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scaffold at Tower-hill, on Thursday, January 28, 1696-7, by Sir John

Fenwick, Baronet, 1697. Quarto, containing thirty-one pages. 328

An elegy on the death of trade. By a relation of the deceased. London,

Printed in the year 1698. Quarto, containing thirteen pages. •

351

A full and true account of a most dreadful and astonishing fire, which hap-

pened at Whitehall, and begun in Col. Stanley's lodgings, on Tuesday

last, about four of the clock in the afternoon, continuing with great vio-

lence till about nine o'clock the next morning, burning down and con-

suming the King's chapel, the guard-chamber, the long gallery, &c.

together with dear 150 houses. An account also how several persons

were killed, with the blowing up twenty houses, &c. Licensed ac-

cording to order. London, Printed by J. Bradford, in Little-Britain, 1698.

Folio, containing two pages

359

A letter to a country gentleman : Setting forth the cause of the decay and

ruin of trade. To which is annexed, a list of the names of some gentle-

men, who were members of the last Parliament, and now are, or lately

were, in publick employments. London: Printed in 1698. Quarto, con-

taining twenty-four pages.....

361

An essay towards carrying on the present war against France, and other

publick occasions. As also, for paying off all debts contracted in the

same, or otherwise. And new coining of all our monies, without charge,

to the great increase of the honour, strength, and wealth of the nation.

Humbly proposed for the Parliament's consideration, and submitted to

their great wisdom, and love to their country, &c. Octavo, containing

thirty-two pages. To which is added an appendix, MS.

371

The Honour of the Gout: Or, a rational discourse, demonstrating, that the

gout is one of the greatest blessings which can befal mortal man; that

all geutlemen, who are weary of it, are their own enemies; that those

practitioners, who offer at the cure, are the vainest and most mischievous

cheats in nature. By way of letter to an eminent citizen, wrote in the

heat of a violent paroxysın, and now published for the common good.

By Philander Misaurus. Duodecimo,' containing sixty-seven pages:

Printed at London, in 1699

....... 389

A true and just relation of Major-general Sir Thomas Morgan's progress in

France and Planders, .with the six-thousand English, in the years 1657

and 1658, at the taki of Dunkirk, and other important places, as it

was delivered by the General himself. London, 1699. Quarto, con-

taining sixteen pages.

409

An account of St. Sebastian's, in relation to its situation, fortifications,

government, customs, and trade. By one lately come from thence.

From twenty-two pages in quarto, Printed at London, 1700

422

A list of the monasteries, nunneries, and colleges, belonging to the English

Papists in several Popish countries beyond sea. Published to inform the

people of England, of the measures taken by the Popish party for the re-

establishing of Popery in these nations. In a letter to a member of par-

liament. From eight pages, quarto. London: Printed in 1700........ 430

A discourse of sea-ports, principally of the port and haven of Dover: Written

by Sir Walter Raleigh, and addressed to Queen Elisabeth. With useful

remarks, &c. on that subject, by command of bis late Majesty King

Charles the Second. Never before made publick. Printed in 1700.

Quarto, containing twenty pages...

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Reasons humbly offered, for a law to enact the castration of Popish ecclesi-

asticks, as the best way to prevent the growth of Popery n England.

London : Printed in 1700. Quarto, containing twenty-six pages 445

Labour in vain; or, what signifies little or nothing: Viz. I. The poor

man's petitioning at court. II. Expectation of benefit from a covetous

man in his life time. III. The marriage of an old man to a young

woman. IV. Endeavours to regulate men's manners by preaching or

writing. V. Being a Jacobite. VI. Confining an insolveņt debtor.

VII. Promise of secrecy in a conspiracy. VIII. An enquiry after a

place. London: Printed and sold by most booksellers in London and

Westminster, 1700. Quarto, containing thirty-two pages ..... 458

The apparent danger of an invasion, briefly represented in a letter to a

minister of state. By a Kentish gentleman, 1701....

478

The rights of the house of Austria to the Spanish succession. Published by

order of his Imperial Majesty Leopold, and translated from the original,

Printed at Vienna, MDCCI.....

483

A dialogue between the cities of London and Paris, in relation to the pre-

sent posture of affairs, rendered into verse, and made applicable to the

disturbances which now seem to threaten the peace of Europe. Written

by a person who has no money to pay taxes in case of a war. [From a

folio edition, containing thirteen pages, printed in London, 1701,]

... 494

Some observations on the use and original of the noble art of printing. By

P. Burges, Norwich ...

504

Scotland characterised: In a letter written to a young gentleman, to dis-

suade him from an intended journey thither: By the author of “The

trip to North Wales.' 1701, Folio. Containing four pages.......... 509

Proposals for carrying on an effectual war in America, against the French

and Spaniards. Humbly offered to the consideration of the King's most

excellent Majesty, the right honourable the Lords spiritual and temporal,

and the honourable the House of Commons. From a quarto edition,

Printed at London, in the year MDCCII.

515

An account of the arraignments and tryals of Colonel Richard Kirkby,

Captains John Constable, Captain Cooper Wade, Captain Samuel Vincent,

and Captain Christopher Pogg, for cowardice, neglect of duty, breach

of orders, &c. From a folio edition, printed at London, 1703.......... 525

Division our destruction : or, a short history of the French faction in

England:

[Nought else but Treason from the first this land did foil.

Spencer's second book of the Fairy Queen, Cant. 10. Stan. 48.]

London: Printed and sold by John Nutt, near Stationers'-hall, 1702.

Quarto, containing twenty-two pages

533

Political remarks on the life and reign of King William III. First, from his

birth to the abdication of King James II. Secondly, from his accession

to the crown of England to his death

.. 545

Proposals for the reformation of schools and universities, in order to the

better education of youth; humbly offered to the serious consideration of

the High Court of Parliament ......

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THE

HARLEIAN MISCELLANY.

A RELATION

OF

THE LATE WICKED CONTRIVANCE

OF

STEPHEN BLACKHEAD AND ROBERT YOUNG, Against the Lives of several Persons, by forging an Association

under their Hands.

WRITTEN BY THE BISHOP OF ROCHESTER.

IN TWO PARTS.

The first part being a relation of what passed at the three ex

aminations of the said Bishop by a Committee of Lords of the Privy-Council. The second being an account of the two abovementioned authors of the forgery. In the Savoy : printed by Edward Jones, 1692. Quarto, containing seventy-six pages.

I THINK

THINK it becomes me, as a duty which I owe to my country' and to the character I have the undeserved honour to bear in the church, to give the world some account how my innocency was cleared from the late wicked contrivance against me, in hopes that this example of a false plot, so manifestly detected, may be, in some sort, beneficial to the whole nation on the like occasions for the future. However, that the enemies of the church may have no reason to cast any blemish upon it, from the least suspicion of my guilt, and that this faithful memorial may remain as

a poor monument of my own gratitude to Almighty God; to whose immediate protection I cannot but attribute this extraordinary preservation.

Perhaps my reader, at first view, will look on this relation as too much loaded with small particulars, such as he may judge scarce worth my remembering or his knowing; but he will pardon

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me, if I presume that nothing in this whole affair ought to appear little or inconsiderable to me, at least, who was so nearly concerned in the event of it.

I have therefore made no scruple to discharge my weak memory of all it could retain of this matter; nor have I willingly omitted any thing, though ever so minute, which I thought might serve to fix this wonderful mercy of God the more on my own mind, or did any way conduce to the saving of divers other innocent persons' lives, as well as mine.

I cannot indeed promise, that I shall accurately repeat every word or expression that fell from all the parties here mentioned: or that I shall put all down in the very same order as it was spoken, having not had the opportunity to take notes of every thing as it passed; but this I will say, if I shall not be able to relate all the truth, yet I will omit nothing that is material : I will, as carefully as if I were upon iny oath, give in all the truth I can remember, and nothing but the truth.

What I write I intend shall consist of two parts: the first to be a narrative of the plain matter of fact, from my first being taken into custody, May the 7th, to the time of my last dismission, June the 13th. The second to contain some account of the two perjured wretches that were pleased, for what reasons they know best, to bring me into this danger.

For the truth of the substance of what I shall recollect on the first head, I am bold to appeal to the memories of those honourable lords of the council, by whom I was thrice examined. And, touching the second, I have by me so many original papers, or copies of unquestionable authority, (which I am ready to shew any worthy persons who shall desire the satisfaction) as are abundantly sufficient to justify all that I shall think fit for me to say against Blackhead and Young, especially against Young.

It was on Saturday the 7th of May, of this present year 1692, in the evening, as I was walking in the orchard at Bromley, meditating on something I designed to preach the next day, that I saw a coach and four horses stop at the outer gate, out of which two persons alighted. Immediately I went towards them, believing they were some of my friends, coming to give me a visit. By that time I was got to the gate, they were entered into the hall: but, seeing me hastening to them, they turned, and met me about the middle of the court. The chief of them, perceiving me to look wistly on them, as being altogether strangers to me, said, My Lord, perhaps you do not know me. My name is Dyve, I am clerk of the council, and here is one of the king's messengers. I am sorry I am sent on this errand. But I am come to arrest you upon suspicion of high treason.

Sir, said I, I suppose you have a warrant for so doing; I pray let me see it. He shewed it me. I read it ; and the first name I lighted on being the Earl of Nottingham's; I said, Sir, I believe this is my Lord Nottingham's own hand, and I submit. What are our orders how to dispose of me? My lord, said he, I must first

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search your person, and demand the keys you have about you. My keys I presently gave him. He searched my pockets, and found no papers, but some poor notes of a sermon, and a letter from Mr. B. Fairfax, about ordinary business.

Now, says he, my lord, I must require to see the rooms to which these keys belong, and all the places in the house, where you have any papers or books. I straight conducted him up stairs into my study. This, sir, said I, is the only chamber where I keep all the books and papers I have in the house. They began to search, and with great readiness turned over every thing in the room, closets, and presses, shaking every book by the cover, and opening every part of a chest of drawers, where were many papers, particularly some bundles of sermons; which I told them were my proper tools: and that all, that knew me, could vouch for me, it was not my custom to have any treason in them. They read several of the texts, and left them where they found them. But, in one corner of a press, wbich was half open, they met with a great number of letters filed up. I assured them they were only matters of usual friendly correspondence, and most of them were of last year's date. Mr. Dyve, looking on some of them, found them to be so; and said, if he had time to view them all, he might, perhaps, see reason to leave them behind: but, being expressly commanded to bring all letters, he must carry them with him. I left him to do as he pleased; so they sealed them up.

Then they went into my bed-chamber and the closets adjoining, doing as they had done in my study, feeling about my bed and hangings, knocking the wainscot in several places, to see if there were any private hole or secret conveyance.

After that they came down stairs and searched the parlour and drawing-room on that side of the house, with the like exactness. In all these rooms, I observed, they very carefully pried into every part of the chimnies; the messenger putting his hand into every flower-pot, which I then somewhat smiled at; but since I found he bad but too much reason so to do.

When they had done searching in all those rooms and in the hall, as they were going out, and had taken with them what papers they thought fit, they carried me away in the coach that brought them. By the way, we met my servant Mr. Moor coming from London. I called out to him, have you any letters for me? He gave me three or four, which I delivered to Mr. Dyve to open, who found nothing in tbem but matters of private concernment, or ordinary news. And so, between ten and eleven at night, we arrived at Whitehall, and I was brought to my Lord Nottingham, whom I found alone in his office.

My lord, said I, I am come upon your warrant; but certainly there must be some great mistake, or black villainy in this business. for I declare, as in the presence of God, I am absolutely free from any just accusation relating to the government. His lordship told me, he himself was much surprised when he heard my name men

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