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1688. in his Principles, and not made his Talents truc

kle to his Ambition ; but being sway'd by che Luft of Honours and Riches, he roar'd more loudly against the Protestants, when Lord Chancellor, in King James's Reign, than he had inveigh'd againti the pupises in the time of the Popish Plot, when

he was Recorder of the City of London. The Prince The Prince of Orange, in the mean time, was adof Orange's vanc'd as far as Henly with the greatelt part of Declarati- his Army, and finding the King's Troops, now on, Dec. 13. without a Head, to comınit many Disorders. His

Highness issued out a Declaration, Terting forth: That being inform’d that divers Régiments, Troops and Companies, bad been encourag'd to disperse themselves in an unusu il and unwarrant able manner, whereby the publick Prace was very much disturbid, He had thought fit hereby to require all Colonels and Commanders in chief of liech Regiments, &c. to call together the several Officers and Soldiers belonging to their respective Reginents in such Places as they should find molt convenient for their kendezvous, and there to keep thim in good Ordır and Discipline. And His Highness did likewise direct and require all such Officers and Soldiers forthwith to repair to fuch Places as should be appointed for that. Purpose by tlxit Commanders in chief, volucreof Speedy Notice was to be given to His Highness for bis further Orders.

At the same time His Highness sent a Letter to the Earl of Danby, to delire him to come to him, and order'd Mr. Blaithrait, Secretary of War, to bring him an Account of the King's Army. He also dispatch'd the Lord Churchill to London, 10 reassemble his Troop of Lifz-Guards, and directed the Duke of Grafton to go and take Poffellion of Tilbury Fort, with his Regiment of Foot Guards

. The Duke was marching through the Strand at the Head of his Regiment, when an Irish Trooper of Salisbury's Regiment, gilloping down Catbarinestreet like a mad Man, took his Aim at his Grace with his Carabine; one of the Duke's Grenadiers was quicker than the Trooper, and thot him immediately from his Horse, nor did he live long enough to confess the Reason of so desperate an


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Attempt. The Duke of Grafton went on towards 1688. Tilbury, where the Irish that guarded that Pott, not thi:king theinselves safe, resolved to make their Escape beyond Sea, and for that Purpose seiz'd upon a Merchant-man bound for Smyrna; but the Searnen, as they fail'd down the River, run the Vessel on Shear, where Multitudes of People flocking together, the Irilho paid dear for their Temerity.

Let's return to the King. His Majesty, with His Three Followers, having crofs'd the Thames at TV biteball, went by Land as far as a certain Place near Feversham, where he embark'd in a small Vesel that was to carry him to a Frigat, commanded by Magdonel, à faithful and ftout Irish (aptain, who waited for His Majetty at Margate. The Weather was formy, and the Vefsc1 wanted Ballast; now whilst the Seamen were busie in

bringing it in, Hales fent his Footman to the Pofte si Office at Ferersham: A Gunner belonging to Dover

Cattle, whoi Halcs had formerly caihierd, knew
I prefently the Footman by his Livery, and dogging

him to the River-lide, he saw him make Signs to
soine People that were aboard a Baik. Thereup-
on he assembled the Fishermen, Scamen, and o-
ther Free-booters of that Place, who at this time
took upon themselves to search all the Ships that
went by, and made bold to stop, and at least, to rob

all Paisengers whom they fuipected to be Prielts, t assuring them of a good Booty in that Bark where

Sir Edward Halos must infallibly be.' Encourag'd
by this short Harangue, they immediately boarded
the Vessel, and meeting firit of all with Hales, The King
their Joy was extraordinary, Hales being equally taken at
well known, and very much hated in that Coun- Fever-
ty; as for the King, they suppos'd him to be Hales's sham,

Dec. 12. 1 Chaplain, because he wore a Bob Wig; belides, the

Personal Indignities, (too grofs to be nam'd) which
this facrilegious Rabble put upon their Sovereign,

they took 400 Guineas from His Majesty; and his finding besides this, a great Sum of Money, feve

ral valuable Seals, and other Jewels about him,
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1688. than an ordinary Prielt. Abundance of People

being by this time gather'd on the Shoar, some of them went into the ship, and amongst these a Constable, who acknowledging his Soveraign through his Disguise, fell presently at his Feet, begg’d His Majesty to forgive thé Rudeness of the unruly Mob, and bid the Fellows to return him what they had robb'd him of; but the King would only receive the Jewels, and gave the Gold amongst 'em. His Majesty told the Con1able he hop'd he would use him well; and when he saw every Body paid him the Respect due to a Monarch, he earnestly endeavour'd to be gone; but the People being unwilling to let him, His Majesty then fent for the Eail of Winchelsea, who prevail'd with hiin not to leave the King. doin, and whom he made Lord Lieutenant of the County, and Governor of Dover-Cattle. This Atrange Adventure tillid the City of London with joyful Surprize, most People being glad of an Opportunity to convince the King that there never was any ill Design against his Person. As for the Peers and Privy Council, they were variously atfected by this News, partly by reason of the Advances they had made to the Prince of Orange ; however, after some Debates they appointed Four of their Members, viz. the Earls of Middleton, Ailesbury, Yarmouth and Feversham, to wait upon

His Majesty, and invite himn to his Palace at te Prince Whitchall; to which, tho' at firlit he shew'd some of Orange Reluctance, yet at last he condescended. The Peers

also dispatch'd an Express to the Prince of Orange Windfor, to acquaint hien that the King was ftill in EngDec. 14. land; whereupon His Highness came to Windsor

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and lodgʻd in the Prince of Denmark's Apartment, Peers con- which was prepar'd for his Reception; and the cerning the next Day their Lordships (in Pursuance of the Irish Dec. Prince's Directions) made an Order, whereby they

requir'd all Irish Officers and Soldiers to repair to the respective Bodies to which they did belong; and de clar'd, That betuving themselves peaceably, they should Lave Subsistence paid them till they should be other. wife provided for, or employ'd: And the said Officers

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and Soldiers were also order'd to deliver up their 1688. Arms to fome of the Officers of the Ordinance.

The Lords having acquainted the Prince of 0. range with His Majefties Resolution to return to Whiteball

, His Highness was somewhat surpriz'd at the News; and after a long Consultation with the chief of the Nobility and Gentry about him,' he dispatch'd Monsieur de Zuyleftein to the King, to The King delire him to continue at Rochester ; but this Ex-returns to press missing his Way, His Majesty'left that Place London, on Sunday Morning, and about Four in the After. Dec. 16. noon entred the City of London, as it were, in Triumph, and went to Whitehall, attended; by feveral Nobles, whilft Multitudes of People, that crowded to see him, welcom'd his Return with loud Acclamations; the ringing of Bells, Illuminations, Bonfires, and all other publick Demonftrarions of Joy, Loyalty and Affection, being us'd upon this Occasion.

The Night before the King left Rochester, His The Earl of Majesty dispatch'd the Earl of Feversham with a Feversham Letter to the Prince, to invite him to St. James's, Arrested, with what Number of Guards and Troops His Dec. 16, Highness should think convenient to bring along with him, that they might amicably and personally confer together about the Means of redrelling the publick Gievances. The Earl arriv'd on Sunday Morning at Wind for, and having deliver'd his Message to the Prince, he was not a little surprizd, when in!lead of an Answer, Monfieur Bentinck demanded his Sword, being order'd by His Highness to secure him upon Account of his late Precipitate Disbanding the Army; or, as 'twas furmiz'd, because having a great Influence upon the King, he might have push'd His Majesty to some bold Attempt that might have broke the Measures, which those that had join'd His Highness had already concerted for the Good of the Nation. The Prince of Orange having referr'd the Confideration of the King's Letter to the Peers about him, they concluded, that tne Royal Palace of Whitehall being fill crowded with Irish Papists, Priests and Jesuits, His Highness could not be safe at St. James's,

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1688. before His Majesty was remov’d within a reasona.

bic Diltance from London. Several Places were pro

pos’d, but at lat Ham, a House belonging to the The Prince of Orange's

Dutchess of Laudečdalé, was pitch'd upon; and by Meige to their Advice, His Highnets subscrib'd’a Paper, the King, whereby be difir'd thr Marquis of Hallitax, the Earl Dec. 17. of Shrewsbury, and the Lord Delamere, to tell the

King, Ihat it wis thought convenient, for the greater Quiet of the City, and ib. Safety of bis Perfon, that bihuuld remme Hain.where he should be attended by his Guards, who would be ready to preserve him from

any Disturbance. Tire King's Alloon as His Majesty came to Whitehall, he Orders to assembled Eight Meinbürs of his Privy-Council, Suppress and made an Order for restoring the publick TranDuforders, quility, by suppröffing all riotoys and tumult usus MeetDec. 16.

ings, which was the latt Publick Act of His Royal Av. thority, and tho'that very Night he was inform'd of the Earl of Feverlham's Confinement, yet the next

Day he sent the Earl of Mulgrave to compliment * Dec. 15. the Prince of Orange, who by this time was come

to Sion-Houle. His Highness's Guațds being advani'd as far as Kinfington and Chelsea, were orderd to quarter there that Night; but soon after they receiv'd fresh Orders to march, and take Posfellion of all thePosts about IVbitchali and St. James's, eicher by fair Means, or open Force. Count Solmes, who commanded them,

being come for that Purpose, about Nine à Clock at Night His Majetty sent for him, and defird him, if poilible, to let him have his own Guard at Whitebill only for that Night; but the Count alledging his politive Orders to re

lieve all the Polis, His Majelly bid him do his Office The Dutch At Ten of the Clock the Dutch Guards enter'd Guards take paf

into St. James's Houle, and towards Eleven those Jion of St. who were commanded to Whitehall, mov'd thiJames's ther through the Park. The Lord Craven, who was and White- directed by the Prince to order the King's .Guards hall. to retire froin their Posts upon the Approach of

His Highness's Troops, suppoting this was not to be executed till the next Day, had given no Orders to that Purpose ; and the Englijh seeming 'dislodge, His Highness's Guards march'd up to them with lighted Match, and in order of


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