THE DECLARATION OF COLONELL GORING Vpon his Examination, touching the late intended CONSPIRACIE against the State. VVith the Report of that worthy Gentleman Mr. FYNES to the House of Commons from the Committee upon the Examination of severall Gentlemen concerning the same. Iune 1641.

Printed in the yeare 1641.

The Examination and Declara­tion of Colonell Goring, touching the late Conspiracie.

HAving been told there was an in­tention to unite the Forces of our Armie, and to put it into a posture of being able, if not of purpose of being willing, to interpose in the proceedings of Parliament: I hearkned to the propositions of solliciting a redresse for the miseries of the Souldiers, being the first step to this, in respect of the present necessities of it, not any future consequence of trouble to those that were to procure our reliefe.

But, lest the manner of asking this, or the effects of it being obtained, might be lesse just then the thing it selfe which was desired, and I might be involved in their crimes, that had fur­ther ends perhaps then meerly the redresse of our Armies grievances: I thought it not unsafe, to take some witnesses of mine integrity along [Page 2] with me, and spoke to a noble Lord the very same day, when I assured him, there were some Officers of the Armie that were lesse thought on, that had greatest zeale to the proceedings of this House, And I thought there would be an occasion to let him know more of it.

Within few dayes after this, M. Iermyn and I were admitted into a consultation, where wee were tyed to secrecie by an Oath, in the company of those Gentlemen I have named in my Depositions, where their purpose was de­clared to us in some propositions, which were to this effect.

1. Putting an Armie into a Posture to serve the King.

2. Sending a Declaration to the Parliament, containing, That no Act of Parliament should bee made contrary to any former Act which was expressed, That the Episcopacie should be kept up as it is now.

3. And that the Kings revenue should be established.

This I thought unlawfull for our under­takings; since I thought they intended to in­terpose the determinations of this House; and, it belongs to an Armie, to maintaine, not to con­trive Acts of State.

I objected therefore against the propositions, and pressed more the Follies and Difficulties, then the illegalities of them; not onely because I thought Reason, a greater Argument with them, then Conscience, but because I am so un­happy of the two, to bee thought a worse Common-wealths man, then a Souldier, and in that quality, could procure most credit to my words: And I endeavoured to shew them, that as the Designe would be impious, if their most Desperate Counsell had beene followed, so it would have beene the weakest that ever was undertaken, if it were admitted.

And whereas I am said to have a part in this violent Counsell; till the day before this meeting, I never heard word of it: I knew not when I came to the Roome, whether theirs were not the same with the other; this they may witnesse for me; and that I declared, that I would have to doe with neither, And that I [Page 4] expressed a Contempt of our meeting in that manner.

But I relye upon the Testimonie of some No­ble Lords of his Majesties Councell, and others, how I protested against all those violent Coun­sells, even in the birth of them, and with what pity I looked towards the person of his Ma­jestie, and the whole Kingdome, in this busi­nesse.

I appeale also to them, and to some mem­bers of this House, what my carriage was to­wards these Gentlemen that were embarqued in these undertakings, intending rather to pre­vent a mischiefe by abandoning their Coun­sells, then to ruine them, by disclosing them.

But mistake me not, for had I knowne of any former plot proceeded in, that would en­danger, or disturb the quiet of his Majestie, or the peace of this Kingdome, I should not have beene contented with declaring mine owne Innocencie, nor have stayed till the Command of this House, or an Oath, extorted from mee a Discovery; But by a hasty, open Declaration, have broken the Lawes of Amity, and Friend­ship, and all former tyes, to preserve the duty of [Page 5] a subject; and as freely exposed the Know­ledge of All, to the view of the world, as I have beene tender in publishing these purposes, even to my neerest friends, which had waight enough to crush nothing but the underta­kers of it. And certainly, if they had stayed where I left them, there was no conclusion at all.

It appeares, there were two severall Inten­tions, digested by others before they were com­municated to me, and I knew not, whether my hearkning to them were a fault, but I am sure it was a misfortune.


The Report of Mr. Fynes, with the examinations of severall Gentlemen, concerning the late intended Conspiracie against the State.

MAster Fynes made a Report from the Committee, to the House of Commons, that the Conspirators in the new Treason had a three-fold Designe.

First, concerning the Tower of London.

Secondly, the French Armie, to deliver Ports­mouth into their hands.

Thirdly, a Designe against the Parliament, by working the Armie against it.

Billingsleys Examination was read by Ma­ster Hambden, which shewes, That Sir Iohn Suckling invited him to the imployment.

M. Nutts Examination was likewise read by the said Master Hambden, which shewes, The Earle of Straffords Escape was practised.

Then the Examination of the Lievtenant of the Tower was read, which shewes plainely, That the Earle of Strafford endeavoured an escape, promising him 22000 pounds in marri­age with his Daughter to the Lievtenants sonne, and to have made her one of the richest matches in the Kingdome.

Concerning the Army, Lievtenant Colonell Ballards Examination was read by Sir Philip Stapleton; which shewes, That Captaine Chidley, brought downe to the Army many propositions: viz. That Colonell Goring should be Lievtenant of the Armie, and that the Prince, and the Earle of Newcastle would meet in Not­tinghamshire with 1000 Horse; all which pro­positions came from Master Henry Iermyn, and were dispersed by Sergeant Major Wallis, and Captaine Chidley.

Wallis upon his Examination sayes, That the French would have assisted them, and that the Clergie would at their owne Charge have sent 2000 Horse to the ayde of the Armie; And that the Earle of Newcastle should be Generall of the Armie; and that the Prince would come downe with him.

The Examination of Colonell Goring was read by Sir Iohn Clotworthy, In which he sayes, That hee was tyed up by an Oath of Secrecie, and therefore durst not answer to all the In­terrogatories; and then mentioning the Oath, which was given him by M. Percie in his own Chamber at Whitehall, in presence of M. H. Per­cie, Willmot, Colonell Ashburnham, M. Hugh Pol­lard, and others, who then said, they had all of them taken this Oath; and that hee was the last of the Company that had taken the Oath that M. Iermyn had passed under the Lievtenants owne hand.

Mistris Plumwell said, That a French man, Carver to the Queene, brought Armes to her House, and desired her to keepe them, for that the House of Commons had made an Order, that no Papists should have Armes in their Custo­die, and that he fetcht them away again, about the time that the Earle of Straffords Escape was practiced.

Many Examinations were read, to shew the practices of the French, and a Canon of Burdeux.

Then a Letter from Master Iermyn to Master [Page 9] Mountague was read, wherein he writes, That he hopes that the horse-leeches will be starved for want of food.

And then another letter from Mountague to Iermyn was read, which shewes, That they expected the Earle of Strafford shortly with them.

And after that, the Examination of Master Bland was read, which shewes the desire that M. Iermyn had to get Portsmouth into his hands.

And also two letters were read, sent from one Roberts a Priest, to the Bishop of Calcedon, in recommendation of two English Priests.

And then M. Allens and M. Thorralds, which doe contradict one another.


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