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been unsatisfactory to Birch himself, by its being left out of his Life of Milton, prefixed to the quarto edition of Milton's prose-works.
Lauder however affirms, that, "in Dr. “ Birch's opinion, Milton was not guilty “ of the crime charged upon him; Milton
and Bradshaw too, in the Doctor's “ opinion, being persons of more honour “ than to be guilty of putting so vile a
upon the King *.!! Lauder perhaps had this declaration from Dr. Birch's own mouth; it is confirmed however by the following reflection, in the quarto edition of Milton's Life by Birch, p.xxxiii.
" It is highly improbable that Milton 66 and Bradshaw Thould make Hills * their “ confident unnecessarily in such an affair ; “ and laugh in his presence at their ima "posing such a cheat upon the world; “ or that he should conceal it during the “ life of the former, who survived the
* It is objected, to the testimony of Hills, that he turned papist in the reign of James II. and we find him characterized by Dunton, Po. pish Hills ftationer 10 James M. He made an atonement, however, after the Revolution, by printing several fingle fermons of the most emi. nent preachers of that time, many of them against Popery, on vile paper and print, for gence a piece, to the great comfort and convenience of minute divines in country churches.. Dr. Taylor late Chancellor of Lincoln, in the poetical part of his music-speech, delivered'at the public commencement at Cambridge, in 1730, has the following couplet :
Then moulds his scanty Latin and less Greek, And Harry Hills his parish once a week.
* Restoration so many years. So that “ such a testimony from such a person " is not to be admitted against a man “ who, as his learned and ingenious edi" tor (Bp. Newton) observes, had a foul “ above being guilty of so mear an. er action."
But let us examine this tale on another
Wagstaffe * affirms, on the authority of the writer of Clamor. Regii Sanguinis, &c. that “the Regicides immediately “ seized Dr. Juxon, imprisoned him, “ and examined him with all possible
* We are uncertain what became of Mr. Wagftaffe, who published the Vindication of King Charles the Martyr, &c. the third edition of which appeared in 1711. We have been informed, that he attached himself to the old pretender, in quality of chaplain to his protestant nonjuring adherents. We suppose it was his son who officiated in that capac.ty at the Santi. Apostoli, and died, at Rome about 1774 or 17.75. This
latter had so warm a zeal for orthodoxy, and against fchifmatics, that he refused, though much intreated, to read the burial-service over the corpfe of a Danish gentleman, a protestant, who died at Rome about the year 1762 or 63, and left that office to be performed by a worthy clergyman, chaplain to an English nobleman then at Rome, from whom we had this account. It is customary, when any English Protestant dies at Rome, for any of his acquaintance, though a layman, of the same religion, to read the burialservice over his corpse. When Wagstaffe himself died, he was carried to the unhallowed cæmetery of heretics, where it was expected by the British attendants that the service would be read over the deceased by his fellow loyalift Mr. Murray, his compatriot, and of the fame church. The worthy old gentleman (for worthy he is known to be), for some reason or other, declined the effice, saying to the grave-digger, Cover him ud, Cover him up.
This Mr. Wagstaffe is said to have been a man of letters, and to have left be. hind him a colletion of curious and valuable books.
“ rigour, and searched him narrowly for “all papers that he might have from “ the King, even to scraps and par(s cels *."
All this is manifest forgery. Bp. Juxon was neither seized nor imprisoned, nor searched for any papers; nor were any papers required of him but one; of which we have the following account in Fuller's Church History:
“ His Majesty being upon the scaffold, “ held in his hand a small piece of pa
per, some four inches square, contain
ing heads whereon in his speech he in66 tended to dilate; anda tall soldier, look
ing over the King's shoulders, read it, “ as the King held it in his hand.- His * Birch, folio, p. lxxxii.