king, and of promoting the woman?
the catholic religion: And it was declared the Bolron. Mrs. Pressicks told me, That in king should be killed, because he had not kept 1678, presently after the plot was discovered, bis promise made to the Jesuits when he was she being in London, did bear a woman cry beyond sea. after her, Stop the Papist, Stop the Plotter; Justice Dolben. Did the prisoner declare it? but she got away, and afterwards dorst not ap- Mowbray. Mr. Thwing declared it, and pear publicly in London. I had discourse with Rushton and he managed it. her ai my bouse about the Plot; and she told Thwing. Who was there? me, That Father Harcourt was her confessor, Mowbray. It was at Father Rushton's chamand first engaged ber in it; and that Pickering ber that I saw you, and there was another told her, that he was to have killed the king, Thuing there, and also Addison a priest. and she said she was sorry she did not do it; Thwing. I went once or twice a year to sir and that Oates and Bedlow. were two rogies, Thomas Gascoigne's, and thought it my duty lo and the Plot had not been discovered but for wait on biın; and that I might without offence them, who were the cause of so much mischief. do it, he being my uncle. Aud she further told me, that the gun where- Just. Dolben. No, the offence is Plotting. with he was to have killed the king, was found Sir T. Stringer. Mr. Thwing, do you know with Pickering, and she did believe that was Rushton? the cause of his losing his life: And she said, Thwing. Yes; but I had no great acquaintThe king was an ass and not fit to govern; that ance with him. what money the parliament gave him be spent Sir T. Stringer. Mr. Mowbray, how came upon whores and concubines.
you to be intrusted in so great a business? Justice Dolben. Well, is this all you have Mowbray. I assisted Father Rushton at the against her:
altar at mass; and so came into great favour Bolron. Yes, my lord.
with him, and was permitted to be in his chamá Justice Dolben. He hath done; you may ber when the priests were in private with him. cross-examine himn, if will.
Sir T. Stringer. Mr. Mowbray, did you take Thwing. Who was at your house when I was an oath of secrecy? tbere?
Mowbray. Yes, I took it from Father Rushton. Bolron. Father Rushton.
Thwing. How long since did you change Thwing. How often was I there?
Mowbray. Presently after the Plot broke Mrs. Bolron sen. Yes, several times, more
than once or twice. Thwing. Who were you examined before first of all ?
Mrs. Bolron jun. was then sworn and examined. Mowbray. Before Mr. Lowther, and Mr. Mrs. Bolron jun. I heard her say, There was Tindal.
a conspiracy carrying on about altering the goJust. Dolben. Did you at the first accuse vernment, and establishing the Roman Catholic him?
religion. Mowbray. I only charged sir T. Gascoigne, Just. Dolben. Where heard you this? esq. Gascoigne, my lady Teinpest, sir Miles Mrs. Bolron jun. In my husband's house. Stapleton, and Father Rushton in my first; and Bar. Atkyns. And what were her hopes in in my second deposition I accused Mr. Thring, the conspiracy? and that was before justice Warcup.
Mrs. Bolron jun. My lord, I cannot te!!
. Bar. Atkyns. Did Thwing abscond at the Mrs. Pressicks. I ask Mr. Bolron when we first?
bad this discourse? Mowbray. He was apprehended at the same Mr. Bolron. At several times ; about Can. time sir Thomas Gascoigne was apprehended, dlemas 1678, and at Easter and Whitsuntide, and at his house.
and several times after the Plot was discovered, Just. Dolben. Well, what say you to Mary we discoursed it several times at the porch at Pressicks?
Mowbray. My lord, I have nothing to say Just. Dolben. Who was present? against her.
Mr. Bolron. My grandmother. Just. Dolben. Mr. Thwing, you have heard Just. Dolben. Where was it, old woman, that the evidence, what do you say for yourself? you heard these words?
Thwing. I shall produce witnesses I was Mrs. Bolron sen. At Shippon, in the Hallnever with him at Barmbow: First, I shall porch, my lord. shew he never mentioned me when he first men- Mrs. Pressicks. Had we any discourse tioned the Plot; and he never said any thing about sir Thomas? against me, when he accused sir Thomas Gas. Mrs. Bolron sen. None. coigne before Mr. Lowther and Mr. Tindal.
John Hutchinson was then sworn. But Mr. Bonithen, of Counsel for the king, offering other witnesses for the king against Just. Dolben. Do you know any thing conMrs. Pressicks, they were called, viz. Mrs. cerning Mrs. Pressicks? Bolron sen. Mrs. Bolron jun. and John Hutchinson. May it please you, my lord, I Hutchinson.
came to Mr. Bolron's house, and Mrs. Pres
sicks asked me what news in our country, and Mrs. Bolron sen. sworn.
what became of the papists? I told her some Just. Dulben. What do you know of Pres- bad given bond, and some were gone to prison: sicks, the prisoner at the bar?
Then she said, we shall never be at peace Mrs. Bolron sen. My lord, she said she until we are all of the Roman Catholic religion; knew of the Plot, and that Pickering was to for the king is an heretic, and spends more bave killed the king.
money upon his whores than upon his queen, Mr, Bonithen. Do you mean shoot the king ? and we shall never be at quiet until the duke Mrs. Bolron sen. Yes, I do.
of York is king. Just. Dolben. Where did she tell you this? Just. Dolben. What say, you to this? You Mrs. Bolron sen. At Shippon, my lord. bave seen liim?
Just. Dolben. At bis house? (pointing to Mrs. Pressicks. I never saw him but twice Mr. Bolron.]
there. Mrs. Bolron sen. Yes, and she said that she Just. Dolben. Where was she when she said was very sorry that Pickering did not do it, and this? that he had done it if it had not been for Oates, Hutchinson. She first talked with me in the and Bedloe.
kitchen, and at the ball door, as she was just goJust. Dolben. Was this the very same time ing into the parlour: she told me, that we should that Mr. Bolron speaks of?
never be at quiet until the duke of York was Mrs. Bolron sen. Yes, my lord; and she said | made king. there would never be quiet in England until the Just. Dolben. Mr. Bolron, when came she to Roman Catholics had got the upper hand, and your house ! there was not a protestant left in England : Bolron. She came to our house about ChristAnd she said, The king spent his money mas, and staid about six months there. amongst bis concubines, and his orber women, Just. Dolben. Six months in your house! so that he was not worthy to be king, and she Then you are well
enough acquainted with ber? hoped an army of catholics would be raised to Bolron. Yes, my lord. set up popery.
Just. Dolten. Did you charge Mr. Thwing Just. Dulben. That is, indeed, the principle of besore tbe justice ? the papists, and according to it, within 40 years Bolron. My lord, I gave justice Tindal only past they murdered 200,000 innocent protes- a short note, that sir T. Gascoigne promised cants in Ireland, Did she say it often? me 1,0001. to kill the king: But wbat I had to
1169] STATE TRIALS, 32 Charles II. 1650.—Mary P'ressicks, for Treason. [1170 say against Thwing, I gave to the king and Air. Tindal desired it; Well, said I, Mr. Tina Council.
dal and I are to nicet to-morrow, and we will Thwing. My lord, this is malice to sir T. do it jointly. Gascoigne's fainily, to which I am related, it is Just. Dolven. Did he say he told you all he out of revenge.
knew? Just. Dolben. It was a family-quarrel then? Louther. He did not name Thwing, but said
Thwing. Yes, my lord, this I can prove by he would recollect more, and would go to Lonseveral witnesses.
don and give it in to the king and council: And Just. Dolben. Call your witnesses then. then I said, why may nut we take it here as well Thwing. Nathaniel Wilson.
as trouble them at Londun? Just. Dolben. Mr. Babington, why don't you Just. Dolben. It may be, he thought it better appear? We know well enough that you are to do it there. solicitor in the cause ; call your witnesses.
Mrs. Pressicks. Ile did not accuse me before
Bolron. Yes, my lord, I did, and had a war-
Lowther. She was taken the same day sir Wilson. I went to Bolron to look on a cow T. Gascoigne was taken. that he had gifted for his cousin Bargues, and Just. Dolben. We will be just between you. desired to have the cow away, but he would not let me have her without paying for her gift;
Then the prisoners called Obadiah Moor. so I tendered hiin his money, and we went to Just. Dolben. Come, tell your knowledge in talk in the house, and Bolron sent for a groat's this business. worth of ale, and asked me if I could tell any Moor. I say, that Mr. Bolron said, that sir thing or father Rushton, and I told him I could | T. Gascoigne was not concerned in the Plot, not; and he bid me keep his secrets, and he would nor none of his family, and that he believed give me more than I could addle, (that is, carn) | there was no Plot. in seven years : And be said, unless he could Just. Dolben. When was this? shed the blood of some of them, he should get Moor. This was about Candlemas was twelve nothing.
mombs. Just, Dolben. When was this?
Just. Dulben. He was then a papist : But did Wilson. This was about next Michaelmas a he not tell you otherwise afterwards? twelve-month.
Moor. In August afier he told me he had Just. Dolben. This is quite other than you but equivocated with me in what he said betold yesterday.
fore, and that there was a real Plot; and if he [ Wilson was a witness the day before for the had sworn a thousand lies, he could have been lady Tempest.)
Then Stephen Thompson was called and exa
mined. named me to Mr. Lowther as a plotter. Then Mr. Lowther was called.
Thompson. Mr. Bolron was servant to sir T.
Gascoigne, and being in his debt, sir Thomas Mr. Lowther. I do not remember that Mr. did arrest him, and he agreed with sir Thomas Bolron named Mr. Thwing to nie when he was to give him 601. and got me to be bound with before me.
bim: And when the Plot came out, I thought Just. Dolben. When did he come to make | Bolron being his servant, might know whether the discovery to you? Give an account of it? sir Thomas had any hand in it; and if so, that
Loather. I think it was the, 24th or 25th of we were in no danger of being sueri; and I elia June 1679, that he came to me; and he told quired of Bolron, and he said, “Sir Thomas me he had some secrets to impart to me : And was as sinless of it as the child that was unhe began to tell me a story of the Jesuits and / born,' And on floly Tisursday I went to him, priests, what they designed against the govern- and got him out on the backside 10 sir Thoa ment, because the king did not keep his word mas's, and all along he toli me, if he sued him be with them when he was beyond sea : And then would do him a greater mischief: And I pleada I called for my man and a bible to take his ex- ed earnestly with sir Thomas not to sue the mination, and said Pray, friend, be very careful bond, and he said he would have his moncy; what you do, for here your own concern is at but would stay a fortnight; and I prevailed stake, as well as the lives and fortunes of the with him to give three weeks time, that Bolron gentlemen you speak against; and upon that might go to sell his house at Newcastle, and in he begau to be very fearful and tirgorous, and that time he went to London and accused him looked pale: Whereupon I asked him, what of treason: And as to Mrs. Pressicks, I asked that fear was for? It is, said he, because I bave his grandmother what she could say against her, concealed it so long; and if that were upon and she said, Alas, alas, I can say nothing to you,
it you would be as fearful as I am. it, but Bolron said she must say so and so. Then I was going to take his information, and Just. Dulben. What mean you, friend, by so he said, I bave done it before to Mr. Tindal, and so. Why came you to me, then ? said I. He said, Thompson, It was about sir Edmundbury VOL. vu.
Godfrey, and that the king was an whoremas- , fore Justice Lowther, and Bolron's wife said ter, and such things.
she was sorry for it, for she believed her to be Then Euchary Thorpe was called and examined.
an honest woman, and had been a good neigh
bour amongst them. Thorpe. I met with Mr. Bolron in Long- Baron Alkyns. Who was sorry? acre before the last assizes, and asked him con- Hardwick. Mrs. Bolron. cerning sir T. Giscoigne iny countryman, and Baron dikyns. What did Bolron himself say? he said be was cleareil, but, God damn the jury Harduick. He said nothing to me, he was they were rogues. Then he asked me if I had in another room with his grandmother. read flarris's Intelligence of that day, and I told him Yes ; and he then asked me if I had seen
[Justice Dolben taking notice of Theing's his wife's name in it? He then told me, that he speaking to Mr. Hubari, demanded what he was going down to the assizes at York against
said.] my lady Tempest, and said, God damn me, I Hobart. My lord, he asked me, whether Bol. will ruin thein ; if one thing will not doit, ano- ron did not say that sir T. Gascoigne offered ther shall.
him 1,0001. I only say that he swore at sir T. Just. Dolben. What are you ? God damn me Gascoigne's trial. comes very niinbly out of your mouth.
Justice Dolben, How doth it appear what le Thorpe. I live at the White-hart in Charter. swore there? house-lane, with the gentleman of the house; I Bolron. I acquainted Mr. Lowther and Mr. married his daughter.
Tindal with it. Just. Dulben. And draw pots of ale, that is your trade? How comes Bolron to talk thus to
Nlary Walker was called. you? Is he so mad a fellow to talk thus to Justice Dolben. Mary Walker, what do you every one? This is not likely that he should say? thus accuse himself to you: Your father in law Walker. Robert Bolron came after Mr. is a poor ale housekeeper ?
Thwing was taken prisoner, to my mistress's. Bar. Atkyns. Are not you a papist?
Justice Dolben. Who is your mistress? Thorpe. No my lord, a Protestant of the Walker. Mrs. Lassell; and he asked me if church of Eogland.
I knew Mr. Thwing to be a priest, and I told Just. Dolben. Have you never been in New him, No, my lord; he told me that if I would gate? Your lane is full of such people, and swear that he was a priest, he would give me your house suspecied.
101. for be would be revenged of him for sir T. Thorpe. No, my lord.
Gascoigne's cause; for he was pear of kin to Just. Dolben. Come, have you done? him, and he proffered me 101. again.
Thorpe. Bolron came to my lodyings at the Bolron. Where were you, you were not here Plough on Holborn-hill before the last assizes, yesterday? and told me, if I would swear that Peter Ship- Walker. I was in the Court yesterday; ton knew no harm by Bolron, be would do any Justice Dolben. Wliere spoke he this? thing for me.
Walker, A. Mrs. Lassell's. Just. Dolben. This is a fable, for Bolron Sir T. Stringer. My lord, he was then searchbound Shiptov over at the sessions before the ing for priests at that house, and it is improbalast assizes.
ble that he should endeavour at that time 10 Builron. Yes, my lord, it was for scandalous suborn Thwing's sister's servant. words against his majesty.
Baron Atkyns. Is Mrs. Lassell of kin to Mr. Thorpe. He asked me what Shipton was. I Thwing? answered, he is an honest man for aught that I Walker. Yes, my lord. know: I have taken bis own bond, said Bolron, Justice Dolben. Who can believe he would but I will have bion from court to court, I will come to Thwing's sister's house, to suborn her teach him to meddle with me.
servant to be a witness against Mr. Thwing? Just. Dulben. How came he to speak to thee? Walker. Yes, my lord, I have witness of it, Thrope. I know not why, but it was his dis both a man and a woman.
Justice Dolben. Where are they? Bar. Alkyns. What acquaintance was there Walker. In town. etween you ?
Justice Dolben. That makes it more impro. Thorpe. I have seen him several times in bable that he would offer you 101. io the preYorksbire.
sance of two witnesses to swear that Mr. Thuing Just. Dolben. You live in Charterhouse-lane; was a priest. How came you together in Long-acre ?
Sir T. Stringer. Let us ask ber a question: Thurpe. I met him accidentally in the street. Whether are you a Papist or no?
Just. Dulben. It is a wonderful thing, that Walker. Yes, I am a Catholic. he should meet one in the street with whom he
Sir T. Stringer. Since it must be probable
, had very smali acquaintance, and discover such that he would ask you such a thing, and knew things to bin, as he did to you.
you to be a Papist; is Thwing a priest or no?
Walker.'. No, marry, is be not. Thien William Ilardwick was examined.
Sir 1. Stringer. Have you not heard bin Hardwick. I was to carry Mrs. Pressicks be say mass?
course to me.
Walker. No, if I were to die.
Twisley. No, and please your lordship. Justice Dolben. Indeed you are an excellent Justice Dolben. But was be there in 1677? witness.
About a year or two since, I saw
him there. Mr. Legget, one of the King's Messengers,
Justice Dolben. But bow often in a twelveproduced as a Witoss by the Prisoners, was
month's time? next examined.
Twisley. Not above once or twice, Legget. In August last, Mr. Bolron told me, Baron Atkyns. Did you never go out of he would call his grandmother in, and examine your master's house in 1677? her before me; and he then asked ber, if she Twisley. I have, my lord, but I was there did not say, that she knew such and such things ? both niglit and morning. And she said she could not tell, but if she did, Baron Alkyns. How do you know but he it was true.
might be there in the time that you were not Baron Atkyns. What was it he asked her? there?
Legget. About Harcourt, and I know not Bolron. And please your lordship, this man what, I took little notice of it, it seemed to be was but the groom. a thing so idle, that I went away: And meet- Twisley. I was the groom, my lord, and took ing me afterwards, said, You thought my the horses. grandınother knew nothing, but at the bar, when Justice Dolben. But were you never absent? sir T. Gascoigne was tried, they said they never Twisley. No, my lord, and he was not there heard one swear a thing more plainly.
above once or iwice in the year. Justice Dolben. Legyet, did not you desire Thwing. Ask him what company was then money yesterday of the clerk of the assizes as a there? witness for the king?
Twisley. No company at all, my lord, when Leyget. Yes, iny lord.
he was there. Justice Dolben. Did you so ? You are a fine Justice Dolben. Was not be there about fellow.
Easter? Then one William Bucchus was examined.
Twisley. No, not that I know of.
Justice Dolben. What time of the year was Bacchus. All that I can say, is, That I served he there? a warrant upon Mrs. Bolron to go before squire Twisley. About Michaelmas, not Easter. Lowther, and Bolron's wife and grandmother Bar. Atkyns. How cane you to take such said, they could say nothing against sir T. Gas- particular notice at what time men come? Did coigne, nor any of the family.
you take an account of all the gentlemen that Justice Dolben. Well, they say nothing came to sir Thomas's house, how often there, against them now, but what did she say against and when they came? Mrs. Pressicks?
Twisley. There were none that stayed any Bacchus. She said that Mary Pressicks time when they came thither. should say that the king was an whoremaster, Bar. Alkyns. What time of the year was be and maintained his whores better than he did there? the queen.
Twistey. It was a month before Michaelmas. Cuthbert Hamsworth was then called.
Just. Dolben. You bring witnesses to stretch Hamsworth being produced as a witness for
things even to impossibilities. sir T. Gascoigne, owned that he had been a
Bolron. He was drunk, my lord, at Leeds Papist.
the same night the consult was. Humsworth. My lord, Robert Bolron did
Sir Thomas Stringer. Will you speak truth'
before Almighty God? swear revenge agaiost my lady Tempest, for
Twisley. Yes. prosecuting a suit against him.
Sir Thomas Stringer. Pray, then, are you a Justice Dolben. What is that to the matter iu hand? Do you know that he swore revenge
Trisley. No. against Thwing and Pressicks?
Sir Thomas Stringer. Were you never a Humsworth. No, my lord. Baron Atkyns (to the prisoners.) What have
Twisley. Yes. you more to say? Thwing. My lord, he saith, I was at Barm- Thomas Gascoigne's when you were a papist ?
Sir T. Stringer. Have you heard mass at sir bow Hall, 1677, I have witnesses to prove
Twisley. No. otherwise.
Sir T. Stringer. That is very strange, ihat Baron Atkins. Call them then.
you lived there and never beard mass, and yet George Twisley, Groom to Sir Thomas Gas were a papist. coigne.
Twisley. Yes, I heard mass in his house, but Twisley. Mr. Thwing was never at our house not by this man. above a night or two in the year.
Sir T. Stringer. How long have you been Justice Dolben. Whose house is yours? turned protestant? Twisley. Sir T. Gascoigne's.
Twisley. About two years. Justice Dolben. He was there but a night or Thwing. Thomas Areton. Did you ever see two at a time
me at Barmbow-Hall ?