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« Restoration so many years. So that “ fuch 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 soul “ above being guilty of so mean an " action."
But let us examine this tale on another
Wagstaffe * affirms, on the authority of the writer of Clamor Regii Sanguinis , &c. that “the Regieides immediately “ seized Dr. Juxon, imprisoned him, “ and examincd 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 1911. We have been informed, that he attached himself to the old pretender, in quality of chaplain to his protestant nonjuring adherents. We fuppose it was his fon who officiated in that capac ty at the Santi Apostoli, and died at Rome about 1774 or 1775.
latter had so tvarm a zeal for orthodoxy, and against schismatics, that he refused, though much intreated, to read the burial-service over the corpse 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 nobleinan then at Rone, from whom we had this account. It is customary, when any English Protestant dies 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 loyalist Mr. Murray, his compatriot, and of the same church. The worthy old gentleman (for worthy he is known to be), for some reason or other, declined the eifice, saying to the grave-digger, Cover him ud, Cover him up. This Mr. Wagfäffc is said to have been a man of letters, and to have left lie. hind him a collection of curious and valuable books.
“ rigour, and searched him narrowly for
all papers that he might have from “ the King, even to scraps and parc. 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, 6 held in his hand a small piece of pa
per, some four inches square, containing heads whereon in his speech he inos 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. Ixxxii.
“ speech ended, he gave
paper to the Bp. of London. After his “ death, the officers demanded the paper *“ of the Bishop, who, because of the “ depth of his pocket, finallness of the
paper, and the mixture of others “ therewith, could not so soon produce “ it as was required. At last he brought “ it forth; but therewith the others were “ unsatisfied [jealousy is quickof growth},
as not the same which his Majesty de66 livered unto him. When presently -66 the soldier, whose rudeness” (the bad 'cause of a good effect] “ had formerly "" over-inspected it in the King's hand, « attested this the very
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 single 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 occasion, 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 say, that the Bishop afterwards retired to his own manor of Little Compton in Glocestershire, where ke sometimes rode a hunting for his
* Fuller's Church History, p.penult.