An Appeal from CHANCERY, To the Lord General and his Councel of Officers, As also to the Councel of State, And to all Free-born English men of honest hearts, who have not forfeited their Liberty, or captivated their Reason, but fear and love the Name of God, and the interest of all honest men, who desire to lay down their lives to promote righteousness, and to do wisely by justice, and judgment, and equity; that Christs kingdom may be advanced, and the kingdom of Satan, with Antichrist, and that of the Beast, may be thrown down, with all their cove­tous, persecuting, lying, partial, extorting, bribing, perjured Officers, Ministers, and Attendants, either that have been corrupt Parliament-men, Committee-men, Judges, such who are in places of Judicature, Justices, Lawyers, called Coun­sellors, or concealers of our Law, and Registers or Clerks, with every corrupt Member thereof, by any name or title whatsoever distinguished, in England, or in places, called Innes of Court, or the devil's School of Sophisticating and Lying, Frauds and Hypocrisies, which bring forth a generation of Vipers, which destroy and eat up the Commonwealth their mother; Wolves in sheeps clothing, which devour the Lambs of Jesus Christ: or those in places of Government in Cities, Ports, Guild-halls, Companies, Corporations, or Fraternities, who usurp Au­thority over English-men, and that because they are in place or places over them, they combine also with this Serpentine brood, and tyrannize over their brethren which never yet brake their trust, as the most of these have done, and that because they will not sacrifice to this devil of unrighteousness, or follow this Antichrist, or receive this Beasts mark in their foreheads and right hands, to do unrighteously, and to deceive, and defraud, and oppress their brethren, and to undo them, as these experimentally many of them are found and known to do, for filthy lucre sake.

Enter not into the way of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men: avoid it, and go not by it: turn from it, and pass by.
Prov. 4.14,15.
For they cannot sleep, except they have done evil; and their sleep departeth from them, except they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
Prov. 4.16,17.
Wo unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong, or without equity.
Jer. 22.13.
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgement: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Levit. 22.13,15.
Shalt thou reign, thinkest thou, because thou closest thy self in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and prosper, when he executed judgement and justice, or as long as he dealt with equity and righteousness? yea, when he helped the oppressed and poor to their right, then prospered he well. But thine eyes and thy heart are onely for thy covet­ousness, and to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, or violence and destruction.
Jer. 22.15,16,17. as several Translations set it forth or read it.

Printed at London, the next month after Englands Parliament was dissolved for their corruptness, 1653. to intreat all others to be warned thereby, to act righteously: and are to be sold by Will: Larnar, at the Blackmoors head neer Fleet-bridge.

The APPEAL OF Capt. Nathanael Burt.

RIght Honourable Conservators, and all you honest Officers and Souldiers in the Army, who profess to fear and love the Name of God, and promise pro­tection and assistance to those who walk with peace­able spirits, and in Gods fear and love; Since that you have in a great measure, for their sakes, and for righteousness sake, taken your lives in your hands to do this great work you have done, in the dissolving or nulling of the late Parlia­ment; which by the corruption of some, the jealousie of others, the negligence and non-attendancie of many, most perspicuously evident to you, as also to the honest people of this Nation, so that you both found and held it your duty incumbent, as to secure both the Cause which the good people of this Commonwealth had been so long engaged in, and to establish righteousness and peace in these Nations, as your Declaration setteth forth, signed at White-hall, April 22. 1653.

And you, my dear Country-men, Conservators for our Peace, and fellow-Commoners, who have noble and uncorrupt English blood running in your veins, that have not been corrupted by Fa­ction, Bribery, Extortion, Partiality, Treachery, Unfaithfulness, Fraudulencie, or Hypocrisie, or fearfulness, to betray either the ho­nest Cause you took in hand and engaged in, or any of your own Liberties or Self-interests, any of your brethrens Liberties and [Page 2] Rights, who were engaged and are engaged with you herein, as English men not onely born free, but have by Conquest Hazard, Charge, and loss of treasure and blood obtained it, who have with the rest of the Nation obtained it, of the like concernment with us, as well as by birth, and therefore you ought to prefer this Freedom which hath cost so dear to the Nation, at a high rate or esteem, and not to be supplanted therein by any false brothers suggestions, insinuations, or perswasions, but to press forwards towards the set­ling of the Nations, be you Souldiers now under present com­mand, (or otherwise) that so the Law (such of it as is amiss) may be reformed, and Justice may be impartially administred to all, as God commands, without respect of persons, Levit.19.15. that so righteousness and peace may dwell among us and God may de­light and dwell in us. For Christ faith of his Father, Joh.8.29. And he that sent me, is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

I remember, those who usurped a Parliamentary power over us, when they caused Money to be coyned, they gave this Inscription about it, GOD WITH ƲS. Now, as Azariah told Asa, and Jndah and Benjamin, The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you: but if ye for sake him, he will for sake you, 2 Chron.15.12.1 Chron. 29.9. For, (as David taught Solomon) the Lord searcheth all hearts, and under standeth all the imaginations of thoughts. Seeing now these will be granted for truth, it makes me stand a­mazed at our late Parliaments Act, they made for a day of pub­lick Fasting and Humiliation, September the first 1652. to be observed October the 13. 1652. The first clause whereof begin­eth thus viz. VVhereas the most wise God, whose Iudge­ments are unsearchable, and waies past finding out; hath by his over-ruling providence made a breach upon that Amity (which the Parliament hath in all sincerity laboured to con­serve) between this Commonwealth, and the united Pro­vinces. But so sure as the Lord searcheth all hearts, so he under­stood the imagination of their thoughts; and since they are dis­solved and put an end unto, as faith the Declaration of the Ge­neral and his Officers, April 22. 1653, I shall leave aspersing of [Page 3] them and leave the words to sober judgements, whether they were blasphemy against God, or no: they setting the sincerity of their hearts as it were above God, to save the spilling of blood, and charge it upon God, and also the breach of the Amity: when the Apostle St. James faith. Chap.3.17. 18. The wisdome that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, easie to be in­treated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without judging, and without hypocrisie. And the fuit of righteousness is sown in peace, of them that make peace. But observe the noble General, and the Souldery in their Declaration, say, page 6. We have been necessitated (though with much reluctancy) to put an end to this Parliament which yet we have done, we hope, out of an honest heart, preferring this cause above our names lives, families, or interests how dear soever, with clear intentions and real purposes of heart, to call to the government Persons of approv­ed sidelity and honesty, believing that as none will expect to gather grapes of Thorns; so no good men will hope, that if per­sons so qualified be chosen, the fruits of a just and righteous re­formation, so long prayed and wished for, will by the blessing of God be in due time obtained. Wherefore my dear and honest Brethren, truly honest English men let us minde our time, for to reform not altogether the Law, which next unto Gods Law is sa­cred much of it; but the abusive mercenary lying Lawyers, and their dependants, who are diabolical and corrupt the most of them scarcely being Christians; who like the sons of Zeruiah are to strong for us, and our liberties, utilleties, rights, and profits yea to the dayly imprisoning of us against Law and English right, li­berty, and Freedome, many times to the destruction of our lives as well as our estates and inheritages, by fraudes forgeries, perjuries, extortions, briberies, false returnes by Sheriffs and Bayliffs, or Se­condaries, false and partial reports by Masters of Chancery, false orders by Councellers, Registers, and Clarkes, inserted either for bribery, self-ends, partiality, or by combination, to uphold their friends in their diabolical and antichristian kingdome, and to de­stroy the innocent, and quit the guilty, as by my late Newyears-Gift more fully set forth, and that colourably by motions, both pri­vate and publick, by informations, Petitions, fals suggestions, demur­rings, [Page 4] which are but denying, lyings both to bills, and in answer­ings thereunto to choak the truth, yea calling truth a lye (or a slander) if it be against a man in place, as a Justice of Peace, an Al­derman , a Justice of Peace his Clarke, if it be against a Sheriff or his Varlet (vulgarly called a Serjant of the Compters) or any of the Sheriffs Officers, or the Clarke of the Peace, or the Jaylers the Sheriffs Deputy, yea could the hangman the Sheriffs deputy deal unjustly, he should not want a lying mercenary Lawyer, or concealer of the Law, or serpentine soliciter, or partial Parliament­man that was, or a Master of the Chancery, to solicit plead, or re­port for him or his masters, being in place of power or profits, pre­tending such are scandalized; also you have these corruptions in Guildhalls and in Corporations and Fraternities of men, which should be honourable, just and true with their Officers and Clerks, and attendants.

Therefore my dear and honest brethren (if you will avoid Eng­lands confusion and therein your own) assist the honorable Ge­neral, and his Councel of Officers in your prayers, and the Coun­cel of State against all these corruptions, and corrupt lying Law­yers and Officers; and chat by chusing persons so qualified into all places for future, as may bring forth the blessed fruit of a just re­formation in righteousness, to the refreshing of all the good hearts who have been panting after those things. As the Declaration at White Hall April 22, 1653. pag. 9. expresses: and delay you not to do it, since these noble and honest souldiers have begun; lest you by your negligence and cowardise, betray both them again, and your selves and posterity; and are forced to take up Davids lamentation, 2 Sam. 2. concerning Joabs malice, and treachery to Abner, and therein to David, and to the peoples unsettelment, wherein David complaineth, I am this day weak, and but newly apointed; (or the people all agreed about the government) and [...]men the sons of Zeruiah, be too hard for me: the Lord [...] the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

[...] fore I do appeal unto all honest and faithful Englishmen, [...] not forfeited their liberty and freedome, whether of the [...], to be faithful, active, and trusty herein; and [...] work which is already begun, for the settelment of [Page 5] the Nations, in peace and righteousness, carefully to watch the sons of unrighteosness and corruption; enemies to our settlement, concealers of English Law, and traytors to our peace and li­berty, freedome and profits, and in time to expunge them out of place and power; but for the corrupt lyers which call themselves Lawyers but are not, by advice for ever to expunge them and their attendants who act and practise unrighteously and illegally: yea. to extirpate them of all sorts that so the Channel or Current of Law, and Justice, may issue, flow, or run, from or through such men, as may be men that are known to be such men, as fear God, and hate covetousness, partiality, gifts or bribery, extortions frauds, false returns, dissentions, false entries or registerings, lyings suggest­ings, demurrings, which are but denyings or deceits, or delayings: For as David said. 2 Sam. 23.2,3. The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and the strength of Israel said, Thou shalt bear rule over men, being just, and ruling in the fear of God.

Now all unrighteousness, lying and partiality is diabolical, An­ti-christian, and a transgression both of the law of God, and man: for if ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self: But if you have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the Law as transgressors, Iames 2.8.9.

Now when the Lawyers, (for the Law which is good and e­quitable to all without respect of persons, rendering to every one their due) shall delude the Courts by false suggestions, not render­ing the case right in their motions, on purpose to take advantage against the other party, by informing the Judges in Court with a lye; by which means both Justice and Law is perverted, and the Judges abused, who are sworn to do true judgment when they come to their places; according as God commanded Israel, Deut. 16. 18, 19, 20. Judges and Officers shall thou make thee, &c. and they shall judg the people with righteous judgment.

Now how can the Judg or Judges judge the people righteously, when the Councellor both concealeth the law from the peo­ple, and the truth of the matter from the Judg, or Judges; inform­eth by his motion or motions, he being seconded by another Law­yer, or lyar, like himself, falsly of the cause, and matter depending? [Page 6] how can it be but that the Law should be wrested, these mercenary Lawyers having taken rewards, to blinde the Judges eyes; contrary to the command, Exod.23.1,7,8.Thou shalt not receive a fals tale or report, and I know none abounds in this abomination like that place, called the high Court of Chancery; Thou shalt keep thee far from a false matter, thou shalt not slay the innocent and the righteous, thou shalt take no gift, for the gift blindeth the wife, and perverteth the words of the righteous; doth not this I pray good people concern the Councellors, Masters of Chancery, six Clerks, Registers, and all inferior officers, and solicitors, as really as the Lords Commissioners, who are the Judges of that Court. or the Master of the Rolls? to these and all other in Judicature, I may say as Habakkuk1.3.4. We are full of spoiling and violence, and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is dissolved, and judgment never goeth forth, for the wicked doth compasse about the righteous, therefore wrong judgment procee­deth.

And thus comes their oaths to be forgotten, that they should administer justice truely and duly; and also that justice shall not be sold, or delayed, or denyed to any, Magna Charta, cap. 29. Or as one Frances White repeates it, in his book termed for the sacred Law, pag. 171. We sell no man, nor deny or delay no man justice and right; I would I could say so now in our dayes. The Law is still the same, and ought to be in force, although the corrupt Parliament be dissolved; I hope I may not say England is un-Par­liamented for ever, since Captain General Oliver Crumwel in his Declaration on April the last 1653, promiseth men of fidelity and honesty shall be called from several parts of this Common­wealth, to the Supream Authority, as in the Declaration April 22, also was promised, and as Oliver Crumwel commands all men to give obedience unto the Laws of the Nation; so he also promiseth endeavors shall be used, that no oppression or wrong be done to the people: It is a maxime in Law, (as Markham saith,) The Law alwayes eschewes delayes.

The Barons of the Exchequer are commanded to do right to all men without delay; 22. H. 6.40.a. v. 2. C.25. Stat. Glou. C.2. They are sworn to do it, 20. E. 3. C. 2. 28. E. 1. C. 10.4. Inst. 109. One would believe they were sworn to deal justly and tru­ly [Page 7] in the Chancery also, and to give every man his right without delay: why then have some men been suing therein fourteen years and better and are no nearer their right, then when they first began? and now againe, as new to learne what to do as before; their Clerks and inferiour Officers being so lockt up and reserved, that in that Court there is no certaine rule of proceedings; but new Motions and new Petitions, begets new order upon order, restraint upon restraint, delay upon delay, report upon report (as well false as true) to the undoing of the poorest sort of people, or ma­jor part that have occasion therein to claim equity and right (as though they had new Masters of Chancery) and all other Offi­cers and Ministers settled every Term, or every feal-day, wherein motions are made to procure new orders, or lying demurrers argu­ed, which indeed are but a sophisticating denyall to a Bill, and a clear deceit or delay, on purpose to vex the party that sueth, and to over-rule him when they please, and by charges of Fees to his Councellers, or rewards, or gifts, who seem to plead, but betray him, or else they shall leave off the Argument, and suffer him to be over-ruled, and over-powred, on purpose to beget new motions, new orders, new rewards, new fees, it being that which mak­eth them rich upon the peoples ruines, even many times both Plaintiff and Defendant, where they be of equality, without an administrator, is for discovery of estate necessitated to sue many, and they great men or in place reputed great, or of some Halls, or Cor­porations, whether City or otherwise; then it may be, it is the un­doing onely of the Administrator, and the other are saved whole, by the Hall-stock, or City-stock, or favour of the Court; and the Plaintiff may not be suffered to plead, or have liberty to speak, because it is against the Lawyers profits, rewards, gifts, fees, and this more especially denied in the Court of Chancery; which one would thinke a Freeborn English-man should have the equallest respect in, it being termed a Court of equity and conscience. But I am afraid, they being set so high, have followed that corrupt Assembly lately called a Parliament so close at the heels, that if they step not speedily backward by repentance, they having made crooked paths as well as the Parliament: so that they have no conscience, no equity in their doings, as you may read in Isaiah, [Page 8] chap. 59. so that though we do, and have looked for equity (yet there is none) Judgement is turned backward, and truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter, and be that re­fraineth maketh himself a prey.

Wherefore Judges and Lawyers, be advised by Jeremiah, chapter 7. trust not in lying words, but amend and redress your wayes; and your works, and execute judgement between a man and his neighbour; left you also and your complices be compared as they were of old, to a den of Thieves, and are suddenly dissolved as the Parliament was: For as David faith, Psalm.94. Hath the throne of iniquity fellowship with those which forgeth wrong for a Law, or frameth mischiefe for a Law, and gather themselves against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent? God will recompence them in their own malice, the Lord our God shall destroy them. For the Lord abhorreth these seven things: the haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that imagineth wicked interprises, feet that be swift in running to mischief a false witness that speak­eth lies, and him that raiseth contentions among Brethren, Prov.6.16,17,18,19.

Now you cannot be ignorant being Lawyers, and in place, that justice is a constant and perpetual will of rendering unto every one their due, and that the knowledge of the Law is both divine and humane, and a science distinguishing what is just, what unjust and the precepts of the Law teacheth to live honestly, to do no injury to any one, and to render every one their due. The first book of the institutions of the Laws of England, Tit. 1. pag. 1 (Observe) It was the Parliaments delayes dissolved them, or caused it; De­claration of the 22 April. 1653. His Excellency and Officers de­sired by many to move the Parliament, to reform what was a miss in Government, and to settle the Commonwealth upon a foun­dation of justice and righteousness, pag. 6. and they delayed it, being by them Petitioned thereunto, and grew averse with much bitterness; see that it be not so with you Lawyers and others that are in places of power, and profits; doubtless though there were as cun­ning Lawyers among them as is among you. yet it could not help them; I rather believe it hastened their dissolution. Be herein ad­vised [Page 9] you Guildhalls, and Corporations, or Fraternities incor­porated, and you which call your selves Governours therein and thereof, who are in Office and are averse therein for your brethrens good. Have you not learned this aversion and bitterness of this corrupt fountain, the quondam Parliament, to perpetuate your own fittings, as the corrupt Parliament did before you, and as they en­deavouring to perpetuate themselves enslaved the Nation, as our fellow-souldiers Remonstrance from Scotland relates, p. 4. and we by experience have found it both from them and you, who by perpetuating your selves, enslave your brethren, and tyrannize over their persons and estates? But (believe it) our day of Redemption groweth neer, and the bud of our Liberty beginneth to appear; and as both Monarchy and the Parliament are dissolved, so are the great Diana's or Idols your Charters, which you boast of and trust in, fallen, and so will you, and your power you usurp and exercise thereby; since the makers thereof are dissolved, the thing made with or by them must cease, since both succession faileth, as well as the predecessor that granted it, as your selves well know, and pro­claimed it down in all Cities, Ports, and Corporated Towns, and yet you will adore and set up the Idol-Deed-Patent, Grant, or Charter of those dead, conquered, nulled, dissolved, or (if living, yet) not to de owned, served, obeyed by English-men: so that since the lively character of Succession is dead to this Commonwealth, (and it is Treason against the Commonwealth to acknowledge any other) then I pray what are all your Grants and Charters worth you so love, honour, idolize, and tyrannize by? Wherefore you in places of Government and Power, in Cities, Ports, corporated Towns, and Guild-Halls, and other Halls, and Corporated Frater­nities, weep and howl, for these your Idols are fallen, by which you have made your selves rich, and have corrupted your selves. See what James adviseth, Ch. 5.1. to 9. and repent of the cries of your brethren which are come up against you; and behold, the Judge standeth before the door. Wherefore I intreat you all to repent, and to walk humbly, and glory in nothing but this, To understand and know God the Lord, which exerciseth and is delighted in mer­cy or loving kindness, judgement and righteousness, Jer. 9.23. that so your, brethren may live by you in peace, and not be any [Page 10] longer oppressed, defrauded, destroyed. Yet trust, my dear bre­thren, in Jacob's God, and not in man, in whom there is no help; whose breath goeth forth, and he returneth to the earth: for it is better to trust in the Lord, then to put confidence in man: Da­vid knew it in all his troubles: yea, he knew it is better to trust the Lord then to put confidence in Princes, Psal.11.8.8,9.Then, I pray if there is no help in man, nor trust in Princes, Psal.146. 3,4 5 6 7 9. what trust can be in the Grants or Charters of dead Kings, and yet none to be given to the persons of living Princes? But happie is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help and hope, which keepeth the truth for ever.

O remember this, you Judges, Justices, Commissioners, Masters of the Chancery, you that call your selves Lawyers but are Lyers; Counsellors at Law, but are Concealers of our Law; and all your Viperous and Serpentine brood; Know, that God which keepeth truth for ever, looseth the Prisoners, giveth food to the hungry, ex­ecuteth judgement for the oppressed, loveth the righteous, raiseth them that are bowed down, openeth the eyes of the blinde, pre­serveth the strangers, he relieyeth the fatherless and the widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Reader, here followeth the Petition to the quondam-Speakers Sir John Lenthals brother; but as he is Master of the Rolls, which is the first part of my appeal to the Souldery, for then there was no other visible power setled, for the people who are the Common­wealth, and his order thereunto, to dismiss my Bill then in Chan­cery, to which I still stand; because I paid the costs to Mr. Web, a party in the behalfe of the rest of the combinators or his compli­ces; and here followeth the Order since made , which provoked my Petition to the General and councel of State, the present setled trust for the people, to declare and manifest the abuses of the Chan­cery and Rolls proceedings for filthy lucre sake, to betray and un­do the people of the Common-wealth, my dear Country-men, for whose sake I have presented these lines for their preservation, to whom next unto my Maker, I hold (as I ever did) my self obliged, and shall to procure the good of the publick; though I know for this I shall be censured abundantly of abundance of men, there [Page 11] being by computation in England and Wales, of Lawyers Solici­tors, Clarks and their dependents, about six score thousand; besides the multitude of Office is discovered herein in Guild halls and all o­ther Corporated Companies and places; which may seem to be offended hereby, their wickedness being rebuked, like that of the Lawyers mentioned Luk. 11. 45. for their hypocritical formali­ties and ravening wickedness: Then answered one of the Law­yers and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou puttest us to rebuke also. But he said Woe be to you Lawyers who lay grie­vious burdens upon the people, and take away the key of know­ledg from them &c.

And he reproves the proud Pharisees, men in place as Alder­men & others, for their formality and devouring widows houses, & since the great fraud by imbezling the Orphans estates in Guild­hall London is in Print discovered, which one would think were for the value thereof incredible (if not printed) to relate; for which, doubtless God will be avenged, who is the Father of fatherless, where you defeated Orphans put your trust in him; he it is that relieveth the oppressed, the fatherless and the widdow, which shew­eth mercy, judgment and righteouss in the earth, and is delighted therein.

The parable of the unrighteous Judge, mentioned by Christ, Luke 18. which neither feared God, or reverenecd man, yet when the widow demanded justice of him against her adversa­ry, he at the last said to him self, Because this widdow tross­bleth me, I will do her right, lest at the last she come and make me weary: And it is beloived, that when he had done ju­stice and right to her, he did not afterwards by Petition Motion, or Order, undo what he bid by her importunity done for her. Lords Commissioners and Master of the Rolls, let your Chaplain or Chaplaines oft read this Gospel to you, and let it be expounded to the mercenary lying Lawyers, and then let be read unto them both my Petitions, and a few of their regained and again regained Orders, either by Motions or Petitions or both at Court, the Tem­ple, or the Rolls; by which they have overturn'd, overturn'd, over­turn'd, Equity, or Justice and Right.

[Page 12]There being a Warrant sent to me, under Nathanell Hu­barts hand, to summon me to a private hearing, my Law­yers being out of Town, to circumvent me, I having but 23 hours given thereby to appear, two dayes after writ this ensuing Letter, viz.

A Letter sent to the right Worshipful, NATHANAEL HUBART, One of the Masters of the CHANCERY.

Worshipful Sir,

WHO are as a Doctor, or Master, and read in the Lawes of this our Israel, our England, or ought to be; and therefore have sent out your Warrant, being one of the honorable Court of Chancery, upon the Lords Commissioners Or­der, upon Iohn Iretons Petition, Esquire; though your War­rant also name Andrew Riccards Esquire, yet as I told or decla­red yesterday before you, Alderman Riccards never did Petition in the business; neither was he ever sub-poena'd to answer to the Bil: Worthy Sir, I complained in Chancery, it being called a Court of equity, as a place I hoped I should be relieved in, under God that did establish equity, and executed judgment and righteousnoss in Iacob, Psal. 99. 4. Who is Lord of Lords, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh rewards, Deut. 10. 17. 1 Pet. 1. 17. Act. 10. 34. where I expected to finde men in the fear of the Lord, acting faithfully, executing not mans judgment, but the Lords judgment; as Jehosophat said to the Judges of Israel, 2 Chron. 19. 6, 7, 9. which Law of God Moses had before [Page 13] commanded the Israelites, Levit 19. 15. Ye shall do no un­righteousness in judgment: Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty, but in righte­ousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor. I pray when Micah pro­phesied, and reproved the Heads of Israel, were not they the Ma­gistracy thereof, and Governors, as Aldermen and Sheriffs, as­wel as Priests and Prophets? Micha. 3. 8, 9, 10, 11. yet he telleth them, that they abhor judgment, and pervert all equity, &c. he being full of power of the Spirit of the Lord, Sir, I pray that I may finde in your Court, wisedome, judgement and e­quity: That I may say, God is in this Court, or place, as Jacob said, Gen. 28. 16.

Sir, I pray observe my case, I being a suitor, or plaintiff in your Court, being Administrator of or to my honored father deceased; complaining that divers, and several persons combining together, do conceal and detain much of the Intestates estate, and abused him in his lifetime, and me since his death; and that this combination of theirs is by power and fraud carried on: and that Sheriff Ire­ton his Officers did, to delay and abuse my father in his life time, and me since his death, make a false return of a Latitat, by which we are by one Iames Ryton and Matthew Mason defrauded, of 100 pound in mony, and if not here in your Court of equity re­leived, for ever also so like to be, and also of 2500 pound estate by others, as the bill declareth and setteth forth, or thcreabeuts, and this is truth, and no lye, or scandal both to him and others.

Sir, I would not offend God, or the Law of the Land, which is my birthright, and which as my right I ought to have.

Sir, I observe (among the choyce cases of the Chancery, Ar­nold plaintist, and Roberts desendant, Anno 19. 20 Eliz.) the then Sheriff was merced five pound for a false return of an Attach­ment is your Court, in a book called the Practise of Chancery, pag. 124. and as yet I am delayed, and abused, and demurred too, and can have little or no relief or right in any place, but stop­ped by Petitions, or abused by false Returns, or denyed Warrants upon Attachments from this Court, and bound up as my ad­versaries do please in all places, yet I pay both Court, and Coun­cel-fees, but can not have justice and right, or equity.

[Page 14]Sir, this is the truth of my Case, the God of truth knows: yet if my Bill be unpleasing to Court, Rules, or persons, I shall hum­bly intreat you not onely to expunge such things as are distastive, or as my adversaries call slander, to hinder me of my right, and thereby to swallow and conceal the Intestates estate, and to per­vert the Law, which is good and equitable to all, (or ought to be) without respect of persons; but to be a means to dismiss my Bill, and then I shall advise with Counsel of this honourable Court, which are now out of Towne, when they shall returne, to begin againe as shall by Court be thought fit: and in the mean time I shall pray the righteous God to establish equi­ty and judgement in England, as formerly in Jacob; and shall pray such reasonable Costs as they in wisdom and equity shall ap­point or order in Court; I being an Administrator; and shall pray for them and rest thankful to you.

Yours, Capt. Nathaniel Burt.

To the honourable William Lenthal, Master of the Rolls.
The humble Petition of Capt. Nathanel Burt, Plain­tiff, against Thomas Starky, and Thomas Web, Fran­cis Dashwood, Willaim Pease, William Kettle, of the Company of Sadlers, Defendants.


THat your Petitioner exhibited a Bill in Michaelmas-Term last, against the Defendants and others, who combined toge­ther [Page 15] to conceal much of his deceased Fathers Estate neer a 2500 l. in Money, Leases, and Morgages; he formerly being a member of the said Sadlers Company in his life, and in extream age dying intestate, and your Petitioner also a member of the Sadlers Com­pany; but by serving in the Wars became estranged both from them, and his deceased Father; yet he being his eldest son, he be­came Administrator to his honoured Father being deceased, and is by the Court Christian bound therein to give an account thereof justly and truly. Now so it is, may it please your Honour, that according to his duty and right both to his deceased Father for­merly living, in whose life time your Petitioner began to complain, and was by him then also authorized so to do in some cases, and since his death as Administrator to his Father, which came to him by birthright, and divers of them would have hindred him therein, if they could, the better to have defrauded your Petitioner, and to have disabled him to give accompt to Court Christian, and to have swallowed his deceased Fathers estate and shared it among themselves; your Petitioner having formerly both in his Fathers life time and since his death, petitioned them as a company of sober and just men, in whom should have dwelt peace and righte­ousness full six months for a fair and peaceable end, laying himself downe at their feet therein, and intreating for his right with­out going to Law after his Fathers decease as before, and that his Fathers lost Leases and Fine might be restored now to him he being Administrator, and all other Moneys and Mor­gages which were concealed and imbezelled from his said Fa­ther and your now Petitioner, as in the Bill is expressed, whereby your Petitioner was forced to appeal into the Court of Chancery for equity, and yet by the unjust and false practises of some hath yet found wormwood and hemlock for judgement and equity; for he hath seen the Court and your Honour much abused by mis­informations, false suggestions, and Petitions to gain their wills to conceal former orders and proceedings, thereby to delay and undo your Petitioner; and he believes he can make it appear also byorders therein surreptitiously procured, insinuated, or inserted, entred and Registred, one Order whereof they thus obtained of your Ho­our by a Petition, November 10. 1652. to delay your P [...] ­ner [Page 16] from an answer as they had done 6 months before amongst themselves, when by Petition and Letters he sought themselves as a Company of Assistants in power for Peace, but they would not; yet since they have given him two of his lost leases again, and taken a new sine of him, which is part of his said Bill; and since that your Petitioner taking out Attachments to cause them to answer in Hil­lary-Term last, they by Petition February 18. 1652. to your Honour falsly suggest that your Petitioner was agreed with them, and so got an Order to stop his Attachments, and as they had pro­mised before in their first Petition to answer to the Petitioners Bill; so now they procured 14 days also, yet never payed the Attachment costs; and contrary to the just and honourable rules of Court, which ought to be kept and observed by all, and they have demur­red and not answered, on purpose to delay and vex by delatory ar­guing, and by multitudes of Fees and Charges to undoe your Pe­titioner, when they should have fairly answerd to him therein by promises. Your Petitioner therefore humbly prayeth your Ho­nour, the truth hereof considered, that your Honour will be pleased to command them, as in equity they now ought, to give in their seve­ral answers to the Collateral part of your Petitioners Bill, or else so to order it, that your Petioners Bill may be dismissed with such rea­sonable costs as to your Honour shall seem meet, he being an Ad­ministrator he, being like else by the false practisings and delayes al­ready past to be undone (therefore he prayeth also to be at liberty to prefer a new Bill) without he doth appeal to the General and his Councel of Officers of war herein for justice and equity; if that by your Honour he be not herein reserved, which if by you he shall, viz.

Your Petitioner and his, shall ever pray for your Honour.

Capt. Nathanael Burt.

Let the Petitioners Bill be dismissed, with 20 s. costs, and he be at liberty to prefer a new Bill.

William Lenthal.

[Page 17]Readers of all sorts, observe, after my Bill was dismissed, and the costs by my adversaries received, they maliciously again move the Court to have my Bill detained, because they were not pleased with small costs; when I ought not to have paid any costs being an Administrator, as is recorded in Dixy and Watsons case, he exhi­biting a Bill to discover Assets lately, and also they amerce the Sheriffs to bring in my body, 5 pound, at three several mens com­plaint; one of them being the varlet which made the Arrest upon Iames Ryton for 100 pound, when I had the false return made under Sheriff Ireton and believe shall be defrauded thereby whol­ly thereof, which was part of my bill, and I have the Writ so re­turned in my own custody to prove the thing done, and the oath of Edward Miles in the Court, to prove the Arrest, and the mony paid for doing of it, which Hurst also received the half thereof from Miles's hand, who was his Yeoman therein; yet Hurst denys by demurrer upon oath, the Arrest, the mony received, or any part of the Bill; and can this be any other then a deceit, yea a cheat? And so doth Sheriff Ireton also deny it by demurrer, yet he was spoken with several times therein by my self, when the false return was made, to delay and spoile me therein, and that by Mr. Ellis the City-Cryer, Ryton was cryed, and that by Sheriff Iretons knowledg, who was acquainted therewith both before it was done and afterwards by Mr. Ellis the Cryer; Iames Ryton the second merced the Sheriffs, and my false brother Iohn Burt the third, who procured amercements against the Sheriffes, to bring in my body to answer to them and their Interrogatories, & to Iretons Interroga­tories by misinformation to the Master of the Rolls, who had dis­missed my Bill, as appears in Court filed under his hand, April 30. 1653.

Yet again, by motion seven dayes after the Order being served, and costs payed, by a misinformation in the Rolls in Sheriff Iretons behalf to the Master of the Rolls, there is an Order in the Rigisters Office privately entered or insinuated by a pretended motion, made by Iretons councel, therein that I should come in and be ex­amined in four dayes afterwards, or be sent to the Fleet for my contempt; and I pray good people, Souldery and Councel of State, how could there be a contempt, when there was no Bill in Court, [Page 18] it being by the Master of the. Rolls dismissed, and the costs payed some dayes before; and upon these great abuses, I took occasion to Petition the Captain General Crumwell, &c. viz.

To his Excellency the Lord General Cromwel, and the Councel of State, for the present Govern­ment of this Common-wealth; Conserva­tors for the peace thereof.
The humble Petition of Capt. Nathanael Burt, against Thomas Web, Thomas Starky, William Pease, Francis Dashwood, John Cox, William Kettle, of the Company of Sadlers of London, also their Clarke and many others of the said Combination and Confe­deracy,

Humbly sheweth,

THat suing these Combinators, in a place called the High Court of Chancery, which should be a place of equity, and conscience, to ease and releive such who upon just grounds should apply thereunto, for discovery of Combinators, who fraudulently, conceal or imbezle either writings, or monyes, from persons impo­tent through extream age, or Administrators who succeed the for­mer dying intestate: that these persons named, and others not here named, but named in your petitioners Bill, by their several com­binations possessed themselves of, and concealed from your Petiti­oner of his deceased fathers estate, who dyed intestate, about 2500 pound in Mony, Leases and Morgages, which they yet detain a­gainst the minde of the deceased intestate as in his life time was de­clared, and against the conscience and equity ought to be in the high Court of Chancery, were they not partial and corrupt as the dissolved Parliament: yea they do act this combination against your Petitioner, being assisted by the viperous mercenary lying [Page 19] Lawyers, and serpentine Solicitors and Clarks, purposely of co­vetousness and malice to destroy your Petitioner who when he took out Letters of Administration, gave security to Court Chri­stian, to give in a just and true account.

Your Petitioner also sheweth, that a against these combinating Assistants above named, of the Sadlers Company of London, since his bill was preferred in Chancery, there sitting a Committee, of the late dissolved Parliament to examine the frauds and oppressi­ons of Corporations, which was grown up therein, and to renew them, they being upon the old Patents, Grants, and Charters of Monarchy and their Successors, and so fallen with them: that your Petitioner procured from the said Committee, three several Orders against these combinators Sadlers for their oppression and wrongs done to the whole commonalty, or brotherhood of Sad­lers, against them and their now pretended charter, wherein the Fraternity of working Sadlers are particularly interested, and are proper heirs thereunto of right, if ever it be settled; and the means left by our ancestors deceased, to releive such as should be in distress; though by these usurpers abused, oppressed, wronged and injured aswell as your Petitioner: Which by a messenger to them belonging, was served upon them in all their height of jollity, to cause them to answer to the said complaint, and to bring the forfeited dead Charters, by which they did oppress and wrong their fellow members of the said Society up to be examined and renew­ed; and also that they should bring away to the then honorable Committee their Books of accompts, and Book of Orders, that so the oppressions and abuses might be understood, and the people eased, and the corruptions reformed, and they settled as might best consuit then with that present Government; but these corrupt Assistants of Sadlers fearing the trial or examination herein. cor­rupted some thereunto belonging, and never left with them, or their Councel appointed therein, the grand Charter, but a latine Coppy, or the Books of accompts at all: and to coole your Peti­tioner a while in the prosecution thereof, sent to your Petitioner. and gave him two of his fathers detained Leases, which in Chan­cery he complained to be fraudulently detained and concealed from your Petitioner, and took a new fine of your Petitioner, so [Page 21] that his Father had lost both his leases and also his Fine, which if the book of accompts had been examined, would plainly have made it appear, as they well knew; yet unjustly and unrighteously they will not answer in the Chancery, but sordidly still conceal the Collateral part of the BiH, though these leases was part thereof, and by combination of Lawyers, demur to him therein, which is but a denial on purpose to delay and vex your Petitioner, yea to destroy him; whereupon your Petitioner by order from the Ma­ster of the Rolls procured a dismission of his owne Bill, and paid Thomas Web 20 s. costs in the behalf of himself and of the rest therein concerned, May 2. 1653. yet would these combinators and Lawyers still detain the said Bill in Court, the better to have their ravenous wills satisfied, to destroy your Petitioner by charge or imprisonment, even out-daring Justice, Law, or Equity.

Your distressed Petitioner laying claim to the promises made by your Excellency, in both your Declarations, 22 and 30 of April 1653, that such endeavours should be used, that no opposition or wrong should be done to the people by any that exercise Administration of Justice by the Laws of the Nation, humbly imploreth your Honours to be rescued out of the mouths of the roaring Lyons and Bears, who else would break the bones of your Petitioner; who being Ad­ministrator, did but sue for the discovery of a concealed e­state, and in conscience & equity ought rather to be cherish­ed by them then destroyed, yea eaten up, which they some of them have threatned, and their practises do make good the same; which promises declared, if performed, will set you as mount Sion for establishment, and work the hearts of the people to praise God for you; and your perishing Petitioner if herein relieved, these acting against Justice and equity, yea the Law of the Nation, shall for you be inlarged towards God. And he and his shall ever pray, &c.

Nathanael Burt.

The Lord Generals Order to me when he came out of the Councel was, that I should attend the Councel for Order of this Petition.

[Page 20]Being (as in the Petition is declared) encouraged by the promises of the Souldiery in their Declarations mentioned, so also calling to minde the Letter from the General meeting of the Officers of the Army, Jan. 18. 1652. to stir up all their fellow-souldiers to assist them to help the people of this Nation; who through corruption are subject to grievous oppressions through the obstruction of Justice of which they were generally and strongly convinced it was their duty to awaken themselves for the procuring and preventing many ap­parent inconveniences; as first, faithful men, fearing God, hating covetousness, may be chosen into the interest of the Common­wealth. Secondly, that the Laws may be regulated in such sort that what is good in them may be maintained, and the corruptions, abuses, delays, vexations, unnecessary travels and expences, and whatsoever shall be found really burdensome and grievous to the people, may be taken away.

Then behold, as you have dissolved the corrupt Parliament, who voted, unvoted, and abused, vexed, and delayed the people of Eng­land, and hardned others by these practisings to do the like: as Ecclus faith, Chap. 10. 2. As the Judge of the people is him­self, so are his Officers; and what manner of man the Ruler of the city is, such are they that dwell therein. And as the Master of the Rolls and Lords Commissioners do, and the Chancery hath been known to do for the memory of man most abusively, as well as other Courts sometimes, but not so frequently as the Chancery or Rolls. Lend us also your assistances and all faithful English­men stand by them and one another, to open these Cages of birds who are become ravenous, and their houses full of deceit; there­fore they are become great, and waxen rich; they shine, and are waxen fat; yea, they surpass the deeds of the wicked, Jer. 5. 26, 27, 28. Thus as there were wicked men found in Israel, who did set inares and traps to catch men is it not so now in England? and as they judged not the cause of the fatherless, or the right of the needy, is not the same cry amongst us at this day? which the Offi­cers of the Army be convinced of, that those in the Army and else­where have not so improved their interest one to another as they ought, the Lord having done great things for us of England, as their Letter of Jan. 28. 1652. sets forth, might say to us, Isai. [Page 22] as he did to his Vineyard; And he looked for judgement, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry: and this you see is not long since the Officers of the Army printed it, and that they have made some progress against Oppressors and un­righteous men since. Assist them therefore, dear Country-men, English-men, and let us not by jealousies grieve the hearts and weaken the hands one of another, to the destruction of our Liber­ty, Freedom and Peace, as by the said Letter they observe. But let us keep our selves close to God, and let us implore him so to act in them, that their hearts may be kept faithful as Moses, who when he was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, would not leave a hoofe in bondage; that so the Lords work being begun, who turneth the way of the wicked upside down. Psal. 147. 8, 9. but raiseth them that are bowed down, and loveth the righteous. Wherefore honour faithful ones, and abandon these Schools, yea abolish them Schools called the Innes of Court, whose Scholars plead taunts, lyes and sophistications, for Law, like to their father the devil, by which their brethren are murthered, and their families undone. For as our honoured faithful brother Colonel Pride formerly predicted, as in my New-yeers-gift, pag. 11. is set forth, That it would never be well with England until that mercena­ry Lawyers Gowns were hung up by the Scotish Trophies. These, my brethren, and their attendants, destroy Englands Common­wealth, and are of the Beast, and of Antichrist, and of the devil. That Lawyers, called Secular Judges, proceeded from Romish Clergie-men, yea all Lawyers were anciently of the Clergie; no Clerk but he was a Lawyer, faith Malmsbury, in William the se­cond's time; they were the first Lawyers in England, or amongst them, for time and for their knowledge and manners sent to Rome, some of them being then Councellors to Abbots, had shaven crowns, were Arch-deacons; and most of the Lawyers then held Church-livings.

Now, my brethren, ye may see how Tythes (the great Robbery) hath come to be maintained. And a Monk in Henry the third's time is called the Kings special Counsellor and Clerk, faith the ob­server, as much as the Atturney-General since.

But I admire how Edmund Prideaux, formerly the great Let­ter [Page 23] convoyer, to rook the people of 6 d. in the shilling, as their quarrelling printed Papers make it appear, doth call himself Attur­ney-General, and comes to the Bar, and moveth as Atturney-Gene­ral for the people, and yet stands charged with Articles of High Treason, and hath done above a yeer, which is filed in the Capital Office against him, and others, for acting traitorously against the Commonwealths peace, which is the peace of the people, and a­gainst English Law, and that he is not by the people called to the Bar to be convicted thereof as our enemy, and ought to be, or else by Law acquitted, and his complices: for as M. Cook said concer­ning the late Kings tryal, That mercy to the wicked is cruelty to the good, and he was a Counsellor of Grays-Inne, employed by the State, which could not be unknown to M. Prideaux, but since gone for Ireland. But fellow-souldiers, as you have promised us in your Letter, and in the Declarations, you must help us against these destroyers of us and ours, and you also, if they can. The Bi­shops (by the consent of most) were voted out, for that they were Antichristian, and also destructive to the English Liberty, peace, utility, and freedom, and all their Pontifical Robes, Orders, and Garbs: yet see, the Secular Judges wear the ancient habit of the Ecclesiasticks, because first it was used by the Ecclesiasticks, who have been Clerks, Justices, Keepers of the Great Seal, Wardens of the Kingdom, Treasurers of England, Masters of the Rolls, yea Justices of Eyre and of Assize; yea some of these, as Hugh of Pashtul Clerk, made Justice of England by Henry the third.

Thus you see Popish Tythes, and Popish Holy-days, and Popish Habits or Vestures still maintained in all Courts, in sight of the Scotish Banners, where you may finde Popish Antichristian customs and manners. The Clerks who such Writs dictate, write, signe, and give counsel, they were restrained by Pope Innocent the fourth his Decretals to assume Church-dignities: since then the multitude of Clerks ran to the hearing of the Secular Laws. Hence it is that the ancient Habit of the Secular Judges was the same (and yet is) with that of the Ecclesiasticks; as Francis White, who printed a book for the sacred Law of the Land, expresseth, in the 291, 292, 293. for which he cites D. Wats gloss. ad Paris. faith William of Bussey, Seneschal and chief Councellor to William of Valentia, [Page 24] would have loosed (says the same Monk, meaning John Mansel, in Henry the third's time) the stays of his Coyf to shew his Clerk­ly tonsure, his shaven crown.

Therefore as in Israel's time when the Law of truth was found in the Priests mouth, and no iniquity in his lips, in peace and equity he walked to God, and turned many from iniquity; but since went out of the way, and caused many to fall by the Law, and kept not Gods ways, but became partial in the Law; therefore God made them to be despised and vile before all the people, Mal. 2.6,7,8,9. since the Priests lips should have preserved knowledge. And hath not our Clergy (in our remembrance) been in as great places, and honour, and have come to be despised, for being par­tial, and causing many to fall by the Law; and are they not gone and despised, and since that the King gone and despised for being partial in the Law? and causing many to fall by the sword, whom the Law would have preserved? And since is not the Parliament not onely purged but dissolved? for that if ever any had known the Law, or if ever any walked in the truth before God in peace and equity, they should, and not corruptly and par­tially gone contrary to truth, peace, and law, and equity; and by their evil example encouraged others so to do, to provoke Eng­lands misery, and cause themselves to become despised and vile in the eyes of all the people, and their fellow Committee-men and their Children to be despised; which they have and will finde, as sure as we have seen the Scripture mentioned fulfilled. Wherefore London, let the prophesie of Ninevehs fall or ruine be thy warn­ing, Nahum.3.1,9. Wo to the bloody City, which is full of lies and Robery; and know, as Solomon faith, Prov.21.3,7. To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord then sacrifice, and that the robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; for that they have refused to execute judgement. And all you corporated Companies, know that you are exhorted to accept of this warning, as you are Citizens concerned with your Masters and Officers, left you come also to be dissolved and despised; but especially you of the Sadlers, who have been sought by Petitions and Letters for peace sake, but made stiffe your necks against it; take you among the rest notice, that this Babylon of covetousness, [Page 25] oppression, defraude, and partiality, and hypocrisie is not falling, but fallen, for because of the multitude of the fornications, of the harlots as the Prophet Nahum expresseth it, who is beauti­ful, and a mistress of witchcraft, and selleth the people through her whoredoms, and the Nations through her witchcrafts, which Rev. 18.2. to the 19 verse, may fitly be applied, cried by the Angel: And he cried out mightily, saying, It is fallen, it is fallen. Ba­bylon that great city, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of all soul spirits, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have com­mitted fornication with her; and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich of the abundance of her pleasures. And the kings of the earth shall bewail her, and lament for her, which have committed fornication, and lived in pleasure with her, when they shall see the smoke of that her burning; and shall stand afar off, for fear of her torments, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city: for in one hour is thy judgement come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and wail over her: for no man buyeth their ware any more. The merchants of these things which were waxed rich, shall stand afar from her, for fear of her torment, weeping and wail­ing, and saying, Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, and purple and scarlet and gilded with gold, and pre­cious stones, and pearls. And every ship-master, and all the peo­ple that occupie ships, and ship-men, & whosoever traffick on the sea, when they see the smoke of that her burning, shall say, What city was like unto this great city! And shall cast dust on their heads, and cry, weeping and wailing, and say, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships on the sea, by her costliness: for in one hour is she made desolate. Who is wife, and he shall understand these things; prudent, and he shall know them; as was said concerning the destruction of Sa­maria, Hos. 14,10. for, the ways of the Lord are righteous, and the just shall walk in them; but the wicked shall fall therein. And since you Secular Judges retain not only the Habit of that Ba­bylonish Strumpet, but much of her Popish impudence of customs and manners; I will chose up this appeal, & protest against Anichri­stian Babylonish Ecclesiastick brats & merchants of England, who [Page 26] are rich made through the abundance of her delicacies, and that are clothed in fine linen and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, precious stones, and pearls, with Psal,2. Let not the heathen rage, or the people murmure: Be wise now therefore, ye kings; be learned, ye judges of the earth; serve the Lord in fear and re­joyce in trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way: when his wrath shall suddenly burn, blessed are all that trust in him.


SHould I have further stirred in this puddle of iniquity, and have set downe the partial report made for Hurst and Ireton, and the Affidavit recorded by Edw. Miles, which spoyls them both, and the several Orders upon their several Motions, and Petitions, and Mis-informations, entred insinuated and inserted, they would have edified but little: and such who know Chancery-proceedings, know the lying and lucrous ends and drifts of such Motions, Mis-informations, and Orders, and Reorderings. But I humbly intreat Sheriff Underwood and his Partner, in time to consider of the malitious dealing of John Hurst, who durst betray his Masters into a­mercements, against Law or Equity, my Bill being dismissed, and costs paid some dayes before, above a week before Hurst amerceth his Masters, yea 10. dayes, and a dismission inrolled is not to be altered, it being a fi­nal sentence of the Court, as you may read in a book called the practice of the high Court of Chancery unfolded, printed 1652. page 25.

Let all men be hereby advised, who have any Estate, to settle it, and that surely, that so trouble may be avoided, and their Children may be provi­ded for, and not strangers and lying Lawyers filled with their Estates or in­crease, they eating up the Childrens bread. In the book named before, page 29.

The Counsel that mis-informs the Court in his motions, or moves, not informing the former Order in the cause, hath had his order so misgotten thereby vacated, and costs awarded to be paid by himself or his Clyent: by himself, if it lay in him to have informed himself better, or else by the Clyent, who mis-informed his Counsel; the Court being hereby much trou­bled, and the Suiters delayed, desiring an end of their suits, and not mo­vere and promovere: but apparant it is that such motions onely as tend to the end of the cause, and not to put it out of the way, are good for the suiters and ease of the Court. Truth is strong, and will prevail, believes

Yours Nathanael Burt.

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