A TRUE NARRATIVE OF THE CONFESSION AND EXECUTION Of the three Prisonrs at TYBURN On Fryday the 20th of this Instant July
Viz. Capt. Thomas Walcot, John Rouse, Willing Hone.

All three Drawn, Hang'd, and Quarter'd, for High Treason, against his Majesty, and conspiring the Death of the Duke of York.

ON Friday the 20th of July 1683, The three Traytors William Hone, Thomas Walcot, and John Rouse, vvere, in order to their Condemnation dravvn upon Hurdles to the place of Execution, to receive the punishmerts order'd for them, for their Hellish Conspiracy. Captain Walcot vvho vvas of a surly and resolute Temper, seem'd not to be con­cerned at, or troubled for his most dismal undertaking, or Diabo­lical Stratagem, pointed at by the finger of Heaven, and Odious to the Eyes of the vvhole Earth, but rather obstinately, and obdu­rately seemed to justifie himself in this bloody design' thaogh nei­ther he, nor any of the other tvvo can deny but that they vvere concerned in the Plot, though not so deeply as they vvere ac­cused. But take an Ac [...]ount of their tryals first.

It is strange to consider the impudence of some dissatisfied per­sons, who cannot be contented to live under the civil Government of a Gracious Prince: But on the contrary Hellishly and Maliciously contrive and conspire the Death of their Soveraign, the Ruin of the Nation, and without Gods great Mercy, their own ever­lasting overthrow. How many hundreds were there, that at first would hardly believe that there was a Plot, but now I hope they will believe what these persons we have to insist up­on have owned and confessed: and it cannot be imagined that they would acknovvledg more against themselves than the truth. But great pitty it is, that Man the very Image, of God him­self, should so degenerate from all other Creatures, as to study the overthrow of his fellow Creature but much more of a Prince­ly Monarch; ordained and anointed to rule over us by the es­pecial providence of the Almighty and not only against his Gra­cious Majesty was this accursed not contrived, but also against his Royal Brother James Duke of York, and indeed the whole Land, as it would have proved, had not the everlasting love of the everliving God miraculously prevented the bloody designes of the intended Regicides by the happy discovery of this un­paraleld cruelty designed.

And now to begin with my Lord Russel, who on Friday the 13th Instant, 1683. was condemned to die, for having a Confe­deracy in this Conspiracy, but he only owned that he was se­veral times with the Conspirators, who were called by the name of the Council, but was not of the Consult.

But Collonel Rumsey, swore that the Lord Shaftsbury told him that the Lord Russel was one of the Consult, which with other Evidence caused him to be condemned. And upon Saturday the 14th. of July was conveyed from Newgate to the place of Execution, and during his time after his Condemnation, he Mourn­ned exceedingly, continually alledging that he was drawn in by that spawn of policy Shaftsbury, who was without all doubt the Father and Contriver of this Damnable Plot, to the great loss and ruin of so many mens lives as are likely to suffer for, and through his accursed Treason.

My Lord was reported to be a person Excellently qualified and of wonderfull parts, but too much adhering to the Seditious contrivan­ces of those Machivilians, whose policy was only used to bad ends and purposes, as in the conclusion it will prove to be to them.

My Lord doth not seem to disown his Charge, but much laments that he should be so ensnared. And great pity it is that a gentleman of his descent; and so adorned by the guifts of nature pretences' of a Politick Statsmau: whose Aim without doubt, [Page 3] was, by the ruin and extirpation of the Royal Famely, to ad­vance himself and his Posterity, by bringing in schismaticall Laws and customs, answerable to the maggot of his never satisfied humous. But the great God of heaven, who hath at several times and by several means apparently manifested, his great and unspeakable kindness to our shvereign, hath yet once more put a period to, and utterly confounded the wicked con­trivanees, and bloody stratagems of these wicked wretches, whose endeavours were to compass, what heaven in mercy hath forbid,

Thomas Walcot, John Rouse, and William Hone, besng all Indicted for High Treason, as conspiring and contriving the death of his most sacred Majesty, and his Royal brother, and endeavouring to Levy War, and by force of Arms to subvert the goverment of the Nation, by involving the subjects thereof into a labyrinth of unspeak­able trouble, could make but slender defence for themseves. Will­iaem Hone, aforementioned, was very desirous to make his tryal, by confessing to part to the Indictment, but my Lord Cheif Justice Pemberton, answered that what he had there confessed was sufficient to convict him, but yet for popular satisaction he should take a fair tryal in the face of his Country, and accordingly so it was, so that in a litle time he was brought in guilty of High Treason, and so was remanded to Prison from whence he came with a conscience as full of guilt as the world full of wonder at the Audacitie of such Vilains.

Captain Walcot, he was charged vvith High Treason, also he could not flatly deny his charge, but ovvned that he was in the conspira­cy, yet denyed that he vvas any vvay concerned in the Assassinating his Majesteys Royal person, but did acknovvledg that he vvas enga­ged to fight the Guard, vvhich acknovvledgment vvas sufficient to do his business; and the Court thereupon brought him in Guilty.

The next vvas John Rouse, against vvhom one Lee svvore that he had several times contrived the Death of the King, and that an Ar­my vvas to be raised, for the carrying on their design of subvertion, and that he vvas to be Pay-Master thereof.

All vvhich vvas strongly opposed by Rouse, and on the contrary he alledged that such proposals were moved to him by Lee, but he flatly deny'd them.

One Corbin made Oath, that in 1681. Rouse told him that the King had forfeited his Crovvn, and Mr. William Richardson svvore that vvhen he vvent to take Rouse, he disovvned his Name, and called himself by the name of Johnson.

All vvhich being sum'd up, the Jury vvithout going out of Court brought him in Guilty.

But vvhen they came to the place of Execution, vvhere they vvere to part vvith their fainting Breath, Oh! vvhat Consternation appeared in their Countenances, vvhat Horrour seemed to surprize them, and vvhat dread afflicted their drooping Souls, I leave it to the Judgment of those, vvho ever looked Grim Death in the Face? hovv did they lament their ill deeds? hovv did they recal their mis­pent time? What an Ocean of Calamities, did at that minute en­compass them, and even drovvn them in Seas of sorrovv. But for perfect Testimony of their unfeigned repentance, they gave good advice, and Christian admonition, to all persons of vvhat Age or Sex soever, to abominate such evil designs, and wholly to depend upon God for a timely deliverance from any thing that shall trouble them, and not go indirectly, to vvrap themselves into endless trou­bles, by seeking their ovvn Ruins, by unadvised, and inconsiderate means. Thus did they for a short space signifie their sorrovvs, and lament their deplorable ends.

LONDON Printed for G. P. 1683.

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