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Tho' the Trained-Bands of London and Westmin. 1688. to acted I fter were now in Arms, both to prevent all ill Dee tim: o signs from the Papifts, and to preserve those Twin- Furious in the the Cities in Peace and Safety till His Highnefs's Arri- Eruptions uring its val; nevertheless, that giddy Part of the People of the Lonthe lines which delights in Tumules, took Advantage of don Mob. onber this time of Anarchy to make their Eruptions : Goreno And as the Papists were the chief Occasion of the w a parfait present Distractions, so they were the principal cored Sufferers by them. The new-erected Mass-Houses, vards on

boch in the City and Suburbs, were pulld down

and detiroy'd, and their Materials, burnt with riow of the tous Acclamations, while common Thieves mixing Princes with the more harmless Apprentices, took Oppord bring

tunity to rifle the Houses of the Spanish and Flo-
rentine Ambassadors; in the first of which, the beft

Effects of abundance of Roman Catholicks, and even he could "

the Holy Utentils of the Royal Chappels were depo-
fited, as it were in an Azylum. All that the Mob could
not carry away, or whose Value they did not 011-
derstand, was committed to the Flames, and among
the relt a fine Library, with several curious Manu.
scripts. This Accident was the more surprizing,
because of all the foreign Ministers, Don Pedro de

Ronquillo was most belov'd by the People; so his fire that many did not stick to say, He was accesary to

the robbing of his own House, and that he had not CIT the lealt Share of the Plunder ; tho he was after*** wards largely recompenced by the Parliament for there is the Loffes he had sustain'd in this Hurly-burly. arh The French Ambassador's House and Chappel were

preserv'd by the Neighbourhood of foune Noble-
men, who caus'd their own Houses to be well
guarded; and the Resident of Venice was secur'd by

Detachment of Soldiers ; but the King's Printingfthe House suffer'd considerable Damage ; all the Paper and tell that was found in it, whether printed or not, fer

ving only for a Bonfire.

The King's Commissioners returning to London ith vs the same Day His Majesty had left his Palacen sprids were much furpriz'd to learn his sudden Departure, because they brought with them such an Answer

from the Prince to their Proposalsy as ought not


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1688. to have alarm'd the King; of which they

already informd His Majelty, by an Expre • Dec. 8. receiv'd Two or Three Hours before he left : Proposals ball. The Proposals deliver'd to His Highnel deliver’d to Hungerford by the Commillioners were as follow the Prince of Orange

SIR, the mi finers." THE King commanded us to acquaint Yo- .

“ he observes all the Differencesland Cats Complaint alledg'd by Your Highness leer

. be referr'd to a free Parliament. His Moth “ he has already declar'd, was resolv'd befat

: to call one, but thought that in the present: of Affairs it was adviseable to defer it till oss were more compos’d. Yet seeing that bis?

ple ftill continue to defire it, He has put “ His Proclamation in order to it, and has i. forth His Writs for the calling of it

. Av prevent any Cause of Interruption in it, consent to every thing that can be reasonii

quir'd for the Security of all those that (hal." 6 to it. His Majesty has therefore sent us to

Your Highness for the adjusting of all " that shall be agreed to be necessary to this “ dom of Elections, and the Security of is

and is ready immediately to enter into a 1 in order to it. His Majesty proposes, chat

mean time the respective Armies may be “ Atraind within such Limits, and at such a di.

from London, as may prevent the Apprehri " that the Parliament may in any kind be din

being desirous that the meeting of it per “no longer delay'd, than it must be bras fun!

" and necessary Forms. The Prince The Prince of Orange having receiv'd this P: of Orange's continued his March towards London ; and bar Proposals

, arrivd at Littlecott, the next Day, with the Art Decem. 9. of the Lords and Gentlemen assembled with him

His Highness made these following Proposals, a
Answer to those from His Majesty.

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HAT all Papists, and all such Persons as

are not qualified by Law, be Disarmed,
" Disbanded, and Removed froin all Employments,
“Civil and Military. II. That all Proclamations

which reflect upon us, or any that have come to
Us, or declar'd'for us, be recallsd; and that if
any Persons for having so allisted, have been com-

mitted, that they be forthwith set at Liberty:
« III. That for the Security and Safety of the City

of London, the Custody and Government of the
Tower bé immediately put into the Hands of

the said City, IV. That if His Majesty. thall " think fit to be at London, during the fitting of “ the Parliament, that We may be there allo, with

equal Number of our Guards. Or if His Maje

fty shall please to be in any Place from London, at - whatever Dittance he thinks fit, that We may ““ be at a Place of the same Distance. And that the “respective Armies do remove from London Thir

ty Miles, and that no more foreign Forces be “ brought into the Kingdom. V. That for the Se

curity of the City of London, and their Trade, Tilbury Fort be put into the Hands of the said City.

VI. That to prevent the landing of French, or “other Foreign Troops, Portsmouth may be put into

such Hands as by Your Majesty and us Thall be

agreed upon. VII. That some sufficient part of “the publick Revenue be allign'd us, for the main

taining of our Forces, until the meeting of a free 66 Parliament.

The Earl of Feverham, and the other General Officers, who had follow'd him to Uxbridge, to attend the King's coming, receiv'd His Majesties Letter the fame Day,and read it aloud to the Troops, which drew Tears from most of them. Thereupon they held a Council of War, and concluded from that Letter, that since the King did not expect they should resist a Foreign Army, his

Intention was; that the rest of the Army should be disbanded and accordingly Four Thousand Men the Earl had when with him, were immediately licentiated.



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1688. After this he sent the following Letter to the Prince

of Orange, subscribed by himself, and by Three general Officers.

Having receiv'd this Morning a Letter from

His Majesty, with the unfortunate News “ of his Resolution to go out of England, I thought

my self oblig’d, being at the Head of his Army, " and having receiv'd his Orders to make no “ Opposition against any Body, to let Your

Highness know it, with the Advice of the Officers here, so soon as was poflible, to hinder the

Effufion of Blood. I have order'd already, to “ that Purpose, all the Troops that are under my “ Command, which shall be the last Order they us fhall receive from Feversham, Lanier, Fenwick,


The Trumpeter the Earl of Feversham had difpatch'd with his Letter to the Prince, return'd without an Antwer; which shew'd His Highness did not approve his Conduct in this Critical Conjuncture, and indeed mott of the Lords in London blund the General for Disbanding the Army in 1o bafty a mamer, without, at leait, the

Advice of the Peers of the Realin, if he thought it False A- too inuch to wait for His Highness's Directions. larm

A panick Fear, which the next Day alarm'd the tbroughout City of Londoni

, contributed much to the Censure all Eng. which the Earl incurrid : Some Country Fellows land, Dec. arriving towards Midnight at Westminster, caus'd 13.

a sudden liproar, by reporting that the Irish, in a desperate Rage, were approaching London, firing the Houses, and putting Man, Woman and Child to the Sword. “This falfe Report gather'd as it went along, so that in few Monients, not only the Trained-Bands and disciplin’d Troops appeard in Arms, but every Body leaving their Beds, plac'd Lights in their Windows, betook themselves, with haif their Cloaths on, the most fearful to Flight, the moft resolute to their Weapons : And what is moff ftrange, this Alarm fpread it felf the same Night over the


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whole Kingdom, and all that were abk to carry 1688.
Arms, vowed the Defence of their Lives, Laws,
Religion and Liberties, and stood resolvd to dea
ftroy all the Irish and Papists in England, in cale
any Injury were offered them. Soine faid, That
this general Fright was occafion'd by Seven or Eight,
Irish Soldiers, who having no Money, resolv’d to
keep themselves from Itarving, by forcibly entring
into a Country House: Whilst they were cuffing
with those who would have thrust them out, a
paltry Cottage happen’d to catch Fire, whereup-
on all the neighbouring Towns and villages rang
their Alarm Bells, which were ecchoed through-
out all England. Some Politicians assignd another
Cause (which was most probable) of this universal
Terror, and said it was industriously propagated by
the Directions of Duke Schomberg, both to feel the
Pulse of the Nation, and to inspire them with Re-
sentment against the Popish Party, by letting them
fee to what Dangers they were reduc d by the
bringing of Irish Troops into the Kingdom.

The Day before this Confternation, Chancellor Chancellor
Jeffreys, whom every Body thought to be gone Jeffreys
with the King, having disguis'd and abfconded hiin-apprehend-
self in a Seaman's House in Wapping, in order to ed, Dec, 1 za
his Escape beyond Sea ; as he was looking out of the
Window in a Seaman's Monmouth-Cap, was disco-
ver'd by a Clerk in Chancery, that accidentally palt
by. Thereupon he was immediately apprehended,
and after a fair Deliverance from the Mob that would
have torn him to pieces, carried before the Lord-
Mayor, who fell into a Fit of an Apoplexy, whilft
he was asking him fome Queitions; the same
Day the Peers assembled at Whitehall with
some of the Privy-Council, committed bim to
Tuwer, where the Conscience of his Crimes Sparti-
cularly the Death of the Lady Lise) pursuing hiin,
he endeavour'd co. drown bis Remorses in Wine
which put him into a Fever, and that coft him his He dier,
Life. Thus ended his Days, George Fiffreys, Baroni of
Wema a Man of great natural Parts, and who His Chaz
might have challeng'd a Place among the Firft- rafter,
Rate Lawyers of England, if he had been freddy

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