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"Restoration fo many years. So that "fuch a teftimony from fuch a perfon "is not to be admitted against a man
who, as his learned and ingenious edi"tor [Bp. Newton] obferves, had a foul "above being guilty of fo mean an "action."
But let us examine this tale on another fide:
Wagstaffe affirms, on the authority of the writer of Clamor Regii Sanguinis, &c.
*We are uncertain what became of Mr. Wag ftaffe, 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 proteftant nonjuring adherents. We fuppofe it was his fon who officiated in that capacity at the Santi Apostoli, and died at Rome about 1774 of 1775. This latter
&c. that "the Regicides immediately "feized Dr. Juxon, imprisoned him, "and examined him with all poffible
latter had fo warm a zeal for orthodoxy, and
"rigour, and fearched him narrowly for "all papers that he might have from "the King, even to fcraps and par "cels *."
All this is manifeft forgery. Bp. Juxon was neither feized nor imprifoned, nor fearched 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 Majefty being upon the fcaffold, "held in his hand a fmall piece of pa
per, fome four inches fquare, containing heads whereon in his fpeech he in"tended to dilate; and a tall foldier, look"ing over the King's fhoulders, read it, "as the King held it in his hand. - His
*Birch, folio, p. lxxxii.
"fpeech ended, he gave that fmall pa
per to the Bp. of London. After his "death, the officers demanded the paper "of the Bishop, who, because of the "depth of his pocket, fmallnefs of the paper, and the mixture of others "therewith, could not so foon produce it as was required. At laft he brought "it forth; but therewith the others were "unfatisfied [jealoufy is quick of growth}, "as not the fame which his Majefty de- .
livered unto him. When presently "the foldier, whofe rudeness" [the bad caufe of a good effect] "had formerly over-inspected it in the King's hand, "attefted this the very fame paper, and "prevented farther fufpicions, which
"might have terminated to the Bishop's "trouble *.”
The Bishop then was no farther troubled than by the officer's demanding this fingle paper. All the rest he carried off in the depth of his pocket. If any thing more troublesome had happened to the Bishop upon the occafion, Fuller would certainly have known it, and would as certainly have recorded it; for he takes him up again in his Worthies of England.
Other accounts fay, that the Bishop afterwards retired to his own manor of Little Compton in Glocefterfhire, where ke fometimes rode a hunting for his
Fuller's Church Hiftory, p. penult.