A RECORD OF SOME PERSECUTIONS Inflicted upon some of the Servants of the Lord in SOƲTH-WALES, with the sufferings of many for not paying Tithes, not repairing Steeple-houses, and for not coming to the Steeple-houses.

Also the fruits of some of the Priests who are called Ministers of the Gospel in South-Wales, and Pem­brook-shire, where some persecution hath been at Harford-west, which in short is here also mentioned, which hath not been brought to publick view till now.

Spoil [...]rs shall come from the North, which shall spoil Babylon, Jer. 51.48.
I have raised one from the North, and he shall come upon the Prin­ces, and as the Potter treadeth clay, Isa. 41.25.
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the North, Jer. 13.20.
They have persecuted me, and they will also persecute you, and take joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in your selves, that you have in Heaven a better and an induring substance, Jo. 15.20. Heb. 10.3.
These things they will do to you for my Names sake, John 15.21.

By Francis Gawler.

LONDON, Printed for Thomas Simmons at the Bull and Mouth near Aldersgate, 1659.



WIthin these few years the Lord God Almighty was pleased to send many of his dear and faithful Servants (accord­ing to his own promise) to visit his own seed in South-Wales, where were some who had long waited for them, hearing the sound of the Lords Trumpet, Isa. 41.25. Jer. 13.20. in the beginning of the Lords work it this Nation by his dear and faithful Servants, who (by the Lord) some of them were moved to come into South-Wales where they were received with joy and glad­ness of heart, because the shout of a King was among them, and the Mighty power of the Lord did carry them on in great strength and boldness to fight his own battel with the weapons which are not car­nal, but spiritual and mighty through God, to the bringing down of strong holds and immaginations to the obedience of him who is the light of the World, and lighteneth every man that cometh into the World, John 1 9. John 8.12 the which hath been denied by the chief Priests and false proph [...]ts who are called Ministers of the Gospel in South Wales; but are now made manifest in the day of the Lords ap­pearance to be blinde guides and hirelings, who do uphold the wor­ship of the Beast in the Idols Temple where God dwelleth not, nor is worshipped with the work of mens hands, Acts 17.24, 25. and for declaring agains [...] such have the servants of the Lord been imprisoned by the complaint of the Priests, who could not stand in battel to fight, but (like hirelings) some of them fled before half their Sermons were end­ed; so fear surpized the hearts of the Hypocrites, as saith the Scrip­tures, Isa. 33.14. Pro. 28. 1 John 10 12, 13. The Hypocrite fleeth when none pursueth, and the hireling fleeth because he is a hireling.

And such was the fear of the blinde guides that they prevailed [Page 4] with the Magistrates to have a guard upon their Steeple-house doors, that none should be permitted to come in, but such as have the mark of the Beast in their foreheads; And for declaring against them, did some of the Magistrates imprison and chain by the legs, the servants of the Lord, who in boldnesse did declare the Word of the Lord, deny­ing the Kingdom of the D [...]vil, who hath cast many of the children of the Lord into prison in this Nation, and thereby the Scripture of truth was f [...]lfiled, Rev 2, 10. And the imprisonments of many in South-Wales is here laid d [...]wn which is a Record of some S [...]fferings which hath b [...]en k pt, [...] bro [...]ght to pu [...]lick view till now, and it is not a thing that w [...] have done hastily, but long have waited in it, and now (having opport [...]nity) we tho [...]ght it good so to do, not in any evil intent again [...]t th [...]; for we are taught to do go [...]d for evil, and the des [...]re of our hearts is, that this may be a warning into th [...]m that th [...]y may do so no more, and so read this over in the cool of their spi­rits, wherein is laid down the actings they have acted in their rage and heat of their spirits, which is condemned by the light, which is the condemnation of the World, (out of which we are redeemed, and stands on top of it) [...]ohn 3 19 and wee count it great joy that wee are found worthy to suffer for the Name of the Lord, who sent his M [...]sseng [...]rs among us to preach the everlasting Gospel freely without money or price, as his Servants, M [...]ssengers and Prophets did in for­mer ages, as the scriptures of truth doth bear witnesse, Jsa 55.12. Luke 10.3. Mat 1 [...].8, 9. the which is now fulfilled, at which the Priests, blinde guides and hirelings are tormented, whose Gospel is not without a price in the parish where they preach it, sixty, eighty an hundred more or lesse, as they can agree; and they that preach it fight, strike, and p [...]l by the hair of the head such as declare against them▪ And if any deny to pay them their wages, to the value of ten pence, they cast them into prison, and some of their wives have lear­ned of them to do the same, as will plainly appear by the reading this Book.

Written by us who in scorn (by the blinde guides and their hearers) are called QUAKERS.

A record of some sufferings in South-Wales, &c.

JOhn ap John being at a meeting in a Cardiff in the County of Clamorgan, by the command of Henry Griffith a baptist, called Captain Griffith, was brought before him in the Castl [...] of Cardiff, who having no power to commit him to Pri­son himself, sent some Souldiers with him to Richard Sheares one of the Bailiffs of Cardiff, who being a harmlesse man, it was thought he kept out of the way; then by the Souldiers he was brought before Roger Sheares, Bayliff, who had but little desire to persecute him; but the next day by the per­swasion of the Priests, the Bayliffs ioyned with George Mor­gan, and committed him to prison with others, namely, Francis Gawler, John Mayo, Toby Hodge of Cardiff, where they continued a few dayes, and afterwards let forth and never brought to tryal.

Again John ap John for standing in the Steeple house in Swans [...]y in the same County a witnesse against Evan Griffeth, called a Minister, was haled forth by the hair of the head by J. Roberts a Minister, and being brought before the [...]ustice, was again struck and pulled by the nose by one Moris Bedwel called Minister of Swansey, and after this abusing before the Justice the evil doers were let go, and John ap John committed to the County Goal in Cardiff by Rowland Dawkins called a Ju­stice, and there was detained twenty weeks, and after relea­sed without any tryal.

Margaret Thomas and Rebeckah for standing witnesses against the fore-named fighting Priests of Swansey were much abused, and imprisoned in Swansey, and after were released, and ne­ver brought to tryal, and turned forth of Swansey; and Wil­liam B [...]van of Swansey went with a boat and brought them o­ver the water again into Swansey; for which he was Impri­soned and chained by the leg, in the year Lewis Jones being Portriff.

Again John ap John was by the Constables of Swansey turn­ed forth several times, and still returned bearing witnesse a­gainst them.

Elizabeth Holmes and Alice Burkat for testifying against the Priests called Ministers, were Imprisoned in the Dark-house in Swansey, and were released and never brought to tryal.

Thomas Holmes and John Brown being in Monmouth Shire at a place called the Slow, at a meeting where many people were, near Curwent, John Brown was moved to go to the Stee­ple-house, at Curwent, where he spake to the Priest, and was apprehended by the command of John Nicholas Governour of Chepstow, and William Bleathin called Justice; Thomas Holmes being near the place where John Brown was detained prisoner went to visit him, was apprehended and kept prisoner that night with him, and the next day was brought before John Nicholas and William Bleathin, who by a warrant sent them from Constable to Constable towards their own Countrey

Francis Gawler of Cardiff, in the County of Clamorgan, be­ing in the Steeple-house in Swansey, standing peaceably and stedfastly looking on the Priest Matthews, diligently harkning unto him, was suddenly haled forth, though he did not speak a word to him, which was about the beginning of his Sermon, and was imprisoned in the Town Hall in Swansey, and after released, and never brought before the Magistrate, Lewes Jones being Portriff that year.

Again Elizabeth Holmes being moved of the Lord, went in­to the Steeple-house at Swansey and there did declare the word of the Lord amongst the people, who diligently did heark [...]n unto her before the Priest came thither, for which she was imprisoned in the aforesaid dark-house in Swansey, and chained by the leg a great distance from the door, least she should see the Priests pass by the door, who were in great fear of her who was a terror to them, and as they passed by the prison, though their faces she did not see, their portion they had, whose cruelty and rage was such, that none was permit­ed to bring her such necessaries as she had need of, but through a hole of the door with a cane she sucked some bear, and no law of the Nation had she broken, but for speaking to the peo­ple, and thus was she dealt with by the hands of drunkards and swearers; these are the fruits of the Magistrates and Mini­sters of Swans y; like Priests, like people.

Elizabeth Richard of Cardiff Widdow, for speaking in the [Page 7] Steeple-house at Swamsey to Morrice Bidwel called Minister, af­ter he had ended, was by one of his hearers Jo. Daniels daughter struck with her Bible, and after put in prison, releas­ed and not brought to tryal

Elizabeth Holmes meeting with Morrice Bidwel in the street in Swansey, spake a few words unto him in much moderation for which she was imprisoned a day and a night in the afore­said prison, in the year that John Daniel was Mayor, a member of his Church.

Again Elizabeth Holmes being moved of the Lord to go to the Steeple-house of Swansey where Marmaduke Matthew cal­led a Minister was, for which she was imprisoned in the fore­said prison in Swansey and still released in the year 1659 Tho­mas Williams being Mayor.

Thomas Shaw for testifying against the foresaid Priest in the Steeple-house in Swansey, was haled forth and imprisoned in the foresaid dark-house, but after was brought to another prison, and there detained about twenty dayes, and af­terwards released [...], in the year 1659. Thomas Williams now being Mayor, and the said Priest Matthews said to Thomas Shaw, that he had made his hearers three fold more the Children of the Devil then they were be­fore, so by the Priests own confession they are the children of the devil; Therefore the Magistrates which are persecutors, must needs be of the Devil, who cast into prison, and chain by the leggs, by which the Scripture is fulfilled, which saith Christ, some of you shall the Devil cast into prison, Rev. 2.10.

Roger [...]ouldbeth of Swansey, a man who hath been a Com­mission Officer in the service of the Common-wealth nine or ten years in England and Ireland, and now his outward being in Swansey, was endeavoured to be hindred to follow his cal­ling, which the Law of the Nation allowes, he being a faithful Souldier to the Common-wealth; but the Magistrates of Swansey have imprisoned him for telling them the truth, who are time-serving men and through the envy of William Baily of Swansey, an envious, angry time-serving professor, was lately imprisoned in the Mayoralty of Thomas Williams this present year, 1659

Again Elizabeth Holmes and Alice Burkat, being at a meet­ing at Walter Watkins house in Sher-Newton in Monmouth-shire, [Page 8] were abused by some of that parish, they lodging there that night, some came by night and made a great stir about the house, intending mischief, William Bleathin called Justice liv­ing near the place, who was not unacquainted thereof, to his shame, in suffering such things; the next day the Constables brought them before the Justices, who made a pass to send them away as vagabonds, but knowing it would be to their shame, let them go.

Again Elizabeth H [...]lmes, being moved of the Lord to go to Lanvaches, where Henry Walter and one Sims of Ch [...]pstow was, where she was much abused by their hearers, and after they had ended at their Steeple-house, they went into ano­ther house whether Elizabeth Holmes, went unto them, whom they turned out and shut the door.

Elizabeth Holms and Alice Burkat, were moved to go to the Steeple-house of Newport, where Henry Walter was, who were suddenly haled forth, and brought down to the bridge, and there kept prisoners, and the chief actor was one Henry Mor­gan Reece a bruitish man, who hath his mark in his fore-head, one of Henry Walters Church.

Again Alice Burkat at another time, being in the Steeple-house of Newport where William Jenkins was a journey-man of Henry Walter, she was haled forth and abused, and pricked with a pin in her arm by William Williams of Newport.

Francis Gawler going for Bristol, was moved to go to a Stee­ple-house at Magor, where Thomas Barns called Minister was, he having ended, Francis Gawler asked him a question, and three Constables were ready to hale him forth, who being not very hasty, Edward Herbert called a Justice thrust him, and led him in much rage out of the Steeple-house, and then gave him to the Constables with much threatning words to bring him to the Ale-house to prison him, which they did ac­cordingly, and afterwards brought him to the house of one John Walter of Magor where Edward Herbert and William Pack­er and Barns the Priest were; Then Edward Herbert said to Francis Gawler, he did go about to distract the Ministers, and said, he did not follow his calling, in which he proved him a lyar, for he did follow his calling, and met him the day before on the road going to Bristol about his calling, then Ed­ward [Page 9] Herbert said he could commit him to prison for telling him he did lye, though it was so; and in great rage commanded to bring F. G. and accordingly they did bring him forth of Mago [...], this is the fruit of Priest Barnes and his chief mem­ber Edward Herbert.

Again, Francis Gawlar was moved to go to the Steeple-house at Newport where Henry Walter was, who made a signe to some of his hearers (as some took notice of) and suddenly [...]. G. was haled away, and could not have the liberty to clear his conscience to his former Pastor, which lay upon him to do; and after he had ended in the yard, he came something near to Henry Walter, and asked him whether he did own the men in haling him away; his answer was, why would he not let him, alone? and suddainly (according to his mind) before him Henry M [...]rgan Reece, one of his Church, who is formerly mentioned, haled him away, and brought him down to the Town, and then up again the Hill, turning him out of the Town, charging him he should not come again there, saying, the Mayor James Young had given him that order, but had none under his hand for so doing, these are the fruits of Hen Walter who was formerly Fra. Gawlars Pastor, who was called before the Church for denying them, and that which he had to lay to his charge was, that he turned people from the Steeple-house, and said he was bewitched, and so was a­fraid that Fra. Gawler would bewitch him, and so went away and would talk no more with him.

Again, Edward Edward, Eliz. Holmes and Fr Gawlar of Car­diff being at a meeting in Shere-newton in the county aforesaid, were taken out of the meeting, and brought before John Ni­cholas, William Bleathie, and Robert Jones, called Justices, in Willi­am Bleathins house in the Parish aforesaid, where this following discourse was.

I. N. R. I. W. B. You have broken the Law in meeting together un­der the tree so near the Steeple-house, and we have several times warn­ed you of it before this, therefore we must deal with you according to the law.

Answ. We have broken no law of the Nation in meeting together, for the Law of the Nation giveth liberty to all for to meet together in the faith of Christ, in the which we meet [Page 10] together; therefore we have broken no law.

J. N. The law saith, the Minister should not be disturbed going to, or coming from his exercise.

Answ. That law we have not broken now, for we did not see the Minister, nor spake to him.

J. N. Though you did not see the Minister nor speak with him, yet you know he was di [...]turbed by your meeting, being in the way so near the Steeple-house where the people did go forth; so by this there was a disturbance.

Answ. We believe the Minister and you were troubled be­cause the people came forth of the Steeple-house to our meet­ing, yet we have not broken the law, for the law saith it must be proved that such came wilfully, maliciously, and of set purpose to to make disturbance, and if such an Oath were ta­ken before thee, I think thou wouldst hardly believe it.

J. N. We shall [...]o nothing but what we have proof for, some did hear the voice of one of you in the Steeple-house, and so it must be a distur­bance

Answ. It must be proved that such a one did maliciously and wilfully make a disturbance; therefore let it be proved.

J. N. Walter Jenkins voice was heard in the Steeple-house, and therefore it was a disturbance.

Answ. Walter Jenkins was not here this day; therefore be­lieve them not who inform thee against us.

J. N. Walter Jenkins was here the last time, and his voice was heard then.

Answ. That which thou dost question us for, is for meeting together now, and that we have made a disturbance, which cannot be proved; therefore what Walter Jenkins did is past, and he is ready to give an account for what he hath done.

J. N. Do you own the Scriptures to be the word of God, yea or nay?

Answ. If thou saist the Scripture is the word of God, prove it, and produce one Scripture that saith the Scripture is the word of God.

J. N. I will do so.

R. Jones, We will not prove it till you first deny it.

Answ. It lyes upon the Governor to do it, whether we deny it or no, because he said he would prove it, therefore let him.

R.J. We shall not prove it tell you first deny it.

Answ. The Governor said he would prove it, so we may refuse the answer till he proves; yet notwithstanding for the sake of the simple-hearted people here, if you will take an answer according to the Scriptures of truth, we shall answer you which we know may satisfie you.

R. I. We are willing to receive an answer according to the Scri­ptures of truth.

Answ. The Scriptures we own to be the words of God which are a declaration of the Word of God, which was from the beginning, before Scriptures were written, and is as a hammer and a sword dividing asunder between the mar­row and the bones, and to this the Scripture stands a witness for us, Joh. 1 1, 2, 3. Heb. 4.12.

J. N. You have given us more satisfaction then some of your friends have done, and you speak very well to own the Scripture to be words of God, which indeed is truth, and we are glad to hear you say so.

R. I. But how is it you call our Ministers deceivers, and some of you never saw their faces before, which is a strange thing to us, I pray you tell us?

Answ. It is an easie thing to know a Deceiver and a false Prophet, for they are marked with the mark of the Beast in their foreheads, and you may read in the Scripture so many hundred were marked with the mark of the Beast in their foreheads, and they were those that upheld the worship of the Beast in the Idols Temples, where the beast is now worshipped in this generation, by which mark the false prophets are known to be deceivers, though their faces we never see; and take heed how you uphold them, least you be partakers of their plagues.

R. J. Indeed we read in Scripture (as you say) that so many hun­dreds were marked with the mark of the Beast in their foreheads, but it is a strange thing to us that you know our Ministers by that mark

Answ. I believe thee friend; where thou art, that is a strange thing to thee; but if thou wilt come down to Gods witness, the light which shines in thy heart, thou wilt come to see it as plain as we speak it.

J. N. Yea, but do you not know that you have profited by our Mini­sters, and that the presence of God went with them? I pray you honest­ly confess.

Answ. I shall honestly declare unto thee, there was a time that the presence of God went with some of them, and in that time they did bear witness against Tythes, Types, figures and shadows, saying, Christ was come, and hath set an end to Tythes; and some of them durst not receive them for con­science sake, the which now they receive and plead for, and receive hundreds by the year by it; therefore the presence of God is withdrawn from them whom we deny, and by their fruits they are known.

J. N. We will l [...]t [...]hem alone to plead for themselves.

Answ Do so; and let them fight for their God, and our weapons shall not be carnal, but spiritual.

R. J. You say the [...]ight shines in the heart which gives the know­ledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and in so doing you add to the Scriptures.

Answ. We say the light shines in the heart which gives the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and if thou denyest it, it lyeth upon us to prove it.

R. J. The Scrip ure doth not say it shines in the heart, therefore you add to the Scripture.

Rob. Jones and the Governor took a Bible and sought the place, and they had the words of the place without book; but the words, the light shines in the heart, so they missed to find the place; then Fran. Gawlar took the book and con­cluded with Rob. Jones, that if it was not so as he said, he must own his error before the people, to which he said, very good, he would do so; then F Gawlar turned to the place of Scripture, Cor. 2.4. and gave it him to read, which he did, and honestly confessed his error before the people, and said, you are in the truth, and we are in the error

Answ. We shall not make thee an offender for a word, but if thou hadst had such advantage against us, thou wouldst hardly have past it by, but we are taught to do fo [...] thou [...]and the Governor have asked us many questions which have b [...]n answered, and you cannot say you are unsatisfied in any one particular.

Now we would ask you one question.

Quest. Did Peter or Paul speak one thing and mean another when they spake?

R. Jones. Answered Nay, they did not speak one thing and mean another.

Reply, Then do not thou make meanings to their words.

R. Jones. Answered I shall not do it.

Then the Governor and he went out of Will. Bleathins house where many people were, a great room full, who said one to another, the Quakers are in the truth, and the Justices are in the error, so Eliz. Holmes and E [...]. Edward, were brought to the Ale-house and there kept prisoners; but people had liber­ty to come unto them, and the room could not contain the people that were there, very diligently hearkening unto them, who (after the Priest had done his exercise) were released by J [...]. Nicholas and Robert Jone [...], the forementioned men called Justices with whom this discourse hath been which we now bring to publike view, finding it upon record, the which may shame Edward Herbert and other Justices of Glamorgan-shire, who have acted contrary to the law of the Nation which is here laid down.

Again, Frar. Gawlar several times hath been haled out of the Steeple-house in Cardiffe, and in the streets much abused by Drunkards, swearers and scolding women, namely Anthony P [...]wry Shoo-maker, Thomas Wi [...]iams, James Evans, Guy the Fisher who hath been in actual Arms against the Common­wealth, and many more; and such as these are the Priests guards in the Steeple-houses and streets and by those have we (who have been faithful in our places and trusts in the service of the Commonwealth) been much abused, to the shame of the Ma­gistrates and Priests of Cardif [...] be it spoken, who suffered their former friends to be so dealt with, onely for clearing their consciences to their former Teachers, namely E. El [...], and Josuah Miller, who did in Cardif [...], boast in the Post-masters house at one time, that if any of the Quakers would come to their meetings, he would dispute; accordingly Francis Gawlar was moved to go to the Steeple-house in Cardiff, where hundreds of people were expecting some things; then Francis Gawlar spake unto him, to which he returned and said, Go stitch thy hats, and so like a hireling fled before half his Ser­mon was ended; and the next day he did endeavor to Impri­son Francis Gawlar, who by a warrant was brought before the [Page 14] Bayliffs who cleared him, understanding how the Priest had boasted before, and would not stand, but fled before half his Sermon was ended, the which tormented him, and his shame was so great, that he endeavored to clear himself by a book called Antichrist in [...] man the Quakers Idol, which was answer­ed, read the book entituled Antichrist in man. Christs ene­my, wherein his lying is made manifest, and damnable do­ctrine, who saith, Its an error, if not damnable, to say that Christ is the wa [...] to salvati [...]n; this he affirms in his book page 13. line 5. and 6. So its little matter what such a man as this protests before angels or men, who holds such a doctrine, and saith, Lying is [...]s [...], but a change of the mind; this hath been charged upon him, and is ready to be proved by witnesses, and for this he stroke Francis Gawlar with his kane, with his two hands in Cardiff.

Again, Francis Gawlar for asking Benjamin Flower Priest, a question in Cardiff in the Steeple-house, where the Judges of the County were present, a warrant was given forth with John Gibbs a Lawyer, John Herbert, Rice Davis and John Fennels hands to it, and according to their warrant F. Gawler was ap­prehended and brought before them in the Town Hall in Cardi [...], where the Constables were commanded to take off his hat, but they were not willing to do it; but fearing their threatenings with a fine, took off his Castor from his head, which was never brought home to him to this day, and by them he was committed to prison, which was a breach of their Sabbath and the Law of t [...]e Nation, being done on the first day of the week, the which was not proved against him, yet by them was he kept prisoner for many moneths; and at one time he speaking to Priest Flower in the street passing by, he was that night set up close prisoner, about the ninth or tenth hour of the night by the Serjeants, who as they said were commanded so to do by Reece Davis, who was in the Priests house that night, and a time after N. S. wife went to Reece D [...]vis unknown to F. G. and asked him if he would give F.G. leave to go to a meeting; his answer was, If F. G. would pro­mise to let Mr. Flower (as he called him) alone, he would let him forth of prison, but no such promise F.G. could make, and so was kept close prisoner a long time, and after was re­leased [Page 15] and never brought to tryal. So J. H. being dead and J. F. being since convinced of the evil of his ways; we shall ask John Gibbs Lawyer, and Riece Davis Baylie, whether they did do as they would be done by, in taking F.G. Castor which was worth a great deal of money, and whether they sold it we know not, but we know the Lawyer loves money, which is the root of all evil, and F.G. his Castor is not brought home yet, therefore the Lawyer and Laylie stands guilty at the Ear.

Again, Alice Burkat, and Francis Gawlar being moved by the Spirit of truth to go to Landaff neer Cardiff, where Benjamin Flower the aforenamed Priest was, being the day they call Easter Monday, where many people were with this day-ob­serving Priest, to keep up the Idol-day, and they coming to one part of the Steeple-house, the door was fastened, and John Jones the Constable would not let him go in: but those who had the mark of the Beast in their fore-heads, who would fight for the Priest and the Idol-day, were willingly let in; but very watchful was the Constable, fearing Francis Gawlar & Alice Burkat should come in among them; but after the Priest had ended the Idol-day [...] Sermon, Alice B [...]rkat met the Priest in the yard, and some of his hearers did exceedingly abuse her, and beat her with stones in the Priests sight, and tore her cloathes from about her: and this is the fruit of Priest Flower at his first coming, who hath made a very good bargain at Cardiff, where he hath a Tithing barn; and that would not serve his turn, but about 80 l. he must have from a­nother place yearly, and if it should fail, it is to be feared the Priest would be gone to England again, where such wages as he hath in Wales he could not have; and for providing such great wages for him, the children of the Drunkards, Swear­ers and Devourers of the Creation, are washed in the Steeple-house with water, in a filthy popish manner; and for these Je­suitical practises which he doth contrary to Scripture, is this man cryed up by the enemies of the Common-wealth, and his house is inlarged for him, thinking his Trade will hold. And his Clerk Thomas Wells, one who sings Idle songs, got out of Ballads, saith Amen to his evil way: and he saith, he must have his due from the Devil; and for asking this Priest, [Page 16] Was he not ashamed to come from England into Wales to co­vet peoples goods? His wife said, they came from England into Wales among Devils, and violently came with the Key of her husbands Tithing-barn in his fight, and struck Francis Gawlar, which he felt a long time after; It is a just reward for them to be called Devils, for maintaining of him, who of late began to gather a Church; and to help him in the work, his Brethren fighters, takers of Oxen, Cowes and Sheep, are called some of his Church-members, namely, I.M. I.F. E.E. who are such

Again, Thomas John and Toby Hodges of Cardiff, were com­mitted to prison, for calling Richard Simmons and Edmund Ellis dumb doggs and hirelings, as their commitment expres­sed, and there they were deteined about six weeks, by George Morgan Bailiff of Cardiff, but his Brother Bailiff one Jenkin Williams had no hand in it, which he did well, knowing that they were such men, and Edmund Ellis is found guilty, for taking two Oxen worth about twelve pounds, which is set down in this Book more at large.

Again, Toby Hodges and Dorcas Erberry of Cardiff, were com­mitted to prison, and there detained many months, for spea­king to B njamin Flower Priest in Cardiff, and they were once released, and brought in again by the order of Reece David Bailiff, and after released, and never brought to Tryal, in the year 1658.

Again, Thomas John Rensham of the Parish of Lavishion in the County of Glamorgan, for standing a witness in the Steeple-house of Whitchurch, against Lewis Roger called a Minister, formerly a journyman to Henry Walter, who learned him his trade, and now he receiveth great wages about Monmouth, for which he was imprisoned and sent to the County Goal in Cardiff, and there detained a few dayes by Robert Thomas, Henry Morgan and Reece Powel called Justices, who released him, and was never brought to Tryal, in the year 1658.

Again, Merridith Edward being moved, went into a Stee­ple-house called Trevening in Monmouth-shire, where he stood a witness against Henry Morgan called Minister, for which he was apprehended by Thomas Jones, who abused him much, and strook him athwart the face, and commanded him to be [Page 17] brought to Abergueny [...], before Henry Baker called Justice, who committed him to the County Gaol at Ʋske, where he was detained about five weeks, and at the quarter Sessions was released, in the year 1658.

Again, Merridith Edward being moved to go to a Steeple-house called the Vay [...]or in Brecknock-shire, where Jenkin Jones, who is accounted a high Priest, was, and by his hearers he was haled forth of the Steeple-house, and was much abused by Jenkin Jones himself, who enviously did accuse him falsly, but could not prove it, therefore he is a false accuser.

Matthew Gibbon of Molton in the County of Glamorgan, for­merly a Captain in the service of the Common-wealth to the ha [...]ard of his life, with the loss of the use of one of his Armes, for the Good Old Cause, the [...]iberty of Conscience; and for the clearing of his Conscience was moved to go into the Steeple-house at P [...]nmark neer Molton, where Edward Morgan was, a time-serving greedy Priest, for which he was ap­prehended and brought before Robert Thomas called Justice, who commanded his hat to be taken off his head before him, and committed him to the County Goal in Cardiff, where he was detained about five dayes, and after let forth, and never brought to Tryal; No Law of the Nation had he broken.

Again, By a Warrant from the said Robert Thomas called Ju­stice, was Merridith Edward brought before him, who en­deavoured to stop his mouth with [...] handkerchief, and took him by the throat, and one in the room endeavoured to hin­der him in so doing, the justice struck him and committed him to Bridewell; the foresaid M. E. for calling Griffith David, called Minister of the Gospel, Thief and Hireling, and de­nying the Lords Supper, as it is expressed in the commit­ment, for which he was released once, but the Priest being tormented, got him again to Bridewell by the same commit­ment, where he was whipped, and it is like he had been dealt more cruelly with, had not Major Golar, called Justice, pre­vented [...]t who was a means for his releasement; and as for the Priest Griffith David, whom they call Minister of the Gos­pel, [...]e is well known to many to be a greedy hireling, and [...] marking his Neighbours sheep, hath been brought before the Justices, where he was found faulty; but least the rest of [Page 18] the Trade should come to shame, it was let pass. Therefore this man is not fit to be called a Minister of the Gospel; and his Brother Henry Nichols, called Minister, went to Bride­well, it is like he went to give evil Councel to the Keeper, who is one of his Church. And Evan Morgan late Bailiff of Cowebridge, being there, visiting the prisoner, some words passed between him and Priest Nichols, who violently strook him twice in the Bridewell, for which he gave just cause to be corrected, and not Merridith Edward, who was whipped for no transgre [...]sion, in the year 1658.

Again, By a Warrant with Edmund Thomas and Henry Mor­gans names unto it there were taken from Llewelyn Jones, Philip Lewis, Evan Philip and William Pierce of the Parish of Radree in Glamorgan-shire these goods following: From Llewelyn Jones one pot to boil meat in, from Philip Lewis one pot to boil meat in, from William Pierce three pewter platters, all these goods being taken from them for half a crown a piece, for not coming to the Steeple-house: but the pot ta­ken from Evan Philip a time after was restored, but the other pots and platters have not been restored yet. Therefore least those that were the causers of it, have forgotten it, this may bring it to their memories; and because some of Harry Wal­ters Church, namely Edmond Thomas and William Thomas have been chief actors in these things, being Constables, who took away the goods, it is to be feared H. W. is not clear of these things, and if he be, let him cause his Members to restore the honest mens goods, and tell them so; this was done in the year [...]658.

David Jones of Cardiff, who hath been an Officer in the Common-wealth, for the Good Old Cause, Liberty of Conscience, and for Conscience sake could not pay 4 d. for a Garden, and 6 d. for a fleece of wool, for which he was arrested by Benjamin Flower Priest in Gardiff, his Farmers, and was kept in prison many weeks, for the ten pence by them sworn, who said, they had a hard bargain of him, and it is like it was so, from such a greedy man, and it is like had he sworn himself, it would have been more large, if not treble dammage: and although this Priest hath such great wages, he was loath to loose ten pence of David Jones carnalls, though [Page 19] he never sowed Spiritual to him; who was let out of prison to the great shame of the Priest and his hearers, who would not part with ten pence to pay their Priest to cover his shame; in the year 1658.

Again, Morgan Robin of Penarth in the County of Glamor­gan, was arrested in Cardiff, and kept in prison about 5 weeks, for about the value of eleven shillings and six pence Tithe, by Farmers, and afterwards released by them, and then took from him a Steer worth thirty shillings, which they brought to Pound, and prized it, and shared the money betwixt them, not returning the overplus.

Again, Taken away from Edmund Thomas of Molton in the County of Glamorgan, two Cowes worth six pounds, for John French Priest of Wenvoe, his demand being about three pounds, never proffering the overplus; in the year 1658.

Taken from John David of Molton in the same County, nine sheep worth about three pounds, for the said Priest John French of Wenvoe, his demand being about twenty four shil­lings; in the year 1658.

Taken from Matthew Gibbon of Molton for the said Priest four Lambs worth twelve shillings, having but three acres of land in his parish, 1658.

Again taken from Matthew Gibbon two sheep worth ten shil­lings by Edward Richard farmer, his demand being but two shillings, and never returned the overplus.

Taken from Evan Leonard of Melton, one Ewe worth eight shillings, he being a poor man having six children, by Edward Richard of Llancarvan, his demand being but four shillings, and never returned the overplus, in the year 1658.

Taken from Edmund Thomas of Molton four sheep worth twenty shillings by the said Farmer, his demand being about two shillings, and according to the custom of the parish, there was no Tithes due.

Taken from Morgan Gibbon of Fagan in the County afore­said two Oxen worth about twelve pounds, for Edmund Ellis Priest of that Parish, his demand being about three pounds, and about six moneths after sued him again for Tithes, in the year, 1658.

Again taken from Daniel Hopkins, and Thomas Hopkins of Llandilo in the County aforesaid a cow, and a Mare, for Gre­gory [Page 18] [...] [Page 19] [...] [Page 20] Jones called Minister of that Parish, the demand being a­bout seven shillings, and the Cow and Mare were worth about four pounds, and this Priest was a persecutor of the honest party in Charles Stuarts time, and is an envious lying man, and a devourer of the Creation, yet is allowed to take four pounds for seven shillings Tithe, which is a great shame to South-Wales to call such men Ministers of the Gospel.

Again taken from Joan Reed widdow of the parish of Wilstone in the County of Munmo [...]th, a Cow worth about four pounds by William Catchmay, for the Tithe of 6 acres of wheat, beans and oats, and no overplus offered, though she is a poor widdow woman, in the year 1658.

Walter Watkins and his wife of the Parish of Shere-newton in the County of Monmouth, were both committed to the County Goal in Ʋsk for about twenty shillings Tithes demanded by Richard William Priest of Shere-newton, whose men in the field did exceedingly abuse Walter Watkins wife, and one of them, Paul Blethin laid the pike to her breast, saying, he would run her through for denying the Tithe to feed the Priests God, which is their bellies; Therefore their enmity was against her and she was committed to prison with her husband, which was against the Law of the Nation, that a man and his wife should be committed both for Tithes, this was in the year, 1658.

John Thomas of G [...]ldelift in the County of Munmouth was committed to the County Goal in Ʋsk by Edward Herbert cal­led Justice for not swearing to be a Constable, though he did not deny to serve the office, because he refused to swear, which is contrary to the command of Christ, Mat. 5 33, 34, 35, 36. he therefore was committed to prison and detained there four moneths by Edward Herb [...]rt called Justice, but little Justice was done by him in keeping the honest labouring man in prison so long from his wife, and family, whom he maintain­ed by his industry, this was done in the year, 1658.

Taken from Walter Watkin of the Parish of Shere-newton, in the County of Munmouth, two pack saddles for three shillings rated upon him toward the reparation of the Steeple-house, there by Philip Lewis Constable in the year 1658.

Taken from John Thomas of Goldelift one brass kettle worth ten shillings for three shillings, rated on him for reparation of the Steeple-house there, and no overplus offered him; Wil­liam Dapwell was the man that took it, who is one of Thomas [Page 21] Barns his Church, Priest in Magor, and if Priest Barns be clear of this thing, let him cause VVilliam Dapwel to bring John Thomas his kettle home, and tell him so; this was done in 1658.

Taken from Edmund Thomas of Molton, in the County of Glamorgan a brass pot worth about 50 s. for 13 s. rated upon him towards the reparation of the Steeple-house of VVenvo [...], where John French a greedy Priest is called Minister but by his fruits is made manifest, and no overplus is profered to Edmund Thomas done in the year, 1658.

Taken from Matthew Gibbon of Molton, one pewter tankard towards the reparation of that Steeple-house; in all taken for that greedy Priest French, towards the said rep [...]i [...]n twelve pounds and more in sheeep, Cows, Lambs, brass, pew­ter, and the demand hardy amounts to five pounds.

Again Mary Richard and Mary Moss of Pennarth in Ci [...]y for clearing their conscience to John C [...]tts Priest, were haled, and beaten, and drawn up a pair of stairs, and there set in stocks by the Constable and Priests man, Cradock Griffith, Walter Rayland, John Lewis, VVilliam Lewis, John M [...]y [...], John Fabarn.

Again, E [...]iz beth Holme according to the leadings of the spi­rit of truth, went into Pembrookshire, where large meetings she had, and in a meeting at Thomas Ba [...]rats house in Tenbigh in the aforesaid County, where Adam Hawkins Priest came with two Bibles under his arm,Joel 2.28. Act. Rom. 16.3 and standing till the meeting was ended, and there spoke to Elizabeth H [...]lmes, saying, Paul said a woman was not permitted to speak, the which she clear­ed unto him, as it is plain according to Scripture, How P [...]is­ci [...]a was [...]aul, fellow-helper; and that one had four daughters which did declare the word of truth, and the Lord said he would power of his spirit on all flesh, and sons and daugh­ters should prophecy in his name; so it is very clear the spi­rit of truth is permitted to speak in male and female, to which this Priest Hawkins could little object, but said, he did believe that Elizabeth Holm [...] was a woman that did convert many souls to God, and it was truth she spake, and if she would come to Hart [...]ordwest, where he was going to be Mini­ster, he would give her way to speak to the people, a time af­ter she went to Hartfordwe [...], according to the leading of the spirit of truth, and another friend with h [...]r, Alice Burkat which was about the beginning of the second moneth 59. [Page 22] where they had a large meeting in William Batemans house, the which tormented the Magistrates and Priest, that officers came and brought Elizabeth Holmes, and Alice, Burkat, and William Bateman, before the Maior, and Thomas Davis called Justice, and by them Elizabeth H lmes and Alice Burkat, were committed to the house of Correction, and by the master of the house of Correction, at first, was threatned to set bolts on them, but he did not do it, so afterwards became very loving, and suffered meetings in the prison, where they were detai [...]ed about fourteen dayes untill the Quarter Sessions, Priest Adam Hawkins came unto them, endeavoring to clear himself that he had no hand in the Imprisonment, but they would not believe him, but told him the contrary; so to the quarter Sessions they were brought, where the Maior and Thomas Davis, and more men called Justices were, and Priest Hawkin [...]; so unto them Elizabeth H [...]lmes declared what passed betwixt the Priest and her in [...]enbig [...], and how he came unto them to clear himself of having any hand in the persecuting of them, then Thomas Davis one of them that had committed them, said in open Court, that he would not let them be quiet until they were imprisoned, and so reproved the Priest, and said unto him, that if he would not be more watchful of his words, he was not fit to be their Minister; and by the Court in the Sessions was Elizabeth Holmes and Alice Burkat cleared, and by it were Lewis Barron Mayor, and Thomas Da­vis made manifest, who had committed them as vagabonds and wanderers, but from being so they are clear; and the salse accusations atop of them was cast, and by truth judged into the pit of darknesse, from whence it did arise with their enmi­ty who commited William Bateman at first for receiving them, a man all along well affected to the honest party, and suffered much loss by Charls Stuarts party, and now some of the Magi­strates of Hartford-west formerly adhering to Charls Stuart, hath an enmity against him as plainly doth appear, who en­deavoured with Priest Hawkins to lay blasphemy to his charg, so under that colour committed him to prison, there to remain to the great assizes for the County; and Humphery Wi [...]iams with him both expressed in the same commitment; so some of William Batemans relations gave bail to answer accordingly, if they would bring the matter before the Judge of the Assizes [Page 23] without fainting it would be well, for if they do so, it is like the Magistrates enmity, and the Priests shame will be double made manifest.

And after Elizabeth Holms and Alice Burkat were releast by them at the Sessions, about a day after Alice Burkat meet with the Mayor in the street, and spoke a few words unto him, for which he sent her to Bride-well, and about two dayes she was kept there, and after made a lying pass, intending to send her to Card [...]ff, so forth of Harford-we [...]t she was brought with it, but the Constable having less enmity, and more wisdom then the Magistrates, let her go where she would; and these are the fruits of L [...]wis Barran called Mayor of Hartfort-we [...]t, and Tho­mas Davis called [...]ustice, and Adam Hawkins called a Minister, who was proved in open Court a notorious lyar in Hartford-west in P [...]m [...]r o [...]-shire commonly called Little England beyond VVal [...]s where this Priest is called a Minister, who violently struck John ap Jones in the house of VVilliam Bateman witnesses, Henry K ly, and VVil Bateman with others, this is a great shame to Hartford-w [...]t to suffer su [...]h a man to be called their Minister.

Again J [...]nnit Jones of Hartford-w [...]t for standing before this Priest Ad [...]m Hawkin [...] in the Steeple-house of Hartford-west, the Magistrate, and the people were amazed as they relate in the Commitment, for which she was committed to the house of correction, till the quarter Sessions by Lewis Barran called Mayor of Hartford-west, about the 1 [...] of the 2 moneth, 1659.

Again William Thomas of Llanducy in P [...]mbrook-shire for stand­ing witness against Stephen H [...]ges called Minister in the Stee­ple house of Llandevil [...], for which he was apprehended and brought before John El [...]iot called Justice, who committed him to Goal, and there to remain until the general Sessions to be holden for the County of P [...]mbrook, this was done in the name of the Keepers of the Liberty of England the 23 day of the third moneth, 1659.

Though this man Stephen Hughes be accounted such a great Priest in P mbrook and Carmarthen shires, yet here he is made manifest to be a persecutor, and a striker, who struck Evan John of the Parish of Landeny in the County aforesaid, in the presence of William Thomas, and G [...]rge H [...]wel of the said parish

Again [...]lizabeth Holms being moved of the spirit of truth, &. Alice Burkat with her to go to the Steeple-house called Christ-Church, [Page 24] in Munmouth-shire where VValter Cradock was, who haled Alice Burkat down, and said get thee behind me Satan.

Again the first day of the week, being the eighth day of the third moneth, Elizabeth Holms was moved of the Lord to go to VValter Craddock in the same place above mentioned, and af­ter he had ended, she proposed a Question unto him in much moderation, and required him to answer her, in answer, he bad the Magistrates do what they would unto her, and so fled like a hireling, and the Magistrates did not persecute her, but were very moderate, & some of them with much people heark­ened diligently to the word of truth which she spake which is more commendations for them, and shame to the chief Priest VVal. Craddock who uttered forth such words to the Magistrats

Again the first day of the week being the 5th of the fourth moneth, 1659. Elizabeth Holms and Francis Gawler of Cardiff, going to a meeting in M [...]nmouth-shire, beyond the place called Christ-church according to the leading of the spir [...]t of truth, was made to return back to the Steeple-house above menti­oned, and let Elizabeth Holms go to the meeting, and for standing before VValter Craddock above mentioned about the beginning of his Sermon, Craddock said to his friends, Let me have peace, and Francis Gawler did not speak a word to him then so suddenly one Th [...]mas Jon [...]s a chief man, sometimes a speaker for the Priest; hastily leads him away, and in going forth, Francis Gawler asked VValter Craddock, whether he did own him in haling him forth, to which he answered noth­ing; but the man Thomas Jones said, he did own him in so doing; so accordingly did bring him forth of the Steeple-house, and fastened the door, and none should be permitted to come in, but those that had the mark of the beast in their foreheads, and many of the people came forth of the Steeple-house, then the man Thomas Jones came forth also, and brought Francis G [...]wler away from the people, and gave him to the constable, & charged him to keep him, but the Constable being a harmless man let him go, and a time after Francis Gawler met VValter Craddok coming from the Ale-house where he had bin at dinner, going to the Steeple-house to his afternoon Sermon, so spoke a few words to VVal. Craddock to which he gave no answer; but pre­sently complained to captain Bl [...]thin called Justice, said if he would not take some course with him, he would take his horse [Page 25] and go away, so according to his complaint, Bleathin led him away and gave him to the Constable, and charged him to keep him prisoner.

Then suddenly one Henry Williams called a Lieutenant did much abuse Francis Gawler and called him a Vaga­bond, though he knew he had been a Commission Officer, in the Garison of Cardiff in the same Regiment with him; Yet such was the mans enmity and Malice against Francis Gawler, for the chief Priest that he called Francis Gawler a Vagabond, and charged the Constables to keep him Prisoner; so according to Captaine Bl [...]athins Order, was F ancis Gawl [...]r kept Priso­ner that day and night, the next day by the Constable was he brought to Newport, and there Bl [...]athin in Priest Jenkins house Ordered the Constable in the name of the keepers of the Liberties of England, to keep him in custody, and bring his body before him and his associate Justice, to Lla [...]melin the Governer of Ch [...]pstowes house, the 7. day of the 4 moneth, so accordingly the Constable brought him before them, and in the way met with Bleathin and the Priest, John Howell go­ing to the Governours house, so the Priest having Guilt on him, indeavoured to cleare himself, saying he was sorry to see Francis Gawler brought from one place to another, and that he had no hand in it, but before the Governours and the Justice, his treachery and double-mindedness, was made manifest and hypocrisie, who endeavoured to Imprison Fran­cis Gawler, with Walter Craddocks Informers, Namely Ed­mond Morgan of Newport, who informed the Governour that Walter Craddock, said unto him on the word of a man, and as he was a minister, that he was never so disturbed in all his life time, and if some course might not be taken with Fran­cis Gawler, he would never come there more; and Priest John Howel informed and said Francis Gawler would not let them alone, but spake to them in the way, and called them de­ceivers, and that they had the mark of deceivers in their fore­heads, and so the Governour and Justice would have Francis Gawler to promise them to meet them that day moneth, and they would give him liberty till then, but he would not make no such promise, but required them that he should be tryed, for he had been severall dayes in prison already, and so re­quired the Law to be proved he had broken, and he was [Page 26] willing to suffer for declaring against deceivers, then Fran­cis Bleathin said, they could keep him six dayes before they committed him, then the Governour would have him pro­mise to leave Walter Craddock and his former pastor and the rest of the Ministers alone, and not speak to them, and they would let him go; but no promise he would make, for he stood not in his own will, but as the spirit of truth led him, he must speak to them, who hath the mark of deceivers in their foreheads, and so a time after by the aforementioned men, Francis Gawler was released, and the Constable which kept him Prisoner said he was disturbed; and these are the fruits of Water Craddock and John Howel called Ministers, who struck Thomas Holms twice with his horse Rod, till the Rod twined about him; and Walter Craddock neer Newport in the aforesaid County, meeting Francis Gawler, cryed unto him, saying, Get thee behind me Satan, I have hearkned to thee, but now do deny thee, thou dost torment me day and night, I speak not to thee Gawler, but to the devil in thee; So Francis Gawler made a re­ply unto him, his answer was, I will not hearken to the Devil; So Francis spake to him in much moderation; Then he cal­led Francis a flattering Devil, and violently struck the beast that Francis rode on, endeavouring to get F. G before him, but Francis Gawler having not the freedom to pass, stopped the beast, then his man (or one that rode with him) came and helped him till they brake their weapons upon the beast, and at last passed away before Francis Gawler; and VValter Cradock in Newport called for the Magistrates, & said he would have Fran. Gawler fast, and Francis Gawler went with him till he alighted, about the middle of the Town, and there left him, where he was going to preach over Hen. VValters wife, which was then going to be buried, and it was ordered according to the leadings of the spirit of Truth, that Elizabeth Holmes and Alice Burkat came to Newport, and they went into the Steeple-house in Newport, where Walter Craddock was, who said in his delivery, the wicked was tormented night and day, and a little before he did acknowledge he was tormented night and day, therefore by his own words he is a wicked man, who then fled like a hireling, and would not stand fearing torment, and this man is taken to be the chiefest Priest in South-Wales, who de­ceives many simple hearted people, going under the name of [Page] receiving no Tithes, but pleading for Tithes deep in the Mi­stery of iniquity, with his brethren Henry Walter, and Thomas Barns, with others who goes under the name of receiving no Tithes; but when the day of account comes their judgement will be great for Tythes-guilty, and others of their evil deeds when they are brought to the bar of Justice to account, which will be sooner then they are aware of, and these men afore­named are called Ministers of the Gospel who are out of the doctrine of Christ, who saith if one smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also, and if any man sues thee at the Law & take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also, Mat. 5.39.40 Now these men are fighters and strikers, false accusers, pullers by the hair of the head, evil speakers, drivers away of Oxen, and Kine, and Mares, and Lambs, suers at the Law, and imprisoning for the value of ten pence, exceeding their Bre­thren the false Prophets, greedier then they, seeking their gain from their quarter, and dawbing with untempered M [...]rtar, preaching peace, peace unto them that put into their mouths, and prepareing war, and imprisoning those that will not put into their mouths, and one of their Clerks, saying, they must have their due from the Devil, whose Ministers they are; ther [...] ­fore we deny them, and cannot pay them wages.

Edmund Elis aforenamed taker of Oxen, who threatened to strike Francis Gawler of Cardiff over the head, lifting up his cain so to do in the rode to Bristol, and at another time in the Post­house in Cardiff, took up a chair above ground thinking to strike him, but another being in the room, hindred him of his wick­ed purpose.

John Robert Priest about Swanzie, who came from New-En­gland aforementioned, and haling by the hair of the head, who also struck Lieutenant Colonel Bowens sister for theeing and thouing him.

Again Marmaduke Matthew Priest of Swanzie, who came from New-England, an envious persecutor, who was one with the Magistrates of Swanzie to chain Elizabeth Holms by the leg, and pinchd Alice B [...]rkat till her blood came forth, and said to Roger Co [...]lbech of Swanzie, were it not for a constraining pow­er he we would box him, and so thrust him away; and again the ninteenth day of the fourth moneth, he thrusted Francis Gawler of Cardiff in Swanzie against William Beavon, and called [Page] for the Constable, and William Beavon asked him why he did so, and this because F. G. would not hearken unto him, and this Priest endeavoured with the Magistrates of Swanzie, that they might take some course with them that kept meetings in their houses, and it is like he would have dealt with them as wickedly as his brethren did in New-England, who is of that spirit if he had power.

James Jones Priest about Swanzie one in persecuting, greedy of filthy lucre, a gamer at bowling, having his mark in his fore­head, who pleaded for his bowling with Fran. Gawler f Cardiff.

Again Thomas Quarr l who is called Edmund Thomas chaplain, who goes under the name of receiving no Tithes, but at the Bar of Justice, guilty with his brethren, who is a false accuser, and an evil reporter of the truth, and called Francis Gawler, a new found Papist, a man well known from his childhood alwayes against such, but this Priest being a false accuser, it little matters what he sayes, who is found with his brethren, one with the Papists in their practise, whom we deny root and branch, Priest and hirelings and all their adherents, with their Clerks, and cannot pay them wages, least we partake of their plagues; therefore peaceably we suffer imprisonment, and the making havock of our goods, counting it great joy that we are found worthy to suffer for righteousnesse sake, and in so doing we have peace and joy which no man can take a­way, and we see the fighters and strikers before mentioned, who are devourers of the creation, in torment and great trouble, fearing their great trading will fail, which hath been a shak­ing this long time; and now it is high time for it to fall which we patiently wait for, knowing the Lord God Almighty of Heaven and earth hath heard the cry of the oppres­sed, and in his due time will remove all oppression, and all that burthen, them that stand in his fear, who are a terror to evil deers, whose practises is here in short land down, and if occasion he, we may be more at large hereafter if required from us, who in scorn are called Quakers in South Wales.

Again about the beginning of the 4th moneth, 1659 was taken away from Arnold Thomas of Lanughanh, Llantinam in Munmouth-shire, One Cow worth about four pound, for about two and twenty shillings for Tithe, this Cow was taken by Arnold Williams a farmer, a Papist, and William Davy a Bayliff, both Papist; who took away the Cow, and sold her, and proffered no overplus Now let the Priests be ashamed to accuse us to be Papists, and they one with the Papists in their practises, and taking away our goods, double and treble damages, like Papists, like Priests, and as troops of robbers wart for a man so the company of Priests murders by consent, Hos. 6.9.

By me Francis Gawler

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