THE PLOT in a DREAM: OR, THE DISCOVERER IN Masquerade.

IN A Succinct Discourse and Narrative of the late and present Designs of the Papists against the King and Go­vernment.

Illustrated with Copper Plates.

By PHILOPATRIS.

Fictae Religioni ficta decent.

LONDON, Printed by T. Snowden for John Hancock and Enoch Prosser, and are to be sold at their Shops at the Three Bibles next Popes-Head Alley over against the Royal Exchange in Cornhil, and at the Rose and Crown in Swe­things Alley at the East end of the Royal Exchange in Cornhil. 1681.

THE BOOKSELLER TO THE READER.

Courteous Reader,

THe ingenious Author wants neither Wit nor Eloquence, to recom­mend this delightful Mirror of the Popish Plot to thy acceptance; but his great humility restrains him from doing that Justice to himself, and kindness to me. Yet rather then so fair a Birth [Page] should perish in the bringing forth, so curious a Work lie by for want of a few good words, I resolved to say somewhat my self: and not onely for the Au­thors praise, but a little for my own profit.

I know what hath been said in some Prefaces, of the bottomless deserts of some Writings to de­ceive the Credulous World. And it is easie to say more in a Page, than you shall find true in a vo­lume. But my design is not to swell this Book or thine expecta­tion, by a prolix and undeserved Encomium. My purpose is on­ly to bespeak thy Faith, as the Author (I doubt not) hath plea­sed [Page] nor a damnable black and blou­dy Plot against our King, Laws, Lives, and Religion more fully discovered, and fairly represen­ted, than you do in this Vision. To conclude, If thine eyes be shut, this Vision will open them; if open, it will delight them. What thou seest in it, or by it intended, but defeated; designed, but dis­covered; let it excite thy praises to that God, whose All-seeing eye beholds, and whose infinite power and wisdom bounds the Rage, and baffles the Counsels of these wic­ked Achitophels. Neither do thou cease to pray, that the same Jeho­vah would evermore mightily de­fend our Gracious Sovereign, this [Page] great and populous City, the whole Kingdom, and all the Churches of God both at home and abroad, from Hells Rage and Romes Re­ligion, till Christ shall come in glory to judge that Scarlet Whore, and give us and all his Saints a clearer Vision of that Mystery of Iniquity than the World ever had, or shall have till that day.

Farewel.

To the Ingenious Dreamer.

TIs well, when others with their waking Wit,
Won't see a Plot, that Dreams discover it;
When our grave Narratives grow out of date,
You lend brisk Fa [...]sie to perpetuate
Its Memory: Pray take the other Nap,
And dream who would our Phileroy intrap.
What yet I saw is but the midnight Theam,
But hope ere long to see a Morning Dream
That will reveal not onely what is past,
But what conclusion they'l come to at last.
Servile Applauses to no man I owe,
Yet on your Dream my Verdict, Ile bestow,
More Truth nor better Sense no Dreamer spake,
But Sir you dream as if you were awake.
Your unknown Friend, T. D

Ad Authorem Epigramma.

Heu! quam grande nefas haec dira insomnia narrant?
Ni fallor, verè, somniat hic, vigilans.
T. D.

THE PLOT in a DREAM: OR The Discoverer in Masquerade.

CHAP. I.

The Author in a Vision travelling over the Petropolitan Countries, arrives at Strom­bolo (the supposed place of Purgatory) in company with some Petropolitan Travel­lers; There they met with an Apparition talking to it self about the present Plot; A pleasant passage of the fright the Petro­politans were put into by the Apparition, and their flight upon it. The Apparition proves to be Phileroy, the Discoverer of the Plot, and an acquaintance of the Au­thor's; upon renewing their acquaintance, Phileroy, discourses with him concerning the Plot, and of his end in coming thither, [Page 2] which was to attend a Consult there hol­den by the Great Bishop and his Emissa­ries, about carrying on their Designs a­gainst Albonia: Their arrival at the place of the Consult: A description of the place: The Author placed on Phileroy's Apartment, where incognito, he takes his Observations.

BEing naturally delighted in reading of Forein Peregrinations and Observa­tions of the different Manners and Customs of strange Countries, I was one night mu­sing upon such Subjects, till sleep (the Ape of Reason) had dispossest me of my consi­dering faculty, and turn'd it wholly into Imagination and Fancy; by the force of which on the sudden I was carried into the Hysperian Countries, where having staid a small time to remarque some most noted Observables of that Catholick Region (me-thoughts) I approacht towards the Sea-coast, and finding a Vessel ready, did (ha­ving agreed for hire) therein imbarque my self for Italy, the principal of the Pe­tropolitan Countries, and thence to return again to Christendom, having past the Fretum Gaditanum, and entred into the Levant, we were by force of Winds [Page 3] carried to the utmost parts of Italy, a­mongst the burning Islands; the chiefest of which is Strombolo, commonly af­firmed by the Petropolitans of those Countries to be the Jaws of Hell, and that therein the damned souls are tormented; here, notwithstanding the frightfulness of such Reports, we were forced to put in for a Refuge against the Storm; and ha­ving landed our selves at the foot of that burning Mountain, I and some of our Com­pany had a mind to ascend it, to see the curiosities of that feigned Incendium. We had by leisurely and winding Ascents ar­rived to near three parts of the way, when in a solitary by-way amongst a queach of bushes, we discovered something in the shape of a black man, softly moving be­fore us; I and my company were, I must confess, somewhat startled and surprized to see any thing like humane in that deso­late and uninhabited Region, and therefore concluded it must be some Devil or other that was sent out as a Scout to surprize such unwary passengers as our selves; or else some poor Purgatory Soul (that by the power of Masses) had got leave to cool himself in the open Air: My Compa­ny were at the point of turning back again [Page 4] in a fright, but I persuaded them against it, telling them, if it were the Devil, it were more safe to resist him, than to fly; whereupon they all besides my self being Petropolitans, began to cross themselves a main, to rattle their Beads, and to mutter over their Ave Maries at such a rate, that for my part, though I could not forbear smiling at their folly, yet I was more afraid of such their ridiculous incantations, than of the supposed Devil: The best on't was, all this while his back was towards us, and his posture rather standing than progressive, taking his steps so leisurely, as if some weighty notions in his head had retarded the motion of his heels: By this means we hop'd to avoid his sight of us, and proceeded forward, when on the sud­den we heard him (who had hitherto kept silence) break out into these expressions, which he utter'd with somewhat a low, but earnest voice, and plain enough to be heard [Oh Albonia, Albonia, Dear Al­bonia, What will become of thee?] The Company heard the words as well as I, out understood them not, being spoke in the Albonian Language, which being my own native Dialect, made me wonder much more, and to be more attentive to [Page 5] what follow'd, which after a short pause was this; [Here's a Plot indeed with Hell and destruction at the beginning and end on't—Now the Devil take the Plot, and Hell take Devil, Plot, Plotters, and all, I'le get rid of them as soon as with safety I can, and discover, and then let their De­vilships do their worst, I will put my self under the protection of the Albonian Prince, & defie their malice; and as I have now opportunity to know, I shall be then as well able to countermine their designs. These expressions I heard and understood, but were as mysterious to me as a Del­phian Oracle: My Company were sur­priz'd too, to hear what they understood not; and imagining by my attention, and some alterations they discerned in my looks, that I might understand the Lin­gua, they desired me for once to be so kind to them, as to be Interpreter for the Devil; but I excused my self with a Pardonne moy Messieurs; I told them I had not been bred up long enough in the Infernal Countries, to understand any more of their Lingua than themselves—The truth is, hearing talk of Plots, and my own dear Native Country of Albonia named, I was unwilling (till I could be bet­ter [Page 6] informed) to discover any thing to them, that I knew as they were Petropo­litans, were Enemies to us. But how­ever, with the muttering noise we made, the Apparition turned about, and look'd at us: I confess when I saw him move, I was afraid I should have seen the Devil's Countenance, that like Medusa's head, should have turn'd us all into Stone, or Changelings; but seeing him look with an humane Form and Visage, I took heart of grace, and stood my ground till he came nearer to us; but then standing still, and looking stedfastly and grimly upon us, he spake to us in the Hysperian Language, which my Company then understood thus: Sirs, What are you? Whence come you? What make you here in the Luciferian Territories, which is ground not for Mor­tals to tread upon—These words were Thunderbolts to our Company, who with­out any other reply, fell to crossing and blessing themselves as before, expecting nothing but presently to be devoured—or to have their Souls shaken out of their Bodies, and carried directly to Limbus— But his next words were yet more dread­ful, when he told them, That he was Bai­liff to the Infernal Lord of those Coun­tries, [Page 7] and that his office was to seize upon all Waiss and Strays that he found there as forfeits to the Lord of the Soil, that finding us such, his commission was pre­sently to uncase us of our Bodies, and to faggot up our Souls together, and carry them to Limbus. Dreadfully did these words sound in the Ears of the poor tremb­ling Petropolitans, who needed no o­ther disanimation than their own fears, who thus hearing their doom, and know­ing no way to avoid it, did pitifully re­quest one boon only of the Apparition before their seizure, That he would give them leave to return back to their Vessel, that brought them thither to send away Letters to their friends to say Masses and Dirges for them (when in Purga­tory) for their releasment. This their re­quest, urged with their pitiful looks and behaviour, was at last granted upon their solemn Paroll given of returning back to the same place, as soon as they had sent away their dispatches; and leaving one of the Company in hostage for the return of the rest, and for this we were to cast lots, which we did; and the Lot fell upon me— The truth is, I had no such pretence to make for my self as they had, and joyned [Page 8] not with them in theirs: I had security of better means to preserve my self against the Infernal Powers, than Masses and such fopperies: Neither indeed did I much dread them, having a strong persuasion grounded upon reasons best known to my self, that this whole Scene which appear­ed to them so Tragical, was no other than meer Figment and delusion. Well, thus I was left, and my Companions having received their Manumission, turned down the Hill swifter than they intended to return, which indeed they never did, as the Apparition upon our after-ac­quaintance told me pleasantly he expect­ed not they should; notwithstanding they had pawn'd their Words and Oaths to boot for it; for he told me their Religion was such, that they could easily dispense with such things; and as they stick not to break their words with Hereticks, so nei­ther would they keep it with the Devil himself, except it were to serve him on their own designs—Timor addidit alas, the source of a Torrent from the fall of a pre­cipice was not more swift than their mo­tion in their retreat, they ran as if the Devil (indeed) had drove them. After they were gone, and I left alone with my [Page 9] Guardiane—I perceived his Eyes sted­fastly fixt upon me, but knew not the meaning of it, till he resolved me by the kindness of an affectionate Embrace, and calling me by the term of his dear Friend and Countryman Philopatris, and at the same time upon more strict observance of his voice and features, I knew I was in the Arms of my old Friend Phileroy— I was glad, you may conceive, to find an old Friend in a New Soil, which (upon his request) I informed him how I came to Land upon, with a short History of my Adventures in the Neighbouring Coun­tries; but being especially desirous to know how things stood in Albonia, I satisfied him that I left all things well, that we enjoyed the benefit which our Neighbours round about us were de­prived of, of a secure and happy Peace— God grant it be so, quoth he, and that it may continue. But I fear it will be too soon disturbed by that Cursed Plot that is now hatching against them—Hearing again the name of a Plot, I could not be much disturbed in my mind, till I understood what he meant by it. I knew Phileroy of old to be no Flash, or one that would speak things unadvisedly, or at Random, and therefore desired him at once to heal [Page 10] my fears and curiosity, by explaining his meaning—But what, quoth Phileroy, Is indeed the name of a Plot so strange a thing to you, that you seemed so surprized at the hearing of it? Heard you no rumors of it in Albonia before you left it? Not a word, quoth I—nor any suspicion or jealousies, replied he, of a Party there lurk­ing upon design to take off the Prince, and subvert the Government? Forbid it Heavens, quoth I again, (then in a great passion) That our Dear Albonia should harbour any such Vipers in her Bowels. You know full well, Dear Phileroy, how well we are secured a­gainst any fears of such Attempts by the graciousness of the Prince, and happy Constitution of the Government we live under: It is Tyranny and Oppres­sion that first raises discontents, and then puts factious spirits upon designs of Re­bellion; but as there are no such grounds amongst us to provoke to such designs, so we the less fear any to attempt, except the Devil himself should raise any Cursed-Instruments that out of meer Envy to our happiness, should go about to destroy it. To sup­pose any such Intestine Monsters lurking amongst our selves, that should go about [Page 11] to disturb that blessed Peace and Tran­quillity we enjoy, were to conclude men Enemies to their own good, as well as their Country's, in whose welfare they are joynt-sharers. You know we are an United Christian Kingdom under a Christian Prince, whose prerogative it is to be Scutum Fidei both to us and the Christian World: And though it be our unhappiness to have some Parties a­mongst us, that out of respect of Con­science do dissent from others in some lesser matters, relating to Modes and Ceremonies of Worship, yet as the Principles of that Religion (wherein we are all united) does bind them; so al­so, the clemency and moderation of our Prince has farther obliged them to their duty and obedience by those in-indulgencies which he has graciously al­lowed them against the severities of the Laws against them. And though contrary to the Princes inclination, some ill men have gone about malici­ously to exasperate some of them by forcing the Edge of those Laws against them; yet the Experience of now above twenty years, has confirmed us, that there hath no such Plots or Attempts [Page 12] on their parts been attempted. And this Phileroy is so well known to you, that I may suppose these are not the Parties you mean for the Plotters’—No, re­plyed Phileroy, yet those persons that are the real Plotters, have laid their de­sign so, as to endeavour to represent them such, and so to Sham it off themselves— But seeing we are so happily met in a strange place, and have opportunity to dis­course things so material to the welfare of our selves and Country; let us quit our Station, and walk on; for I know you have a curiosity of seeing that place, which your timorous Companions are so glad they are freed from. I will discourse these things more fully to you by the way, and withal the reason of my coming hither, and stay here; with all my heart, cryed I— So we proceeded, he leading the way through solitary by paths, still leisurely ascending. We had not gone far, nor en­tred into any farther talk before we were attacqued with the noise of a great shout from the top of the Flaming Moun­tain, and after that a roaring kind of noise, like the bellowings of a Bull; at which I startled, being frightfully possest with an apprehension that I should be put [Page 13] to encounter with Monsters or Devils, if I proceeded farther. I expected indeed that my Friend Phileroy (that I knew was neither Witch nor Conjurer) should be scared as well as I—but instead thereof I was surpriz'd to see him fall into a loud fit of Laughter, asking me pleasantly what was the matter? The matter (quoth I) Are you so danger-proof to make a jest of these things? Heard you not the shouts and hollowings just now over our heads, together with the bellowings of a Bull: For my part I am apt to think now in­deed, that I am in the Devil's Country, and that some of his Scouts, having disco­vered our Arrival, are gone to inform the Garrison of it, to come and seize us: Cou­rage man (replyed Phileroy still laugh­ing) I thought you, being a Christian, had been Devil-proof, tho your Companions, the Petropolitans, were not; you are more afraid than hurt, I will assure you: And to evidence this to you, I will endea­vour to release you from your frights and astonishments by this short Narra­tive, wherein (to prevent farther que­stions) I will first acquaint you with the Cause of my coming hither; you know, when I left Albonia about two years [Page 14] since I designed to travel into the Petro­politan Countries, not to learn their Re­ligion, but to observe their Manners, and to satisfie my curiosity concerning their Policies, and those things which are so commonly reported of them in our Coun­try. Having with little stay posted over the Adjacent Countries, I came to Petro­polis it self, the place where I intended to make my Residence; there the Arch-Flammin, or Great Bishop of the Pe­tropolitans keeps his Court; I had a great desire to inform my self of the pre­sent State of it, and of those grand Affairs that were there managed relating to the Petropolitan-Weal, by the Grand-Bi­shop and his Scarlet Senate. But this being a thing difficult, you know, for a Christian to enterprize amongst professed Enemies, I had learned so much of their Arts, as to conceal my Religion, and to profess my self one of theirs conforming my self in all places to the same Modes and Customs as they did; and by this stratagem insinuated my self so far into the good Opinion, not only of the People, but the Priests themselves, that at last I was persuaded by them to take upon me a Re­ligious Habit; then I thought my self a fine [Page 15] fool indeed; but having so got a cloak for my knavery, I thought I should there­by have the better opportunity to disco­ver theirs, and so indeed it happily fell out; for by this means being lookt upon as a Brother of the Petropolitan-Tribe. I had the more freedom to be present at their Consults and Meetings, which I quickly understood to be then managed principally against Our Dear Country of Albonia. Nor (although I was well known by them to be a Native of that place) were they any wise jealous of my company, or debarr'd the freedom of theirs, looking upon Renegades, (such as they took me to be) to be most service­able to their Designs and Interests.

They had now by the influence of their great Bishop fully resolved upon the ru­ine of our Hilbonian State, whose hap­piness in our Religion, and that civil peace we enjoyed, had been such a continual eye­sore to them; And to accomplish this the better, Lucifer their old Friend is to find them with fit Instruments, to carry on their treacherous Designs, such as shall not stick or boggle at the greatest Villa­nies, the subversion of our ancient Laws and Religion, the destruction of our [Page 16] Towns and Cities, the massacreing of their Inhabitants, and (which is more than all and the most likely means for them to make a full Conquest of us) the assassina­ting of our dear Prince, in the preservati­on of whose sacred Life consist the Securi­ties of our own Lives, Liberties and Religi­on; This is the work they had cut out for their hellish. Instruments to dispatch for them—Here I interrupted him having heard him thus far with the greatest terror and amazement imaginable— But what quoth I, if they should succeed (which God in mercy prevent) to take away the life of our gracious Prince, what would they be the nearer, when the next imme­diate Successor, shall by his Authority at once Revenge their Treasons past, and prevent their Designs to come against us— That's true indeed, replied Phileroy, could we be secure of a Christian Prince to succeed in the Government; but to prevent that, they have by their wicked Agents already made sure of him, that is presumptively to succeed, by seducing him from the Religion of his Country, to the Petropolitan Faith, whose future Authority thereby so necessarily obli­ged to their Interests, instead of being [Page 17] a Terror, is become their greatest encou­ragement in their Proceedings. This they look upon as their Masterpiece and very ground-work of their Conspiracy: And having gained this great point by securing one that shall be true to their Interest, their next work is to make way for him by ta­king away the life of our present Sove­raign, to carry on which cursed design (as the Devil has helped them with Agents enough, and fit enough for their purpose) so now they are at this time in­gaged in deep Consults, how to manage them in their Attempts of it. And be­cause they would (in a matter of such Se­crecy and importance) be the more pri­vate in their Consultations. The great Bishop and his Counsel, and Agents have chosen this place as most fit for their pur­pose, where they have been retired for some daies in the sooty apartments of the Luciferian pallace, which is the place I shall presently discover to you; it lies at the very mouth of the sulphureous Gulph, underneath which, they say, is the place of Purgatory: The great Bishop holds himself by vertue of his Keyes Lieute­nant of this fiery Garrison, and has thence arising a very great Revennue for sees of [Page 18] releasing tormented Prisoners out of it; and this they rather chose for the place of their Caball, that they might have their great Friend and Oracle Don Lucifero present at their Consultations; I accom­panied them hither, not out of any great desire I had to give the Devil a Visit, but to observe the Progress of their Designs; upon which they have been now these 3 daies in close Consultation; This morning being quite, quite wearied and almost sti­fled with heats and clamour, I stole away from my Company to recruit my Spirits with a little fresh air, and taking the next solitary path I met with, I walked on mu­sing upon these matters, and contriving with my self, how I might make means to prevent their Proceedings by a timely dis­covery, which I resolved to do, as soon as possibly I could with any safety to my self, get loose from them. In the midst of these cogitations it was, that you found me in that solitary place and posture; and glad was I so happily to meet one with whom I can with freedom discourse of those things, that have been so long bur­thensom to my thoughts—And now dear Philopatris having given you an ac­count of the occasion of my stay here, you [Page 19] shall bear me company back to the Con­sult, where you shall your self be a Wit­ness of what is acted amongst them. And this you may do without fear or hazard, being in my company, and pretending your self to be a Petropolitan, and one of my Friends and acquaintance, you shall fare no worse than I do, and have as good enter­tainment as Purgatory can afford, I will assure you; I thank you for your kindness replied I, (smiling at the conceit of it;) No question but the entertainment must be extraordinary where the Devil is the Host and his Imps the Servitours; but if we come to Table with him, I hope we shall have long Spoons to eat our broth with; I know not (quoth Phileroy) what length your Spoons are of; but I will in­gage your Commons shall be short e­nough—discoursing thus together, we were come almost to the pitch of the Hill. When we were alarum'd with another great Shout like that before. I asked my friend if he knew what it meant; he told me, he supposed it was occasioned by a Bull which they had designed to send over into Albonia, and were that morning preparing him for the voyage, with Swords, Pistols and Fire-bolts fastned about him (like the Bulls [Page 20] in the Bear-garden harnessed with Crack­ers and Serpents) which were designed for some dismal Execution; I hope said I when he comes there, he will be baited to some purpose: No doubt on't replied Phileroy, and I hope my self ere long to be one of those that shall worrie him—He is to roar out Excommunication against the Prince, and Threatnings (of no less than damnati­on) against such Subjects as shall dare to Obey him contrary to the great Bishop's Pleasure; but as curst Cows are said to have short Horns, so have their Bulls too, too short to do mischief, let them make what noise they will; Our Christian Albo­nians neither value nor fear them— But Whist— no more of this, lest we hap to be discovered by some of the Centries that are posted up and down about this place—See yonder's one stands ready to examine us— and with lifting up mine eyes (upon the ve­ry brow of the Hill) I saw an ugly, black, Grim-look'd Fellow, with a Musquet on his Shoulder, and Match in his Hand, who, upon our nearer approach towards him, cried out, Stand—Who are you— Friends, replied Phileroy, (and with that privately shuffled a Rosary of Beads with a Crucifix into my hand, which he bid me put [Page 21] in my Pocket) We are Friends I tell ye; But how shall I know that (saies the De­vil's Officer) I know you (Phileroy) well enough; but who is the other with you—An Honest Fellow, replies my Friend, I will engage for him—An honest Fellow, saies the Centry—What should he do here, you know this is no place for such Persons—What have we to do with Honesty- he looks like an Heretick, be he what he will, I will have him before the Inquisition— Soft Friend, quoth Phi­leroy, you are mistaken in the man, I tell you he is a Friend and a Petropolitan, which he shall make appear to you by his Certificate, and with that he whispered me in the Ear to produce the Beads to him, which I did, and thereupon he let us pass— I was afraid by this passage (as I told Phi­leroy) that Honesty being so much ab­horr'd in that place, I should by some looks or gestures pretending to it, betray my self to their Suspicion, and so incur their Censures—But for that he told me, I must learn to dissemble as well as he, when I came amongst them; to lay off my natu­ral Serenity, and to assume a distorted, fu­rious, and troubled Visage—This I thought I might easily be forced to do, when I [Page 22] came amongst such a company: The ap­prehension of which, methoughts had al­ready altered my very form and I questi­oned not (as I told him) but if I stayed any time with them, I should be so far be­witch'd by their Society, as to look as ugly as themselves. One Caution more he gave me, that I should have my Rosarie al­waies in sight, either in my hand, or at my Girdle, as a badge of the Religion; but because I did not much care to handle such Sorceries, I chose to have them hung dangling at my Girdle—And thus on the sudden I was turned Friar in Mas­querade— And wishing my self good luck in the Adventure we proceeded till we came to the very gates of Limbus. Hor­ror itself cannot express the dismalness of that place, it is seated in the midst of a little Plain, about a furlong over on the highest top of the Burning Mountain, the flames of which in several places from the Caverns and Hollows of the Earth, (caused by their irruptions) brake forth in an hiddeous manner, and darkned the Sky with mighty Clouds of sulphureous Smoak and Vapour arising from them: The pas­sage to the Infernal Pallace lies through a hollow Way descending from the surface [Page 23] some few paces to a great pair of Gates that gives Entrance to it; here we arriv­ed, and my friend Phileroy knocked at the Wicket: But it seems they were very close at their business; for we stood a considerable time before we could gain Admittance— At last one of them came and opened the door, holding it in his hand, till he had taken a full view of us; and seeing (by the glimmering of a Lamp that was set over the door for such purposes) who it was, Phileroy was pre­sently admitted, who taking me by the hand, endeavoured to pull me in after him; but the suspicious Feind would not suffer that, till I was fain to shew him the baubles at my Girdle; and that Phileroy had assured him that I was a friend of his, and a Petropolitan; then I was admit­ted, and taking fast hold of Phileroy, stumbled along through a blind Entry, so rough and declining withal, that I think if it had not been for Phileroy, I had broke my Neck before I had come to the end of it; but he being better acquainted with the passage, bore me up steady, till he brought me through it into a very large Room, as big for its dimensions as the Vatican at Petropolis; the place [Page 24] was sultry hot, as a Dutch Stove, or ra­ther much hotter, insomuch as I was fain presently to rip ope my dublet, and fall a breathing like a Fish out of water, expect­ing to be stifled forthwith, if I could not get in some mouth-fulls of Air into my gasping Jaws to relieve me; and yet that very Air I did suck in, was so sultry and scalding, as made my very lungs to boil like a Pot over a Furnace: Besides, the Room was all over so full of stinking Smoak and Vapour, that there was no pos­sibility of seeing any thing, or distinguish­ing one person from another, had it not been for a numerous company of Candles, that were set up and down round about it, the flame of which seemed to me to look of a blood-red colour (as we see the body of the Sun sometimes to look in misty Weather.) I was afterwards informed by Phileroy; that these Candles were com­pounded of the Grease of humane Bodies taken out of the Massacred Carkasses of the poor Martyrs of B [...]gland, or [...] Tories Country, and reserved as choise Ware for the special use of the Consisto­ry— We made no stay here to make any Observations; the room was indeed full of People or Spirits walking up and down and [Page 25] making a croking noise, like Frogs in a quagmire; but Phileroy seeing me begin to make ugly faces (as he advised me, though for the heart of me I could not help it) concluded the purgatory Air did not well agree with me, wherefore haling me along through the croud, he brought me without stop or stay to the end of the Room, where at one corner of it, was a little Wicket, which with a Key that he took out of his pocket, he presently open­ed and led me up an ascent of ten or a do­zen Steps into a little Cell, which he told me was his own Apartment, assigned him for his repose and Conveniency, during his stay in that place: This was somewhat cooler than the place we came from, hav­ing a little fontinel in it, which brought in the air from the top of the Mountain. This did wonderfully refresh me (being almost stifled before) so that now I began to look [...]bout me, and to consider where I was, [...] what I had to do here: I had a great [...]uriosity (seeing I had proceeded thus far) [...]o discover the manner of their Consults, [...]nd to understand their proceedings upon [...]t; but was loth to become a Martyr to [...]ny own fancy, by ventring my self again [...]nto that sultry Region; but for that, my [Page 26] Friend told me he would take care of a place where I should see and hear all passa­ges, without exposing my self to such in­conveniencies; and accordingly at the cor­ner of his Cell he shew'd me a little win­dow which looked into the Court, and where we might plainly see and hear eve­ry thing without being discovered our selves or the least notice taken of us. I was very glad of the opportunity, and pre­sently planted my self ready to make my discoveries getting Phileroy (who stood by me) to be my Interpreter, in explain­ing every thing to me.

CHAP. II.

A View of the Company attending the Con­sult. The Description of Heraclitus; the Designs of him and his party. The Fur­niture of the Consult Room with reliques of Saints and Pictures, as, namely, one of the Massacre at Paris, another of that in Bogland. The Description of a company of Scriblers and Pamphleteers concerned in the Plot, particularly of one called the Discoverer. The Entrance of the Great Bishop with his company, and the form of their sitting described; upon proclaiming of silence, they are interrupt­ed by the clamours of some Souls in Purga­tory, that were broke loose, exclaiming against the Great Bishop for his ungrate­fulness to them for their Services and suf­ferings. The lame Apologies he used to ex­cuse himself. Their Remission back to the place of punishment.

THe Room, as I said before, was very large and spacious, and yet full of Company walking to and fro, as they do at the Exchange, and talking together [Page 28] with much warmth and earnestness, with stretching out the hand, thumping the Breast, and looks composed to so much austerity, as somewhat exceeded the natu­ral gravity of the Spaniard, tho those Majestick Don's we know are the most solemn and grave in their deportment, of any other. Only one fellow I observed much to be admired, being both in his ha­bit and carriage different from all the rest of the Company; his habit was party parpale, the one Moietie of his karkals from head to Toe, was drest up in the Spanish Mode, with all the formal habi­liments of a strutting Don, with Beaver cockt, and arm a kimbo; the other half of him was on the contrary accoutred in a most ridiculous dress, like the Knave of Clubs, in Coat and Hose, with an hanging Sleeve, made up of patches of more various colours than a Taylor's Cabbage-bed, or a Party coloured Cushion, on that side of him, he wore a Cocks Feather in his Hat, and other mimical and antique accoutre­ments; He was of himself an ugly squint­ing fellow, whose Eyes look'd nine waies at once, and that which was more strange in him, his looks were as much diversified as his habit; for look upon him on his [Page 29] Spanish side, and his look was composed to a demure and supercilious gravity, rather frowning than otherwise; but look upon him on the other side and his face was all ape and ridicule, and his Jaws drawn up into the form of laughter, all fop and foolerie. I was much pleased with the humour of this com­pounded Animal, but could not tell for the life of me what to make on't, except a Jack-a-lent, having seen Puppets so cal­led in Albonia, patch'd up in that manner. But Phileroy better informed me, that it was the great Bishops Iester, and that he called himself by the name of Heracli­tus— That, said I, methinks is a very im­proper Title for a man of mirth, (as Jest­ers should be) Heraclitus we know was all over sober sadness, nothing of fop in him; That's true replied Phileroy, but this Fellow acting both knave and fool has taken upon him a double part accordingly, which you see he represents both in the garb and gesture. He pretends himself a Tragi-comedian, and acts both Iest and Earnest, upon which account he might as well have compounded his name as his humours, and called himself Heramocri­tus, it would have sounded in my mind much better, however as strange a Crea­ture [Page 30] as he appears to you. He is lookt upon here, as a very serviceable instru­ment for the Promoting the Petropolitan Interest; being one of those Faction­mongers (of whom there are a great ma­ny in this place) that betwixt jest and ear­nest are to create divisions, and set the Go­vernment and People at odds one with another; thus when he is in sober earnest, his serious part is employed only about dreams, and stories of a former Rebellion long since acted in Albonia; of which though the Actors are long since dead, and their crimes almost forgotten, yet this po­litick Whister would needs persuade the Government that the Ghosts of those Rebels are revived under a new form to act their old parts over again; and by this means to divert the Magistrates ftom all suspicion of the Petropolitan party, and to believe the Albonians themselves to be the Plotters against their own Country; And thus his serious part is made up of meer fiction and foolery, but his fooling part is compounded on the contrary of things of a most sad and solid nature (e­nough to make a true Heraclitus to weep In earnest (the fear and troubles of the People about the Events of this hellish [Page 31] Conspiracy, now on foot against them all which (his part is to turn into droll and ridicule, and to persuade the People, that their Governours do but laugh at them for their foolish fears; and that that is all the remedy they will afford to prevent them— And by this way he designs to jest the People into hard thoughts of the Government, and so to set them one a­gainst another. Well, having received this account of Heraclitus, I thought him not worth any further regarding, so let him pass on in his jocular huff to divert my eyes with some other prospects: But here I must not omit to acquaint you (be­fore I pass further) with the furniture of this sooty Pallace; there were hanging against the Walls of it, in some places, the Reliques of some of the Petropoli­tan Martyrs, which the great Bishop and the Conclave for their zealous servi­ces and sufferings had cannonised with Saintship; in one place was a Knife hanging besmeared with blood, which Phileroy told me was the instrument wherewith Ravillaie murthered Henry the fourth of France, and for that fact tormented to death (as he deserved) with most exquisite tortures; next to that was [Page 32] placed the dark Lanthorn of Guido Faux the Albonian Traitor, that was to have blown up the Senate House, with the Assembly of the two grand Estates and Royal Family in it, had not Providence by a Discovery in a very strange manner pre­vented the Design, for this Fact he re­ceived a deserved punishmenr, but was af­terwards at Petropolis Sainted for it— there was also hanging by a thred a Ball, in resemblance of the Fire-balls where­with the Petropolitans lately since had destroyed the famous City of Londinople the Metropolis of Albonia; the prin­cipal Author of which, was afterwards hang'd, though the rest by the means and interposition of some great Interests, for that time escaping, are yet reserved for a future Vengeance—Besides these were hanging several pictures the designs of which particularly Phileroy explained to me. One of them was a representation of a most horrid Massacre, acted within the circuit of a great and populous City by the Bloody-thirsty Petropolitans di­stinguished from the rest by Crosses and other signatures; the slaughter was so great, and the Villanies and Cruelties there acted (which the Painter with great Art [Page 33] had most lively decipher'd) so notorious, as made me shrink with horror at the sight of it. This he told me was intended for the Massacre, at Lutetia, of the poor Hu­genot Christians. A piece of service esteem­ed so meritorious and grateful to the great Bishop and his Consistory, that they or­der'd a Jubilee to be observed for it, with many other Expressions of Joy and Tri­umph for so glorious an Undertaking.

The next I observed was that of another Massacre or Slaughter like the former, but varied (if possible) with cruelties of a more surpassing nature than other; the Painter indeed in this piece had plaid his part so well that all the most bruitish and barbarous Villanies that were ever acted in the World, seemed to be crouded toge­ther in this model. The Scene of this Tragedie was a large and spacious Coun­try (yet environ'd every way with the Sea) full of Lakes, Fens and Marshes, and very woody in some places. Here was to the Life described a crue of Bloody Ruffi­ans (bearing the Petropolitan colours) roving up and down the Country, like savage Tigers with Instruments of Death in their hands, wherewith they killed and destroy­ed all they met with. In some places We [Page 34] might see Cities and Towns weltring in de­structive flames, while the distressed Inha­bitants flying out of the Gates for the pre­servation of their Lives, have falln upon the Swords of their Enemies; and so lost those lives which by their flight they endeavour­ed to save. Otherwhere were seen those bruitish Villains gratifying their beastly Appetites in ravishing Women, stripping of them, and so driving them together in herds (naked as they were) to the bogs and Rivers to drown them. Some were pictured wresting the tender Infants from their Mothers Brests to slay them, and then spitting them upon their Pikes to carry them about in that manner as tro­phies of their Cruelty. These Slaughters (as they were there described) were so Universal, that the whole Country seemed but one Aceldama, or field of Blood. The Scene of this Tragedy I understood was Bogland or the Tories Country, and this was the Description of the horrid Mas­sacre there acted some years since within our memorie, and much feared (as Phi­leroy told me) to be acted over again by the treacherous Petropolitans, who swarm in that Island, and notwithstanding the Country is a Colony or Tributary [Page 35] Province belonging to the Albonian Prince: yet neither the tutelage of his Government, nor all the Reliefs and Aids he can afford them for their Defence and Security, have been sufficient to preserve them from the restless Attempts of their Petropolitan Enemies; who, said he, are at this day as busie in their Designs as ever, for the Ruine of that poor Christian Country; and it is one part of their pre­sent Consults in this grand Conspiracy ei­ther by secret Treacheries, or open Force by the Assistance of the Franconian Monarch and other of the great Bishops Friends, to reduce that Province to the Obedience of the Petropolitan Chair; and this [...]sland is looked upon as the most likely to begin with for the reducing of Albonia it self, with the rest of its dependant Provinces. The Albonians having a Pr [...]erb cur­rant amongst them to this purpose:

He that would Albonia win
Must with Bogland first [...]in.

This Picture in a very large frame was hung up at the end of the Room, just ouer against the great Bishops Chair, who ('tis said) from thence uses to take a Pros­pect of it with much Delight and Satis­faction, often applauding the Religious [Page 36] [...] [Page 37] [...] [Page 34] [...] [Page 35] [...] [Page 36] Zeal of the Petropolitan Tories in those inhumane Slaughters by them committed upon the poor Christians, with such Sacri­fices I perceive the Devil and the Gr. Bp. are alwayes well pleased.

There were several other Pourtraits which I would have perused, but was di­verted by a sudden bustle, that was made by the company at the coming of two per­sons with great Sachels at their Backs, which they threw down upon a long Ta­ble at the end of the room, and thence took out several fardels of Paper Books, Parchments with Seals, Standishes, and other things necessary for the Consult. It seems this was the place where the great Bishop and the Consistory were to sit; who having for some time retired them­selves to their apartments there adjoyning, were now returning, and these Harbingers coming before to prepare for them, was the occasion of this bustle: For immedi­ately upon their appearing, I perceived the Company that were before promiscu­ously mingled together, to separate them­selves into several parts according to their distinct Orders and Capacities, and took their several Stations up and down the rooms, where they stood together ready [Page 37] against they should be called upon by the Council to receive their O [...]ders. 'Twas strange to observe how this great Body, that were so lately united, were on the sudden dwindled away into so many divisi­ons; whereupon I told Phileroy, I mar­velled, that the Petropolitan Church that pretended so much to Unity, should admit of so many fractions! That's no won­der, replied he, there are by far many more different parties amongst them than you see here; and yet all this makes no Schisms amongst themselves; for they are but several Limbs of the same Body, and agree well enough together in this grand Affair; and their separate Compa­nies argue no breach amongst them; but are intended to cause Breaches and Divi­sions amongst their Enemies the Alboni­ans, as you shall hear presently when their Instructions are read to them. Near to the great Table where the Council were to sit, was a side Board of an Oval Form, round about which were a compa­ny of Scribes perpetually scribling and blurring Paper they were most of them in Albonian habits (as were several others [...]out the place) only they had the Beast's Mark upon them for a distinction. [Page 38] I stood amazed to see and consider, that so many of my own Countrymen should (setting aside Religion and Allegiance to God and their King) be such Apostates as to be concerned in such an horrid and curs­ed Design as was here on foot against their own Country. But what cannot the De­vil and his dear Viccar do with ill minds, that have first given up themselves unto their Service? I was curious to know what they were, and what it was that their Pens were so busily imployed about. Phileroy presently resolved me, that they were a sort of men that were ambiti­ous of being counted the Wits or the Thinking-men, (forsooth) a company of frothy Sotts! That all the thoughts in their Skulls are not worth the breaking of a Pullets bone to know them) their Em­ployment was to compose Libels, Lam­poons, Drolls, Forces, Visions, Cha­racters, Dialogues, Appeals, Disco­veries, and such like sustian Pamphlets, wherein they were with their utmost en­deavours to promote the Petropolitan Interest; either by vindicating their In­nocency (upon any discovery) by some impudent Lyes and Falshoods, or palliat­ing their crimes by subtle and sophistical [Page 39] discourses; whereby to amuse the Vn­thinking herd into a misbelief of them, or else by wheedling insinuations to re­flect the Plot upon the Albonians them­selves as the proper Authors and Agents of it, or (whether these Stratagems suc­ceeded or not) they were still to vindicate the Right and Title of the Albonian Duke, whose Succession to the Monar­chy they knew would make good all their Interest; this he told me was their busi­ness: And subservient to them were ano­ther Company (none of Apollo's Birds) but Mercurists or Intelligencers, whose work it was to impose upon the Vulgar all manner of fictitious Trash, Lyes, and Sto­ries, under pretence of news, to create Faction and Sedition amongst the rest. he shewed me one far different from the others, he called himself the Discoverer; a Fellow that pretended he could see many foot deeper into a Milstone than all the World besides; a politick Cockscomb, that writes nothing but Palinodes and Re­hearsals of things done in the days of his Grand-Father. All his news are but re­petitions of old things in Forty One and Forty Two, which the Politooke Gen­tleman would persuade you is the very [Page 40] Plot now in Being. The Devil himself (said Phileroy) the other day could not forbear laughing at the pretty odness of this Fellow's humour; and to say the truth, this whole pack of whifling, trifling, scribling Pragmaticos, are no other than a select company of mercenary tools, that his Devilship has pickt up for the service of the Grand Viccar and the Petropoli­tan cause. Well, I had enough of this Discovery, and before I could proceed to make any farther observations. The Pa­geant came in (to wit) the Grand Viccar with his attendants, which consisted of Cardinals and other Ecclesiastical Dig­nitaries of the superiour Orders. Be­fore him came an Officer to make way, an ill favoured black Creature whether hu­mane or Devil I know not: But he made a great noise and busle in preparing a pas­sage, crying out, make room for the great Bishop and the Conclave. The great Bishop was not at this time (I perceived) in his Pontificalibus, or at­tired in that sumptuous manner, which he uses to appear in at Procession, or in giv­ing Audience to Ambassadours; but in a plain black Gown, as a colour most agree­able to the Place and Business: Yet for the [Page 41] greater grace of the matter, his reverend Bald-pate was covered with a Tripple Crown; the Pontife Crosier in his Hand, and his Keys at his Girdle, toge­ther with his Rosarie Crosses and other trinkets. Before him were carried three Crosses of ingraved Work, and imbost ve­ry richly: after him followed first the Conclave of Cardinals in black also, on­ly with red Hats and Tassels hanging down from them. Amongst this number I spied out one that I knew to be our Country­man, and of no mean rank of the Nobility in Albonia: After these followed the mitered Clergy in their proper Habits, several of which had this Inscription upon their Miters, viz. [Titular] these Phi­leroy told me, were a kind of sine Cures, upon whom the Great Bishop had be­stowed Titles of several Bishopricks in Al­bonia and Bogland, with free leave to take possession of them as soon as they could get them into their hands, by means of this Plot, or any other way whatsoe­ver. Ay marry, said I, they are good fish when they are caught indeed; but I hope the Fisher (as the great Bishop stiles himself) nor those his Anglers will be ever able to hook any thing of that nature, [Page 42] while our King continues Lord of the Soil, whose undoubted right it is to have the donation of those places: next follow­ed a company of mixed Orders, some of them being Ignatians, others Francis­canes, and others Benedictines, all of them in the several distinct habits of their Order: These I understand were a fra­ternity of a distinct faculty, that had a Com­mission from the G. B. ad propagandum fidem, for propagating (I should have said perverting) the faith, these made up the whole board, who after the Gr. Bp. had seated himself in his Chair at the upper end of it, did severally take their places according to their Rank and Precedencies, after the order they observed in their coming thither. I wondred something at it to see so much Order observed in a place of Darkness and Confusion, but I was told by my Friend, it was a thing not so much to be admired, that those ambitious Church-men, that stood so much upon their Priviledges upon Earth, should hold their precedencies as well here— They were no sooner seated, and the Com­panies in the Room beginning to draw about them, but proclamation of silence was order'd to be made, which was accord­ingly [Page 43] done by that ugly creature that was their Harbinger to the Board (whose Office Phileroy told me was to be Keeper of the Purgatory Prison, and the Infernal Vaults underneath that place) with a solemn O [...]es. But no sooner was Silence thus proclaimed, but it was as sud­denly broke by a lamentable and hideous Out-cry, which put the whole Court into a frightful amazement; it came, it seems, from some of the Purgatory Captives, who in the absence of their Keeper, had stole up to a private Door, that led into the Court Room; and understanding that his [...]unoliness was then there Sitting with the Conclude, they set up their Ac­clamations, crying out, Release, Release, Thou Old Sot that pretendest to have the Keyes of this place at thy Girdle, if thou hast as much power to let out, as to let in, why dost thou not come thy self and discharge us, seeing it is for thy sake, and those Treasonable services, that to gratifie thy Ambition we performed against our Native Prince and Country, that we are come into this misery, to be first hang'd on Earth for Traitors, and then punisht here as sinners. Are these the re­wards? Is this the Elizium thou promisedst [Page 44] us—O cursed Cheat? and then they fell a howling in a horrid manner—This un­expected Out-cry gave the Gr. Bp. a deadly Flea in his Ear, as we might per­ceive by the coming and going of the co­lour in his countenance; for as Phileroy told me—(smiling at it) he knew the Vic­car must—needs be dreadfully netled at it, to have such a clamour so surprizingly break out against him in the hearing of those that were now attending upon the like services with which those his Priso­ners had so reproached him for reward­ing them no better; and he might justly fear hereupon that his new Serviteurs up­on such a discouragement, would be but cold in their services when they were to be so hotly rewarded—however his un­holiness perceiving there was so much notice taken of their words, as to cause a muttering, and almost a mutiny amongst the Company—he was put so to his Trumps, that he sate a while as in a stund; but at last bethinking himself of an help at a dead lift, he rises up and declares to the Company, that the Authors of that clamour were a pack of Lying Villains to asperse him with ingratitude, for that their services to him had been rewarded before [Page 45] this time (and should be hereafter if they behaved themselves accordingly) to their content in the place of happiness [that is, thought I with my self, The Fools Pa­radise] but that they came not hither upon any account of their services per­formed for him, or defect of merit in any such services to secure them from coming into such misery; but that their slipping it there contrary to their own expectation, and his promise, must be occasioned either by their concealing and dying in some mortal sin, without receiving Absolution for it; or else they had at their death (tho they suffered as Martyrs at the Gallows in the Churches quarrel) confes­sed something that tended to the preju­dice of the Churches Designs & Interest, which they ought rather flatly to have denyed, or by some feigned Aequivocations to have concealed rather than the Church should suffer by their plain confessions: One of these two he told them must needs be the cause of their coming into that place of misery: And therefore by the way, he gave it as a Caution to the New-listed Reformado's there present that had offered their services in his and the Churches quarrel [in the present design] [Page 46] to be couragious to the death; and if ever they should upon their discovery come to the honour of Martyrdom, that they should not (to save their Lives) be­tray the Churches Designs by any sneak­ing confession which might turn to their prejudice, which if they did, they might be in danger of coming into the same con­dition that these poor-wretches were in; but if on the contrary they persisted cou­ragiously to vindicate the Cause, tho they denyed the Truth, the Crime of the Falshood (being for the Churches Ser­vice) should be pardoned, and themselves rewarded—both with Saintship here, and immediate Felicity in the other World—But as for those poor Souls that by their own folly had lost the merit of their Services, and brought themselves into that place of misery, he bade their Keeper (whom he first checkt for his neg­ligence) to go back to them, and assure them, that after this grand business was over) he would order a Jubilee to be kept in order to releasing them and their fel­low-prisoners.

This latter part of his Oration he spake with an Elevated Voice, much louder than the former, intending (as I fancied) that it [Page 47] should reach the Ears of the Purgato­rians; but the former part he spake so low, that the Company in the Room could hardly understand him; this he did pur­posely, that those Apologies that he made for suffering them to come into that place, might not be understood by the Priso­ners, lest they should reply upon him, and return him back the Lye he had given them; which he knew might possibly oc­casion such broyls between them as might make the place too hot for him to stay in (tho it were warm enough already.) The Prisoners I perceiv'd by their present stilness, were attentively listning to what he said, but I supposed heard but little, except (what he intended they should) his cokesing conclusion; immediately upon which their surly Gaoler, with Hell and fury in his countenance, and Keyes gingling in his hands, runs back to the door, which which he ratled open, and with a good Cudgel that he carried with him, fell up­on the poor Slaves, and beat them back again to their Infernal Stations, telling them by the way, That he would make them dearly suffer for this their insolent misdemeanour, for which, had it not been [Page 48] for his Unholinesses Goodness, he might have lost his Place and Office.

CHAP. III.

The Gaoler that carried back the Prisoners, gives an account to the Court, of the Me­rits of their Sufferings, that one of them, a Carthusian, died of the wound he received by the loss of his Testicles cut off by the Husband of a woman whom he had abused; some descants upon the passage. The Speech of the Great Bishop to the Assembly at the opening of the Consult about the De­signs of the Plot; some descants between the Author and Phileroy upon it. The Pe­tropolitan Secretary (who ordered the bu­siness of the Consult) described; calls over the several Parties concerned in the Con­sult, beginning with the Commissioners ad propagandum fidem, declares to them the Great Bishop's Decree to them against Albonia; their Instructions read to them. A Description of the Seminaries. Phileroy's discourse to the Author of the Original of this Fraternity, and the History of their Proceedings. Lastly, Their In­structions for the Service.

[Page 49]I Question not but he was as good as his word to them; for a little after, we could hear them (though not so list as be­fore) howling and yelling in a pittiful man­ner; after he had secured his Prisoners, he returns back to the Court in a great heat, puffing, and rubbing the sweat off his greasie Brows dripping upon his fiery Nose: after he had panted a while and re­covered breath enough to give an Answer, I heard the Great Bp. ask him, who those Prisoners were that had occasioned the Uproar; for that they pretended them­selves to be Martyrs for the Petropoli­tan Cause, which, if it were truly so, they should be taken into Consideration, and rewarded with Canonization if they deserved it— I know not, replied the Gaoler, whether their deserts will reach such a Reward or no, but must leave that to the discretion of your Vnholiness and the Conclave. I will give you an account only of the bare matter of Fact, for which they came hither. The Ring-leader of them, that mouth'd it so fiercely against your Vnholiness, is a meer cock-gelding, an untesticled person; He was upon Earth a Carthusian Brother, who, in Obedi­ence [Page 50] to his Order (which I suppose he in­tends to be the Merit of his Sufferings) having kept himself out of the Yoke of Matrimony, did, for the necessary Relief of Nature, take occasion sometimes to root in his Neighbours Inclosures: But one time amongst the rest happening to light upon a pretty spot of Female-ware, belonging to a Butcher; the Hus­band, whether he had any suspition of it, or whether it were by accident, unfortu­nately broke in upon them, and finding the sign in Aries, without consulting far­ther he took this fit season for the gelding of such kind of Cattle; wherefore to cure him of his Calenture, he was resolved to phlebotomize him, which with his slaugh­ter-knife he did, applying it to the Sedes Morbi, and castrating him so close, that together with a torrent of blood, that followed upon the amputation, his lech­erous Soul, after some dismal Screeks and Ave Maria's uttered, was released from his Body, and came limping hither, whining more for the loss of his Mistress than for the pains he had suffered. I saw the poo [...] thing was so chill with the loss of blood, that to comfort him, I put him into one of the hottest baths we had, [Page 51] where after he had sweat a while, I asked him how he liked Purgatory, and whe­ther the place were warm enough for him; he told me, he had been in some purgato­ries on Earth, that were as hot as this, name­ly, when he frequented the Stews at Pe­tropolis amongst your Vnholiness's li­censed Courtizans, where he was once burnt by a pocky Whore so terribly, that had it not been for the skill of an able Mountebank, he might have saved the Butcher the labour of Castration; but since he came hither, he has been pretty well fluxt for it. And this, so far as I know, is all the reason of his pretence to Mar­tyrdom; the Services he has done for the Mother-Church, being his Endea­vours (ad propagandam prolem) or getting Bastards for their keeping, which he looks upon as a Work so meritorious, that he hopes (considered together with his Suf­ferings upon that account) your Apostle­ship will not fail to remember him for it at the next instalment of Martyrs.—And is this the service he boasts of? (quoth the Grand Viccar.) Out a pon't, this will not do: Our Mother-Church has too many such Bastards already in her keep­ing, except we could enlarge her Reve­nues [Page 52] to make better provision for them. What! (said I then to Phileroy) I per­ceive the poor Purgatorian is like to lose his Expectations of Saintship: Yes, yes, said he, that he will indeed; there is nothing carries it in such cases, but what tends directly for the Interest of the Papal Chair; but that being suffici­ently supplied already with Nephews of the blood, has no need of any other assist­ances of that nature, however had this Lecherous Fool been so lucky to have committed Treason, when he did Adul­tery, by taking away the life of an Here­tical Prince, and been hanged for his pains, he might have been Red-lettered before this time, both with Saintship and Martyrdom. This tragi-comical passage so unexpectedly intervening, caus­ed no small noise amongst the Company, muttering one with another whatever came into their minds to say about it; in­somuch that the Viccar was forced to or­der another Proclamation of Silence to be made, which was done accordingly with three solemn Cries as before; after which the Great Bishop rising up from his seat, began a Speech to the Assembly (that now began to gather about him in a posture of [Page 53] Attention) in this manner. [...] Worthy Pe­tropolitans: The Design of our meet­ing here at this time is well known to you, to be for the reducing of that Rebellious, and Heretical Province of Albonia, to the Obedience of the Apostolick Chair, from which it hath long since departed, by a schismatical Separation; and having thereby not only cast off their Allegiance unto us (to whom as St. Peters Suc­cessor all States and Kingdoms in the World do owe an undeniable Subjecti­on) but also sacrilegiously robbed the Church it self of its Incomes and Reve­nues; All which they have converted to their own use and benefit: We have out of the constant Zeal for the pro­moting of the Glory and Interest of the Petropolitan Empire, and to regain so considerable a part of our Patrimo­ny, as are by those Hereticks detained from us, Resolved to leave no means unattempted till we have fully subdued that Rebellious People and either brought them back again to their duty to us, or so consumed them, that they shall not have a name left upon the Earth; and for you (our dear Children) that have so dutifully and freely offered your selves [Page 54] to our service, and to become the Mi­nisters of our Revenge upon them. Be courageous and proceed with Vigour in this great undertaking, you shall not want either Encouragements or Rewards; let your valour and Resolution appear as evi­dent for the subduing these Enemies to the Ecclesiastick State, as ever the anci­ent Romans did for the Enlargement of their Empire. We go not to subdue them with open Force or Strength of Armies; those Hereticks being that way too hard for us, as we experienced when our Ca­tholick Son sent out his invincible Na­vy to invade them; but were by those stubborn Albonians in a short time mise­rably overthrown and ruined. Their Fleets and Armies are so powerful, as keeps the whole Europian World in awe of them; so that it is to no purpose to attempt by any such means to subdue them: but what cannot be gained by Strength, must be done by Policy and secret Contrivances; for which end we have now the fairest op­portunity in our hands, that we could wish for, to encourage our Proceedings, sufficient to redeem all those former defeats, that we have suffered by them; We know the time is yet fresh in [Page 55] memory, when those that the World could not subdue, were destroyed by themselves by an Intestine Civil War, created by their own Factions, but fo­mented and carryed on by our Petropo­litans; this flame could not be extin­guished but by the blood of their own Prince and Soveraign, who was sacrificed to the revenge of the insulting Vulgar before the Gates of the Imperial Pa­lace. This Fact contributed no little to our Designs, while our Party, many of them siding with the Prince against the Rebels (as it was either their interest, or necessity then to do) did thereby take off the suspicion of the Treason from themselves, and left it upon the Factions, who by that means have rooted such Jea­lousies and Suspicions in the Government against those Factions, that (as we by Our Agents amongst them have and do continually improve the Argument) they shall be sooner suspected of Treason and Disloyalty, than their Enemies the Petropolitans; there are those heats and feuds (as the effects of that Civil War) yet left amongst them, as 'twere easie for you by stirring up the grounds of their Old quarrel, to work into them another [Page 52] [...] [Page 53] [...] [Page 54] [...] [Page 55] [...] [Page 56] Rebellion, or to keep their Divisions open so wide, as to afford a fair way to­wards it. Albonia (says one of their own Writers) is a great Animal that can no waies be destroyed but by killing it self; let us but put swords into their hands, and they are mad enough to thrust them into their own sides—Divide & im­pera is a true Maxim in Policy; Divide them a while, and we may come in time to rule them. Now then it is the oppor­tunity presents it self fairly to our hands; we need not make Divisions amongst them, but only keep them open; the Or­der of their Church is disturbed by Dis­senting Parties. Mingle your selves disguisedly amongst those Herds; foment their differences; incense them against the Government by suggesting fears of troubles and persecutions from them. And at the same time stir up the Govern­ment against them, to increase the pro­vocation. Thus keep the Body Poli­tique in a posture of Opposition, till they fright one another into fightings, and then will we come and part Stakes be­tween them.

In the mean time, while we disease the Body, let's strike at the Head; the for­mer [Page 57] remedy may be chronical, this must be fatal; the Petropolitan Church ac­knowledges no Head besides our self: And seeing the Albonian Princes, since their Apostacy from us, have usurped that Ti­tle to themselves, by arrogating a peculiar Jurisdiction and Supremacy over the Churches within their Dominions; It is necessary that such Heads be lopt off, that so the body may be again united to its pro­per one the Petropolitan Viccar: And therefore I adjure you all by that Obedi­ence, that you owe to me and to the Apo­stolick Church, that you will by all means imaginable, according to your several powers and Capacities, endeavour to cut off the present Heretical, Albonian Prince, as the nearest and likeliest means for us to attain our ends in reducing the Albonian Countries to the obedience of our Government; which meritorious fact, when once it is accomplished, we have already taken care, that the next Successor shall be one true to our Inter­est, and a Petropolitan; one that we have proselyted to our Religion, and such an one, that tho the People detest him for his faith, yet must admit him upon his right to the Government of those King­doms. [Page 58] And besides this, the better to fa­cilitate your proceedings, we have en­gaged our dear Son of Franconia the most Petropolitan King, to assist you both with Men and Moneys upon all occa­sions to carry on your designs. We have farther issued out our Bull of Excom­munication against that Heretical Prince of Albonia, thereby (by vertue of our Apostolick Power) depriving him of his usurped Title to the Albonian Countries, and absolving the Albonians (his Sub­jects) from their Duty and Allegiance to him, under pain of our highest Displeasure and the bitterest Curses we can inflict upon them, And such of them as out of an holy fear of our Indignation shall observe our Pleasure in this particular, by turning Traytors to their Prince, to become Friends to us and our Interest, shall not only have our Dispensations and Indul­gencies granted to them for so doing, but shall have the Benefit of our sacred Be­nediction, and such rewards as the merit of their doings or Sufferings shall require. And now (our dear Friends and Children) if those Encouragements be not sufficient to animate you in your proceedings, yet let [...]he Interest of your Mother-Church [Page 59] (which should be dearer to you than your very Souls) provoke you to it; Consider what a goodly part of St. Peter's Patri­mony is kept from us: That Albonia whose fruitful soil and large revenues did sometime plentifully enrich both our own Coffers and our Clergies purses, a Coun­try once so piously devoted to the Churches Interest, that the best and greatest Estates within it, were hallowed to divine Uses; Our Levites had not only the Tenths but (rather) Nine parts in Ten set apart for them; What goodly Monasteries, Abbies, and Relgious places were there founded? how richly en­dowed? how large their Revenues? All which upon their Apostacy from our Church were by Edicts of that Hereti­cal Tyrant Hen. 8. sacrilegiously taken from the Clergy and devolved into the hands of the Lay-People; They yet en­joy them, but the right is ours; nor can any Antiquity of prescription or Autho­rity of Records so supersede our Title, but that the right is still in us if we can but gain the Possession of them. Ay (my Lads) win them and wear them; turn out those heretical Robbers, and possess their places, the Inheritances of your Fa­thers. [Page 60] We have of our Apostolick boun­ty freely given the Land amongst you; destroy the Canaanites, that brood of Hereticks that enjoy it; a People accurs­ed by us. Balaam was by a divine hand restrained from cursing the Israelites; but nothing shall restrain us from cursing them as a Nation devoted to destruction; We have given you full power to be the Executioners of our Vengeance upon them, to kill their Persons, destroy their Cities, possess their Lands, and to rule and reign over them. And lastly if all this be too little, I conjure you by the blood of your Martyred Ancestors, that have been hang'd like Traitors for their Zeal in this holy quarrel; and by all those Severities and Persecutions that you your selves have suffer'd from them, that you now take a full and fierce revenge upon those wicked Albonians: If you succced in your Attempts you have the booty for your Reward. If you miscarry in them yet shall you not be unrewarded, while we your Father have a Blessing left for you: your Sufferings shall be re­warded with Martyrdom, and your selves with Happiness. We give you our Apo­stolical Benediction, and so go on and Prosper.—

[Page 61]And here the Grand Viccar conclud­ed his Oration, seating himself again in his Chair, and puffing for Breath, as hav­ing almost spent himself with his over ear­nest delivery: For my part I was glad of his close, being as much wearied with hearing, as he was in speaking such hor­rid and bloody matters against my own Country. I perceive (said I to P [...]e­roy) the Grand Bishop can sometimes play the Devil for Godsake, here is a pretty Scheme of Treason and Rebelli­on covered over with Religion. But what shall we do for our Lands when we return home again, seeing his Viccarship has now so frankly given them away from us to his Petropolitans. We must e'en Petition our new Masters for the favour to be their Bailiffs over our own De­mesnes, and be contented to exchange our Rents for Wages. Soft there (repli­ed Phileroy) we are not brought to that pass yet; to let them Ride while we are in the Saddle: We have yet eleven points of the Law in our own hands, let them have the twelfth and make the best on't: Their Title to Heaven, and to our Lands are grounded much alike upon the Promises of the Great Prophet, who is [Page 62] most liberal in giving away those things that he hath no right to himself, although the proud Prelate claims the same prero­gative over us, as the Israelites of old (by God's special Commission) did over the reprobate Heathens, whose Coun­tries (by Covenant with their Fathers) God gave to them; or as he hath done over the poor Americans, Millions of whom by his Authority been have slain and murdered, to make way for their Conversion, but more truly to gain their Possessions: Yet till he can make out such another Title to our lands as the Iews did to the Canaanites, by some Feoffe­ment or Deed of Gift from the su­pream Owner, let him make what Grants of them he pleases, or to whom he pleases, he shall give us leave to hold our proprie­ties as long as we can. He must first buy them and pay dear for them too before he has them: And as for the Church-Re­venues in the hands of the Albonian Clergy, we can plead an antiquity of Pre­scription before them, or that the Pe­tropolitans had any thing to do amongst us. We had a Christian Prince before ever they had a Christian Bishop, that by vertue of a Universal Monarchy could lay [Page 63] claim to any Homage from us: And un­til our King and Country shall come to pay their fealties to him again, our Te­nures are such, that the Fee and Homage are inseparable, and he shall never gain the one without the other. Well here we broke off our parly to make our Observa­tions of the following passages. The Great Bishop, as I said before, having finished his Oration, some of the Company be­gan to shout, others hum'd a little, the rest were silent. But after a little pause of some few minutes, they all fell close to their business; the several parties be­ing gradually called up to the board to re­ceive their Instructions and Commissions; which, by the Great Bishop's Order, were particularly delivered out to them by one that sat at the board not far from him. This person, by his looks and habit, seemed to be an Albonian, I asked Phi­leroy if he knew him; he told me yes, That he was indeed our Country-man, the Son of an Albonian Divine, and that having a liberal Education bestowed upon him in one of the Albonian Academies, and one of a strong and quick apprehensi­on, he having an humour of Travelling (to satisfie his Curiosity) into the Petro­politan [Page 64] Countries, was there amongst the learned of that Religion so far insinu­ated into by their subtle Arguments and persuasions, that he was proselyted to their faith, and thereupon had in great esteem amongst them, as one that by reason of his great parts and abilities might be a very fit Instrument for them to make use of in their Designs; for which the better to qualifie him, they got him into the ser­vice of a great Princess in Albonia of an Italick Family, and a Friend to the Petropolitans, where he might conveni­ently hold correspondencies by means of hers, and the Great Duke her Husband's Interest, with such Princes and States as were friends to the Petropolitan In­terest. And in this Capacity, having by some signal services already obliged them, they have thought fit to choose him their Secretary in this grand Consult, and in­trusted him with the management of the most principal matters relating to their present Designs.

This person thus deciphered by Phile­roy, I perceived, was very busie in tum­bling over and sorting the Papers and Parchments that lay before him, which he disposed into several parcels, ready to be [Page 65] distributed to those that they particularly belonged to, which having done, he pro­ceeded to call over the several parties to receive their Orders, and first began with the Commissioners or Congregation (as they call it) de propaganda fide, for pro­pagating the faith; of which number was the Great Bishop himself, the Scarlet Senate, the Mitred Men or Bishops, (most of which were the Titula [...]s) upon whom the Viccar had conferred the pro­motions of several Bishopricks in Albonia and Bogland, and appointed for their principal the noble Albonian Cardinal as his Legate and Procurator, in his Vic­carship's name to take possession of the Albonian Territories: Besides these Were included in the same Commission, several of the superior Orders of the Clergy together with some eminent per­sons of the Laity, all which were by their Names and Titles distinctly called upon, and answered to it in their places, they all sit­ting about the board where the Gr. Bp. was present: Then he took up an Instru­ment and read to them signed by the Gr. Bp. wherein he declared▪ [That all the Albonian Dominions and Territories were part of St. Peter's Patrimony, as forfeited [Page 66] to the Holy See, for the Heresie of the Prince and People, and so to be disposed of as he should think fit.] This short Declaration it seems was their grand Charter, by which they were to proceed in their De­signs. Then next he read over to them a Paper containing Instructions to direct them in their Proceedings to this effect; That they should take upon them the su­perintendency and Government of all the inferior Consults, to direct them in their Managements, to appoint their Sta­tions and Order of Meeting: to re­ceive Advices from them, and give out Orders thereupon; to grant Licences, In­dulgences, and Dispensations by the grand Viccar's Authority (as his Delegates) where they saw occasion for them; to keep Correspondencies by Legations and Missives with such Princes, States, and Persons of Eminencie, as were known Friends to the Petropolitan Interest; that they were from this place to adjourn them­selves over to St. Omers, which being an Academy and Nursery of Learning, they were there to found a Colledge or Seminary for the training up of Youth in the Petropolitan Religion, and in the Arts and Policies of the Petropolitan [Page 67] State, so to fit them for their Services, when ever they should have occasion to imploy them, either in Albonia, or other places; here they were for the future to keep their grand Consults, to send out their dispatches, and to receive advices, the Effects of which they were from time to time to send over to his Viccarship at Petropolis in Order to the receiving such farther Order and Direction from him as he should think fit. This was the Sum of their Instructions, which was then in Writing delivered up to the noble Albonian Cardinal for the use of him­self and the rest in Commission with him. Next to these was called up to the Board another party by the name of Semina­ries, (sowers or seeds-men) there drew up a great number of them all in religi­ous Habits, with Baskets on one Arm, and throwing the other Arm about in the posture of one that scatters Seed before the Plow. I wondred what the Devil was the meaning of this humour, I thought this burning Soil was too hot and parched to nourish any Seed that should be cast into it. But it seems all this was but a fi­gure or representation of their Name and Office; For asking Phileroy the meaning [Page 68] of these Actions, and who they were that performed them, He told me they were the great Bishop's Planters or Seeds-men that he employed to cultivate all those Lands that the Viccar laid claim to, as any part of his Patrimony, and to sow them with the seeds of the Petropo­litan Doctrines and Discipline (this is their pretence) but indeed rather to sow the seeds of Sedition, Treason and Rebel­lion, in the heads of the Vnthinking Vulgar, whose thick, and soft Skulls they make use of as a fit ground for such dis­seminations; and these you see here, are now designed upon the same Employment into our Country of Albonia—How, said I, into Albonia? Nay then—and here without prosing it farther, my Indignation against these Varlets threw me into a poetical fury, which I expressed thus—

—If this be true,
Curs'd be the Viccar and his seeding Crue;
Never may Heav'n on their endeavors smile,
That thus their Seed sow in another's Soil;
But blast their Crop, and all their Pains defeat,
That go to sow their Tares amongst our Wheat.
[Page 69]And while among us they design to sow
Their Treasons, may the Devil speed the Plow,
And When they've done, pay them their Wages too.
And they that sow false Doctrine and Delusion,
May they again reap Halters and Confusion,

Phileroy smiled at the fancy, but could not but be surprised to see me fall into such an unusual rapture, asking me what I ail'd, and whether the warmth of the place had made me hot-brain'd or no? I told him not so much that, as the warmth of my own Zeal justly kindled at the sight of those Religious Monsters, that not con­tent to brood, and spawn in their own cor­rupt and putrid soils, must go about to spread their infection in the wholsome air of our reformed Countries.—However I desired Phileroy (while their Commissi­on was reading to them, which I did not much mind) to discourse to me some­thing of the Order and Constitution of this Religious Fraternity, which (at my request) he readily performed in this manner; These Seminaries, said he, were an Order of Priests at first instituted [Page 70] by a Country-man of ours, one Alanus, a Petropolitan Cardinal, about the latter end of the reign of their grand Enemy, our unparallel'd Christian Princess Elisa, by whose successful care in the Reformation of Religion, the Petropolitans finding they had lost their Harvest, they contrived to lay in for another, by sowing again those Principles of false Worship, Sedition and Rebellion against Government, which had been by the indeavours of this Prin­cess for some time happily rooted out from amongst us. To the undertaking of this great work, Ala [...]us, out of a Com­pany of stragling Albonian Fugitives, had in a short time selected such a parcel of Scoundrels fit for his purpose, as were amassed into a great and bulky body; these he convened into the Order of a di­stinct Fraternity, which, for their better Convenience and Discipline, he incorpo­rated within the Walls of a Foundation, purposely raised at his own charge for them at Doway in Flanders; where un­der the tutorage of Presidents and Pro­vincials set over them, they were stu­diously instructed in all the arts of carnal Policy for the propagating of a false Reli­gion, and stirring up of an unnatural Rebel­lion [Page 71] against their native Prince and Country. This Colledge of Priests (or rather Ken­nel of the Devil's Beagles) he institut­ed by the name which yet they retain of Seminaries or Sowers: Sowers of Strife and Mischief, Sowers of Schism and Faction, Sowers of Treason and Re­bellion; these were the happy parts, these well qualified Gentlemen were to act, and to these purposes after they had been nursed up to some maturity there; they were sent over in great numbers (as they will be now) into Albonia, to practise their sowing Trade under several disguise­ments to avoid Suspition of their de­signs. But this new cultivated Country though it was their natural Soil, yet prov­ed too unnatural to receive any of their pestilent Seed within it, but cast it out with abhorrency; and wherever it did take root, yet all the Crop they gathered from it, was but an unkind and pernicious sort of Hemp-seed, which afterward prov­ed so fatal in the winding up of the matter, as to be the Instrument of their De­struction; So true holds that old adage.

—Nec Lex [...]st justior ulla
Quam necis artifices arte perire suâ.
[Page 72]Those that Destruction sow and Death,
'Tis fit themselves should lose their breath.

In short, they justly received the re­ward of their Treasons at the Tyburni­an T [...]ide [...]t; and we through Gods Mercy kept our Peace and Religion se­cure out of their grasping clutches. Yet still they continued their Consults at their new founded Colledge at Doway, where no sooner one Treason was knockt down, but presently like Hydra's heads they hatch and start up a new one; till all at length became but Victims to the pru­dence, Courage, and Piety of our blessed Reformer: But Wars afterwards break­ing out betwixt her and the Catholique Monarch, he would no longer suffer these Alboniaus (tho Petropolitans) being her Subjects to roost themselves within his Territories, but broke them up to go whi­ther their own Wills or the Devil would car­ry them; thus being dislodged from their old dear Habitation to follow their fate in a Pilgrim Condition, the then great Bishop hearing of their Misfortune, and esteeming them for the merit of their Undertaking, did, out of his compassionate tenderness to such pious Creatures, as well as good Will to their Designs, allot them two other [Page 73] new places for their reception, the one at R [...]mes, and the other at Petropolis it self, where they became again Collegi­ate, and resumed their former Order and Discipline that they observed at Doway. Besides this great favour, his Viccarship, for their better Encouragement, endowed them in these places with large Stipends and Revenues: And well he might; for you know the Labourer is worthy of his [...]ire; while they bring grist to his Mill, he may well suffer them to take toll, and while they sow his corn, to let them eat of his bread, since they have been so well setled, and such ample provisions made for their Encouragement; their Order has increased wonderfully to a great unweildy Bulk and Proportion; they are become as [...]umerous as the Frogs in Egypt, and like [...]hose noisome cattle, we may find them [...]aking (so impudent are they grown) [...]ea in the most sacred retirements of [...]e [...]s Courts; their very Closets and [...]ed Chambers, where they spare not to [...]it their Venom, if possible, to infect the [...]ery Government it self; of the same [...]eaven are the [...]erd now before us, which [...]ou see of themselves are of a pretty consi­ [...]erable number, besides those that are al­ready [Page 74] sent over into Albonia upon the same service. They are most of them Al­bonians, but Renegado's, and I hope when we come to meet them shortly in Albonia, we shall see them punished ac­cordingly.

Here Phileroy broke off his Discourse, (which was very pleasant to me) for now the Secretary, who all this while had been reading the Commission, had concluded, and then proceeded, as we perceived, to fill their Seed-baskets with heaps of odd kind of trumpery, such as Crucifixes, Agnus Deis, Crismes, Rosaries, little pots of Water, Scrolls, Pamphlets, and a world of such kind of Frippery.

This was their Seed it seems, but 'twas not Wheat,
To say the truth, 'twas nothing but a Cheat.

Well, thus the Asses being sadled for their journey, the next thing in order, was to discipline them, according to the pa­per of Instructions, which was then for­mally read to them after this manner, (their consents being first asked whether they were all willing to undertake the de­sign, which they all jointly consented to by the holding up of their hands) They [Page 75] were all of them forthwith to imbarque themselves for Albonia, where upon thei [...] landing, they were to disperse themselves, in such disguised habits as were most proper for their concealment, into the most populous and noted places of the Kingdom; where, while they continued, they were by a free and generous Con­verse, to insinuate themselves into the fa­miliarities of all sorts of persons (especi­ally the illiterate) where they had hopes of proselyting any to the Petropolitan faith, and to use their utmost Endeavours to bring them over to the Mother-Church; and that they might not be frighted by the Albonian Laws against such practices, his Viccarship had grant­ed them full and ample Dispensations (under the Seal of the Fisher) for their concealment (if any danger should happen) that they might pretend, equivocate, fal­sifie or use any artifices whatsoever, that might be conducible to their Preserva­tion.

They were under pretences of Religi­on, to assume the habits of the Religi­ous amongst the Albonians, and under [...]hat pretext, having procured some esti­mation amongst the Clergy, to get into [Page 76] their Pulpits, and there to vent, under some smooth and glossy way of expression, their Petropolitan Principles, and to exaspe­rate the Conforming party against the Dissenters.

On the other side they were to ingrati­ate themselves with the Dissenters and under pretences of the more strictness in their profession, to get in (with such of them, especially as would admit of a Lay Communion betwixt Pastor and People, and permit unordained persons to preside in their Congregations) to teach in their Assemblies, and to instruct them in such things, as upon the opposite point would exasperate them against the Conform­ists.

Thus by the usual art of Petropolitan ambodextership, they were to set one party against the other, and so using them as Sampson's Foxes, by linking them with opposite faces and fire brands between them of their own kindling, to cause a flame of Faction and Difference, that should terminate in destruction and ruine to them both.

They were to ingratiate themselves with such of the less knowing Nobility, as might by their subtle persuasions be the [Page 77] more easily bigotted to the Petropolitan faith, and having proselyted them to that faith, they were so far to indear them­selves to them by their obliging Con­verses, as to become Masters of their purses, and to extract from them such sup­plies as might be conducible to the carry­ing on of the present design.

They were by their most strenuous in­deavours to obstruct the convention of the Grand Senate, (the greatest Op­pugners of the Petropolitan Interest) and either to corrupt them by gaining up­on the Vulgar, to prefer such Persons in their popular Elections, as should be for the Petropolitan Interest, or by some means to cast bones of Dissention amongst them, to raise a quarrel between themselves, and so to occasion their breaking up.

They were to amuse the people by scat­tering such papers and Pamphlets a­mongst them, as should tend either to in­cense them against the Government, or to create divisions between themselves.

These, as near as I can remember, were the principal heads of their Instructions, a Copy of which was afterwards delivered to them, together with some Pardons and indulgences necessary to such sinners [Page 78] as they were like to prove, if they fol­lowed their Directions; All which being dispatched, they were dismissed with his Viccarship's solemn Benediction, and so having made their low obeysance to the Great Bishop, they went back again in Order to their place.

CHAP. IV.

The next Order that comes up, is that of the Ignatians; a Description of them; their Original, and practices; Instru­ments of Slaughter delivered to them by the Gr. Viccar; their Instructions. Then come up the Provincials of several Coun­tries, that were to superintend the other inferiour Ministers. Their Names and particular Instructions about the manage­ment of the Plot. Next come up the Be­nedictines who were to settle themselves in a Colledge in Albonia. Then the Petro­politan Physitian that was to poison the King, some pleasant passages concerning him. A Glass of poison, and purse of Gold delivered to him by the Gr. Bp. The Pe­tropolitan [Page 79] Advocate succeeds him; his Description and Instructions. The Pe­tropolitan Mesqueraders described; their ridiculous Habit, some particular persons of that faction merrily hinted at.

NExt unto those came up a Crue of Fellows, such as in my Life I never saw the like before, so uncouth and ugly both in their looks and Deportment; They were called on by the name of Ignatians; their habit as black as Hell, formed after the manner of a religious Order, only their Gate was novel and strange every one of them as they marched along limping and halting with one Leg. I did not for all their religious outsides, take them for such sancti­fied Persons, that they got their lameness (as Iacob did his) by wrestling with An­gels, but that they rather got it by some excessive Exercises in Franconia, howe­ver, be the cause what it would, I won­dred that the Grand Viccar should make use of such lame tools in his Service: But my Oracle Phileroy presently resolved me, who told me they had their Name and Institution from one Ignatius a famous Saint amongst the Petropolitans, sometimes an Hysperian Souldier of the [Page 80] lowest rank, and for his Debaucheries af­terwards cashierd, and then turn'd Reli­gious who having obtained Orders for himself, did afterwards institute that Or­der which is now so called after his name, and that he being himself a Cripple, his Disciples do thus imitate him in their counterfeit lameness.

This Order, said Phileroy, since their first Institution are become so numerous, that they have their Societies in most parts of the Petropolitan World, and are be­come so famous for their Exploits in the Great Bishops service, that he seems to repose more confidence in them, than in any other Order of the Hierarchy. They are indeed his Janizaries, persons so bold and daring, that they will venture upon the greatest dangers and difficulties to do him service, tho it be to kill [...] [...] ­narch, to burn Cities, massacre a Coun­try, or to perpetrate any other villany, and afterwards be hang'd, or otherwise tortured to death for their pains.

These Vermin are not more savage in their practices, than subtle in their De­signs, and therefore they take none into their Societies, but persons of most quick and acute parts, whom they afterwards [Page 81] educate in the most sublime arts of State and Policy according to the Machiavel­lian documents; and having so prepared them, they are sent abroad into the Courts and Countries of Christian Princes to ex­ecute such designs (tho never so villanous) as the Grand Viccar shall impose upon them. I desired to hear no more of them, but to observe the Passages of their proceedings; but then a new fit of Wonder seized me, when upon their coming up, the first present that was made to them (after their Commission) was a parcel of tragical Instruments of death and destructi­on, as Knives, Daggers, Pistols, Match, Fire-balls, and such like, all which were by his Viccarship first solemnly consecrat­ed, by taking them in his hands, and be­stowing upon them his Apostolical Bene­diction, and then dellvered by the Secre­tary into the hands of the Ignatians, who received them with the Ceremony of Kissing, and then disposed them at their Girdles, or in their Pockets, as they thought fit.

After which their Instructions were like­wise read to them as the former, the sub­stance of which was,

That they were according to the solemn [Page 82] Vow of their Profession, and their Duty to his Viccarship, and the Mother-Church, to endeavour the Extirpation of Heresie and Hereticks out of all places in the Europian World, especially Albo­nia (the principal Place designed in this grand Consult) And to this end they were speedily to imbarque themselves thi­ther; and having there fixed the places of their Consults and Meetings together, were to disperse themselves into the Countreys, and to endeavour by the Arts and Me­thods of their Policy, either to proselyte the People to the Petropolitan faith, or to make them lose their own by raising and occasioning such Schisms and factions amongst them, as should terminate in de­struction and confusion.

But in order to the more grand design of Subverting the Government (as the Gap by which the Petropolitans were most probably to enter) they were with those consecrated Instruments of Death and Destruction delivered to them, by themselves (or their agents) to destroy the sacred person of the Albonian Mo­narch, and all others commissionated by him, that were known Enemies to the Pe­tropolitan State. And if Heaven should [Page 83] cross them in these Enterprises; ‘Flectere si nequeant superos (yet) Acheront a movere;’ (that is) [Devil do thy worst] if the King, in spight of the Devil and his Agents, should continue to live and reign, yet let his Subjects suffer; They were to fire their dwellings (and themselves run away by the light of them) and if any other fair opportunity of Mischief happened in the way, to raise a Mutiny, to pilfer their goods, or to cut the throat of any well-willer to the Albonian Weal, they were not to stick at the doing of it.

And if any Christian Magistrate sho'd be over-active in his Office, either in pro­secuting the Laws against them, or enquir­ing into the Mystery of their Designs; He was presently to be taken off; Their Eye must not spare him; but they or some agents imployed by them, must by some means or other get him discharged both of his Life and Office at once. And if in attempting any of the aforesaid Villanies, their Designs should happen to be discover­ed before their Execution, and they there­upon called to question about them, they had Dispensations granted them by his grand Viccarship, to conceal them by any Lyes, Denials, or equivocations, that [Page 84] their Wits should help them to make use of.

Nay, if they should be prosecuted so far, as to bonds and Imprisonments, and afterwards be brought to their Trial, and receive judgment of Death, and brought to Execution, yet should not their very Lives be dear to them in such a case, and for so glorious a cause; but they should rather part with them in an obsti­nate affirming of their pretended innocen­cy (let there be never so many or suffici­ent proofs to the contrary) than to save them by a sneaking or timorous Confessi­on of the truth to the discouragement of the other Undertakers, and marring their designs.

And if thus like true and couragious Champions of the Petropolitan Church, they persisted to the death in the Vindication of their cause. The great Bishop had granted them the glorious Titles and Rewards of Martyrdom, they should be Canonized and Kalendered a­mongst the Red-lettered Worthies; they should be immediately freed from the pains of Purgatory, and be taken into Paradise, and their Blood and Bones, and the very Rags of their Vestments be con­secrated [Page 85] and laid up in the Petropolitan Conservatories as eternal trophies of their Faith and Martyrdom.

Thus they're encourag'd to destroy their lives
Themselves; needs they must go, the Devil drives.
Thus we may see what Martyrs Rome has own'd,
The vilest Traitors thus as Martyrs crown'd:
Let Rome reward their sufferings as they please,
Halters and hatches still are here their Fees.

Armed with these Instructions (pure Gospel documents were they not) these Sons of Violence and Confusion, after having received their consecrated Tools Dispensation and other Trinkets, at the hands of the aforesaid Secretary, went limping back to their place, as did the former, not without his Viccarship's Apostolical Benediction solemnly be­stowed upon them; and they had mine too in to the bargain, though after the man­ner that witches say their prayers, and the Jews read the Talmud. I heartily wisht that God would blast and confound them in all their cursed Designs and Practices, and did not question, but such wishes might be as prevalent as his Vnho­liness's [Page 86] Blessing. I expected to see no more of them, till I should meet them at the Gallows, and then I should see how well they observed their Instructions.

Next to these came up an Order of Church-men in more costly habits than any of the former, and seemed by their Garb and going to be none of the small Prophets, but some special Dignitaries amongst them. These, Phileroy told me, were Provincials invested with pre­sidencies over the several inferiour Or­ders, and were according to their In­structions to hold their residencies in se­veral of the Petropolitan Countries as namely the Catholick Provinces, Fran­conia, Castilia, &c. Where they had their several Titles and Jurisdictions; and these were to hold Correspondence, and to give directions to those Provincials in Albonia, and other places that were inferiour and subject to them, as namely, Father Paulus d' Oliva Provincial gene­ral, presiding the Ignatian Order, was to direct the Consults and Managements of that Order residing at Londinopolis, and had a particular Commission delivered to him to that purpose.

Then came up Mounsieur Ieronimo [Page 87] Provincial of the Ignatians in novo Castilio whose instructions were accord­ing to the form of his Commission, to fur­nish such of that Order, that were enga­ed in the present Design, with Counsel and Mony, and to misrepresent the actions and intentions of the Albonian Monarch in the Catholick Court, so as to create Jealousies and Feuds between the Two Crowns; as knowing that as the Interest of their Kingdoms did oblige them to a mutual amitie; so such an amitie would be inconsistent with the interest of their present Designs, and very much hinder their proceedings, unless it were some way broken, or disturbed by them.

Enter next Father le Chese, an Igna­tian, who though no Provincial, yet being a person of great Eminence and Au­thority, as being Confessor to the Franco­nian Monarch, was thought fit to have his place amongst the aforesaid Dignita­ries. He was it seems a notable Sacro­politico of that Order in whose Policies the grand Bishop reposed much Confidence as to this Affair; and besides was a great Friend of the Secretaries, with whom, when in Albonia, he was to hold a con­stant, but very private Correspondence [Page 88] by Ciphers and Figures, whereby the said Secretary was to inform the said Father le Chese, and he to inform his great Ma­ster, the Franconian Prince with all the most considerable matters of State, ac­cording to which they should take their measures, and for his Encouragement in such services, the most Petropolitan Monarch would allow him a considerable pension, (as the Reward of his Treasons.) I perceived the Secretary in speaking to him, did observe more than Ordinary Re­verence towards him, but had he then known what afterwards I knew happened, that his negotiations with him should be rewarded with an Halter, I suppose he would not at this time have been so offici­ous in his Observances to him.

This Service indeed was dangerous and difficult to manage in the Court of a Ch i­stian Prince, and such an one whose own known sagacity, besides the assistance of an able and discrete Council, might very probably, in good time, discover, and so prevent such treasonable Correspondencies: but the Petropolitan Politicians are men too bold and daring to start at dangers, tho they lie in immediate prospect, their usual Motto being Neck or nothing, [Page 89] when (like foolish hardy people, rushing themselves from precipices) they venture upon such desperate attempts in the ser­vice of their ambitious imployers.

The last of this company, that present­ed himself to the Board, was another Pro­vincial; that by his looks and gesture seemed to be an Albonian, and so indeed he was (as Phileroy informed me) an own dear Traitor Countryman of ours, that out of his devilish Zeal to the Petro­politan Cause, was going (with the rest of his parrieidian crue) to destroy his own natural Prince and Country. I asked Phileroy the name of this Monster, he told me his surname was Strange, but by what name of Baptism he was called, whether Roger, or Thomas, or Iohn, he knew not, but that he was commissi­onated to be Provincial over the Igna­tians in Albonia, whose Instructions were no other than that he should govern and direct them in the management of this Design, according to their general In­structions, and as he should be Ordered from time to time by the Father general at Petropolis. These were all the Per­sons (so near as I can remember) of this Gang, who having severally discharged [Page 90] their Duty at the Board, went off as the former.

I thought there would be no end of this tragical Procession, the scenes multiplying so fast one after another, and to say truth I began to be almost tired with beholding them: But Phileroy told me there was one Order more to come up in the rear of these, who were an Albonian Frater­nity, called Benedictines, to whom his Viccarship (of his special Bounty) had by his Pattent granted an ancient and goodly Structure (sometime the residence of the Albonian Princes) scituate in Londino­polis, called Savoy, which they were to use and enjoy as a Colledge for their Fra­ternity therein to repose their Library and sacred Utensils, and to manage there their Consults with the rest of their Bre­thren, as they should see occasion; there was a pretty number of them I saw draw up to the Board, most of which by their Countenances seemed to be Albonians, but what they did there, or what was said, I minded not; for the truth is, at the un­derstanding of this, I fell into a deep fit of musing, thinking with my self of the presumptuous arrogance of the Petropo­litan Bishop, who would not be con­tent [Page 91] only to let his destructive Beagles to skulk up and down in shelters, in a Coun­try where their Company was so much abhorred and hated, but should assign them so publick a place in the midst of a populous City, and near to the Princes Court (as it was) to kennel in. I confess my admiration at this and some other pas­sages that I had observed, put me into a very profound fit of musing and thought­fulness, so that I never observed this new Company, either what they did at the Consult, or when they departed; But my Friend Phileroy seeing me stand in such a studious posture, with my Eyes fixed upon the ground, and Head leaning upon my Hand, began to rouse me up by pluck­ing me by the Elbow, and saying, What, are you asleep? A wake-man, Here is another rare Show a coming; No, no, said I, Phileroy I [...]m asleep; though I lyed in that, for [...] was asleep all this while; but however at this time, I fanci­ed my self awake, only got into a brown Study, out of which being thus roused by Phileroy, I opened mine Eyes again to see what Pageant was next, and pre­sently I discovered a single person by him­self, and without any other Company, [Page 92] marching up in great haste (as if he had for­got himself) towards the Table; he shew­ed himself by his habit to be an Albonian, and was a spare thin-faced old man, pret­ty tall, having over his other cloaths along scarlet Gown and Hood, such as in Albonia are used by those of the Degree of Doctor; to satisfie my curiosity, Phi­leroy told me that he knew him very well, and that he was an Albonian Phy­sician: (A Physician (said I) what need is there of such here) their province being to save mens lives; but those are all for destroying them. 'Tis true indeed re­plied he, it is a Physician's work to pre­serve Life, if they can, though through their ignorance too often they destroy ma­ny; but what such do ignorantly, this great man (for he is a person of quality) shall do wilfully, and kill as many at once (if he succeed in his Design) as Nero would have done, when he wished that all the Citizens of Rome had but one Neck, that he might strike it off at a blow. The Albonian Nation have but one su­pream Head upon whose preservation, the Lives and Properties of the whole King­dom does depend? Him this Devils drugster is to take off by poison, and to [Page 93] facilitate his way to it, he hath already got a place in the Albonian Court, whereby he may have the freer access to the King when he has occasion, and is lately come over to the Consult to receive his Orders; the Great Bishop has had several discourses with him in private, since his being here, and I suppose has firmly ingaged him to the business, and that he now attends the Board for Instructi­ons. And accordingly I saw the Secre­tary deliver him some Instruments into his hand, and wished him to be very care­ful in his management. The Great Bi­shop himself then beckened up to him, and whispered something in his Ear (what it was I know not) and then took up a small glass of liquor, which Phileroy said he believed was the poison, and having mum­bled a few words over it, which was the Blessing or Consecration of the Viccar to make it effectual; he then delivered it to the Darts, wishing its operation to be successful, and him to be saithful and cou­ragious in the applying of it; after which he took up a good bulky purse (of Gold as 'tis supposed) and having likewise be­stowed his Benediction upon it (such bles­sings I confess I thought I could be con­tent [Page 94] to receive from his Viccarship my self) he likewise gave the Physitian that; upon this purse was plainly inscribed this Motto in Capitals,

—Auri sacra Fames
—Quae non mortalia pectora cogis? Virg.

which Phileroy was pleased to english thus,

—The sacred hunger of Gold
Will Judges make corrupt, and Cowards bold.

Thus furnished with his poisonous drug, and healing bag, this new Doctor Lopez made his Obeysance to the Court and va­nisht; In whose room starts up presently another Gown-man (an Albonian) but of a different Robe, having on him such an one as is usually worn by the Advo­cates and Pleaders in Albonia; he seemed to be about 50 years of age, a spare man, but of a comely aspect, and very grave in his deportment; the Court seemed to give him much respect, he being as Phi­leroy informed me, the chief Counsellor and Advocate to all the Petropolitan par­ty in Albonia, and his services in that particular was looked upon to be of no small consideration to their Designs and In­terest, being to draw up the Conveyances of such Estates as they should purchase in [Page 95] Albonia, or such Stocks as they should raise for the carrying on their Designs, to settle them securely, as also to draw up such Commissions and Pattents, as should be necessary to their purpose; His charge which he received from the grand Viccar himself was no more in short than that he should be careful and faithful in his trust, in the management of which, they knew his own skill and learning in the Laws would be most proper to direct him without receiving from them any particu­lar Instructions.

Thus Physick, Law, and feign'd Divinity
In heats against their Native Country burn,
Let them go on, but may that Misery
Design'd to us, upon themselves return.

The Lawyer, after a short stay, did likewise make his Exit: And who the De­vil should come up next but a sort of Masqueraders or Protesto-petropoli­tans, for so Phileroy called them; their habit indeed was per [...] Masquerade; for their inside Garments was after the Pe­tropolitan guise, a monkish kind of Gear with Rosaries and Crosses dangling at their Girdles, But over these they wore an upper Garment of the Albonian fa­shion, some in Cloaks, and some in Coats, [Page 96] and some in Gowns, such as our Clergy in Albonia do usually wear; upon their first appearing I saw the Secretary deli­ver out to them Instruments under the Seal of the Fisher, containing Indulgen­ces and Dispensations; I minded not much what was said to them, being wil­ling rather to be informe by Phileroy, who told me that those Indulgencies given them were for Lying & Disturbing, the main necessary part of their Undertaking. These, [...] he, are looked upon as no part of their standing [...], but a kind of Aluri [...]a [...]i [...] or [...] that being bred up in the C [...]istian Faith, are yet in their Hearts and Judgments Petropoli­tans, which they keep close to them­selves, and only wear the profession of their Country Religion, for a D [...]g [...]i [...] and [...]

—Sic, sic juvat ire per umbras.
In masquerading Shades these Sons of Night
And Darkness, love to hide them from our sight,

Ravencus Wolves in [...] cloath­ing, a pack of knaves, whose Religion is made up of Hypocrisie and Apostacy, Faction and Treachery, their piae fraud [...]s are by those Indulgences and Di [...] ­sations [Page 97] warranted, so that by vertue of these, they may assume the pretences of the highest Zeal for the Worship of the Albonian Church, to joyn in Commu­nion with them, and partake with them in the most solemn Mysteries of their Re­ligion; yea, they had a Liberty given them (upon occasion, and to avoid suspi­cion) to write and rail against the Petro­politans, and the grand Viccar himself; and yet they were at the same time co­vertly to act for them, and by their sly and subtle insinuations to amuse, the thoughtless people into a Disbelief of any Plot or Designs acting against them.

Amongst this herd I observed one, that methoughts lookt very Strange-lee, he was an elderly person, with a Pen in his Ear and a Broom under his Arm. I was very desirous to know of Phileroy, who this person should be, and the meaning of his humour; but he (smiling) told me he would forbear informing me at present, but that I should know more of him here­after. But as for the Broom he told me, it was a necessary Utensil used by him and others of his party, for the sweeping a­way of the durt and filth from the Petro­politans [Page 98] Doors, and laying it at the Doors of the Christians:

A pretty Artifice indeed of Rome,
To skim their Pot and throw on us the Skum.

Well, at the tail of these rutted anothe [...] sort of Animals different in their habit, but so close joyned to them, that the seemed to be all of one herd; their Garb and Gesture was as strange and uncouth as any I had yet observed amongst them; I believe Africk or Nile never produced such variety of Monsters, as were spawned at this Assembly: Their under Garments were (contrary to the others) exactly of the Albonian cut and fashion, over which they wore a full Garment patched up of Wolves and Foxes skins promiscuously interwoven, which hung so loose about them, that they could readily throw them off, or put them on at their pleasure; as I perceived (upon what ac­count I know not, except it were to re­present the humour of their Design) they sometimes did waggishly, snatching off their Cloaks and throwing them upon o­thers backs, whom they then laughed at, while they themselves skipped up and down the room in querpo.— These Ridiculoso's, Phileroy informed me, [Page 99] were properly called Sham-Plotters, a name that very properly agreed with their Office and Designs: For, said he, their business is, having contrived some [...]acherous Design, if they should hap­pen to be discovered, or but suspected of it, presently to sham it off themselves, and throw it as they do their Cloaks up­on others, (namely) the Christians, es­pecially the Dissenters, and such of them as are men of Power and Estates, whose names they shall get into Lists and present to the Government, as persons designed to subvert the same by an open Rebel­lion.

And thus these coupled Mates in Masquerade
By different ways drive on their hellish trade;
The one for his Knavery gets a Cloak; the other
His knavish One casts on his honest Brother.

I had enough of this Pageant, and therefore what they did at the board, or what was said to them, I minded not, I perceived they staid not long there before they retired; and so this Scene being likewise withdrawn, I perceived the Court [Page 100] began to be in a great bussle, as if they were breaking up, a time that I heartily longed for, being quite tired with their fopperies; but the Coast being some­what clear, I perceived a company of fel­lows (all Albonians) bussling up in great haste towards the Table, who by their In­struments and badges of their Trade that they carried with them, appeared to be Printers.

Sulphur and Print, both Jesuits Inventions
To blast the World with Ruine and Contentions.

One of them amongst the rest carried before him a Tablet, wherein was figured the Great Bishop's Keys (as I supposed them) being two gilded Keys a crost, which perhaps might be a badge of His Viccarship's favour: I saw they addrest them­selves to the Secretary, and their Er­rand was to desire a Faculty or Licence from the Great Bishop to serve him in their Mystery by printing such Pamphlets as should be contrived by the Ma [...] queraders or other their friends for the furtherance of the present Design. Th [...] request of theirs was no sooner askt bu [...] granted. The Secretary presently drawing up a Licence or Instrument, which th [...] [Page 101] Grand Viccar signed and delivered to them, bidding them not spare for Ink or Paper in his Service, they should be well enough rewarded for their pains; ay, said I to my self, if you do not, I hope the Devil himself will pay them their Wages; for I know not any sort of men upon Earth, that do him better service than those sort of fellows do: Well, having got what they came for, after some form­al Observance made to the Court, they turned back again, very well pleased, as I perceived; for they began to be frolick with one another: One of them smearing some of his Printing Ink upon his fin­ger, smutted his next companion upon the face with it, saying, O Sir, you are a Phanatick, I'le mark you. No, says the other, you are mis-Tooke, I am an ab­horrer of them, and all their actions. By this (said Phileroy, who observed the passage as well as I) you may see the hu­mors of these fellows, who (to please a party that they are sure to be no losers by) will not spare to blacken or bespa [...] ­ter any one that comes in their way, by fastening on them all the vil [...]i [...]ing terms they can think of, to make them o­dious to the Vulgar; well, let them go, [Page 102] they will be made look as black as their own Ink, by that time they are known to the World a little better.

This was but a kind of an Interruption, the Court, as I said beginning to bussle to­wards a breaking up, in order to which the Grand Viccar again rising up from his Chair, told the Board and the Com­pany, that they had now no more to do, but to take their leaves one of another, and from that place to disperse themselves un­to the several places and Countries where their business was ordered for the carrying on of this present Design; there they were to Govern themselves according to the Instruction now given them, which as they were the results of the grave and ma­ture Debates of this great Consult, were to be regarded accordingly with all Care and strictness; and for the better order­ing their business, they were from time to time upon all Emergencies to have re­course to their Provincials and Supe­riors, who were in all cases of difficulty to direct them in their proceedings, and by whom he expected himself to receive frequent accounts of them: He thanked and commended them for their Zeal and Readiness to his and the Churches Ser­vice, [Page 103] assuring them, that as soon as Al­bonia was theirs, which he questioned not but by their faithful Endeavours would soon be, he would distribute it a­mongst them, the ancient Rents and Re­venues of the Church should be theirs, and in the mean while they should not want Encouragement; for that Order was taken for the raising of several Stocks to be deposited in the hands of their Pro­vincials for their present Supplies; and so wishing them all good Success in their proceedings, and with his hands stretched abroad, bestowing upon them once more his solemn Apostolical Benediction, he bid them all heartily Farewel: at which the Company universally gave a great Shout, crying, long live the great Bi­shop. And the Scarlet Senate them­selves seemed to joyn with them, who yet (for all their anniversary Ceremony of (ad multos annos) may be thought to pay those respects but formally, their ambitious hopes of succeeding him rendring them not over fond of his continuance.

After this Dismission we saw the se­veral Companies withdraw themselves successively to their several apartments, which they went into by several Doors [Page 104] leading through subterranean passages (the Devil knows whither) leaving the Viccar and his Commissioners still sittings at the Board, till such time as the Se­cretary had packt up his Tools and Pa­pers; but before he had quite done, some­thing came into the great Viccar's head, which he called to him about, and that was, that when he came into Albonia, he would have him strictly to search into all such Statutes as have been publisht in the Reigns of the several Albonian Princes, since the time of their Apostacy from the Mother-Church, against the Petropoli­tans, especially those in the Reign of Queen Eliza, and such as related only to their recusancy or refusing to joyn in Com­munion with them in their publick Wor­ship. He was to observe whether the dis­senters amongst themselves upon the ac­count of the like recusancy, were not in­tended to be comprehended and liable to the same penalties; which however he was to indeavour to get some Persons emi­nent in the Law, to make such Con­structions of them, that so the force of them might be wrested against the dissent­ing Christians, and the Petropolitans escape.

[Page 105]This was a sudden fit of Policy that came into the Old Viccars mind, which the Secretary with an humble cringe promised faithfully to observe, withal tel­ling him, that the work would be more facile, to bend the force of those Sta­tutes against the Dissenters, for that they had Enemies enough amongst them of their own Religion, who would soon­er prosecute a Dissenter upon those Sta­tutes than a Petropolitan, as has been found the Experience of some years past. This Answer much satisfied the Great Bi­shop, who presently thereupon removing from his Chair, with his aforesaid Har­binger before him, returned back to his apartments, the Scarlet Senate and the rest of the Consult, together with the Secretary following him, much after the same Order that they came hither. And now the Actors being withdrawn, there remained a clear Stage, and our Obser­vations were ended: Wherefore Phile­roy taking me from the window, we sat down to chat a while about these matters; but being both tired with standing so long a gazing upon these Pageants; he first went and fetched out of a little hole in the room, a bottle of rich Canary Wi [...]es, [Page 106] and some Tobacco, and then struck a light, (for the lights that glimmered upon us out of the great Room were now all ta­ken away) and having drunk down one glass, I found my Spirits much revived, which were before very lumpish and hea­vy, but the refreshment of the Wine and the company of my dear friend did much allay the melancholy, which otherwise the dismalness of that place and company would have moved me to; but I knew I should fare no worse than he did: But then beginning our chat together, it came into my head, to ask him how he came to be excused from giving his attendance at the Consult all this while, together with the rest of the company; he told me for that he was excuseable (though had it not been for my Company he would have been there) he being none of the Commissio­nated Orders or Parties amongst them; but though, said he, I am admitted into the Ignatian Order, yet they permit no Novices, as they yet account me for some time, to ingage on any considerable En­terprises amongst them; and therefore my Province hitherto hath been no other than to carry Letters and Missions from one place to another, yet notwithstanding [Page 107] the meanness of my present Imploy, I will assure you, I have got into so much fa­vour with them, as twice to be admitted into the Great Bishop's own Cabinet, where His Viccarship has very freely dis­coursed me about matters in Albonia, and seemed to have so much confidence in my Faithfulness, that he assured me he had ordered our Provincials to put me soon after our arrival there, into some higher place of Trust, and that my ser­vices should be amply considered: I thanked His Vnholiness for his kindness (which truly in my heart I was little am­bitious of) and promised to serve him to the utmost of my abilities, and so I will, said Phileroy, if ever I get over into Al­bonia, I will serve him according to his Deserts, by discovering his Treasons to him against whom they are intended; but when will that happy time be, said I, that we shall be moving thither, Purga­tory is no comfortable place to dwell in; tho my Entertainment here (by your means) I find to be much better than I expected; you shall fare no worse than I do, said Phileroy, while we stay, how­ever I think our Stay will be no longer than to morrow, the business of the Con­sult [Page 108] being now all dispatched: And I heard the Great Bishop give order for his Galleys (and the rest of the vessels that brought us) lying in Harbour at the foot of the Mountain, to be ready against that time; Most of the Company are bound for Albonia, but disperse them­selves in several Ships, and are to land themselves in several ports of that King­dom; to avoid suspicion of their Num­bers, if any of them should happen to be discovered. But you and I (said he to me) will go together in a small Frigat with some others, old Companions of and all Albonians; some of whom I know to be true Christians, and only have mixt themselves with this rabble upon the same accounts that I do, to have as Spies to betray them, and hereafter according to their Observations to make Discovery of the Petropolitans practi­ces. We are all well known one to another, and when we can get aside together in pri­vate, we use to manage our little Consults together to Counterplot the greater; their company will be a good diversion to us in our Voyage, when we can get pri­vately into our Cabbin together; I would have you be acquainted with them, [Page 109] Philopatris, they are honest Lads I as­sure you; With all my heart replied I, I love true hearts and honest men, but did not expect there would have been any in this place besides my self, but it seems I am mistaken; certainly did His Viccar­ship know what a crue of prying Here­ticks were here, he would stay some days longer to call an Inquisition for us, and secure us for ever getting out of this place. You may be sure on't, said Phileroy; but as I have had hitherto the good luck to conceal my self from their suspicion, so we must for the future carry our selves warily to avoid it, till such time as we are arrived in Albonia.

Thus methoughts we past away our time talking and discoursing till it grew late, and our Eyes waxing heavy, we be­gan to play a game at Noddy. But Phi­leroy went and spread his pallat and quilt (the same that belonged to his Cabbin in the Ship) and so we lay down together and in a little time I fancied we fell asleep; but what strange whimsies are there in dreams; for alas I was asleep all this while, yet my fancy in this Parenthetical slum­ber ran into new fancies, dreams within dreams, like the Petropolitans Plots, [Page 110] one within another. Well, as I fancied I slept, so I fancied I waked again in the morning, and my mind being intent about our Removal, I jogged Phileroy to strike a light, that we might see to rise, which he presently did, and looking upon his Watch, found it was near Eight a Clock, whereupon we bussled up as fast as we could, and Phileroy fell to packing up his things; for we perceived by the lights set up in the great Room, and the bussling to and fro of the Company, that they were preparing to depart. After we had packt up the things, we withdrew to the little Window, where we saw a Com­pany of Sailors (who were sent for to that purpose) with burdens on their backs to carry them down to the Ships; amongst the rest that were unburthened Phileroy saw five or six jolly Albonian Sailors, that belonged to the Vessel that we were to go in, and calling out to one of them by his name, to take his parcel with him, which we together heaving down Stairs, the fellow took upon his back and went off with it, telling us we had now a mer­ry gale of Wind for Albonia. I would have had Phileroy that we should go a­long with him; but he told me he must [Page 111] stay till the rest of the Company, that were to go along with us were ready; se­veral of the Companies that we observ­ed yesterday, we saw marching off one af­ter another. I perceived they were most of them now (if not all) in Lay habits, their Monkish Vests and trumpery being sent before, trussed up in their baggage; nay, Phileroy himself had now left off his dis­guise, and put himself into an Albonian habit. I told him, he now looked like Phileroy himself, but he cautioned me not to call him by that name, which he durst not own amongst those people, but Petrophil, which was the name he had assumed, and was known by amongst the Petropolitans, to whom he knew the other name would be odious, and a danger­ous Intimation to them of what he endea­voured to conceal; I promised to observe his Direction. After this the next Com­pany that appeared, was the Grand Vic­car himself (with some harbingers before him) and his Scarlet Senate following; but they were all now (even the Bi­shop himself) in black Coats (I suppose their usual travelling habits) girt close to them. Phileroy seeing the Great Bi­shop marching along, suddenly drew up [Page 112] towards him, and I followed him at a small distance; The Viccar I perceived presently took notice of him (Phileroy making a very low Obeysance to him) and said, I see Petrophil you are prepared for your Voyage, Pray remember us to all our Friends in Albonia, and to our Rebellious Son your King, when you see him, (I imagined what kind of Re­membrance His Viccarship meant) Phi­leroy acquainted His Unholiness he would do both; the latter I am sure he did soon after to some purpose, though quite con­trary to the Great Bishop's meaning. This was all that passed betwixt them, the Viccar went on; and presently after came up the Company we waited for, that we were to go along with, with whom we joyned our selves, and marching the way we came in at, through the dark Entry, we ascended the brow of the Hill, and so down again to the Harbour, where our Vessel lay ready to take us in; we got to it by a Shallop sent out to fetch us, and being on Board, the Seamen presently hoised Sail, and having a fair Wind with us, set forward, and in a few daies came to An­chor at one of the five Ports in Albo­nia.

[Page 113]During the time of our Voyage, Phi­leroy brought me into some acquaintance with those Christian Albonians before mentioned, with whom, when we could get opportunity, we discoursed together a­bout the present affairs, and how we should do to circumvent the Designs laid against us; to which end we resolved, when we were got into Albonia, to keep together, and to have frequent meetings in order to considering of the most effectu­al ways to do it.

At our first landing upon our Native Soil, we went altogether in a company to a Tavern, to congratulate each other upon our happy arrival, but chiefly to attend our Provincial who came along with us, and to receive his Commands, where we were to wait upon him at Lon­dinopolis, (the chief place intended of our Rendevouz) in order to our Consults; which he having informed us, and an health drunk round to the good success of the Petropolitan Design, (which we, that were abhorrers to it, durst not, for that time, but pledge) we parted Com­pany, betaking our selves to our several Inns. Phileroy, my self, and our Chri­stian Country-men still keeping Compa­ny [Page 114] together, (as we had before resolved) both that night and the next, (taking up places in the Stage Coaches belonging to the Town) we journeyed together to Londinopolis, where we all desired to be, for that all our particular Concerns lay in that place.

Our Petropolitan Friends we left be­hind, some of them resolving to stay some time in the place they were in, others in­tending to travel some time about the Countries, as our Provi [...]cial (called Blanc-pain) for o [...], yet all of them de­signing to be in the [...]ty, at the time pre­fixed for the Gra [...] Consult, at which we (for I was now counted one of them) were to meet them.

Being arrived at the City (having first taken account of each others Lodgings, and agreed upon a certain place of our meeting together) we went every man to his own home, and spent some days in setling our concerns there.

But during that time, I stole so much leisure as to enquire a little at Coffee-Houses and other places of Intelligence, what news was stirring, and whether I could find any inkling of this present in­tended Plot, but could not hear any men­tion, [Page] [Page]

5 Lords Seduced by ye Iesuits

ye Grand Consult at ye white horse

Kirby Offering Oates Informations

The 2 Ruffians Attempting to kill The King

[Page 115] or discover the least Suspicion of it; we were now at Peace with all the World, dreading no Enemies abroad, and as little suspecting any at home; all was in a quiet and tranquil posture, till the arrival of these Sons of mischief and Confusion with whom in a little time (tho they walked up and down incognito) the Town swarmed. During this while Phileroy and I met of­ten privately together; for I desired not now to associate any more with my new acquaintance of the Petropolitans, lest (if discovered) it might turn to my pre­judice, and therefore avoided coming to their Consults, but received accounts from time to time by him of what was done in them; Phileroy keeping in close with them till such time as their Designs were ripe for Execution, and then he in­tended as he told me, to make his Dis­covery.

One time my Visions carried me in a melancholy posture into the Solitudes of a shady Grove, curiously cut out into Walks and Ambulets, and near adjoyning to a magnificent Building, but what the place was, or who it belonged to, I knew not; here I discovered six persons very earnest in discourse together; One of them I [Page 116] knew by his habit to be an Ignatian, the rest I supposed by the Sumptuousness of their Garb, and Titles of Honour and Respect that the other gave them, were Noblemen; after they had discoursed a while, I saw the Priest take a Book from under his Arm, which, holding out to them, they severally kissed, and something they said each of them, bu [...] what it was I could not well hear: I took this for the Ceremony of some Oath that the Ignatian imposed upon them; for [...] [...]eard him say to them very audibly, that it would be no less than Damnation to them, if they should in the least matter violate what they had promised, telling them what great Confidence the Great Bishop had in their assistance, and that they could not sacri­fice their Estates, no nor their Lives up­on a better account than the Service of the Mother-Church, nor do better Service to it, than by cutting off their Heretical King, from their Obedience to whom, they were by the Grand Viccar's Bull (lately come over) ipso facto absolved; and for their better Encouragement in­forms them how bountifully the Great Bishop had considered them by confer­ring on them several places of the greatest [Page 117] Trust and Honour, as namely, one of them (naming him and all the rest particularly) to be Lord Great Chancellor, a second Grand Cashier, the third to be General of the forces, a fourth to be Lieutenant, and a fifth to be Pay-master of the Army; for all which Places and Offices, he told them there were Commissions ready for them, remaining in the hands of their chief Advocate at Londinopolis, and so wishing them to be constant and reso­lute in their proceedings, (in so glorious an Undertaking as he called it) and not to stick at venturing their Lives and Liberties in the promoting it, the Wizzard con­cluded by giving them his Benediction; In requital of which, I saw them return him theirs, every one bestowing a handful of Gold upon him, which they told him, was but an Earnest of their future Liberality, and promising joyntly to exhaust their Revenues (if need should be) to the last pen­ny in this Service. I now (laying those passages together) imagined to what they tended, which filled me with such a rage against the Devil in a Cowle, the Ig­natian, that I had certainly fell upon him and beat him bur that the impetus of my fancy at this very time hurrying me a­way [Page 118] from their compaany, broke off my revenge, and placed me again in my own house, where I became more troubled and discontented than I was before, still long­ing to meet with Phileroy, that I might confer a little with him about these things.

And according to my Wish, the next day he sent to me to meet at a place near by, I presently went to him, and after usu­al civilities past beween us, I presently ac­quainted him with my Dream yesterday which he listned to with good attention; and then asked me if my Memory would serve to describe the several persons I saw there; I told him yes, and accordingly did as near as I could remember describe them to him; whereupon he told me that my Vision was a real thing, and that those five Persons were five Noblemen of great Estates in Albonia, and the o­ther an Ignatian, who together with some others had, in pursuance of their In­structions received at Strombolo, treat­ed with, and disposed the aforesaid Lords, both by voluntary Contributions out of their Estates, and otherwise to give in their assistances from time to time to the carrying on of the present Design: As [Page 119] they had acquainted the Provincial and other Members at their Grand Consult, which (Phileroy told me) was by ap­pointment held last night at the White Horse in le Strand, a Tavern there so called, which was the usual place of their Meetings.

—The treacherous Trojan Horse of old
Did not more Mischiefs in his Bow'ls enfold,
Than did this place.—

I was extreamly desirous to hear how things passed at this Consult, and in what posture their affairs stood. All which Phi­leroy (who carryed a continual load with­in him, and had none to unbosom him­self to but my self) did very freely and satisfactorily inform me after this manner; he told me at this Consult, there was a far greater appearance than there had been at any of the former, and that there were scarce any of any Order in Town, or any of their Agents and Instruments, who was not then present: The Provincial Blanc­pain sat there in chief, to whom the several persons ingaged in the Design, gave in particular accounts of their Actings and Proceedings: The first that did it was the man of Cole, as the Al­bonians call him, or the Great Dutchess's [Page 120] Secretary, he acquainted the Board how successfully he had engaged his Master the Great Duke to the Petropolitan Inter­est, and what an amity and Correspondence he had maintained between his said Ma­ster and Mr. le Chese Confessor to the great Franconian Monarch, and a power­ful Minister in that Court; and had so far prevailed (by his Letters) with him in the behalf of the Petropolitans here, that the said Le Chese had sent over the Sum of 10000 l. which was now lying in the Banker's hand, ready for their use and Ser­vice: And for that his great Master's Title of Succession to the Imperial Crown, (he being now suspected for a Petropoli­litan) was like to be questioned by the Grand Senate, at their now near ap­proaching Convention; he had farther by his strong and plying mediation with the aforesaid Minister, obtained from him a promise of a vast Sum of Money, out of Franconian King's Coffers, wherewith to allow Pensions and for other secret Servi­ces in Court, for to hinder the Senates sitting, or to cause their sudden breaking up when ever they should enter upon the point of the Succession: That withal if his great Masters Interest could not be se­cured [Page 121] this way, yet to hasten it another, he had not, nor should be wanting to con­sider of some way to take the King off, (the word they commonly use for the in­tended Murther of him) and should not stick to do it himself, if he could meet with a fair opportunity to do it: Besides this Narrative he pulled a packet, contain­ing Copies of the Letters that he sent to Le Chese, and those Letters that Le Chese had returned back again to him; all which he laid before the Provincial, who look­ed them over, and did as well highly ap­plaud his Services as congratulate his suc­cess in them; telling him, that the Great Bishop had been already acquainted with his Endeavours, and in recompence there­of had (besides other favours intended) by his Apostolical Pattent constituting him chief Secretary to the Apostolical State, which he would in a few days deliver to him, and in the mean while, setting aside the lesser Title of her Highness's, he was to be known by no other stile than that of His Vnholiness's Secretary.

The joy that the Secretary fell into at the hearing this blessed News (as he cal­led it) seemed less than astonishment, stand­ing for some time in a fixed posture, with [Page 122] elevated Eyes, and hands folded together like one of Medusa's Statutes, but at last recovering himself, with a profound Reverence he bowed himself with his arms cross, his breast towards the Pro­vincial, desiring him to return his hum­ble thanks to the Grand Viccar, with an assurance that (tho he did not deserve, yet) he should by all means endeavour to answer so great a Trust with the utmost hazard of his Life and Fortunes: This un­happy word was spoken truer than perhaps he was then aware of, as the Event shortly shewed.

Tolluntur in altum
Ʋt lapsu graviore ruant.
—Lift up on high
To fall into the greater Misery.

The Provincial having thus done with the Secretary, took the opportunity here, not to be unmindful of his own Services, acquainting the Board how that himself had obtained of Pedro d' Oliva, Princi­pal of the Ignatian Order at Petropo­lis, the Sum of 11000 Crowns; from Ieronimo de Corbuda 10000 l. and of the Monks of the Benedictine Order 6000 l. all which Sums he told them, were new in bank in Londinopolis, ready [Page 123] for such uses as they should be imployed for. These Services he straight ordered the Secretary, as an hansel of his Office, to be entred into Registry kept for such purposes; I stood amazed to hear of such prodigious Sums to be already got in, be­sides what was after expected. But Phi­leroy told me that all this was nothing, and might be counted but as their running cash, or spending Money, they having al­ready far greater Stocks in Albonia than these came to; as namely, one single Or­der amongst them of the Ignatians had, by Advocate Horne's procurement, Lands settled in Trust for their use in several Provinces in Albonia, to the value at least of 60000 l. per annum, besides a Stock growing at Interest of at least 100000 l. you may think (said Phileroy) that they should not know how to imploy so vast a Revenue; but if you could con­sider (besides what is necessary for main­tenance of their numerous selves) the charges of their Consults, sending away dispatches, buying up of Arms and Am­munition (whereof they intend to have great Stores and Magazins (concealed) in several Counties) the allowing of Pensions, besides excessive Rewards (for they re­solve [Page 124] not to be sparing) to such as shall perform any signal or desperate Services for them. I say, lay all these together and it will abate your Wonder. I was very well pleased to hear from Phileroy, that the Petropolitans were so rich and able, hoping in time when they should come to be discovered; Our King himself would be never the worse for it; very likely so, said Phileroy. But to proceed in my Narrative, as this was a general Consult, so the principal Design of it was to consider of a speedy way of cutting off the King, whose sacred life (which God long continue) they looked upon as the greatest Remora to their Designs; several persons came and offered to be employed in it; They refused none, but took them in all, that they might make sure Work on't, and though they laid their Designs several wayes, yet they, whose Designs took first, were likely to be best rewarded; yet eve­ry one had a round Sum propounded for his Encouragement.

The first that came up and offered his Service on this Design, was the Devil's Drugster the old Phisitian that we saw at Strombolo, who having, as I there told you, by the means of some great Pe­tropolitan [Page 125] Friends, crept into so much favour as to be attendant to the Royal Consort had so much the fairer opportu­nity of perpetrating his Designs; The dose of consecrated poison, that we saw the Great Bishop deliver to him at Strom­bolo, was the Instrument he chose for the dispatch of his Treason, as most suitable to his faculty; but for the dose of Gold then also given, he esteemed that but a re­taining Fee, he resolved he would not ven­ture his Neck for nothing, but stood gaping as he used to do over his sick Patients after he had dispatched his Recipe's, expecting the Proposal. The Provincial proposed 15000 l. (too great a Reward for a Traitor, but too little a price to value the life of such a King at) part of which was to be paid him down by the Provin­cial of Londinopolis, and the other to be likewise paid him when the Design was perfected. Whether he liked the proffer I know not, but I suppose he did; for having withdrawn from the Board with a low Obeysance, he promised to be care­ful; after he was withdrawn came up three persons two of them in Priests ha­bits, the other in a Lay one: One of these Priests was to contrive the way and [Page 126] Method of the Design, the other two were to execute it, and the way then pro­posed, was that they should take some op­portunity of the King's walking private­ly in his Royal Park, and then to shoot him, to which purpose they had each of them a Pistol delivered to them, with silver Bullets (forsooth) because they were to soak in Royal Blood (which God grant they never may.) These Pistols, being made of a length more than ordinary, that they might do Execution the further, were first consecrated by the Provincial in the name of the Oreat Bishop, the Rewards proposed to them for this Ser­vice, was to one of them (being the Lay­man) the Sum of 1500 l. to the other, be­ing a Priest, 30000 Missals, which at 12 d. a Mass (the usual rate of that Commodi­ty) amounts to the like Sum. After these came up four rude, ruffianly, hectoring Blades, I understand they were Tories or Inhabitants of Bogland, their very looks spoke Death and Terror, fit Instru­ments for such a purpose; these boldly bussling up to the Board, offering their Services, that they four, or some of them should shoot the King at one of his Coun­try Pallaces Westward, where he was [Page 127] then retired, as soon as they could find an opportunity fair to do it; their Motion was presently accepted, but what rewards were agreed upon I could not well under­stand; being withdrawn to the other end of the Room, they stayed not long, but they withdrew also with a Complement, but at a huffing rate, with their hands up­on their Swords, as if they had been present­ly going about the Execution of the De­sign. After a little space, all the afore­said Undertakers were called up again to­gether to receive the Provincial's Bles­sing, but indeed to take the Oath of Se­crecy, an old, but cunning Invention of the Petropolitans, to oblige underta­kers to the most obstinate silence; this Oath was made Penal with Imprecations of no less than Hell and Damnation to the Violators of it. This Oath they seve­rally took, by repeating the words of it, and then kissing the Book they were swore by.

This was the sacred Padlock wherewith they
Lockt up the Mouths of those they did employ,
Fill'd with a Curse, which if it should flie ope,
Was to afflict them, tho they scap'd the Rope.

[Page 128]But this was not all, they were for far­ther Confirmation, severally to receive the Sacrament upon it at the hands of their Priests or Confessors, before they went about their Enterprise, sure bind, sure find, said the Provincial, but thought I with my self, as the Devil here binds, so I hope God will unbind, and loosen their cursed Intrigues: This was the effect of this damned Consult: there were other matters of less moment then dispatched, which I will not now trouble you with, it being now late; so we fell to some other chat a little, and then took leave one of another: Phile­roy appointing a short time after to meet me again, and to acquaint me further.

CHAP. V.

Phileroy's Proceedings about making a Dis­covery. The Grand Cashier's practises to stifle it. The Petropolitans Practices to seduce the People under several religi­ous Disguises.

ACcording to this Appointment I met him a few daies after at our usual place of Meeting, and having conferred notes a little of what we had observed since we came to Town. I told him my Thoughts (which I knew was agreeable enough to his mind) concerning a Disco­very. He told me (with a look much more troubled than ever I had seen him with before) that while this horrid Con­spiracy against his Prince and Country lay concealed in his bosom, he carried a fire within him much more hot than the place we came from; but for him at that time to attempt a Discovery, being a stranger at Court, and knowing no great [Page 130] Person there, whose acquaintance should be a means of his Introduction, and give Credit to his Testimony, he thought would be altogether in vain; and besides the Pe­tropolitan party being now all in Town that knew him, should he attempt a Dis­covery before he had got some protection from the higher Powers for his security, he should be in continual danger to have his Life and Evidence taken off together. But withal he told me he would acquaint me with a secret, which he had never yet revealed to me or any one, which was, That the Provincial Blanc-pain had en­joyned him to murther an eminent Albo­nian Divine one Dr. Tongus, who had lately put forth a Book, called, the Igna­tians Morals, a Book so palpably de­tecting the Villanies of that Party, that in revenge thereof they had engaged him to that barbarous service of cutting him off. But, said Phileroy, I have considered with my self, that taking hold of this Thread, I might possibly unravel the whole bottom of their Designs; and therefore I have purposed to go forthwith to the Doctor, and first to acquaint him with the Mischief intended against himself, and then to inform him of the Plot in gene­ral [Page 131] (in its various Contrivances) against the King and Kingdom; to which end I have drawn up a Paper consisting of forty three Articles, and containing the general heads of my Discovery, which I intend to deliver to him, and withal to engage his assistance (being a person of so much Note and Eminency) to get it preferred to (him whom it most concerns) the King himself, with a Promise to appear my self to justifie it, when ever I shall be thereto required.

This project of Phileroy's did exceed­ingly well please me, wishing him without delay to proceed upon it, and withal to give me an account of the Result at our next Meeting.

Which accordingly he did, for then looking with a more gay and pleasant Countenance than before, he told me mer­rily that he had been at Confession; but said he, it was to a Christian and not a Petropolitan, tho I wish I may not come to be pennanced by them for so do­ing.

In fine, he acquainted me how that he had been with the Doctor, and made his Discoveries to him, not only of the Con­spiracy against himself, but that against the [Page 132] King and Kingdom, both which he ac­cepted very kindly; and as for the latter (as a loyal Subject concerned for the safe­ty of his Prince) he had ingaged a Noble Collonel (a Person great at Court) to de­liver the Articles into the King's own hand) which he accordingly did, taking a fit opportunity for his purpose, as the King was for his Recreation walking in his Park. And His Majesty received the same very graciously from him, and af­terwards at his return from his Walk, vouchsaft to hear him more particulary of the Treason intended against him, as also an account of the Traitors themselves, their Names and Characters. But being more secure in his own Innocency, than aware of the danger threatned him, and being to go the next day to one of his Royal Pallaces in the Country, told him he would leave the Papers in the hands of his Oreat Cashier, and ordered the Col­lonel to attend him, that he might put him in mind of them, a Person whom he said he could confide in, but one that has since proved himself too much a friend to his Enemies, but not so much a friend to his Master, as the Duty of his Place, be­sides the Rewards of it should have ob­liged [Page 133] him to have been, especially in an Affair of this Nature, wherein no less than the Life of his Soveraign was concern­ed. For, said Phileroy, altho for the more clear evidencing of the Design, it was offered him to produce the very Per­sons that should perpretrate the intended Murther (with their Weapons and Instru­ments of Death about them) in such time as the King should happen to take a Walk next in the aforesaid Park, and although farther the Collonel acquainted him with a means how to seise the Letters of their Cor­respondents, which might give a further light to the Discovery, yet all these op­portunities were slighted or neglected by him: Neither would he permit any access to him by the Discoveror, to give in his farther Information; bur put him off with delays from time to time, and hard­ly any notice taken of this important af­fair; so that the Progress of our Disco­very being retarded thus by one that ap­pears so much a friend to the Petropo­litans, we are in danger of being Disco­vered our selves before we can make out our Discovery against them.

I was much dampt to hear that the De­sign should be thus slighted by a man in [Page 134] Power, and so near to the Prince's Per­son, as the grand Cashier (by his place) was; and withal I feared by this Instance, that the treacherous Petropolitans had corrupted more such men as he was, and by Bribes, or otherwise, drawn them over to their Interest; and, said I, if they have gained this point of us, to infeeble those that should be the Supporters of our State, and to render them defenceless to us, we may well give over stirring and leave them to play out their game; for who shall hinder them?

That will I (replied Phileroy bravely) so long as I am sure the main Pillar of all stands fast, and unshaken: I mean His Majesty, to whom I am resolved, seeing I can have no better success with his Mi­nister, to go my self as soon as ever I can find means of access to his presence, and give in my Informations my self to him, and leave it to his own Royal Breast to con­sider of his own and his Kingdoms dan­ger; I very well approved of his Resolve, and encouraged him by all means to pro­ceed and to leave no means unattempted till he had perfected his Discovery. After a little more chat passed concerning this and other matters, we broke up for this [Page 135] time, leaving the rest to our next Meet­ing.

During which time, our Petropoli­tan Friends swarmed about the Town; for I met with one or other of them very often as I walked in the Streets, and not­withstanding their various disguises, I knew them by their faces to be the same persons that came over with us from Strombolo. One of them (that I knew to be a Priest) I saw go huffing along in an Hectorian Garb, Hat buttoned up, a long Periwig, and a Rapier by his side, I avoided taking notice of him for that time; but the next Sunday in the morn­ing, going by an Anabaptist Meeting, I looked in, and saw my Gentleman again in another Garb, being new cast into a reli­gious Form, a short black Cloak, black Cap, and prickt Ears (the ambuscading Periwig being now laid aside) little Collar Band, and other precise accoutrements, and having got into the Speaking-place or Pulpit, he was thus with great vehemence and earnestness preaching to the unwary people. This was a Seminarian or Sow­er; and I perceived by this Instance, how close they kept to their Instructions. I [Page 136] stayed not long to hear his Discourse, which all tended to Sedition, and to incense his auditors against the Government, but withdrew to the next neighbouring Church, where I heard something more profitable: Not long after upon a week­day, I happened to go by a meeting of the Enlightened men, as they call them­selves, or Quakers, as we call them, where my curiosity again leading me in amongst them, I observed another of our Strombolians, a Seminary, that was perkt up, and holding forth, as they usu­ally do, with an obstreperous noise, and excessive bawling, stretching his Jaws and distorting his Looks with such uncouth postures, that Strombolo itself could not afford a more ugly Visage; he was in a plain, and untrimmed coloured Suit, after the guise of that whimsical People, who place more Superstition in holding to their own litle Singularities, in being con­trary to other men in their Garb and Speaking, than any they can find in those they most condemn for it.

But good Lord! what a farce of ridi­cule and Nonsense did I hear from the Mouth of this cunning Impostor, who had so well learned their way of Cant, [Page 137] that he could artificially dissemble his Reason, and speak without it as well as they themselves: All that his extravagant bawling tended to, was no other than to inform them of the miserable Persecu­tion that their dear Brethren of the Light had suffered, and were like to suffer from the Priests and men of this World, such as have denied the Truth and walk in Darkness; but the time of Vengeance was now come, yea, Iudg­ment was at the very door, the Decree was past, the Nations should be judg'd, and the Powers of the World should be shaken, and then the Saints should be all of one Heart and one Way; with abundance of other such nonsensical Stuff, whose Coherencies were like Ropes of twisted Sand, without any cohesion: But these were the Seeds (Seditions e­nough) that this subtle Seminary sowed in the impressible heads of this bigotted party, who were ready enough to take any Impressions of this Nature. I tired my self for about a quarter of an hour in hearing his Harangue, and then drew off to follow my occasions. But the next day happening to go again that way, in a little Ally, hard by the aforesaid Meeting-place, [Page 138] whom should I see in a little Coblers Stall, but the aforesaid Speaking man of Light, mending of Shoes; I knew him again exactly, and had a great desire to have a little private Conference with him, which to accomplish the better, I with­drew to a door near by, and loosening the Heel of my Shoe, by knocking it against the Grunsel, I went to the next Alehouse and sent it to the said Coblers to mend, and to bring it thither to me, which in a little time he accordingly did, and I paid him for his work: And now being alone in a room by our selves, I caused him to sit down and drink with me, and then fell to question him after this manner: I ask­ed him if he was not a Quaker? he told me he was one of those whom the men of the World in scorn called so; and whe­ther he did not yesterday preach to his Brethren? he told me he did then speak to them the words of Truth and So­berness as the Spirit moved him; Come, come, said I, (resolving to be plain with him) you are no Quaker but a Priest, and a Petropolitan, I know you well e­nough. 'Tis unexpressible what a strange damp and confusion these words of mine put him into, as appeared by the sudden [Page 139] alteration in his Countenance, notwith­standing he began stoutly, and with some shew of abhorrency, to deny it, till I told him it was a folly for him so to do, having my self seen him at the Consult at Strombolo, and come over with him from thence in the same Vessel; which upon better observing of me, he confes­sed to be true, as knowing me by the Companionship I had with Phileroy in that Voyage; whereupon taking a little more heart of Grace, as thinking he had met with a Petropolitan; He enquires of me whether I was of the same Order with Phileroy; which (not being willing at this time to be known what I was) I told him I was, whereupon my new mo­del'd man of Light began to be more free and open with me, telling me the reason of his Undertaking: That he was before his entring into the Order of Priesthood, by profession, a Shoe-ma­ker, and that (the better to disguise him­self) in the management of his part in this grand affair, which he presumed, was well enough known to me, he had taken upon him now (since his return over) the Imployment of a Translator (or a Shoe­maker translated) which being generally a [Page 140] sociable faculty, and none more talkative over their Cups than they are, he had thereby opportunity to insinuate himself into the good opinion of the Vulgar, es­pecially the Enlightened herd, whose company he mostly used so far, that for his pretended Zeal to the humours of that idle Faction, he was soon admitted a Member, and quickly after a Teacher in their phrentick Meetings, and thereby got into great Esteem amongst them, and questioned not but by this means, he should win over many of them to the Pe­tropolitan Interest; of which his Service in this particular Agency, he intended to give the Provincial a satisfactory ac­count at the next Consult. I asked him when that would be; he told me the time and place, and I promised him then and there to meet him, wishing him in the mean while (but very feignedly) good suc­cess in his Undertakings, and so after a draught or two to our better acquaintance, my Gentle-craftsman and I for this time parted, he again to his stall, and I to my business.

Thus to conceal his cloven Foot
The Devil will draw on a Boot;
[Page 141]And thus to hide him from our sight
The Jesuit turns Man of Light;
Friends, mind the Light, (cries he) and whilst they stare
To see where 'tis, they drop into his Snare.

I was methoughts passionately desirous all this while to hear from Phileroy, what further Progress he had made in his Disco­very: At the time appointed therefore I went with much eagerness to meet him at the usual place; I happened to be there first, but he was not long after me, bring­ing along with him a grave comely Per­son in the habit of a Divine; and this it seems (as Phileroy told me) was Doctor Tongus, whom he had brought along with him at that time, to begin an ac­quaintance betwixt him and me, I thank­ed him for doing me so great an honour, so I applied my self to the Doctor, and after mutual Salutations passed betwixt us, I askt him pleasantly how he durst trust himself so freely in the company of his Murtherer: (meaning Phileroy) He answered me a­gain as pleasantly, That he took him ra­ther for a Cheat than a Murtherer; for that he had cheated the Petropolitans of their expectations of a Revenge upon him, and that if he ever went upon the [Page 142] killing account, he hoped it would be to murther that cursed Plot they had then on foot, and to bring that Blood which they designed to draw from others upon their own heads. But, said the Doctor, (smiling) your friend Phileroy has been paid for his Service already, tho his work be unfinisht. Ay, says Phileroy, that I have, but I will see them all hang­ed before I will work any longer for them for such Pay: I seeing this Passage to be managed pleasantly on both sides, desired to know the Mystery of it, which Phi­leroy presently resolved me in this manner. The payment, says he, that the Doctor means, I received from the hands of our Provincial Blanc-pain, who having some Information from the Great Duke's Confessor, that two persons, the one in such a kind of Habit as I now wear, (which was the noble Collonel I formerly men­tioned) the other a Minister (the Doctor here present) had been with the King to make a Discovery of their Designs, con­cluded that I must needs be one of them, and so without any farther examination of the truth of it, the old Rogue in a great rage fell upon me & beat me; he knew that as he was my Superior, I was bound to take my [Page 143] Pennance with Submission, and I durst not at that time do otherwise, else, rathe [...] than to be so abused by a Religious Monkey, I should have cuffed his trea­sonable Soul out of its rotten Inclosure, and rather ventured to be so hanged for him, than to be hanged for serving him; so I spared him as a reserve for the worse punishment. After he had thus pen­nanced me, and his anger began to cool a little, I got liberty to speak for my self, and then I told him that he was wrongfully possest against me; for that I never was with the King since my coming over into Albonia, which I affirmed to him (as truly I might) with many solemn Protesta­tions: The Provincial knew we had no Dispensation to lye or equivocate a­mongst our selves, though we might do it with Hereticks, and so seemed to be sa­tisfied with my Vindication, and after an unjust Pennance gave me his Absolution, only as a further trial of my fastness to them I was to prepare my self for a sudden Voyage beyond Seas, where I was to ne­gotiate some special business for them.

An account of these Passages betwixt the Provincial and me I presently gave in to the Doctor and the noble Collonel, [Page 144] who thereupon perceiving that our De­signs of a Discovery had taken scent a­mongst them, concluded that without far­ther delay we must with all Vigour pro­ceed in the Undertaking; and to that pur­pose the Collonel resolved the next day to take a journey into the Country to the King, and the Doctor in the mean while was to get his Informations sworn be­fore some Magistrate, to render them more authentique when they should come to be examined by Authority; pursuant to which Resolves, the Doctor soon after went before one Sir Edmond, a worthy Magistrate, and true friend to the King and Christian Interest, before whom he took his Oath of the truth of his Infor­mation, as they were contained in Papers there shewed to the Iustice, but without permitting him to read over the particu­lars, but that in general they contained matters of Treason and other high Crimes, and that His Majesty had al­ready Copies of them: In the mean while the Collonel attending at the Court, found that the great Duke's Confessor had, by some prepossessions to take off the credit of our Informations, obstructed his way so that after two days waiting he could not [Page 145] obtain audience; whereupon he repaired to the Grand Cashier, and acquainted him that the Original Informant was now discovered, having been beaten out of their service by one of the Petropolitan Supe­riours. This account his Greatness seem­ed to be well pleased with, yet put him off then, and so delayed him from time to time, that he could never get to speak with him, but was forced with these dis­couragements, after a long attendance, to return back again to Londinopolis.

During these transactions of the Collo­nel and the Doctors, I was forced to hold on my Correspondencies with my Ignatian Brethren, whom I durst not quite fall off from, till our Discovery had got so much credit as to afford me a Pro­tection against their malice.

And this that I so much desired, was soon after by a strange accident (I questi­on not but ordered by Providence, as well for the preservation of the Kingdom as my self) effectually brought to pass; for being one day at the Provincials house, where several Ignatians were attending to receive their Orders, I was standing without the Door, and heard them dis­coursing together about disposing of a Per­son, [Page 146] whom they designed to take off; some of their Expressions were these: [This man has betrayed us, we will give 20 l. to a Coach man to take him up, who by by-wayes shall carry him to one of the five Ports, and when we have got him beyond Sea, we will force him by tortures to confess who had been with the King and informed him of the business] I presently imagin­ed (especially having been so lately under the suspicion of the Provincial himself) who it was they intended, and therefore thought it high time to break off from them, and to go on with my Discovery, seeing I was my self discovered, and in dan­ger of being made away by them; where­fore concluding it was not safe for me to stay longer there, I pulled off my Shoes, that I might make no noise in my retreat, and softly crept down stairs, and got clear out of Doors; glad was I to be thus de­livered out of the hands of my treacher­ous Companions, but durst not for that night go home to my Lodging, which was too well known to them, but concealed my self at another place. The next night I ventured, when it was something late, to go to my old Lodging to fetch some [Page 147] necessaries that I wanted; but the mis­chievous Varlets had so way-laid me, that I was set upon by one of them before I got thither, and had certainly been mur­thered, had not Providence sent in some persons timely to my rescue, by whose kind assistance I did for that time get clear of my blood-thirsty Enemies, and resolv­ing now wholly to quit my old Lodging, I repaired to the Pegasus in the Royal Ville, where I met my trusty Friends, the Doctor and the noble Collonel, and by their persuasions (for my better con­cealment) took up my quarters for some time in that place.

CHAP. VI.

The Doctor and Phileroy make their Discovery to the King and Council, and are taken into the King's Protection; The Author's Vision of the Murther of Sir Ed­mond; Another of the Grand Senates Sitting. The Author meets Phileroy with some Priests that he had seized. Phi­leroy gives him an account of his seizing [Page 148] the Physician, and his Examination be­fore the Council; the Secretary seized and examined. Phileroy gives the Author a full account of Sir Edmonds Murther, and the Practices of the Petropolitans to conceal it. The Murther stangely disco­vered.

IMpatient we were all now to have this great affair dispatched, and many at­tendances made upon the Grand Cashier to give in such farther Informations, as we had prepared to that purpose, but with no success till the other night we received a Summons by one of His Greatness's Servants, to appear jointly before the Royal Council, in order to which having got our several Informations with Co­pies of them fairly drawn up, we went be­fore the worthy Magistrate that took our first, and swore to them before him, and at his request (having had none of them before) we left one Copy of the said Informations with him.

It was his Loyaly that did him move
To have th' account of this damn'd Mystery
But little thought the keeping them would prov [...]
The Occasion of his future Tragedy.

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Execution of a Traytor

Reading standin in The Pillory.

[...] [Page] [Page 151] petus of my imagination, carryed some di­stance into the fields adjoyning to the North parts of the City, in a dark and gloomy night; but Extasied persons (like Cats) see as well by night as day, and the shades of darkness hinders not their in­lightened Fancies from making their Discoveries; I drew near (in my Vision) to a little Hill much frequented by the Citizens in the Summer season, which takes its name from a sort of Flowers that grow up there in great abundance; and falling into a little Road that led to it, I perceived a person on horse-back Riding a slow foot-pace, with three or four men walking after him; the Horse-man held up in his Arms, a Tall Man in black Cloaths, who was seated before him, with his Legs hanging down on each side the Horse; but to my apprehension they strutted out as stiff as the wooden Legs of a Cripple, without any bendings, and the rest of his body as free from motion as his Legs; he seemed to me more like a Lar­va or Spectrum, than a living creature; I knew not what to make of this Vision; but by and by I heard one of the Foot­men that followed crying out to him on Horse-back, to Have a care of the Dead [Page 152] Man, that be did not make his escape from him. I imagined by this Expression laid together with what I observed be­fore, that this was indeed a Dead Man, that had been lately murther'd by these fellows; and that they were carrying him to some private place to bury him, so to avoid suspicion of his being murther'd. To resolve my self of which, I went after them to a place on the aforesaid Hill where they all staid; and taking down the dead Car­kass, they laid it in a little Ditch, near to a Common Path that led that way, and then one of them drawing a Sword, that he carried in his hand out of the Scab­bard, I saw him run it thorow the dead person, leaving it sticking in his Body, but no blood followed the wound that I could perceive, by which I concluded that he was indeed dead, and that this last was not the mortal thrust, but given upon some other design; but what that was I could not guess: I perceived moreover that they took the Scabbard belonging to the Sword, and the Gloves of the Mur­thered Person, and laid them together up­on the bank of the Ditch, just by him; which having done, they all marched off together the same way they came: One [Page 153] of them saying as they went [I wish we had an hundred such Rogues as secure as we have this.] I could not yet tell what to make of these passages, but imagined it to be some notorious piece of Villany, which time would hereafter bring to light; but I was not my self for the present able to do it; upon their de­parture, my Visions carried me through unknown Tracts in the Air back to my Lodging, where I had now a new Subject for my musing Thoughts to work upon.

The Town appeared to me now like a Swarm of Bees; its Inhabitants in swarms hurrying and humming up and down, having their peaceful Repose di­sturbed by the breaking out of this Dis­covery of a Plot, which filled all things with noise, tumult and distraction.

In these Extasies I seemed one time to be transported into the most glori­ous place that ever mine Eyes be­held; it was a spacious Room, hung round with rich Tapestry, at the upper end of which, upon a stately Throne was seated Our Great Albonian Monarch in his Royal Robes, and the Imperial Crown encircling his sacred brows, which rendred his presence very august and aw­ful; [Page 154] round about him on both sides were seated an illustrious company of Gran­dees, in most magnificent Robes, with Coronets on their heads, which I conclud­ed was the Peerage of the Realm; and this to be the Vpper Order of the Great Senate or Assembly of Estates convened in this place, amongst whom all things re­lating to the Interest of King and King­dom, are first judiciously consulted, and then such Votes, Orders and Acts pas­sed thereupon, as they think needful to the purpose.

At the Bar, at the lower end of the House, whom should I see standing but my friend Phileroy, who I perceived was now upon his Examination before that Great Assembly concerning the matters of his Examination given in to the King; I was glad to see things brought to this ripeness, that now not only the King, but Nation too (the Peo­ple whereof were representatively includ­ed in this great Assembly) should be ac­quainted with this Hellish Conspiracy, and that it now lay before them whose united Wisdoms could not fail finding out the Miste­ries of it, & their powers as well serve them to make provisions against the Autho [...]s of [Page 155] the Design. Methoughts I lift up my heart in a hearty prayer for a blessing up­on their proceedings, and here my Vision terminated in a strange transport of joy and admiration, upon the consideration of the Divine goodness so evidently ap­pearing in these hopeful beginnings.

Some time after methought I was walk­ing about the West parts of the City, where I met with a crew of Matchmen and Souldiers that guarded along three or four persons, whose dejected looks well enough shewed what their Condition was; One of them (looking wistly in his face) I knew to be a Petropolitan Priest, one of those that came over with us from Strombolo. I was glad to see these Beasts of prey to be taken in our Toils; but did not presently understand who it was that chased them thither, till hearing a voice behind me crying out, look well to your Pri­soner. I looked back and saw one follow­ing them drest after the Mode of the Al­bonian Clergy and followed at a small distance by a party of the Royal Guards, observing him more wistly, I knew him to be Phileroy, I did not so much won­der at his Divinity Habit, as knowing he had Title to it by those sacred Orders [Page 156] which he had taken up in Albonia before he fell in with the Petropolitans; the Guards I imagined were those allowed him for his defence in those dangerous Ser­vices; notwithstanding his hast and busi­ness, I could not forbear speaking to him, but his hast would not permit him to parly with me, only taking me by the hand he whispered me in the Ear, that he would meet in the Evening at the usual place, and treat me with a feast of Wonders. I expected indeed, having not had his com­pany a considerable time since, to be now extraordinarily treated with accounts of things which I perceived began to work now very briskly; so with much seeming impatience, and with a world of fancies, that like Atoms flutter'd up and down in my heated brains, I dreamed away the time till Evening, and then posted to the place where I was to meet with Phi­leroy.

He had got thither (luckily) before me, and I found him with his Royal Guard of Partizans about him, and a Bottle of Wine upon the Table, which after I had saluted the Company, we drank about, Phileroy being pleased at that time (tho a thing not usual with him) to begin an [Page 157] health which was to the Preservation of His Majesties Royal Person and Go­vernment against the Plots of the Pe­tropolitans. This Health was eccho'd with hearty Amens, and as chearfully pledged by all the Company, amongst whom it went round, and was lastly pledg­ed by my self; after which Phileroy ta­king me by the hand, told his Guards that he had some private business for which he must withdraw from them for a little time into the next Room, bidding them in the mean time to make much of themselves, so we withdrew together; and being by our selves, Phileroy told me, that to make good his word to me, he had with much difficulty got loose from his business, which said he, at this time lies very hard upon me; for having made my Discovery to the King and his Councils, they have ordered me to pursue the Chase of these Petropolitan Vermin till I have brought them into their Toils, and so to the Tribunals of Iustice to receive the Reward of their Treasons; and when you met me in the morning, I had been upon the hunt, and seised one crafty old Fox (a Priest) in his kennel, together with two other Petropolitans, [Page 158] whom I carryed before the Council, and having proved my charge against them, they were by Order of that Sacred Board committed to the Den of Thieves, the fittest receptacle for such Cattle. But to proceed in my Narrative of the State of things since we were last together, I then told you that upon my Discovery the King was graciously pleased to allow me a Guard for my de­fence (as you see I am now attended with) otherwise it had been impossible for me to have ventured upon discovering of the traiterous gang (which was the province I was now enjoyned to) without apparent danger to my own Life; yet being thus guarded, and as well defended within by my own Innocency, I have made many bold Sallies into the retreats of my ab­jured Friends, but now revengeful Ene­mies, and have not left till I have left them in the hands of Justice. The first I seised were some of my old Companions of the Ignatian Order; they called me Achitophel, Iudas, Renegade, Apo­stat [...], and what not; I gave them leave to speak their Will, it being the Priviledge of losers, as I saw plainly they were like to be in this Bargain: After these proceed­ings [Page 159] according to the Method of my In­formations, I went on with the rest in Or­der; the next being the Physitian before mentioned, I got a Summons from the Privy Council for him to appear before that Board, where I justified my charge against him of his Undertaking to poison the King, and did prove it by a Letter under the hand of Provincial Blanc­pain to one of the Confederates, that he had, for the Reward of 15000 l. under­taken to do it, and that 5000 l. of the said Mony had been already paid him (as an earnest) by the Secretary; The Defence he made for himself was nothing to the purpose, or any denial of the fact, but on­ly an insolent kind of boasting of his Loy­alty to the King, expressed in some for­mer Services done by him; what those Services were I knew not, but what the present Service was I knew so well, that I hoped he would be rewarded according to his deserts; however for that time he got off impune, but some littte time after was taken into Custody, and committed Prisoner to the Den of Thieves, a­mongst the rest of his Companions.

Next after him, I proceeded against the Petropolitan Secretary (the chief [Page 160] Engineer in this Plot) and having got an Order to search his house, we seized on some of his Papers, and brought them to the Council, before whom (hear­ing there was a Warrant out against him) he voluntarily appeared, and bore the brunt of the Articles I charged against him with a true Petropolitan Courage, that is, with impudence and slighting. How­ever the Council thought fit to deliver him into the hands of the Lictors, and af­terwards ordered him to the Den of Thieves; some farther Discovery being made of other of his Papers of a very dan­gerous Consequence, the consideration whereof was left to a Committee of Lords appointed for that purpose.

Then I proceeded against the Petropo­litan Advocate, whom I caused to be ap­prehended and imprisoned with the rest.

The Petroplitans perceiving me so active in my Discoveries, and yet that I was but one single Witness (which is an Evidence too little in Law to convict in cases of Treason) began to grow insolent, and to brazen it out with Lyes and Fals­hoods vouched (by some powerful Friends, that they had got in to their In­terest) that there were no Plot on foot; or [Page 161] if there were, it was not theirs, but ra­ther the Dissenting Christians; nay, to strengthen their design, they wanted not some of the Christian party themselves (men unworthy that Title) that counting it a piece of Gentility to be singular in their fancies, spared not their Endeavours to elude the belief of it, by turning the whole truth thereof into jest and ridicule: Notwithstanding which, their Artifices to conceal their Designs, it pleased God so to order it, that in a little time they dis­covered themselves in a piece of Villany of undeniable proof against them,

For their Actings being influenced, as well by Revenge as Interest, they con­trived now how to wreak their spight upon that worthy Magistrate, that received our Informations, and took our Oaths upon them, whose life they resolved should now pay for that Service.

To which end having way-laid him se­veral dayes together by some of their par­ty, whom they had confederated to that purpose, they dog'd him (that day they acted their Tragedy upon him) from place to place, from Morning till Night, till they had fixt him at a certain place near the Queens Pallace, where their Con­federates [Page 162] were, and where they designed to dispatch him, and then went to prepare their fellows for the bloody Undertaking against he should (as he must of necessity) come by that way. They had so laid their Design, that one of them, being a Priest, and another should begin a Quarrel, just as notice should be given that the Iustice was coming by, as a means to draw him down to them, which Design of theirs accordingly took effect; for the Rogue that watched for him at the Gate leading down to the Queens Stables seeing Sir Edmond coming, presently dispatched notice to the other two to begin their pre­tended Fray, and that being himself well known to the Iustice (as having frequent­ed his House some time on purpose to find an opportunity to mischief him) he confi­dently went up to him, and telling him there were two Persons in the Yard be­low that had begun a quarrel, and he was afraid, if they were not suddenly part­ed, would murther one another; and therefore earnestly desired him to go down to them, supposing his presence, as a Magistrate, would cause them to leave off. Sir Edmond was loth to engage him­self in the business, it being not so proper [Page 163] for him, as a Justice, to intermeddle with Frays, as to punish them, besides the lateness of the night (he being an orderly person and keeping good hours at home) might have excused him from so trouble­som an Office; notwithstanding all which he was overcome by the importunity of this Ruffian, to walk along with him to the place where the Fray was, which was near to the rails over against the Queens Stables, and a kind of scuffle was there in Mockery made a shew of, but no sooner did the innocent Gentle­man begin to interpose his Authority to part them; but the Scene was presently altered, and that rage and Fury that they pretended against each other, was now turned upon him; these two together, with that villanous Iudas that betray­ed him to them, and another of their Com-rogues falling altogether upon him, got him down upon the Ground, and ta­king a Neckcloath or Cravat that he wore about him, and twisting it about his Neck, they pulled the Ends thereof so hard, that they soon throatled him, and by that means, and some other violences they used towards him, they deprived him of Life, and left him a senseless Car­cass [Page 164] prostrate at their murderous feet: The News of this Tragedy was not pre­sently known; but being missed two or three days without any tidings come to his house of him, it was concluded by all that knew how zealous and concerned he was against the Petropolitan Plotters, that they had by some means or other murthered him; for the better Discove­ry of which, the King himself, as well out of a Princely abhorrency of such an horrid Fact, as the affection he had to this worthy Magistrate for the services he had done him, caused his Royal Pro­clamation to be issued out, commanding a strict search and enquiry to be made about it, and promised a great Reward to any that should discover the murther (if any were) besides a Pardon to the Dis­coverer, if concerned in it.

This Alarm netled the Petropolitans to some purpose, and put them to their old shifts of Evasion and dissimulation; so that now they spread reports about the Town, that Sir Edmond was gone a jour­ney into some remote Country, to be married to a great Lady, and took the confidence to name her.

But it pleased God (who seldom (if ever) [Page 165] leaves Murthers undiscovered, or un­punished) in a little time to reveal the Mystery of this Villany to the World; for not long after the fact two or three persons walking over the fields upon the Northside of the City, near to a certain Hill there, well known to, and frequented by the Towns men, they discovered lying in a Ditch, the Body of a man, habited like a Gentleman or Schollar in black cloaths, his Perriwig, Gloves, and Scab­bard of his Sword lying upon the bank by him, and a Sword run through his Body, but without any blood appearing; sur­prized at this tragical Sight, and know­ing it was fit there should be a legal En­quiry made into the causes of it, they found out an Officer of the Peace whom they brought to the place, and from thence conveyed by them to another place, where the Body might be more conveni­ently viewed by those that came to see it.

It is remarkable that his Rings, Watch, and some Moneys both Gold and Silver were found in his Pockets, which should evidence that he was not murthered by Thieves or Robbers, but that it was done either out of revenge by some others, or in discontent by himself.

[Page 166]The Petropolitans as well to excuse themselves, as out of a farther Revenge to him, by taking away his Good-name as they had done his Life, would have fixt it upon the latter, and to that end they had left his own Sword sticking in his Body, but without any Blood appear­ing to be let out by it; nor did they spare to confirm this suspicion with reports a­bout the Town, that Sir Edmond being a melancholy man, had in a fit of Dis­content acted this Murther upon him­self.

But it pleased God upon this Discovery of his Body, to bring things so about, that in a short time both his Innocency was cleared, and their Villany detected.

The rumour of this Murther being quickly spread about the Town, drew ma­ny people to the place, out of curiosity, to see the murthered Body, of whom se­veral of them that were acquainted with him in his life time, knew it to be the Body of Sir Edmond; whereupon his mournful Relations upon notice of it, took him into their Custody, in order to bestow upon him (as he deserved, and af­terwards had) a decent and becoming Fu­neral.

CHAP. VII.

Captain Lobed comes in a Discoverer. The Queens Goldsmith seized, as one of Sir Edmond's Murtherers; His Confessi­on and Discovery. The Author's Vision of Staley's Ghost; the Narrative of his Treasons and Sufferings. The Author in a Vision meets the Ghost of the Secreta­ry, with whom he travels to Strombolo. A Court there holden by Radamanthus; the Secretary, and other Albonian Trai­tors, that were executed for their Trea­sons, examined by him, to whom they give an account of their Sufferings, and are all sent to Purgatory.

THis Narrative of Phileroy's put me in mind of my late Vision, which hereupon I acquainted him with, and con­cluded by the congruity of Circumstances, that this was the very person that I saw then carried dead before a man on Horse­back, and afterwards laid in a Ditch, and his Sword by one of them run through him and left in his Body.

[Page 168]And all this, said Phileroy, has hap­pened to be true, as hath been since prov­ed by some unexpected Evidences, that God by his providence hath raised to confirm the truth of it. The first where­of was one Captain Lobed, sometimes a retainer to one of the Petropolitan Lords, and by him recommended to some of the chiefs of that party beyond the Seas, where he had got so much credit amongst them (especially the Ignatian Order) that they imployed him, as their Agent in several Negotiations about the pre­sent Plot, carrying Letters into foreign parts where the business required, and other Services; by which means he came to have an understanding of their present Designs.

He continued thus a Servant to them till after the time that I had made my Discovery, when being jealous lest he al­so should become a Discoverer, they ob­liged him by taking the Sacrament and the Oath of Secrecy once a week, to continue faithful to them.

And then treated with him about their Design to murther Sir Edmond B. an [...] to get an acquaintance with him upon tha [...] account, and told him that there w [...] [Page 169] 4000 l. offered, by the Petropolitan Lord whom he had served, to any person that should effect it, which was to be paid by the Petropolitan Secretary; but he out of a natural principle of honesty, abhorring their Designs, still failed them at the times appointed, only once was present with the rest of the confederates at their request, to see the Murthered Bo­dy, where he took notice of the persons concerned in it, and understood something of their Proceedings; but being disturbed in his mind about it, he retired to a City on the Western parts of Albonia, whence he dispatched Letters to one of the Roy­al Secretaries; upon which he was sent for back to Londinopolis, and made his Discovery which (notwithstanding that he and I had never any acquaintance or knowledge of each other) agreed so ex­actly with mine, that it got a better cre­dit to the Belief, and proved a greater Confirmation of the present Plot.

After this, one of the Confederates in the aforesaid Murther, by Trade a Gold-Smith, and servant to the Royal Con­sort, having, before the aforesaid Murther, in a Coffee-house offered to defend the case of some Petropolitan Traitors [Page 170] that had been lately executed, and being himself known to be a Petropolitan, fearing to be called in question about what he had said, did therefore abscond him­self for two or three dayes from his house. But some time after, a quarrel happening betwixt him and one of his Neighbours, who understood by a Servant of his, that the time of the Goldsmith's absconding was about the time of Sir Cdmond's Mur­ther. He went presently to the Council, and charged him as a Confederate in that Design: A Warrant was issued out against him to answer the Charge, upon which he appeared, and Captain Lobed being present, knew him again to be one of the persons concerned in the said Murther, and swore it against him; whereupon he was by Order committed to the Den of Thieves; but the next day made a Dis­covery of the Design, and the Persons concerned in it; who were thereupon ta­ken into Custody. Yet, although the Pe­tropolitans had prevailed so far with him, as to deny what he had said, the Impulses of his own Conscience, besides the promise of a Pardon and Reward to any that should make a Discovery of it, by the Kings Proclamation, obliged him to [Page 171] assert the truth of his first Informa­tion, (which he hath since published to the World) and therein gave an account, how that after they had strangled Sir Ed­mond, as I before told you, they conveyed him into the Pallace where they kept him (shifting the Body out of one Room into another for the more privacy) for two or three dayes till they had an opportunity to remove him to the place where they de­signed to leave him.

The Evening that they designed to re­move him, having got the Souldiers that attended at the Court Gates out of the way, at a drinking match that they had provided for them, they had hired a Sedan, into which they put the mur­thered Body; and two of them carrying it out of Town, late at night, when few people were stirring, at the Towns end they set the Body upon an horse, with which one of them was there ready, and with two or three more of their Confede­rates, that walked a foot by them, they carried him in that manner that you saw him in your Vision, to the place where he was afterwards discovered, as I have told you.

This Witness hath discovered the Ruf­fians [Page 172] ingaged in this Murther, the prin­cipal of whom, being Vernatti, is since fled, as also two other Priests concerned in it, but three of them that were actual instruments in the Murther, one of them being the Porter at the Court Gates, and two others that were there, Servants to the Royal Consort, have since been taken into Custody, and at the Petition of the Great Senate, a Court of Iustice summoned by the King, before whom they have been tried, and by many unde­niable proofs brought against them by the aforesaid Witness, and others that came in against them, they were legally convict­ed and condemned, and have since receiv­ed the just reward of their horrid and un­parallel'd Villany at the Tiburnian Trident.

The Body of this martyred Worthy, attended by the Magistrates of the City, and many of the Nobility and Gentry in a numerous company, was carried to one of the principal Churches in the West parts of the City, where, after an elegant Oration made upon the Occasion, by an eminent Prelate of the Albonian Church, it was with many Tears and Lamentations after­wards decently interred.

[Page 173]
An Honest, Worthy, Loyal Magistrate,
Who was the Proto-Martyr for the State;
His Death preserved our Lives by pointing out
The curs'd Designs the Papists were about.
The Justice as an Enemy to their Cause
Must dye; could they as well have kill'd the Laws,
Oh, happy Rome! how would the Devils Brats
Insult, and we no Laws nor Magistrates
To punish them; The Sword of Justice yet
Is keen, and we have men to manage it,
And maugre all the Plots they have devis'd,
All are not Godfrey'd yet, nor Arnoldis'd,
His Name shall live, and we shall live to see
Their Plots to end in their own Tragedie.

The murther of this Loyal Gentleman gave so great a light to the Discovery of the Petropolitan Designs, that the Great Senate of the Nation (being now met together) were pleased to take notice of it, and after having examined me and some other Evidences (that were sum­moned in) upon the particulars of the Plot, they came to this unanimous Resolution which was recorded in their [Page 174] Iournals: [That there has been, and is a damnable and hellish Plot con­trived and carryed on by the Popish Recusants, for assassinating and mur­thering the King, and for subverting the Government, and destroying the Protestant Religion by Law estab­lished.]

This being made matter of Record by one of the three grand Estates of the Kingdom, is a sufficient Confirmation to all the World, of the reality of the Pe­tropolitans Design against us.

But (said Phileroy) my Narrative hav­ing wasted time, I must be now obliged to return to my Company, and leave the rest to the next Convenience we shall have of meeting.

So for this time we brake up our Con­ference, and going back to the Compa­ny we had left in the other room, we took a glass or two with them, and then friendly parted.

It was not long after this meeting, that I was by the Impulse and Extasie of these Visions, transported to a solitary place not far from the City, but near ad­joyning to the Tiburnian Trident (be­come now sacred in the Eyes of the Pe­tropolitans, [Page 175] by the Martyrdom of their Confederates) where I discovered a tall Person, halting and limping along in a strange untoward posture, and now and then reeling, as if he were falling to the ground; I imagined that something extraordinary was the cause of his disor­derly motions, and that he was either drunk, or troubled with some kind of Epi­leptick fits; to be resolved of which, and out of Compassion to his Condition, I drew towards him, but going to take hold of him, he flew from me like the Wind, and I took hold of nothing; whereupon I concluded he was a Spirit, but being now my self an extasied Person, I dreaded no apparitions, but pursued the Spectrum for a better acquaintance.

Upon my next View of him, he began to make an hellish noise (that scarred me ten times more than the sight of him) and withal his Tongue hanging out of his Mouth, swelled, and of a loathsom black colour; I saw him snapping it betwixt his Teeth in a most cruel manner, so that the blood seemed to run about his Jaws, and sometimes with one of his hands he seem­ed to tear and scratch the other in the like unmerciful manner; his actions appeared [Page 176] to me a strange kind of selfe-revenge, such like as the Petropolitans use to inflict upon themselves in way of Pen­nance, but for what cause, or to what pur­pose, I know not; wherefore to be resol­ved, I asked him two or three Questions, which as soon as he could get his mortifi­ed Tongue into his mouth, he civilly an­swered me, First, I demanded what he he was—He told me, he could not tell, but asked me what I was, for he never saw any thing like an humane creature, since he came out of the other World: Why, what World, said I, do you think we are in now? I know not (replyed he) but it is a strange World to me, having lost my friends, company, estate, hopes; nay, and my body too all in an instant; your body man, said I, why, what Body have you now? or have you any at all? I cannot tell, replyed he, what I am, or where I am; whatever form I appear in to you, you need not fear me, for I assure you, I can neither bite nor scratch, having left my body lately at the Tiburnian Tri­dent, mangled by the hands of a cruel Carnifico into four quarters; I took a sad leave of them, and what is become of them I know not, being since become a [Page 177] Wanderer in shades of darkness, to find out that place of light and happiness which the Petropolitans told me would be the certain portion of all such as dyed in that Cause that I suffer'd for: Why, said I then, were you a Petropolitan? Ay, replyed he, or I had never left the other world so untimely; it was my Zeal, my Zeal for their Cursed Cause—and with that he be­gan to bite his Tongue afresh, and to rave at the rate he had before done: I stay'd with some trouble in my spirit till his passion was over, and he began a little to recover himself; and then I asked him the meaning of his biting his Tongue in that violent manner; he told me, it was but a just Revenge he took upon that Member for betraying him to that Cur­sed End; but, said he, to satisfie your Curiosity at once (for I perceive you are a stranger to the affairs of the other world, as well as I am now:) I will tell you in short the History of my Tragedy; I was upon Earth the Son of a Citizen of Londinopolis. and a Petropolitan, and being educated and instructed in that Religion, I betook my self for some time to travel, where I was farther instructed in the Policies of that People, and of a [Page 178] Design they had laid against my late na­tive Country of Albonia, which I sup­pose is yet on foot, although I am untime­ly taken off from seeing the end of it? Up­on my return into Albonia I was im­ployed by my Father to look after the Cash which (he being by trade a Gold­smith) was intrusted in, his hands by the Petropolitan Party; but the Plot, for carrying on of which the said Mony was treasured up, coming unluckily to be Dis­cover'd; they began to call in their Mo­nies so fast, that I began thereby to be perplexed and confused in my mind about clearing my accounts with them; upon this I contracted such a spight and revenge in my mind against the Albonian Go­vernment as the cause of this disaster, that I could not forbear letting loose this cursed Tongue of mine one time amongst Company, where I was overheard into these expressions which I then spake in the Franconian Lingua, my Consorts being of that Country [The King of Albonia is a grand Heretick, and the greatest Rogue in the World: There's the Heart (striking his hand upon his Breast) and here's the hand that will kill him my self]

[Page 179]Some other words I spoke to the like purpose, treasonable enough; all which being overheard by the Company in the next room: One of them, a Loyal Gentle­man, was so exasperated thereby, that he drew towards the room (where we were) to have run me through with his Sword, and had done it, had not his Friend inter­posed; so they spared me for this time to reserve me for a worse punishment; for upon this they having enquired out my Lodging, presently went and gave in their Informations of this passage, (for by the Laws of Albonia, no man dares conceal Treason, as this was, under pe­ril of his own Life) and thereupon the next day being summoned to answer it be­fore the King and his Council, I was by them committed to the Den of Thieves, where I remained till my Tryal, and then upon clear proof made of the words spo­ken, (notwithstanding I would fain have made my Tongue then to have loosened what it had tied before by some Petro­politan Evasion) it was the opinion of the Court, that I deserved to dye, and had Judgment accordingly passed upon me to be executed as a Traitor, by strang­ling and dismembring of my Body, which [Page 180] Sentence has been lately executed upon me; and now Bodiless as I am, I wan­der in these Shades to find a rest: The little comfort I have is, that before this time my poor limbs are disposed by my Friends in some quiet repository, that they may not remain as standing Dishes for Kites and Crows to feed on. But Oh this Tongue, this Tongue! (cryed he) beginning then to rave again as before. I advised him; seeing that noisy Instru­ment was so great a torment to him, to bite it off, rather than to be troubled with the keeping of it, telling him withal that I was going back to the other World, and if he thought good, would take it along with me, and present it to some of his Petropolitan Friends, who, no doubt, would dearly esteem it as a preci­ous Relict. No, said he, it deserves no such foolish honours, although such (for ought I can see) be the only Recompence that the Petropolitan Church allows its Martyrs (as they call us) when they suffer in its Cause. I will rather keep it to punish it for my own folly; and with that gnashing upon it twice or thrice, as a Token of his Revenge, I heard him give a shriek, and then presently disappeared.

[Page 181]
Farewel thou poor deluded Ghost, farewel,
Stories unto the other World go tell
Of thine own folly, let this be thy Note,
I am the Caitiff that hath cut my Throat
With my own Tongue, curs'd be that Zeal that first
Inflam'd it, and that devilish Cause be curst
That caus'd it; Now the difference I feel
'Twixt sober Actions and a wrong-plac'd Zeal.

My Vision presently carried me back to the City, entring into which by one of the Gates, methoughts I saw upon the battlements of it, fixed upon a long P [...]le, the Arms and Shoulders of a Man, with many Spectators gazing at it; I supposing it to be of the quarters of some Tra [...]or lately executed, enquired of one of the By­standers whose it was; he told me it was the Goldsmith's that was lately execut­ed for speaking treasonable words against the King. Why, said I, were not his quarters buried? Yes, replied the other, by the King's leave he was suffered to be buried; but his Petropolitan Friends, to take of the ignominie of his End, per­formed it with so much superstitious De­votion, besides the extraordinary pomp [Page 182] of it, as if it had been the funeral of some great Saint, or Worthy, rather than a Traitor; which being looked upon as an affront both to the Government and Iustice of the Nation: His Body was Ordered to be taken up again, and the mangled quarters of it to be set up on some of the principal Gates of the City, in such manner as this here is disposed of. I could not but think nowhow the poor Ghost was cheated, thinking his Body might have been suckling of Worms in some earthly repository, when alas (the thing he so much abhorred) it was hung up for Birds meat.

I was, not long after, transported by a like Vision into a most dismal place, and full of Horror, I expected I was then a­gain in the Regions of the Dead, and that I should meet some more Spectrums, as one I did, a proper comly Person to look to, but in his motion, his limbs qui­vered and shook about him, as if they had been hung on with wires, and his head, though he could not keep it from wagging every way, yet he would often throw it up, and seem to look very loftily about him; before I came near him, I heard him use this expression, repeating it often with [Page 183] a stern and angry voice, There is no Faith in Man. Where am I now? Is this the Reward of my service? Is this the Elizium of Martyrs? or where shall I find it? But perceiving me now to draw near him, he courteously saluted me with a [Comment portez vouz Monsieur] I imagined by his dialect, together with his crinkling postures, that he was some Frenchified Person, but looking wisely up­on him, I knew him to be one that much used that Lingua, and that he was the famous Petropolitan Secretary, whom I perceiv'd Justice had sent into those Shades to seek the Rewards of his Martyrdom, I answer'd the civility of his salute with a bien, mercy Dieu, Moun­sieur Secretary, Why, said he (wondring at the appellation) Do you know me? very well said I; I remember you at the Consult at Strombolo, and have often seen you in Albonia, and am well ac­quainted with your History both of your services and sufferings in the Petropoli­tan Cause; why then you are a Petro­politan, I perceive, replyed the Secre­tary; Are you a Martyr for the Cause? No, said I, nor ever will be as long as I have life left me upon Earth to spend in [Page 184] better services. The more Fool was I, said he, to lose my own life so simply, but it was my dependance upon my great friends that made me hazard it so ven­trously (otherwise a free confession might have saved it) but they fearing I should babble something to their prejudice, re­solved to prevent me by leaving me to the course of Justice, and slipping me out of the hands of their protection, dropt me into that fatal Noose that brought me hither. Well, There is no Faith in Ma [...]. But now that I am loosed from that treacherous Race of Mankind, what company shall I have next, and where lyes my way; Are you (Sir) acquainted with these Countries? No, said I, I am a Stranger in them, being an Inhabitant of the Earth, only was brought hither by an Extasi [...] for a Diversion; however, as long as my stay suffers me, I will bear you company in your way to whatever place you are determined: Discoursing thus together in a moving posture, a little farther we entred upon a Road, rising with a winding ascent, and well beaten by Travellers; as we marched along, to di­vert the way, I desired my limping Com­panion to give me an account of his [Page 185] Tryal and Execution; for as to the pre­vious matters of his actings in the Petro­politan Service, I told him I was al­ready sufficiently acquainted with them. This my Request he readily granted, and informed me, that at his Tryal before the great Albonian Tribunal, being charged with High-Treason against the King and Government, his Papers that were before seized by Phileroy, were produced in Evidence against him, by which it appeared that he had on the be­half of his great Master held a strict cor­respondence with the Confessor of the Franconian Monarch, to prevail with that Prince for moneys to carry on the Petropolitan Designs, and by keeping off the Great Senates Sitting, to preserve the Great Dukes title undisturbed until such time as they could rid the King out of the way, by the contrivances of those that were designed to do it; That it was far­ther proved against him, that to expedite the taking off the King, and to encourage the Design, he gave money himself, and promised great sums in the behalf of others, to such as should attempt it; for which, and several other acts of the like nature, which he thought to be highly [Page 186] Meritorious, in respect it was for the Petropolitan Cause, he was by the Judg­ment of the Court condemned to suffer as a Traytor; which Sentence was short­ly after accordingly Executed upon him, altho he depended to the very last gasp upon the kindness of his Great Friends to free him from it; but how he was rewarded for these his sufferings and ser­vices, he was yet to seek.

At the Conclusion of this Discourse I heard a crackling noise, and perceiv'd the glimmerings of some fiery irruptions as­cending as 'twere out of the Earth, which made me think we might be now again at (the place we lately came from) Strom­bolo, and so it was as it happened; for as we drew nearer, I perceived the passage into the Purgatorian Confines, where a Scout standing ready presently seized upon the Secretary, and hurryed him in­to it: I was my Self so secured by the Magick of my Visions, that I dreaded no dangers either from Flesh or Spirit, and so boldly ventured in after him, where in the Great Room where the Consult was formerly held, I perceived a compa­ny of Sooty Feinds like Lictors, or Officers of Iustice, with Whips, Chains [Page 187] and Fetters, walking up and down the Room, expecting Orders: For it seems there was a Court held there; At this time Rhadamanthus, the Judge of that Place, sitting in great State at a Table in his fiery Purple, to Try the Prisoners that should be brought before him. At the same Board I saw the Great Bishop (with some of his Scarlet Senate, all now in black) sitting in a very melancholy and dumpish posture, I imagined it was for that their Designs succeeded no better in Albonia. The Officer bringing up his Prisoner to the Board, he imagined, I suppose, that they were holding another Consult, and so was going to take his place as Secretary, and sit down amongst them: But the Lictor pulling him back, carryed him before Rhadamanthus, tel­ling him, the case was now alter'd; and that he was not there now as Secretary, but as a Prisoner; and that he must answer to the Iudge there such Questions as he should be demanded; who presently de­manded of him for what Cause he came thither, he told him, for being over-cre­dulous in confiding to his deceitful friends, but he hoped the Great Bishop (turning himself towards him) would not [Page 188] prove one of them, having performed such signal duty in the services he was employed in, and for which he was re­warded as a Traytor, with a bitter and severe Martyrdom; the accounts of all which to the purpose of what is before re­lated, he fully gave them, and hoped, that upon the merits of the same, he should be condignly rewarded, as he was all along made to believe he should, if ever Fate brought him to that Condition: The Great Bishop shook his head a little in way of compassion, telling him, he was sorry for his sufferings, and that thereby they had lost the benefit of his future services, but that he might thank his own Folly in being so over-credulous in trust­ing to the Faith of Man, when he knew the Petropolitans used theirs no farther than their Interest served: However, knowing him to be one of an ambitious humour, he would in requital of his past-services, desire of Rhadamanthus the Iudge, to prefer him, and that he might be promoted to the place of Secretary in Chief to Don Lucifero, which at the Grand Viccars Request was according­ly granted; and thereupon he was led away by the Officer towards the Sul­phurian [Page 189] Pallace, to take possession of his New Office.

No sooner was the Secretary carried off, but in comes another (led by a L [...]ctor) who I perceived was the Gentleman I first met in the Regions of the [...]ead, champing the Bit (with his Tongue be­twixt his Teeth) as when I first saw him: Rhadamanthus demanding of him whence he came, he told him, from the Tiburnian Trident, where he received his Martyrdom for the Petropolitan Cause: The Great Bishop then asked him, what services he had done them, he answered, that he confessed that the grea­test services he had done, was with his t, t, Tongue, in treasonably speaking his intentions of Cutting off the Albonian King, that it was that cursed t, t, Tongue that said it. In pronouncing which, he g [...]shed his Tongue with his Teeth so vehemently, that he could not speak without stammering: But the Viccar replyed, That his service was so slender, as no great reward coul [...] be due to it; and that tho he was to be com­mended for his Zeal, yet he deserved to be punished for his folly, for looking to his Tongue no better; and therefore left [Page 190] him to the sentence of the Judge, who presently ordered him to be carried down to Purgatory, which was done accord­ingly.

Next after him were brought up the three bloody Murtherers of the Alboni­an Iustice. They gave in a large account of their Services and Sufferings, in so much that the Great Bishop himself be­gan to plead in favour of them; but Rha­damanthus was so incensed, that the Violence was done to a Magistrate, that he resented it as an affront to himself, be­ing one in that place, and therefore or­dered their Lictors to carry them away, and to punish them severely as Contemn­ers of Justice; upon hearing their Sen­tence, they all fell a howling most terri­bly, and hung an arse, as loth to leave the place; but Volentes Nolentes, the Lictors hurried them away: For they must needs go whom the Devil drives.

The Great Bishop seemed somewhat displeased at the severity of this Sentence but Rhadamanthus told him, that if he suffered his Martyrs to come to receive their Rewards from him, they should ex­pect no better.

Afterwards came up three other Ruf­fians, [Page 191] Tiburnian Martyrs also: Their names, as they gave them in to the Judge, were Bogland, Ringepick, and Wood. These were the Villains that undertook to take away the sacred Life of the Alboni­an Prince; two of them viz. Bogland and Ringepick were Priests, the other a Lay-man. The account they gave of their Services, was to this effect: That at a Grand Consult held in Londinopolis, a Resolve being there drawn up by the Petropolitans for the killing of the King, they three had subscribed the same, and resolved to attempt it: Bogland being to contrive the way of doing it, and the other two to execute it; for which Services (when performed) one of them was to receive 1500 l. the other 30000 Masses, amounting to the like value.

That in pursuance of this Resolve, they two having armed themselves with short Guns, fit for the purpose, did once at­tempt to shoot the King walking in his Park near the Pallace of St. Iaques; but the party that was to fire, perceiving theflint of his Carabine to be loose, durst not attempt it, for which neglect as it was esteemed, the party was pennanc'd by his Superior with twenty or thirty [Page 192] stro [...]ks of Discipline, yet they resolved to proceed with their Design, but could never find an opportunity to do it.

That they afterwards were taken by Phileroy, who being revolted from the Petropolitans, had now discovered their Designs and Parties concerned in them to the King himself. Pox take him (quoth the Viccar, biting his nails for madness) that Rogue has undone us all.

That being brought to their Tryals be­fore the Tribunal of Iustice, Phileroy and one Lobed a Renegade Discoverer, both of them formerly Messengers to the Consults, appeared against them, and gave in full proof of the aforesaid particu­lars, upon which (notwithstanding they did in vain endeavour to invalidate their Evidence by slanders raised against them) they were by the Justice of the Court con­demned as Traytors, and were accord­ingly executed; Bogland and Wood first, and Ringepick some time after, by strangling and dismembring.

That at their Deaths they were so careful not to betray the Cause they dyed for, that they rather ventured upon the Displeasure of the great Iehovah, by dy­ing with a Lye in their Mouths, in denying [Page 193] the fact, than to incur His Viccarship's Displeasure, or to prejudice his Cause by an untimely Confession; and therefore hoped His Vnholiness would grant them the rewards of Martyrdom, and give them the turn of his Key to let them into Paradise.

The Viccar, who could hardly forbear smiling under his Hat, to see the folly of his deluded Martyrs, told them grave­ly, that indeed he was sorry to see them there; for that they had mistaken their way, and instead of Paradise they were come to Purgatory; but however nei­ther could he make use of his Key if they were at the Gates of Paradise; for that the Wards of the Lock that should open them were lately altered, upon some distaste taken there at their violent pro­ceedings against the Christians, so that he could not open them, till such time as he could procure another Key.

☞ —Which Key His Viccarship will find
When Rome turns honest, or the Devil blind.

However he told them that as they had lost their Rewards on Earth, by their not performing what they had underta­ken; so they could not expect to be other­wise rewarded here than as Bunglers, [Page 194] in betraying a Design which they should have executed,

Thus right or wrong the Viccar saves his Bacon,
By telling all his Friends they are mistaken.

and so leaves them to the Judgment of Rhadamanthus, who presently orders his Ianizaries to convey them to the Fiery Garison, where he told them there was a very warm room provided for Regi­cides, and they should have Entertainment accordingly, besides the Society of some of their Albonian Country men, as Gui­do Faur, Ravillaie, and others of the King killing crew, who had been long his Prisoners, and, he questioned not, would be glad of their Company. This was all the Comfort they could get in this place; so they were carried away after their fellows.

However it was no small pleasure to me to see my old acquaintance, these Strom­bo [...]s returned hither in this manner instead of making their publick Orations at Petropolis, as they expected.

Some small time after these, was pro­duced another crippled Martyr, one of the Hangman's jointed Babies, whose Limbs hung about him like wire works, [Page 195] by reason of his late dismembring at his Execution, yet a grave comely person to look on: upon view of his Countenance I knew him to be the Petropolitan Advo­cate. At his coming up, seeing them sit in form of a Court, and that he was to be tryed before them, he began like a Lawyer to put questions to them, demanding of them Quo Warranto they sate, and what Iu­risdiction they claimed, and that if they had any thing there to charge him with, he had already made satisfaction upon Earth, upon an Execution executed up­on his Body, Limbs and Members, and therefore demanded the Iudgment of the Court, si ulterius implitetur, with such like canting terms, which the judge Rhadamanthus heartily laughed at, who told him, that though they had several of his Profession in that Place, yet they used no other Law there but their own, by which he was now to be tried; and therefore without more adoe required him to give an account for what cause he was brought thither.

The Advocate turning his head, & see­ing the old Viccar sitting at the other end of the Board, enquired if he were in Commission as a Iudge there, or no; [Page 196] Rhadamanthus answered him no; he was only an Associate, and that he him­self was the sole Iudge in that place, and that he must direct his Speech to him, which the Advocate after a formal cringe accordingly did, beginning thus.

May it please your Lordship (or) Devilship, if it please you.

I was, while upon Earth, Advocate to the Petropolitans, and retained by them at the Consult here lately holden, to be assistant to them in their present De­signs; pursuant to which, since my return into Albonia, I performed them these Services; as namely, by contriving Settlements of such Estates as they had purchased, in such Dispositions as they might be secured of the same; by, holding Correspondence with the Franconian Confessor; by encouraging the Designs and Agents imployed for the killing of the King; by taking care of delivering out the Commissions granted by His Vic­carship to the Petropolitan Lords, and others of Places and Offices conferred up­on them; by procuring 6000 l. of the Benedictine Fraternity for carrying on of the Cause; in the interim of these my Endeavours, the Plot being discovered [Page 197] by Phileroy, I was upon his Informa­tion seised, and brought to my Tryal, when upon his and other Witnesses, fully proving the aforesaid matters against me, I was, according to the Albonian Laws, condemned to suffer the penalties of High-Treason, which was executed upon me accordingly; yet at my Death I stoutly denied the fact, as I heard those that had gone that way before me had done.

These were my services, and these have been my sufferings; for which I hope and expect by your gracious suffrages, to re­ceive the honorary Fee of Martyrdom.

Out upon't, cryed Rhadamanthus, laughing heartily, a Fee for your Folly! we have many Lawyers that are punisht here for their knaveries done in the other World, but none that I know for being thrust out of it by their own folly, as you have been, and therefore for that, if not for your knavery, you must be punish'd; so look to him Gaoler, and then he was carried off.

At last to make up the full complement of Martyrs, were brought up the five great Worthies of the Ignatian Order, who had been the most active and stirring, in carrying on this Conspiracy, of all [Page 198] others (viz.) The Provincial Blancpain, Father Courthar, Father Vanga, Father Wickefen, and Father Tornero, all of them, as appeared by the tales they told there, were lately Executed together at the Ty­burnian Trident; I could but think with my self how gay and jocund these Gentle­men were when I saw them last here con­sulting upon their Designs, and now how pitifully they looked; they would fain have made their application to his Vic­carship, who at their coming up gave them a formal bow, for old acquaintance sake; but Rhadamanthus perceiving it, angrily called to them to come before him, looking at them the while, as they say the Devil looks over Lincoln, as if he would devour them: For the Truth is, the Devil (however sometimes they juggle together for their own ends) loves Priests and holy Water both alike (i.e.) he cares not a Fart for either of them; as appears by the sequel; for after they were forc'd to come before him, Father Vanga began in an elegant discourse (as he was one indeed with a good stock of Elo­quence) to set forth the priviledges of P [...]iesthood, and that as they were Spiri­tual Persons, they ought to be tryed by [Page 199] none but the Spiritualty, and therefore they appealed to his Viccarship: Why, What the Devil do you make of me (sayes Rhadamanthus) an Ass, or an Hobby-horse? I will maintain it, I am more Spiritual than you, or your Vic­car himself; And where, I wonder, lyes this precious Spirituality of yours? in the Metaphysical imbraces of your Beloved Courtezans in the Seraphique pleasures of delicious drinking and feeding, or in the refined morals of bloody and villa­nous practices, such as makes Hell it self to blush at you for out-doing them in wickedness: Well, you see what your Spiritual practices have brought you to; but indeed, had you been as truly Spiritual as I am, you had saved your selves a Martyrdom, and cheated the Hangman of your Quarters; but I will not be trifled with Gentlemen, and there­fore come to the business, and tell me plainly for what you came hither.

They seeing there was no trifling with this Angry Devil, did then severally give accounts to him of their practices and Sufferings; which Practices, though in some particulars they differ'd, yet in the main were complicated toge­ther, [Page 200] as being joynt Associates, that had the management and direction of the in­feriour Undertakers. Blancpaine con­fessed (or rather boasted) that (as he was Provincial) it was by his Authority and Order, that their grand Consult was hol­den at the Blanc-cheval, where they joyntly subscribed an Instrument of a Resolve to take away the life of the King: Courthar alledged, that he was the man that gave 80 Guinies to the Ruffians that were to Assassinate the King, besides one Guiny to the Messenger that carried them to drink the Secreta­ry's health with? And that he did also give 2000 l. to the Physician that was to poison the King; Vanga insisted up­on his great Zeal, in stirring up, and incou­raging Villains to prosecute the King's Murther; and as soon as the Deed was done, to charge it (as they have endea­voured all along in other their practices to do) upon the Christian Dissenters. The other two acknowledged they were all a­long assisting and contriving with the rest for the carrying on of the Design to Murther the King; that for these and the like practices they had been appre­hended and tryed; and the truth of the [Page 201] aforesaid facts being particular, and proved against them by several Witnesses, they were therefore condemned and executed as Traytors; yet that at their Deaths they all stoutly denyed the Facts, that the Cause might not suffer by their doing otherwise; for which act of courage at last they hoped they should be rewarded accordingly.

And that you shall, I assure you, quoth Rhadamanthus, ho, ho, ho, you are pure Spiritual Villains a-faith, to think, because you can cheat the world with your lyes and Equivocations, that you can cheat the Almighty, who is Truth it self; or dare to provoke his angry Ven­geance with a dying Falshood; or did you think your Cheating Viccars Dispen­sations could reach to the other World? or that Heaven would renew them? Poor Souls! how miserably are you cheated! I have no more to say to you, but to pronounce your Sentence, that you be carryed from hence to the place where all Lyers and Murtherers have their portion. And so farewel.

And now ye Petropolitans behold,
You that on Earth for Empire act and Gold,
[Page 202]What your Rewards will be,
On Earth the Fatal Tree,
Hereafter, horrour, pain, and misery.

CHAP. VIII.

The Author leaves Strombolo. The Designs of the Petropolitans to cast the Plot upon the Dissenters. The Author in the disguise of a Petropolitan scouting abroad, meets with Phileroy, is like (by mistake) to be seized by him. Phileroy taking him to his Lodging, gives him an account of several Plots laid against him, and the success of them. Phileroy relates the Practices of an Advocate against Captain Lobed, to corrupt his Evidence, who dis­covers the Design, and brings the Advo­cate to condign punishment for it. The Death of Captain Lobed, and his Confir­mation then of the truth of his former Evi­dences. A Narrative of Daravers suf­ferings, and his four years Imprisonment in the Royal Tower, released thence by means of the Grand Senate. The coming in of Fitz Janny a Discoverer. The [Page 203] Tryals and Temptations he met with from his Relations, by reason thereof, with some other passages relating to that story.

THus was the Exeunt of the poor de­luded Petropolitan Martyrs, whose Delusions, had they not been wil­ful, might have been the more easily ex­cused; but, Si vult populus decipi, decipiatur. They made pitiful rueful faces at their carrying off, and Vanga nodding his head at the Old Fox, the Orand Viccar told him, that as they had been his Friends upon Earth, he hoped this would be no long parting, but that they should shortly have his company with them; to which his Viccarship replyed, That he did not desire it, and so they parted indeed for this time, but for how long I know not▪ I perceived the Viccar was strangely mo­ved at the affronts Rhadamant is gave him, and that his pretended Power and Authority should be so much contemned by him in the presence of his [...]assals; but not knowing which way to help him­self, he was forced to endure it. The Court staid some considerable time after, expect­ing others to be brought in; but none ap­pearing, Rhadamanthus calling his Offi­cers [Page 204] to attend him, adjourned the Court, and drew off, giving the Great Bishop, as he passed by him, a slight Salute, telling him, that he hoped he would short­ly come and give his friends a Visit in his Territories, to which the other made no answer; but wishing his Devilship good night, drew off also with his com­pany, and departed: Whereupon my Vi­sions in this place being likewise finished, my Airy Genius, which was always so much a friend to me in these Discoveries, as to transport me when, and whither I pleased, did in the tenth part of a moment (ac­cording to the flight of Spirits) bring me safe again to my own habitation at Londinopolis, where, methoughts, con­versing abodt the Town at the Exchange Coffee-houses, and other places of In­telligence, out of Curiosity to hear how matters had passed in my absence concern­ing the present Plot, I found by all re­ports, besides Printed Papers, that my last Discoveries at Strombolo were real matters of Fact, and true in all their Cir­cumstances.

But for my better Information, till such time as I could meet with my old friend Phileroy, who was my best Oracle in [Page 205] this affair, I fancied a Design to walk sometimes in the dusk of the Evening in­cognito, under the disguise of a Petropo­litan, with a Rosary of Beads and Cru­cifix at my Girdle (the same that Phile­roy had bestowed upon me at Strom­bolo) to such places as I knew the Petro­politans used to meet at, where, under this disguise, I got free admittance into their companies, and understood their Designs; which notwithstanding the late Discovery and Execution of the aforesaid Traytors, I perceived they still carryed on as vigorously as ever, only they were fain now to alter their Scenes, and to act in Masquerade (hiding their Cloven Feet) and pretending themselves to be Albonian Christians; when if their Designs should chance to be discovered, they were to charge it upon the Dissen­ters, it being now their chief Endeavour by Libelling in Print, by the means of some Booksellers Fitz Tom Ekoot, and others (whom they had procured to serve them) to take off the Plot (which was now so much noised through the World) from themselves, and to charge it upon the Dissenters, as their sole and proper Design and Practice.

[Page 206]One Night, as I was in my Fancy walking towards one of their haunts with my Beads and Crucifix dangling about me, as I used to appear at such times, methoughts I met my old Friend Phileroy, attended with his Royal Guard about him, who, I suppose, was at his old Trade of Priest-hunting, so that I was unwilling at this time to be ta­ken notice of by him [...], and therefore would have avoided him by crossing the way; but he (by that little light that ap­peared) perceiving the Trinkets at my Girdle, bobbing out at the waving of my upper Coat, presently took me for a Petropolitan, and thereupon stopped my farther motion, by laying hold on my Arm, and saying, Sir, you are my Pri­soner. I was troubled at the Surprise, not that I feared Phileroy, but because of his Company, that upon these words began to draw about me, and whose pre­sence, had I been really such a one as I was taken for, I should have feared more than all the Devils in Strombolo.

But Phileroy was as much surprised as I, when looking nearer in my face, he perceived who I was; wherefore upon the sudden, to make the best of the matter, [Page 207] he gave me an Embrace, putting one hand under my Coat, with which he privately snatched off my Petropolitan baubles and put them in my Pocket; and then turning him to his Guard, he told them I was indeed, and must be his Prisoner for that night, but neither for Felony nor Treason, but upon the account of Friendship, I being an old Friend of his and a good Christian; to which they re­plied, God bless me; that if I was a Friend of his, they were sure I was no Cnemy to the King or State, and had no more to say to me.

Phileroy had finished his Expeditions for this day, and was now returning to his Lodgings in the Royal Pallace, where for that night he would needs have me to bear him company, which I did pretty willingly assent to, that I might after a long absence recruit my self from him, of some farther particulars relating to the present Plot.

As we walked along, Phileroy whis­pering me in the Ear, asked me for what purpose I wore my Rosarie so openly, and whether I was in Iest or Earnest. I told him I was no Heraclitus, neither in Iest nor Earnest, but betwixt both, of which I [Page 208] would acquaint him farther at a more con­venient opportunity.

Being arrived with him at his Lodg­ings in the Pallace, and his Guards dis­missed, he and I sate down seriously over a Bottle of Wine that he had ready, to discourse of the passages that had happen­ed in this now overgrown Plot since our last meeting: And first at his request I gave him an Account of my late dream­ing Voyage into Strombolo, and the passages I observed there in the Tryals, before Rhadamanthus, of the Alboni­an Traytors, that I understood by them were here lately executed; as also the ac­counts they gave in of the particular facts for which they suffered, asking Phileroy, he being (I perceived by them) the prin­cipal Witness that was used against them, whether their Informations were true as to the principal heads they delivered of the causes of their sufferings; and he in­formed me they were; but wondring withal what kind of Enthusiastick Spi­rit or Genius I was possessed with, that should inform me so truly of things in Vi­sion, which were really acted, and the pre­sent Subject of all mens discourses.

I was, said Phileroy, (raised by provi­dence [Page 209] to this grateful, though hazardous office) the principal Witness made use of against them, which hitherto I have ma­naged with that success as has cleared the Truth, confounded their Designs, and brought them to exemplary punishment.

Yet have I not managed this Province without apparent dangers and difficulties, by means of the revengeful Petropolitans Designs against me, interweaving their grand Plot against the State with others against me, (as their most offensive Ene­my) to invalidate my credit, by raising such malicious Slanders upon me, as should render me a person not fit to be be­lieved or trusted.

To this End they had tampered with a Priest, being then a Prisoner in one of our Town Gaols, and acquainted with the Petropolitan Lords, to endeavour to corrupt (with promises of large Summs of Mony) some particular persons, named by them, to swear against me and Capt. Loved, such things as should be dictated to them, which were in effect to oppose our Evidence, to scandalize us with odi­ous Crimes, and to charge the Plot on the dissenting Christians, as if they were the principal Authors and Contrivers of [Page 210] it. The Name of this Priest was Vile-Netter a Boglander, who was influ­enced and directed in this project by ano­ther of the Fraternity, who lay committed in the same Gaol by a strange Name that he had assumed for his Concealment; but was indeed Dominieo, one that has been since discovered to have had an hand in the Murther of Sir Edmond.

The Persons they would have corrupt­ed were two Gentlemen of good Re­pute, the one an Alderman, and the other a Captain in Bogland, who having some former acquaintance with this Vile-net­ter, when living there, and hearing now since their being here, of his Imprison­ment, went sometimes out of civility to see him; to whom the crafty Priest, imagining their occasions for Money, by reason of their Expence about their busi­ness, might make them greedy of the bait, did at times break his mind of the business to them severally and apart, that one might not know of the others being concerned, under promises of great Sums of Money, if they did effectually proceed in the Design.

The Cant. (an honest Gentleman and a Christian) abhorred the Design, and scorn­ed [Page 211] their Rewards; yet that he might get a farther Insight into their Designs, he seemed to adhere, and proceeded so far, that he learned from whose hands he was to re­ceive his Reward, and a promise of a Pa­per to be drawn up, containing the parti­culars of the things he was to swear to, saying, [That if they could but turn off this Plot, there was no fear of effect­ing their business.]

The honest Capt. from time to time made his Discoveries of these Passages to one of the Royal Secretaries, yet hold­ing in still with them, till he should come to find out the bottom of the Design.

In the mean while we came to get a Discovery of Dominico, by a strange ac­cident; for having wrote a Note to one of the Fraternity to come to him, and got the Alderman to deliver it, he had so far forgot himself, as to leave out his feigned name, and to subscribe his true, and withal to send it open; by which means it became presently known, that he was the person concerned in Sir Edmond's Murther: whereupon Capt. Lobed and I, taking with us a worthy Magistrate that succeeded Sir Edmond, as well in place, as Loyal and Hearty Endeavours in prose­cuting [Page 212] the Plotters, went to the Prison to take an Examination of the business. But the crafty old Fox Dominico finding himself likely to be noosed, had gnaw­ed the Snare in two that held him, and got loose: For having procured two fellows for 10 s. a piece to become bail for him, he thereby having got himself at large, took his Flight, and is not since to be heard of.

The Information of these passages upon promise of Pardon, we got from Vile-Netter, but hereby it happened, we pre­vented a farther Discovery, which the Boglandian Captain would have made in the business; but Vile-Netter suspect­ing that he had discovered the Design to us, would now treat with him no farther.

Another Design yet more devilish than this hath been since laid against me, by the means of one Knoxius, a Retainer to the Grand Tashier, who, at the insti­gation of the said Cashier, and other Pe­tropolitan Lords, on purpose to hinder my Evidence against them, had corrupted two persons that had been my servants, Bornos and Elan, by feigned Letters and Papers contrived to their hands, to defame me in the most horrid manner [Page 213] imaginable, charging me with vile words, that I should use against the King him­self, and several of his Nobility; as also that I should contrive with Capt. Lobed upon a way of swearing falsly against the Grand Casheir; and to compleat their malice, that I should attempt to commit (that not to be named sin) sin of Sodomy, with one of the Villains, who was so far Reprobate in his wickedness, as to swear it against me before a Magistrate. These were the batteries laid against me, yet I thank God my own Innocence was a suffi­cient Sconce to me against them all,

— Murus hic aheneus Esto,
Nil conscire sibi—Horat.
The best Defence

'Gainst Slander, is a man's own Innocence.

This Design I was well assured, was incouraged by the Grand Casheir him­self, who upon the hopes of its succeeding, after having some time absconded himself, did now venture to surrender himself up to the hands of the Senate; and the same day this Servant Knoxius made his Instruments again to swear to stand to their Information.

Having now fully understood their Con­trivance [Page 214] against me, I made my Complaint thereof to the Royal Council, who sending for the Conspirators, and taking their Informations; Bornos and Elan freely confessed that they had been sub­orned by Knoxius, who in the Grand Cashier's Name, promised them great Rewards to swear against me and Captain Lobed; dropping a Guinney to them in Earnest, and maintaining them with Meat, Drink, and Lodging for their Service; that to oblige them the more, he had given them the Oaths of Secrecy, and swore, they should be killed if they offer­ed to discover. But now they freely con­fessed the falsity of those things they were to swear against me, and gave sufficient proof of my Innocency, and how I had car­ried my self while they were my Servants.

Yet they being for some time retained in Prison upon this matter, were after­wards tampered with again by some new Agents of the Petropolitan Lords to re­vive their Evidence upon review and alte­rations made in the former Papers; to ob­lige them to which cursed Apostasie, they first made means to discharge them of their Imprisonment, and then taking them into their own keepings, entertain­ments [Page 215] and Rewards so far prevailed, as to repeat their former Designs against me; which having tinker'd over their faces with a new Stock of B [...]ss, they (not­withstanding their former Confe [...]sions to the contrary) did now proceed to do, and did exhibite a Bill of S [...]d [...]n [...]y against me to the Grand Iury; but they being sensible of their Designs against me, and withal perceiving the slightness of their Evidence, and the in [...]y of the Wit­nesses themselves, refused to admit their Indictment, but threw it out with De­testation of such an horrid practice.

They having thus foiled themselves in their Undertaking, I thought it time as well for the better clearing of my own Innocency, as to punish such unheard of Villanies, to proceed against the Au­thors of them by due course of Law; wherefore having brought in a Bill of Conspiracy against [...]noxius and Elan, (Born [...]s being fled) I had a Trial in the supream Couer of [...]ustice, called the King's Court, where, in the presence of many Noble Peers and persons of ho­nour, that were desirous to hear my Tryal, I cleared my own Innocency, and by full proofs detected their practices to [Page 216] their Shame and Confusion, who were af­terwards punished according to their De­serts.

As God had hitherto raised Witnesses (many besides my self) by their several Discoveries to detect the Policies and Designs of these cursed Plotters, so the Devil hath (as a Countermine) raised not a few persons of corrupt and villanous principles, by various & subtle waies of ma­nagement, to endeavour the baffling of our Evidence, and to render it ineffectual, either by slandering us with such horrid Crimes as should take away the Credit both of our Persons and Testimony (as they did to me in the case before-mentioned) or else by Bribes and Promises of Rewards to endeavour to corrupt them, as in the case I shall now tell you concerning my worthy friend Captain Lobed, whose Evidence (having himself been so long acquainted with their practices) they feared (next to mine) above any mans living: And there­fore as it related to some Petropoli­tan Lords, and others, whose Preserva­tion they more particularly esteemed, they endeavoured to cause him either to abate the rigour of it against such Per­sons, [Page 217] or to say nothing to the purpose, when he should be called as a Witness against them.

The Instrument they imployed in this Affair was an Advocate at Law, a great Friend to their Party, and one that did business for many of them, and amongst the rest, some of the Petropolitan Lords; on whose behalf, and by them, he was engaged thus to tamper with Ca­ptain Lobed, with free expressions of en­couragement for the present, and large promises of future Rewards, if he should herein effectually serve them.

Lobed intending to out-craft them, if possible, did seem for some time to com­ply with the Advocate in the design; and as a proof of his compliance, did omit some things in his Evidence against Blancpain and Wickfen at their Trials, thinking such an omission not to be of so great consequence, as the loss of an opportuni­ty in making a further Discovery of this Design would be: upon which account having setled a belief of his fidelity in the Advocate, he was now the more pressed to the like faithfulness to them in the greater Service. And for his encourage­ment, besides several sums of money [Page 218] which the said Advocate paid him be­forehand, he promised at such a time to come to Captain Lobeds Lodgings, and bring with him the final Answer of the Petropolitan Lords what rewards they would give him for his Service. But Lobed, cautiously to prevent any Traps that might be laid for him, did before the time, acquaint some of the Albonian Nobles, (viz.) the Noble Prince of the Rhine, and other Christian Lords, of the Design on foot, and procu­red a Friend of his (at the time appointed) to plant himself behind the Hangings, and making a hollow place in his Bed, laid his Man there covered over smooth with a Rug, that they might over-hear what passed, and not be descried. At the hour appointed the Advocate came, and ac­quainted him in the hearing of the afore­said Witnesses, that the Petropolitan Lords had ordered him to draw Blanck Deeds, both for sums of Money and Estates, which they would settle on him, and that one of them was felling Timber to raise money for him.

[Page 219]
So sweet is Life, so impudent is Vice,
That to preserve their Breath ther's no device
So base but they'l attempt it; and they'l Fee
Their whole Estates to set their Persons Free.

A little after this; the said Advocate and Captain Lobed, drew up in a Paper the substance of what matters the Cap­tain had to charge against the Petropo­litan Lords, which being carried to them, for their perusal, and after they had pulled out all the stings of it, that might hurt them, and made it as harm­less as they could for their purpose; re­turned it back again so much as was left undefaced in his own hand writing.

The business being now ripe for a Disco­very Captain Lobed acquaints the Se­cret Committee appointed by the Grand Senate to examine such matters, with the Proceedings of it: who finding it a matter of great weight and consequence, acquaint the whole Senate, therewith leaving it to their Wisdoms to consider what farther should be done about it.

The Senate by their Address, ac­quaint [Page 220] the King with the business, and pray his Commission to call a Court of Iustice for the Trial of the Advocate; which the King graciously grants. And at his Trial the aforesaid practices were fully proved against him by Captain Lobed, and those other ambuscade Wit­nesses that I before mentioned. Upon conviction of which, the Iudge sharply reflecting upon him as an Advocate to dishonour his Profession with such base and illegal practices, did for his punish­ment award this Sentence [(viz.) That he should be Fined 1000 l. be impri­soned for one Year, and stand one hour in the Pillory in the Yard of the Pal­lace before the High Courts of Iustice] which last part of the Sentence was pre­sently after executed upon him in the presence of thousands of People, who were not any of them so commiserate of his Sufferings, as to pity him, but on the contrary, were so enraged, that had it not been for a strong Guard placed about him to keep them off, he had certainly perish­ed by their fury.

[Page 221]
—No better fare all those
That once declare themselves the Peoples Foes
The Law keeps Bounds, but the unbounded Crue,
Think what they can inflict on such is due.

The latter part of his Sentence, as to Fine and Imprisonment, after he had con­tinued some little time indurance, was by I know not what sinister means remitted, and he freed.

Here I may not omit to acquaint you with another Design of theirs against Captain Lobed, acted by the Grand Ca­shier himself, with whom the Captain having some business about getting in of moneys which he was to receive out of his Office; the Cashier knowing who he was, began to sift or rather to trappan him with questions, as, Whether he was not hired by some Christian Lords to give evidence against the Petropolitans? Which he denying, as well he might, the other then began to trie him another way, by promises of great Preferments and Rewards, to corrupt him to fail in his Evidence. But this neither being taken, [Page 222] at last he proceeds (the Devils usual method) to Menaces; threatning, That if he would not serve them at home, a Ves­sel was ready, which should transport him far enough from doing any service against them. The effect of this threatning Ca­ptain Lobed soon after found (though not in specie) the Grand Cashier mali­ciously misrepresenting him to the King, so that the Guards that were allowed him for his Protection, were now set o­ver him as Spies: of which discourage­ment Lobed gave an account to the King, who graciously took the same into consi­deration, and ordered a remedy.

Many good Services (said Phileroy) notwithstanding all these discouragements, did this worthy Captain Lobed perform in the discovery of this Plot, and would have done more, had not Death preven­ted him, by cutting him off in the midst of his days and of our hopes, in the Wes [...] parts of Albonia, a thing which the Petropolitans at first rejoiced at, but with little reason, as afterwards ap­peared, when they understood, that by his dying attestations (of a thousand times more credit than any of their treasonable Martyrs) he did before an eminent Judge [Page 223] of Albonia and one of the Royal Coun­cil, upon Oath assert the truth of all that ever he deposed against the Petro­politans, in relation to the present Plot: and at the same time his loyal Spirits (then expiring) were passionately affected with the resentments he had of the dan­ger he should leave the King in, by the means of this cursed Conspiracy; with hearty Prayers to God to protect him a­gainst it.

But to proceed with my Narrative; There was one other of the Witnesses or Discoverers, that came not off so happily with them as I and Captain Lo­bed did; one Darever a Gentleman, by Birth a Scote-britain, who being in Franconia at the time when our Noble Cambrian Duke (the Flower of Chi­valry at this day) commanded the Albo­nian Forces that were sent over to assist that King in his Wars. The said Dare­ver was imployed as Agent for the Al­bonian Militia at the Franconian Court: and at the same time getting an acquaintance with an Albonian Lady, a zealous Votary of the Petropolitan Religion, she acquainted him with the present designs of introducing Petropo­litanism [Page 224] into Albonia, and of making the great Albonian Duke King of that Country, upon taking off our present So­vereign, whom God preserve. And here­upon engaged him by his Interest to in­troduce one Peter, titular Arch Bishop of L [...]dub in Bogland, to the Franco­nian King, which he did; Peter pre­senting him with a Letter and other Papers, had private conference with him, for half an hour. The substance of which, Peter afterwards told him, was to propose ways to the Franconian Prince to relieve the persecuted (as he called them) Petropolitans in Albo­nia, but more especially in Bogland, by undertaking their Protection, furnishing them with Arms, and securing one of their principal Ports for his own use.

Darever being now acquainted with their treasonable Designs, to which be­fore he was a Stranger, discovered the same to an Albonian Knight then at the Court, for his assistance to communicate it to the King of Albonia; but he re­vealing the matter to a Brother of the titular Bishops, a Petropolitan, and Colonel in the Army, and of Darevers intention to discover it at his return to [Page 225] Albonia; the Colonel and his Party hereupon threatned him, that if he ever attempted such a thing, he should be cer­tainly committed to the Great Tower at Londinopolis, or some other Prison, by their Procurement.

Notwithstanding the Loyal Gentleman (though with much difficulty) escaping their revengeful hands, got safe into Al­bonia, where he intended to acquaint the Cambrian Duke, who is esteemed a great Enemy to the Petropolitans, and was now likewise returned from Fran­conia with this Design, but before he could get an opportunity to speak with him, the Petropolitans had made their interest at Court against him: whereupon being had up before one of the Royal Se­cretaries, he was without any Examina­tion, or proof of any crime against him, sent to the Great Tower, where af­ter some Moneths stay, he was examined by the Lieutenant of that place, to whom he discovered what he intended to have said to the Cambrian Duke concerning this Design. But this was so little satis­factory to the Lieutenant (how prepos­sest, or how much a Friend to the Petro­politans, I know not) that he charged [Page 226] Darever, himself with a Design against the said Duke, and threatned to torture him if he did not confess it. This was, and is one Artifice of the Petropolitans by their powerful interests to gain so firm a possession of credit in persons, per­haps (otherwise unbyassed) as the defence of an Innocent person, whose Interest shall not bear weight with theirs, shall not be able to remove it.

Most mighty Slander (one said well)
What is it thou canst not do!
Canst change the place of Heaven for Hell,
And make a Friend a Foe:
A Foe to Treason make a Malefactor,
And the Discoverer himself the Actor.

Under this suspicion yet unproved, of an Enemy to the State, and the same suspition kept warm by the interest of his malicious Adversaries, this poor Gen­tleman was continued a Prisoner in a dark and uncouth Dungeon within the Tower (a place assigned onely for the worst of Malefactors) for the space of four years; in which time (as it is Ro­manced of St. George in his seven years Imprisonment in the Persian Court) he [Page 227] became so savage in his looks, overgrown with hair; and mean in apparel, that they that were acquainted with him before, could now hardly know him.

But from these miseries, he was at last released by the happy Convention of the Albonian Senate. The two Grand Estates thereof, being both informed of their Proceedings against him, and his Sufferings, did take upon them the Exa­mination of the business, and being suffi­ciently made sensible of his innocency, and the wrongs done him, did obtain of his Majesty a discharge for him: and he hath since his releasement, been very instrumen­tal in making farther Discoveries of this present Plot.

One more instance I shall give you (said Phileroy) of another Witness, whom God raised to confirm the truth of this Plot, one Fitz-Ienny a Gentleman of good Extract and Quality; but himself and Fa­mily all Petropolitans. And though the Principles of that Religion, in which he had been educated from his Childhood, did ingage him to the Interest of that Par­ty, yet he had so much reason and judg­ment yet left untainted in him, as to see into the horrid wickedness of rheir Practi­ces, [Page 228] and so designed to leave them, and make a Discovery.

But this was not to be done without the difficulty of losing his Relations, who, as I said, were all Petropolitans, (besides what advantages, as to his Estate, he might expect by them) Bogland, one of the two Priests that were lately executed for conspiring against the Life of the King, was his near Kinsman, and his Elder Brother, a person deeply con­cerned in the present Plot, for which he was after put into the Den of Thieves, about the time that this Fitz-Ienny was about to make his Discovery. Whereup­on the Petropolitans grounded this ma­licious report of him, that he had betray­ed, and would prosecute his Brother meerly to get the Inheritance of the Estate from him, by incapacitating him to enjoy it. But the Vanity of this Slan­der he easily made out, by his generous declining all such selfish advantages, in that he would not deliver in his Infor­mations, till such time as he got a pro­mise, from the Lords of the Royal Council to obtain the Kings Pardon for his said Brother.

His Kinsman Bogland did, both at his [Page 229] Trial and at his Death, like (a true Petropolitan) deny a necessary circum­stance in the Evidence against him, which was material to his Conviction, as name­ly that he was at Londinopolis upon such a day acting in the Design, when at the same time he affirmed with solemn Pro­testations that he was remote off in the Country. This Circumstance for a time, the Petropolitans did much glory in. But this his Kinsman Fitz-Ienny know­ing the truth of the matter, being called upon to attest the same at the Trial of some other Priests afterwards, did ho­nestly declare that he was with the said Bogland at the same time mentioned in the Evidence, at Londinopolis, by which means the truth of that particular was cleared, and the Petropolitans defeated of their design.

Thus see (you Cheats) what truth the dying words
Of your pretended Martyrs now affords,
What credit's to such dying sayings due,
That live and act so wickedly as you.

This was the first proof of the integrity of this worthy Confessor, after which he [Page 230] proceeded to discover several other of their Practices, both at home and abroad, as namely, that being at Petropolis, he heard the Ignatians affirm, as a Ca­non of their Religion, that the Grand Viccar had Power to depose Kings; and that Princes being by him once excom­municate (which in their sense is not only to Vn-christian them, but to Vn-king them) it is not only a thing lawful, but meritorious for their Subjects to kill them.

And by the way (said Phileroy) this Doctrine of theirs (known to be allowed and approved by them in their most au­thentique writings) may serve to un-rid­dle that mysterious Salvo, so formally used by them in their dying Speeches, and by which the over-credulous Vulgar are so easily amused into a persuasion of their Innocency viz. [That they are In­nocent of any Design or Endeavour to kill the King.] For according to this Doctrine, and in their Petropolitan sense, Our King is no King, being deprived both of Name and Office by the Iudg­ment of the Chair.

But to return to our matter; this wor­thy Fitz-Ienny being more true to his [Page 231] Country and Conscience, than regard­ful of his dearest Interests hath spared neither Friend nor Foe in these his Dis­coveries: A Narrative of which he hath since published to the World, and therein informed us, how his Kinsman Bog­land offered to forgive him a Debt of 20 l. if he would be assisting to them in ta­king off the King; which he absolutely refusing, the other then pressed him to acquaint him (if he knew of any) with some Boglanders, Petropolitans, that were fit for that (devilish) purpose; Fitz-Ienny then named three to him, besides one Fitz-Will an Albonian, who were the four Ruffians (first approved by Bog­land) that were after imployed to kill the King at his Pallace in the Country; the names of whom particularly he men­tioned in his Discovery, upon which the Royal Proclamation was afterwards issued out for their seizing.

It was no small temptation to this wor­thy Confessor, that during this while he was continually attacqued by the most passionate and importunate Letters of his nearest Relations, urging him as a Rebel to his own Blood, with the ne­cessity of bringing a certain ruine upon his [Page 232] whole family, if he went on in his pro­ceedings; but these powerful Suada's had so little Influence upon the Constancy of his mind, and prevailed no more to reduce him to his former (but now aban­doned) Principles, (the thing they princi­pally aimed) than that they produced the quite contrary effects, both to confirm him in his Resolutions; and the Consideration thereof, together with the Conviction of the (now clearly detected) Villany of that Party whose profession he had own­ed, did so far prevail with his aged Fa­ther, that (abjuring his own) he became a Proselyte to the Christian Religion; and farther, to make the Triumphs of his Testimony and the truth more illustrious, he gained another Convert out of his Fa­thers Family, a Secular Priest, and Re­tainer to it in that Office, who, by this means, was taken from performing Ido­latrous Worship in a private Family, to the service of (more than one Tribe in Israel) his King and Country.

This Person, by name Smithus, since his Conversion, hath gratified the World (as an Evidence of his sincerity) with some excellent Treatises of his own penning, e­vincing the inconsistency of Petropoli­tan [Page 233] Principles, with the Peace and Security of States and Kingdoms; a thing, said Phileroy, which if Christian Princes were sufficiently sensible of, they would no more suffer any of that vi­perous brood to harbour within their Dominions, than they would known Traitors and Murtherers to dwell with­in their Pallaces: Besides, having in those Treatises exposed their Villanies in this present Design, (according to those Principles) he hath justified the Honour and Justice of the Albonian Tribunals, in their procedures against the Plotters, and also vindicated the Testimony of Fitz-Ienny, particularly by manifest De­monstration of passages relating to it, whereof he himself had been an ocular Witness.

And now you Petropolitans dare you vie
The Glories of a cursed Obstinacy,
In dying Traitors to the Constancy
Of this brave Man, that for his Countries good
Trampl'd on all the Ties of Flesh and Blood,
And brav'd your Malice with a well fixt Zeal,
What you durst act, he dared to reveal;
[Page 234]And whiles your traiterous Breaths with lyes expire,
His Breasts inflamed with the sacred Fire
Of Truth, such Truths as the Preservatives
Of our Religion, Properties and Lives
Against your Treasons, in the Rolls of Fame
Shall be recorded to your lasting Shame;
And Spight of all your damned Treachery
Justice and Truth shall gain the Victory.

And thus, said Phileroy, (having end­ed his poetical Rapture) I have given you, my dear Philopatris, a summary Ac­count of those Witnesses, that it pleased God, in his gracious Providence, to raise for the farther Discovery, and better Confirmation of this cursed Plot, and next to the Divine Favour that honour­ed me so far, as to make me the first Dis­coverer of it. I am obliged to that good­ness of God, that has raised so many to bear their Testimony with me, that I have no reason to complain with Elijah, That I only am left: God has yet re­served many and many ways for the car­rying on of this great work of his Pro­vidence, to the Confusion (as we hope) of his and his Churches Enemies; al­though you may perceive by these last [Page 235] Narratives, that they have not been want­ing, by all the treacherous ways they could think of, both to defeat our Evi­dence, and to ruine our persons, if it lay in their Power; so that one Witness should be too many to survive amongst us, if they could help it.

CHAP. IX.

St. Omers Lads sent for over; their impu­dent Practices to defeat the Evidence of Phileroy, but to no purpose. Dagdule comes in a Witness against the Plotters; their practices to suborn him defeated. An account of the Tryal of the Physitian that was to poison the King; his unex­pected acquittal upon it. An Account of their Designs of firing the Towns and Ci­ties in Albonia; what Progress they made, and the Discovery of their Designs. A Relation of the Proceedings (in the Grand Senate) against the Petropolitan Lords; and the Trial, Condemnation and Exe­cution of the Lord Fordstaff. The Au­thor in a Vision discovers the Meal-tub-Plot; [Page 236] meets then with Ovi-pellupus [...] Sham-plotter, who at a retirement, ac­quaints him with the Design of that In­trigue, and the Discovery of it by Cam­peril a Renegade Discoverer. Cam­peril, engaged by the Petropolitan Lords, in several Services relating to the Plot. An account of his Treaty with Gad the Astrologer about it.

YEt now it comes into my mind, I will, (before I leave this Subject) ac­quaint you with another help they had at a dead lift, to assist them in baffling our Evidence. You know we heard when we were at Strombolo, that St. Omers in Franconia was assigned them as the chief place of Rendezvous: and also for a Colledge or Nursery for training up their young Frie, and instructing them in the sacred mysteries of King-killing and destruction of States and Kingdoms.

Here a Party of them have kept their Consults, and hence as occasion hath re­quired, they have from time to time sent over Supplies to their Correspondents in Albonia, in which Negotiations I and Ca­ptain Lobed have several times been sent over thither, while we were of their [Page 237] Party, and there the Younkers got some acquaintance with us, which their Friends here have made an opportunity now of a Design against us. For the Old Foxes having had so bad Success in following their Game that they were continually taken in our Toils, and defeated of their prey. Not knowing which way better to help themselves, they sent over to St. Omers for a Litter of those Cubs, that by this time had been so well instru­cted in the Game, that they could follow the scent of Bloud, and imitate the Old Reynards in their wily ways of Lying and Equivocation pretty dextrously. No sooner was this Litter come over, but their Game was shewed them, I it was that they were to worry. Indeed I had got some of the Old Foxes in a Noole (Blancpain and the rest of his Gang, being now upon their Trial) and these young Cubs were to gnaw asunder the Cord (if they could) to unsnare them, that is, to thwart and contradict my Evi­dence. I had sworn that I was present in the Moneth of April at a Consult in Londinopolis; their Lesson was, that I was then, and some Moneths after with them at St. Omers; yet they had not [Page 238] so well conned their Lesson, but when came to say it, they faltred pitifully.

And though they opened wide and yelped amain, yet all was little to the purpose; for it was perceived, that while they built the Babel of a mighty confi­dence upon these Younkers undertaking, they had sent amongst them the Confu­sion of Tongues, so that Hammer and Morter were there as relative to one purpose, as their Evidences one to another: For some of them would make me to leave St. Omers in May, others would have me not to leave it till Iune, but one Gentleman, whose tongue had got the start of his wit, retched it as far as Iuly, which the Court taking notice of, told him that his Evidence was wide of all the rest, who agreed upon either the latter end of May, or the beginning of Iune. But to help the matter, he told them, if he failed in any thing as to the punctuality of the time, yet he was sure I staid at St. Omers till the Consult was over. This was the Mark they aimed at, (shoot high or low) to prove that I was not at the Consult at the time I alledged, and so could not be a Witness of what passed there. But this [Page 239] confident Lad, though he and the rest had mistook their Proofs, yet he remembred the Text, to prove that I was not at the Consult, for he was sure, (right or wrong, when or when not) that I staid at St. O­mers, till the same was over. The ob­servation of this passage caused some laughter in the Court, but more satisfa­ction to them; when after these Whelps had done mouthing their idle tales and falshoods) I brought in six or seven credible Witnesses to make good my own Allegation, that I was all the Moneth of April here in Town. This, as it was full satisfaction to the Iudge and Jury, so it proved such a defeat to the Younkers, that upon the discouragement thereof, they have not since appeared so publickly to confront Evidence.

Yet still privately they endeavour (if possible) to corrupt them, as lately one Dagdule a Witness lately come in against them, having published his Informations of their Practices, they procured a man and a woman with proffers of great and certain Rewards, to tempt him to retract what he had said or written; and had drawn up a Paper ready for him to sign to, to that purpose. But though out of a [Page 240] design to trie how far they would pro­ceed with him, he kept them for some time in suspense about it; yet in that time having acquainted some Magi­strates with it, he (by Virtue of their Warrant) took a convenient opportunity to seize them, and hath laid them both in Prison till such time as they shall be called to their Trial to answer for their Subornation. This hath been the suc­cess (and no better) that they have hitherto met with in tampering with our Wit­nesses, and this hath made the Wheels of their Motion to go on so heavily hi­therto. And may they never move swiftlier till they be overwhelmed with the torrents of a deserved Vengeance.

Phileroy having given me these ac­counts of the Witnesses, which were very pleasing and satisfactory to me, I desired him (having first drank a Glass of Wine to recruit his Spirits) to inform me of some other matters relating to the Plot, as they should come into his mind, for that all late passages were News to me, being come over so lately from Strom­bolo. Phileroy told me, that in a De­sign so confused, and that tended to no­thing but confusion, as this did, it was [Page 241] impossible for him to observe any order or method, in his Discourses. And there­fore he would rather I would hint to him what matters I would desire to be resol­ved of, and he would give me the best satisfaction he could about them.

I thanked him for the kindness, and the first thing I desired him to satisfie me in, was about the Devils Drugster, the Physitian that was imployed to poison the King, whether since his imprison­ment he had been brought to his Trial. Phileroy informed me, that he had; together with two Benedictine Monks and a Lay-Brother of that Order, who were all tried before the Supreme Iu­stice of the Kings Court. But (said Phileroy) although I then sufficiently proved what I told you I had formerly charged him with before the Royal Council, of his being hired to kill the King by a Letter which I proved to be of his own hand-writing, by a Note en­tered in their Registry, under the pre­tended Rector of Londinopolis Court­har's own hand, of his acceptance of 15000 l. for that Service. And although it was farther proved by Captain Lobed that the said Courthar at one time gave [Page 242] him a Bill for the receipt of 2000 l. in part of payment; and at the same time that the Physician should declare that the business must be closely followed, and that if they should miss doing of it in one place, they must do it in ano­ther; yet notwithstanding all this Evi­dence, the Twelve Men (who accor­ding to the Albonian Laws, are the pro­per Judges of matters of Fact) brought in a Verdict for him of Not guilty; and did the like by the other four that were tried with him, though it was apparently proved that they were all Abettors of the Plot, and consented to the giving of 6000 l. for the carrying of it on, to be raised out of the Stock of their Society; notwithstanding which, they also were brought in Not guilty; so they were all acquitted. It is thought that the Purse of Gold that the Physician received from the Grand Viccar, had so strong a Charm in it, as to render him invulnera­ble against any penalties of Law or Justice.

Now sure Astraea's fled unto the skies,
Or she would punish such damn'd villanies.
[Page 243] Curs'd be that Gold, and curs'd that Sentence be,
That brib'd the Judge, and set such Traitors free.

The next thing that I desired to be in­formed of, was concerning one part of their Design which I heard given them in charge at Strombolo, of firing our Towns and Habitations. In this Phile­roy told me they were not idle; for that besides that dreadful Conflagration that laid this great City in ashes in the year 1666. which Captain Lobed, who was after in the year 1676. engaged by the Benedictine Monks at Paris on the like Designs, hath in a Narrative (since published to the World) made out to be begun and carried on by the Petropoli­tans, with a considerable booty of many thousand pounds value, which they got to themselves as Plunder, out of the Goods of the distressed Citizens.

They have since carried on the Design as hotly as before, by firing several other Towns and Corporations in Albonia, and particularly lately a great part of a famous and populous Burrough on the South side of Londinopolis.

[Page 244]This Design is carried on by a parti­cular Committee, who have sub-divided themselves into several Parties, accor­ding to their various managements, to contrive the most likely means and pla­ces for the carrying on of their work. It is said they have been contrived no less then twelve several distinct ways to cause and promote these Fires; One of which is by bribing Servants to fire the Houses of their Masters. The Manager of this part, was one Father Giffordus, a Villain that hath been a principal Actor in most of the former Conflagrations, who had engaged one Nicholas to play the Devil in his room. This Nicholas, as a proof of his skill, having some acquaintance with a Servant-Maid living with a Lawyer in the West parts of this City, insinuated himself by his subtle Arguments so far with her, as upon promise of 5 l. and half a Crown in earnest, he procured her to set fire on her Masters Papers, which set fire on the House; but Watchmen com­ing by (it being late at night) prevented its spreading and seized her; when carry­ing her before a Magistrate, she confes­sed the Fact, and who it was that im­ployed [Page 245] her. Whereupon Warrants were issued out against the said Nicholas, who was likewise taken, and upon his Examina­tion, vouched over Monsieur le Priest, the aforesaid Giffordus, as the principal imployer; whose Maxim he said it was, That it was no sin to fire all the hou­ses of the Hereticks and Hugonots (meaning the Christians.) Besides this, he being now upon the Stool of Repen­tance, and willing to have the honour of a Discoverer, did so largely set forth the merits of his Patron Gifford in several other Exploits of the like nature, some already acted, and some onely in design: besides some goodly Treasons of no small size, that the said Gifford went very big with, and waited to be delivered of; that for the sake and service of this Discovery, he obtained his pardon, and the Maid likewise. After which a Proclamation was issued out for the taking of the said Gifford.

Thus we may see how Rome 'gainst us conspires,
By deeds of darkness and destructive Fires.
[Page 246]Let them proceed, but at their peril know,
Our Fires above will kindle theirs below.

I perceived after these long Discourses, that Phileroy began to be heavy-eyed, and so (methoughts) for all I was sleeping and dreaming all this while, I was too; but my Fansic did so violently work upon these matters, that I could not rest till I were satisfied in one thing more; which was, how matters stood with the Petro­politan Lords, who I understood by Phileroy, were now imprisoned in the Royal Tower. I desired him onely to give me some short accounts of the pro­ceedings against them, and then I would give him no farther trouble at this time. Phileroy willing to gratifie my curiosity to the utmost (rubbing his eyes a little) began thus:

I have already, said Phileroy, in some of my former Discourses with you about these matters, acquainted you how these five Lords came to be drawn into the Plot, and the nature of their Crimes; which as they are complicated together, would be tedious to recite to you. But for these Crimes being imprisoned in the Royal Tower, they had afterwards an [Page 247] Impeachment drawn up against them by the Lower Senate, consisting (as you know) of the Commonalty of the whole Kingdom, wherein they were severally charged with High-Treason, for conspi­ring with the Secretary and the other Traitors (whose Facts and Trials have been already mentioned) to subvert the Christian Religion, and introducing Petropolitanism, to murther the King, to alienate our Estates, to seize our Gar­risons, to introduce foreign Arms, and to that end receiving Commissions of Places and Offices by allowing Contribu­tions out of their Estates to carry on the Designs of their Treason, with several other particulars, too tedious to enume­rate; which Impeachment, according to custom, was carried up to the Senate of Lords, before whom the matters therein charged were to be tried.

To this Impeachment, the said five Lords being called upon to give in their Answer, made a Demurr, (a Phrase you know used in their Forms by our Lawyers in Albonia) which they gave in in Writing; for that the Facts alledg­ed in the Impeachment, were so general, and the times and places (wherein they [Page 248] were mentioned to be done) so uncertain, that they could not with safety give any direct answer to them.

But, by the Votes of the Lower Se­nate, this Demurr was over-ruled, and they Ordered to plead according to form of Law to the matters of Fact charged against them; and then they put in their Pleas severally, the substance of which in general was only Protestations of their Innocency, and submitting the Trial of their Peers.

And now great Expectations were of their being brought to a speedy Trial, and Scaffolds for that purpose erected in the midst of the High Courts of Justice. But in the mean time the Grand Cashier whom the Lower Senate had now like­wise impeached for Treason, but had for some time absconded, did now unexpect­edly come in and surrendred himself, in­sisting upon a Pardon, which he had ob­tained (although as yet there was no Crime proved against him.) But this the Lower Senate Voted illegal; upon which, and upon another point (of the right of the Spiritual Lords to be Iudges at those Trials) which they de­nied, such misunderstandings arose be­twixt [Page 249] the Lower Senate, and the Se­nate of Lords, that the King was forced at last to dissolve the Session: After which the Grand Cashier was secured a Prisoner in the Royal Tower, where he and the rest of the Petropolitan Lords, except the Lord Fordstaff, are yet remaining: Although several Se­nates have been since called, but their Sittings so short, by reason of some un­happy Misunderstanding amongst those Grand Estates about the Proceedings against the Great Duke, occasioning their sudden Dissolution, that they have not had opportunity to proceed upon their Tryals; only the Last Senate that has been since called, saving one, the aforesaid Lord Fo [...]dstaff was brought to his Trial before the Senate of Lords, where the Lower Senate as Prosecutors appeared against him, charging him particularly with Design to murther the King, and offering Money to have it done: This hor­rid Fact was by two Witnesses fully proved against him, whereupon after se­veral days Trial (which the Senate in fa­vour allowed him) he was convicted of High-Treason, and had the Sentence of Traitors passed upon him, but by the [Page 250] Mercy of the King, that Sentence was mitigated only to the taking off his Head, which Death he hath since suffered upon the Hill adjoining to the Royal Tower, dying like a true Petropolitan, by justi­fying his Innocency, and denying the Facts charged upon him, which he for­mally read out of a Paper, supposed up­on good grounds to be drawn up for him by some of the party, as the like hath been proved in other cases; some Petro­politans about the Staffold were ob­served to dip their handkerchiefs in his Blood, which no doubt was esteemed by them as a precious Relique.

Phileroy having thus far obliged me, by giving me in so large an Account of the matters I desired to be satisfied about, I thought I could do no less than gratifie him in that which I perceived Nature and his Weariness required, by suffer­ing him to take a Repose, it being now late at Night, or rather morning, when our Discourse was finished, so we lay down together, at least I fancied so; for no sooner was I laid down, but the Ma­gick of my Fancy (still in continual mo­tion) transported me to a place, where no­lens, volens, I was forced to stay (being now [Page 251] a meer passible subject to my own ima­gination) and expecting to meet with some adventure, I staid not long before I perceived some Persons, that I knew to be Petropolitans, to enter into an house just over against me, and amongst the rest, one that I had observed at Strombolo to be of the crew of Sham-plotters, attired in one of these habits which I observed were there wore by them: This Person coming over with us in the same Ship, had there so much knowledge of me, and I of him, that I resol­ved at this time to renew acquaintance with him, that I might thereby under­stand what Designs they were then upon; Whereupon taking my Ticket (that is) my Rosarie and Crucifix out of my pocket, I hung them at my Girdle, that I might appear no other than a Petropo­litan. I made up to him, and saluted him with a Salve mi Frater: He hereupon looking wistly upon my face, stood still, not knowing whether he had best own his own knowledge of me or no, lest I should prove a Trappan; But my ratling my B [...]ds at my Girdle drew his Eyes off to that place where (and only where.) I was a Petro­politan; this served to removed his [Page 252] Suspicion, and thereupon without far­ther scruple (telling me he was glad to see me) he took me by the hand, and drew me into the House, telling me by the way, that we should now understand the Results of their Sham-Plot. I durst not presume to ask him what Sham he meant, lest I should appear to be as igno­rant as indeed I was, and so incur a new suspicion; but told him, I longed my self very much to understand the Consequence of it. So we proceeded and came into a Room where the Managers were; a pretty Company there was of them, all sitting in a very disconsolate posture, and amongst the rest a Woman in a Matron-like dress, looking with a very rueful Countenance, and often wringing her hands in a passionate manner. I heard her often repeat, [Never was so hopeful a Birth spoiled for want of due Care and Management; since the time that I have practised Midwifry I never met with the like Miscarriage.] By this I understood she was a Midwife, and one that perhaps might be imployed to ob­stetricate in this present Plot; The rest of the Company were mute as Fishes, & their cloaths and visages besmeared with some­thing [Page 253] white, like Meal or Flower; I concluded this was the Reason they were so mealy Mouthed: And in the midst of the company I perceived a Tub of Meal standing, but what the conceit of it should be I knew not, except it were some Grist of the Seminaries grain, prepared to send over to Petropolis to make Nor­folk Dumplings for the Albonian Cardinal; I understood nothing of their Design by all this, and durst not ask questions for fear of being suspected for a Novice or Intruder: But my old Mate that introduced me, gave me some light by the question, that I overheard, put to one of the Company, to whom he appli­ed himself, asking him what was become of the Book of the Model of the Plot, and whether there had been any Discove-to whom the other replied, yes, and that the whole Design was discovered by means of that Apostate, Renegade Campe­ril, who violating his Trust, had disclosed the whole Design to the Londinopoli­an Magistrates; and for the Books and Papers wherein the Model of the De­sign was contained, and were hid in the Meal-Tub there before them for more security; the same (upon some unhappy [Page 254] notice thereof given) had been seized by a Magistrate, Sir Edmond's Successor, and carried to the Royal Council. By these short hints I perceived that their Sham-Plot (of what nature soever it were) was defeated.

And that their Meal, though wrought and kneaded so.
Their Cake ill baked was, and proved dough.

Alack and welladay, this was all the language now amongst them, though some sate in a sullen discontent, and said nothing; I confess I had no inclination to sympa­thise with them in their Sorrows, but on the contrary had a violent temptation up­on me to laugh it out, and my spleen was already so tickled with the pleasure of their defeat, that I had certainly done it, if I had not by force changed my looks into another posture, by making as well as I could, an ugly and whining kind of face as they did.

Dolores ingentes stupent, the trouble of this defeat had so dampt their Courages, that they sate together like the Friends at a Quakers silent Meeting, looking [Page 255] one upon another, as whist as Mice, until their unsociable silence began to make their company wearisom to each other, so that some of them beginning to rise up, the rest did the same; and having made their complements to the Midwife, who I perceived was Mistriss of that house, they then took leave one of another, and departed to their several quarters; only I and my Companion, who called himself Ovipellu [...]us, took a way by our selves. For, methoughts, I was very unwilling to part company with him, till I had got from him some farther Informations of this present Design. As we passed the Streets I perceived a Tavern on the other side of the way, into which I invited my Strombolian to accompany me, that we might drink a condoling cup, and wash away our Sorrows; he easily ac­cepted my offer, and we went in toge­ther; it was as I remember at the Myter near to the St. Dunstan, a house much frequented by the Petropolitans; to a­void suspicion, Ovipellupus (as the rest did) had left his Sham-Cloak at the house we came from, and now appeared in querpo like a Gentleman of the Town: I had also put my Bead-banbles [Page 256] into my pocket, that I might be as un­suspected as he; being fixed in a room to­gether, I contrived with my self how I should do to pump him, I perceived he had no mistrust of me, that I was other than I pretended, and therefore I was fain to carry my self accordingly, begin­ning with a very solemn groan as he did; but on my part nothing in the Earth could be ever more feigned, telling him how deeply I resented the miscarriage of a De­sign that had been so carefully managed; Carefully (said Ovipellupus) no, there you are mistaken, had it been so carefully managed as it ought, it had never miscar­ried: But a pox upon that Rogue Cam­peril, had not he plaid the knave with us all had been well; but we may thank our selves for admitting such Knaves into our Society; (and I wonder) thought I with my self, were all such removed from you, what a mighty Number there would be of you.

I tell thee Brother (said he) we have a Company of Traitors amongst us, (true still thought I) that lie lurking for opportu­nities to betray us: I fear so too, said I, but we must be the more wary for the future whom we trust; for my part I was al­ways [Page 257] afraid that this Camperil would prove treacherous. It is proved too true, replied he, and the old proverb is made good in him; that tells you, [Save a Chief from the Gallows, and he will cut your throat if he can.] I will maintain it, we had better have gone to Hell for an Instrument to have served us, than to have robbed the Goal of such a Rogue as he is. It was mighty plea­sant to me to hear the Religious Knave speak the truth so ingeniously, out of a Design to rail down the Honesty of a Dis­coverer.

Before he proceeded farther, he would needs know of me what my Office or Imployment was; I told him, I was a Masquerader (or Brumingham, as the moderate term is used) for that Par­ty. That is an Imployment, said he, much like to mine; (nothing thought I, but honesty makes the difference.) But being earnest to enter upon my enquiry into this business, I could not tell which way better to excuse my ignorance, and to get an Information from him, than to acquaint him, that though I understood the Design in general, yet as to the parti­culars I was a Stranger, having been for [Page 258] some time absent from Albonia, in parts beyond the Seas. He asked me what Parts? I told him Strombolo, at a Ge­neral Court of Assize there holden by the Sieur Rhadamanthus. His next Question was, Whether any of our Friends were tried there? I told him, Yes, and named several, as Blancpain, Courthar, Wickfen, &c. all which were (notwith­standing, the merit of their Services) by the Iudges Sentence committed to Purgatory. With that, fetching an heavy figh, he replied, That he was afraid the Grand Vicar had deluded them all; and that that would be the place they should all go to. But, said he, rather than I will be hanged up like a Dog for my Services, and then be roasted in Pur­gatory after that, I am almost in the mind to trie to get to Heaven the new way, and turn Renegade my self. I told him that would be his surest course, and mine too, for that there was but little dependance to be had upon the Grand Viccar, I ha­ving my self heard him declare, that his Clavis Coeli was become useless, for that the Wards of the Locks had been al­tered since this Plot was designed, which I presumed was upon some distaste taken [Page 259] in Heaven at it. I hoped by this discourse of mine, that I should fetch the Devil of Rebellion out of him; but in the mean while, I desired him to give me some short account of their late proceedings; which he did with the Exordium of an ‘Insandum (frater) jubes renovare dolorem: Virg. Aeneid.

You are not ignorant, said he to me, what provisions the Designers of this Plot have made in case of Discovery, by shamming off our Designs upon the dissenting Parties of the Albonian Chri­stians; and to set up them for the Cri­minals in our own room. And having been of late so often detected by the Re­negade Discoverers, we thought it high time to set our Designs on foot.

To this end we acquainted some of the Petropolitan Lords (now in the Royal Tower) with our intentions, who have since their restraint been serviceable to us in many of our designments.

The Instrument we pitched upon as most fit for our purpose, was this Rene­gade Camperil, a person (though of broken Fortunes, yet) of ingenious parts, [Page 260] a subtle head, and profligate enough to attempt any Villany he should be put on.

Our Design was broke to him by the Midwife, at whose house you found us, the Wife of a Franconian Merchant, and so zealous a Votary to the Petropolitan Religion, that she declared a courage and resolution beyond what is usual in her Sex, in all her actings. This person was a great Confident of the Lady Wispo's, Wife to one of the Petropolitan Lords, and as zealous in this Cause as her self. By whose advice and assistance, the afore­said Camperil, after some petty trials had of his abilities, was imployed in the Service.

He was then a Prisoner in the Den of Thieves, but upon confidence of the great Services that (when at large) he might do them, the Midwife procured his Liberty; and when afterwards he was again clapt up in the Debtors prison for Debt, she got him removed into the Royal prison, where he enjoyed more liberty, and allowed him 20 s. a Week for his maintenance. In this place he was imployed to trappan some Prisoners by hard drinking, to get something out of [Page 261] them against Captain Lobed, which came to nothing; but finding him dex­trous in his attempts, they resolved to free him, that he might be wholly at their devotion; when having compounded his Debts for 700 l. The Midwife paid down the money for him, and so dischar­ged him out of Prison. And upon his release, he is by her brought acquainted with the Lady Wispo, who well appro­ving of him, provides him Lodging and Money, with promises to raise his For­tunes. Then acquaints him with the Lord Maincastle, who likewise approves him.

Then they imploy him to get some Petropolitan Priests discharged out of Prison.

After that, he is sent by the Lady Wispo with a Pacquet to a Priest in the Country, from whom he receives back some Papers, which he was to deliver to the said Lady containing the Ground­work of the present Plot, That Pam­phlets should be writ, and persons im­ployed in places of publique Enter­tainment, to rail against the dissent­ing Albonian Christians.

Some other Services in which he was im­ployed by them, before they engaged him in this Plot, were namely these:

[Page 262]To be Tutor under the Lord Mainca­stle (who was their Grand Instructor) to the Youths of St. Omers, who were for some time kept in close Pickle in the Midwifes house, ready for use when occa­sion should require.

To get two Villains, Knoxius and Elan discharged out of Prison, and to corrupt them to swear false matters against Phileroy, the Renegade and Grand Enemy to our Party, namely Sodomy and Buggery. But this Design would not take, but Phileroy, after a Legal Trial, was acquitted.

He was farther to write some Pam­phlets, and dispose others in the most publique Coffee-houses and places of Entertainment, tending to raise Sedition amongst the People, and especially to in­cense them against the Dissenters. And besides this, he is imployed in transcri­bing Letters, and forty Lists of the Names of Persons, each List containing above 800 Names: which were privately to be dispersed by our Agents all over Al­bonia, in the houses of the Christian Dissenters, and then Searches were afterwards to be made in those houses upon other pretences; and upon finding [Page 263] these dangerous Papers, the Masters of those houses were to be seized for Trea­son.

He is afterwards sent for to one of the Petropolitan Lords in the Royal Tower, and by him tampered with for a great reward to kill the King. But this he not having courage enough to un­dertake, he was then (for the reward of 500 l.) put upon killing the little Earl Anthony, a great Enemy to our Party; but this Design, though he undertook, yet never effected.

He is then imployed by the Midwife, in the company of some persons of Qua­tity, to go to one of the Devils Coun­sellors, one Gad a Petropolitan Star­gazer, who was to be consulted by his Art to find out, whether the King should outlive the Great Duke, or the contrary. If it happened the King should survive, then we were to proceed in our Design to dispatch him. And the Conjurer told them that he had discovered by his Scheme, that the Stars had allotted the King the Survivorship, if some violent Fate did not determine his days sooner; and blamed Camperil very severely that he refused himself to kill him, being a [Page 264] person, as he said, who (upon calcula­tion of his Nativity) he found to be very fit for that purpose.

And here Ovipellupus paused a little to refresh his spirits with a Glass of Wine, and I in the mean while standing in a pro­found amazement at these mysteries of iniquity, especially at the treachery of this impudent Wizard, diverted my fan­sie with these Distichs on him, and the passages of the Treason.

To find the Fates of two Great Brothers, he
Was to inspect the Book of Destiny.
The Stars must be made Parties to the Plot;
‡ And Heaven, call'd in to do what Hell cannot
Flectere si nequeo, &c.
If the Possessors life held longest date,
He must dispatched be by some dire Fate,
To let in a Successor; but let Rome,
And all such Wizards fall, ere that day come.

CHAP. X.

Ovipellupus relates at large the manage­ment of the Meal-Tub Plot, designed a­gainst the principal of the Albonian No­bility, and the manner of its Discovery by Camperil: The Authors Vision of the meeting of the Grand Senate at Mi­nerva's City, where meeting with Phile­roy, he receives an account from him of some passages relating to the Plot, par­ticularly of the Libel published by the Midwife: Her sentence upon it of a Fine, and to stand three several days in the Pillory; She is afterwards (upon new matters) indicted of High Treason: The attempt of the Petropolitans to as­sassinate Arnoldus a Magistrate: The Assassinates discovered and punished: An account of the Bogland Plot: The im­peachment of Fitzar, and the difference that arose in the Grand Senate about it: The Senate Dissolved: The Grand Ca­shier accused by Fitzar of the murther of Sir Edmond: A Shamplot contrived upon it, and its discovery: The Ghost of Sir Edmond appears to the Author, gives [Page 266] him an account of the Design. The Conclusion.

WHile I was mumbling over these lines (as they came into my mind) softly to my self, I perceived by the fixing of his eyes upon me, that my Com­panion took notice of it; wherefore to blind the matter, I fell a ratling over my Beads, that he might think I was at my prayers, which put him into the same hu­mour; so that he began also to jumble his Trumpery, and mutter over his Pater­nosters very devoutly. Whosoever had seen us in these postures (upon such a Sub­ject as our last was) would have thought that the Spirit of Conjuring had invaded us likewise.

Well after our Devotions were over, I desired Ovipellupus to proceed in hi [...] Story: which he did thus;

Having, said he, given you in short some accompts of the Exploits of Camper [...] in this Service, I come now to the mai [...] business, which hath so unhappily succee­ded.

This Shamplot was intended to be fixed chiefly upon the Dissenters, b [...] was withal to take in the principal Parties [Page 267] of the Christian Nobility and Gen­try, against whom we had prepared those that by confident swearing should infal­libly maintain our cause against them, and make them the Plotters.

Our Instrument Camperil, having, as I told you before, prepared the way to our design by scattering seditious Papers abroad in the name of the Dissenters, was now (for the perfecting of it) intro­duced to the Great Duke, to whom (ac­cording to the Model of the Design) he related the names of several of the Chri­stian Nobility (the Cambrian Duke being one) that should be concerned in this present Plot.

The Great Duke having rewarded him for his Discovery, brought him to the King, to whom he gave in the same account, and had by his Majesty 40 l. or­dered him for a gratuity; after which he sent a Letter to the K. (being at one of his Country Pallaces) with another Wheedle, that the Dissenters held a great corre­spondence with his Enemies of Belgia.

All this while the management was carried on well, and all things promised fair; there was now no more to do but to make an actual Discovery of the trea­sonable [Page 268] Papers in some of the Dissen­ters keeping, and to put the stolen Goods into some honest mens Pockets, that should therefore be charged with them, and clear the Thief of the suspition. And this was contrived by the Lady Wis­po to be fixed upon one Colonel Sel­man, a Christian Gentleman and in­veterate hater of our Party. Camperil having found out his Lodgings, goes to take one himself in the same house; and looking up and down amongst the Rooms, takes his opportunity to fix some of his treasonable Papers behind a Beds-head, and then goes and informs some Officers belonging to the Kings Customs, that there were some prohibited Goods con­cealed in the house, to the value of 2000l. and taking the opportunity of the Colo­nels absence, brings them to the place, in order to seize them.

The Officers suspected nothing of Plats or Treasons, but being busie in their Search, and Camperil pretending to be as busie as they in ransacking the Rooms, finds out (what he need not have looked for) the treasonable Papers in the place where he left them, and then makes a hideous out-cry of Treason. [Page 269] The Officers being to search for Goods, and not for Treasons, take the Papers for the prohibited Goods, and carry them to their Office.

After which Colonel Selman return­ing to his Lodgings, and being acquainted with these passages, suspects the Design, and enquiring after Camperil, finds that he lodged at the Midwifes house, and thereupon gets on Order to bring him before the Royal Council, who exami­ned the business, and found by the attesta­tions of the Witnesses, that the Design was forged by Camperil, who as stoutly denied it, and persisted to charge the Co­lonel, but to no purpose. Afterwards a Letter was intercepted, which Campe­ril had writ to the Lady Wispo, giving her an account of these passages; by which it appeared that she also was a Party concerned in the Design.

The Model of our Design, and some other Papers relating to it, were hid by the Midwife in the Meal Tub that we saw l [...]tely, but upon some unhappy notiee given thereof to a Magistrate, the same were soon after found out and seized▪ wherein Commissions were feigned to be given out to the Chief of the Chri­stian [Page 270] Nobility for raising a Rebellious Army, and other treasonable matters; all which now signified nothing against them: for Camperil finding himself now trapt in his Designs, went before some Magistrates of the City, and voluntari­ly made a Discovery of the whole Design.

This (the sad Catastrophe of our busi­ness) I understood by one of the Compa­ny where we were, and you see how it hath dampt them: for my own part if our Shams succeed no better than they have yet done, but that we must be contented to be the Traitors our selves still, and at last be hanged up for our Roguery: I am resolved to do as Phileroy and the rest have done, and turn Discoverer too: Hang it, 'tis better venturing at Prefer­ment in an honest way, than to hazard an Halter by the contrary; and with that, filling a brimmer of the consolating Li­quor, he drank to me upon't; and I free­ly pledged him, telling him, I was clear­ly of his mind; for I perceived by the bad Successes we have had in all our At­tempts hitherto in this Plot, that we did but fight against Heaven, which plain­ly took part against us, and would cer­tainly ruine us if we still proceeded; wish­ing [Page 271] him to persist in his Resolution, and that when ever he put it into Execution, I my self would accompany him; and up­on the same account I answered his Glass to me with another to him; and so wash­ing down our Sorrows, and having em­ptied our Bottle, we called for a Reckon­ing, and departed, not without mutual Assurances of a farther Correspondence to be had betwixt us, (so confident was the Shammer of my faithfulness to him;) but I was resolved to be wary my self how I trusted him, lest I should bring a Sham upon my self. And now my Fancy being released from this Adventure, while I was studiously musing upon the Occurrences of it, I was suddenly attacqued by another Extasie, by the force of which, I was rapt into a most pleasant Country, and within that, to one of the goodliest Towns that ever mine Eyes beheld; Sci­tuate upon the Banks of a large and pleasant River; I understood upon enqui­ry, that this was Minerva's City, our Albonian Athens, and one of two Seminaries of Learning belonging to this Country. I was glad (methoughts) by this opportunity to satisfie my Curio­sity with the Delights of this place, which [Page 272] I had never before seen; and to that end, entring at one of the Gates, I went on, gazing upon the sumptuous and stately Structures of the Colledges and places of Learning; but wondred that I saw so few Schollars in them, but instead of them, to see them filled with great num­bers of Illustrious Persons of the No­bility and Gentry, walking with their Swords by their Sides, and Lacquies af­ter them: Many of them had Papers in their hands, which I perceived, that they were busily discoursing about; and the whole Town, I perceived, was very full of People of all Ranks and Qualities. I could not imagine the meaning of this great Convention, till I was soon after re­solved by this accident; for happening (in my perambulations) upon a pleasant Gar­den belonging to one of the Colledges, I entred into it, and taking a private walk within a Grove of Trees, whom should I meet there, but my old Friend Phileroy, who admiring to see me there, and to find him out in that solitary place: I re­solved him that I came hither I knew not how, and met here I knew not who; but desired him (as he had hitherto been my Intelligeneer) to satisfie me [Page 273] what was the meaning of this great As­sembly; this he promised to do, but be­fore he did that, would needs know of me, what News I could tell him from Londinopolis: To gratifie him in which, I told him what I had heard and seen of the late Adventure of the Meal- [...], and of my Discourse with O [...] [...], all which, he told me, he understood be­fore he left Londinopolis, and some o­ther passages relating to that Design he acquainted me, which I knew not before; as that after Camperil had fully made out his Discovery, and thereby detected the severall parties concerned in the De­sign; the Lady Wispo was examined by the Royal Council about it, and upon substantial proofs being convicted of ha­ving an hand therein, was by their Order sent a Prisoner to the Royal Tower; Gad the Conjurer was sent to the Den of Thieves, where he pretended to make a Discovery, impeaching some Persons of quality as concerned with him, and so (said he) by what means I know not, he got at last his Discharge: And as for the Petropolitan Midwife, said P [...]crey, she so obstinately persisted in Justification of her Practices, that she published a [Page 274] Book in Vindication of them, and reflect­ing too much upon the Justice of the Go­vernment, in matters relating to this Dis­covery, she was for this (upon a Trial had for the same) fined the Sum of 1000 l. and sentenced to stand three days in the Piliory, which Sentence was accordingly executed upon her in the midst of Thou­sands of Spectators; who (besides whole vollies of Curses spent upon her) had it not been for a Board that she held in her hand to defend her self with, had certain­ly brained her before she was taken down; but being by a strong Guard at last deli­vered from the fury of the Rabble, and carried back to Prison; but a worse mis­fortune than this soon after befel her; for Camperil and others making out some new Discoveries against her, of a more dangerous consequence, she was thereup­on continued in Prison, under no less charge than that of High-Treason against the King and Government. But, said Phileroy, (leaving this) heard you no­thing in Town of one Arnoldus? I told him no; why then, said he, I will ac­quaint you with a new Design of the Pe­tropolitans lately acted: This Ar­noldus a Magistrate in the Cambrian [Page 275] Countries a Loyal Gentleman and great Enemy to the Petropolitans, com­ing up to Londinopolis to make some Discoveries against them to the Royal Council, was one night late set upon in a narrow Lane by a crew of Ruffians, (Petropolitans all of them) who got him down, and with their Knives had cer­tainly murdered him, had not a Boy with a light accidentally past by, which caused them to fly, and leaving him weltring in his Blood, having cut his Throat from Ear to Ear, but not so mortally, having scaped his Wind-Pipe, but that he afterwards recovered: Two of these Dillains were afterwards discovered and brought to Tri­al; and fined in a great Sum of Money; besides the punishment of standing in the Pillory near to the place where the Fact was committed, where the Guards about them had much a do to preserve him from being torn in pieces by the People, before they could get them back to Pri­son; their durance for some time in which, was to make up the Consummation of their Punishment.

And now, said Phileroy, I shall pro­ceed to satisfie you concerning the great Convention you have observed here.

[Page 276]Here are at this time (by the King's Royal Order) assembled the three grand Estates of the Senate, by him lately called to consider of the arduous affairs of this Kingdom; the former Senate being upon the account of some unhappy diffe­rences, arising upon their Proceedings to exclude the Succession of the Great Duke to the Crown of this Kingdom, some time since dissolved; but most of the old Members of that Senate be­ing chosen by the Countries to serve a­gain in this, it is much feared if as their Dictator hath declared, (They are not given to Change) lest they should fall upon the same measures they did before, which if they do, will inevitably cause a­nother Dissolution; and all our great hopes of their Proceedings in the Disco­very of this Plot, and to bring the Pe­tropolitan Lords to Judgment will be utterly defeated.

And I the rather fear, (said Phileroy) that (notwithstanding all the great and sumptuous Preparations made here for their Reception) their stay here will not be long upon account of another matter which has unhappily faln out.

For, said he, you cannot but know, [Page 277] that there has been a great noise made, for some time, of another Plot like to this (if not the same) carried on by the Petropo­litans in Bogland, to kill the Vice-Roy of that place, to massacre the Inha­bitants, and to cause an Invasion of that Country by the Franconians; several Persons have been seized upon this account, and Informations given to the Royal Council by Witnesses that have come o­ver from that place to give in Evidence against them, who have fully proved the truth of the said Plot; notwithstanding the Petropolitans, according to their old wont, have endeavoured several ways to Shain it off upon the Christians, tho without effect.

Amongst others that have been seized for this Plot, there was one Fitzar noto­riously concerned in it, and now a Pri­soner in the Royal Tower, who ('tis said) hath, since his being there, disco­vered things of such a dangerous Conse­quence to some great Persons, that En­deavours have been made to prevent his farther Proceedings on that kind, by bringing him to speedy Iustice, to which end they have obtained the Royal Com­mission for the trying him by Iudges therein specially deputed.

[Page 278]But the Lower Senate having now notice of it, have endeavoured to prevent that Proceeding by having the matter brought to be examined before them­selves, and to that end have preferred an Impeachment against him in the Senate of Lords before whom he appears to stand now chargeable.

And this way of proceeding appearing, as it were, designed to prevent the other, it is much feared, may occasion such mis­understandings as may cause the brea­king up of the Session.

And according as Phileroy had pro­gnosticated, it unhappily fell out. For within a little time after, I perceived the bright Glory that had for some days made this place Illustrious, to set in a black Cloud of Grief and Amazement; especially to the Townsmen of Minerva's City. The Senate being dissolved, and the Senators all in a bussle preparing for a departure, my nimble Genius out stript the greatest hast they could make, and lodged me again in fansie at Londinopolis, before any of them could be one foot on the Road towards it.

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[...]apists hireing Serv [...] fire houses

Stafford beheaded

Parham Return fram Oxford

Mealtub Plott defeated.

[Page 279]
These airy flights so expeditious were,
Thought I a place, then I was straightways there.

We had been so long dreaming over this Plot with long Halts and Pau­ses, that I perceived many of our Towns­men fansied their apprehensions of it to be no other than a Dream indeed. So that, methoughts, I have been fain (when I have been in company with such) to pinch them hard, and rub their eyes for them, to make them believe themselves to be awake.

Yet one passage, suddenly after this late Discovery, brake out with so great a noise, as made our Gentlemen to open their Eyes indeed, and look about them; being a new Discovery made out to con­firm the truth of the Original action in this multiform-Plot the Murther of Sir Edmond.

The Circumstances of which, as I had them from Phileroy, and the last Intel­ligence that I ever had from him, were these:

Since the dissolution of the last Senate, Fitzar was brought before the Judges [Page 280] of the Kings Great Tribunal, to be there tried for his Treasons, but he re­fused to own the Iurisdiction of that Court, as standing impeached in the Great Senate, who were a Superiour Iurisdiction.

This Plea of his (though strongly urged) by his Advocates) was over-ruled by the Iudges, who affirmed their own Iu­risdiction, and so proceeded to trie him, and caused him to answer in Court to the Charge against him.

Which having done Fitzar requested of the Iudges that he might be examined by some of them in private concerning some matters that he had to reveal to them of this Plot. This his request they granted, and thereupon Fitzar informed them that he had been one concerned in or at least acquainted with the Murther of Sir Edmond; and that besides other persons, the Grand Cashier himself was a Party concerned in it.

And having taken his Oath of the truth of this matter before the Inquisitors of that Court, they presently drew up a Charge of Murther against the Grand Cashier, who, 'tis expected (it being his own desire) will very suddenly be tried by [Page 281] his Peers upon it, although at the same time he stands impeached in the Grand Senate, for Crimes, according to the Al­bonian Laws, of an higher nature.

But now to blind this Discovery, another piece of Villany is contrived to sham off the credit of it, by hiring one Mae­gar, a Petropolitan Boglander to give out a Report that Sir Edmond was not murthered (contrary to what the World had hitherto believed) by any but himself, that he had hanged himself with his own hands, but that to save his Estate (which according to the Albonia) Laws in such cases is forfeited) Sir Edmonds Brothers had procured him to run him through with his own Sword, and leave him in such manner as is at first mentioned. This Tale he must needs tell first to the Grand Cashier himself, who gets the Constable of the Royal Tower to have the hear­ing of it; who thereupon sends him to the Royal Council to be examined about it: Before them, at first he very stubbornly persists in affirming the Reports. But while he was in Custody, having leave gi­ven him to write a Letter to one of the Royal Secretaries, he together with that, slips a Letter into the Messengers [Page 282] hands directed to the Petropolitan Midwife (the famous Instrument of of these Designs) acquainting her with what he had done, and desiring to receive new instructions from her. This Letter was by the honest Messenger conveyed to the Royal Council, who upon Examina­tion, charging him with it, he presently owned it; and withall made a free, and (if I may call it so) ingenious Confession of the whole Intrigue, and how he was hired, and by whom, to carry on this sham and Villainous Design.

I was now (methoughts) diverting my self in a solitary place not far from the City, musing upon these matters, when it came into my mind, that as the finding out this execrable Murther was the very Ground-work of our Discoveries, and belief of the Plot; so now we may plain­ly see the Policy of the Petropolitans, after so many Discoveries made, and their Shams to overthrow them defea­ted, that they should go about to weaken thi [...] foundation, so to render our subse­quent Informations of the less cre­dit.

But could not these Execrable Vil­lains (thought I with my self) be con­tent [Page 283] to take away the life of that In­nocent Gentleman, but they must take away his good name too, by making him guilty of their Murther. O Impu­dence! O Villany in the Abstract! Whilst I continued in this Thinking Fit, I was on the suddain diverted by the approach of an Apparition towards me; it was different from those infernal ones that I had hitherto been conversant with, being incircled with a Glory that spread it self round about like the Rayes of the Sun, and the Luster thereof rendred its Form (which was that of a comely tall person) not onely awful but amiable; its looks were Angel-like, full of Gaiety and Sweetness: but withal I perceived a Sword run through his body. He glided towards me with a leisurely motion, and upon a convenient approach stood still, and in a sweet and delightful air (far more tunable than any mortal breath can ex­press) he spake to me in these Disticks.

From blissful Shades and Springs of Joy [...] come
(Bearing the Signal of my Martyrdom;)
To thee, (O Mortal;) I was once the Man
That first oppos'd the Petropolitan
[Page 284] Design against Albonia, and for that
Became the Object of their vengeful hare.
For that by their accursed hands I fell
A Martyr for the King and Commonwealt
This Sword they then ran through my guiltless side,
To make men think by mins own hands I di'd:
Not satisfi'd to take away my breath,
But as it were to kill me after Death,
They wound my name, and by prodigious lies,
They make of that another Sacrifice;
This they attempt now by a new Design
To make my Murther not their own, but mine▪
But (Mortal) Go and tell the World that I
Deserve to have my dying memory
Better esteem'd. Some guilty bloud they have
As Victims offered upon my Grave;
But I'm not yet appeas'd, my Bloud yet cries
For theirs, by whom I fell a Sacrifice.
Tell the World this, and let a Statue be
S [...] up to vindicate my memory.

Upon the close of this I heard a melodious Chore of Ravishing Voices; wh [...] while I was attending to, I perceived t [...] [Page 285] Apparition with a brisk Levatto, to ascend the Air in a triumphant manner, and then I waked out of my Dream, and fell to my Devotion.

Kind Heav'ns defend our Gracious KING, till he
Shall livingly refute Gad's 'Strology,
And all the other Romish Calculations,
Predicting the KING's ruine and the Nations.
Lord let him live beyond the Scheme they set him
I wish, and longer too than they would let him.
Yea let him live so long, so long, till we
His fam'd Successor shall desire to see,
Then shall he live unto Eternity.
My Dream is out, I wish the Plot were so,
And that my Dreaming might no farther go:
But if provok'd by these designing men▪
'Tis ten to one but I shall dream again▪
FINIS.

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