Page images
PDF
EPUB

"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
against fchifmatics, that he refufed, 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 clergy-
man, chaplain to an English nobleman then at
Rome, from whom we had this account. It is
customary, when any English Proteftant dies at
Rome, for any of his acquaintance, though a
layman, of the fame religion, to read the burial-
fervice over his corpfe. When Wagstaffe himself
died, he was carried to the unhallowed cœmetery
of heretics, where it was expected by the British
attendants that the fervice would be read over
the deceafed by his fellow loyalist Mr. Murray,
his compatriot, and of the fame church. The
worthy old gentleman (for worthy he is known
to be), for fome reafon or other, declined the
office, faying to the grave-digger, Cover him up,
Cover him up.
This Mr. Wagstaffc is faid to
have been a man of letters, and to have left be-
hind him a collection of curious and valuable
books.

❝rigour,

A

"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

66

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.

"speech

6.6

"fpeech ended, he gave that fmall pa

66

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

[ocr errors]

·66

"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.

health;

« PreviousContinue »