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AD.167, that the Deponent faw Hill, Green, Gerald,

and Kelly, about the Body when he came from
the Gate; and a while after Berry came, and
they all helped to carry him into Hill's Room
in Dr. Godden's House; where the Corps lay
till Monday Night, and then it was removed
into Somerset-House, where Hill shewed it the
Deponent with a Dark Lanthorn, but he
could not describe the Room : On Tuesday it
was carried to Hill's Chamber again; buie
somebody being there, they carried it to Sir
Johir Arundel's Lodgings over against it ; where
it lay till Wednesday Night; when they re-
moved it to the Room where it first lay, and
about Twelve carried it away in a Sedan
througii the great Gate of the upper Court ;
and when they came to Sobo, Hill met chem
with a Horse, and set the Body upon it, and
rid behind it; and the next Morning Prance
mer Hill, and they told him, they had run
him through with his own Sword, and thrown
him into a Ditch, and laid his Gloves and
other Things upon the Bank.

The Prisoners objecting, That Pranice was
perjured, becaute he denied what he had sworn
against them before the Council, the Keeper
of Newgate was called; who deposed, That
Prance did indeed confefs, as well before the
King in his Closet, as before the Council,
That all he had sworn against the Prisoners
was false, and that they were all innocent :
And Richardson being asked, if any body had
been tampering with him, he answered, No;
but they were no sooner returned to the Pri-
fon again, than Prance said, all he had sworn
was Truth; and it was only Fear of losing his
Trade, and being murdered by the Papists,
which made him recant.

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Bedloe deposed, That the Priets had foli- A.D. 1679 cited him to murder a Gentleman about the

31 Car. II. latter end of September, but did not tell him who it was, but directed him to insinuate Bedloe's himself into Gudfrey's Acquaintance; which Evidence. he did accordingly: They told him also, That there was a material Man to be put out of the way that Night he was murdered, who had all the Informations that Oates and Tongue had given in; that they had made several Ace tempts on him, which had failed ; and if he should not be taken out of the way, and the Papers taken from him, they must waic an Age before they could effect their Design; thas he promised to assist in it, but demanded where the four thousand Pounds were which had been promised, and was told the Lord Bellafis was engaged for it, and Mr. Coleman had Orders to pay it. Bedloe further deposed, That he met the Priest who would have employed him to murder the Gentlemau on the Monday Night, after it was done, in Sumerset-House Cloisters, who reproved him for not coming to assist them; but faid, if he would help to carry him off, he should have halb the Reward, and he was carried into a Room, where they thewed him the Body by a small Light, and he knew it, and saw a Cravac about his Neck; and he advised them to tie Weights to his Head and Feet, and link him in the River; but they told him they would put it upon himself: That they administered the Sacrament to the Deponent twice a week afterwards, to conceal the Matter. The Deponent went down to Bristol afterwards; where he was so restless and disturbed in his Mind, that he could not help making the Discovery.

The

A.D.167 The Surgeon, who viewed Godfrey's Body

after it was found, deposed, That he had 31Car. II.

one Wound in his Body which stopped at a
Rib, and another that went through his
Heart; but he did not think he was killed by
it, because there was no Evacuation of Blood;
and his Neck was so distorted, that they might
have taken the Chin and set it upon either
Shoulder. Brown, who found the Body, also
deposed, That there was no Blood in the
Ditch, nor none followed the Sword when it
was taken out; and that his Breast looked
black, and he supposed his Neck was broke,
for it was so weak that his Head might be
turned upon either Shoulder ; and he had a

great deal of Gold and Silver in his pockets. The Pri. The Prisoners in their Defence proved, foners De. That Hill used to come in at good Hours fence.

every Night; and particularly he was at home
at Eight o'Clock that Night Godfrey was mif-
sing: Others swore, That they were in Hil's
Room, where the Body was said to be laid,
every Day, and must have seen it if ic had been
there; and that they saw nothing of it. The
Corporal and Centinels at Somerset- House de-
posed, That no Sedan went out chat Night
the Body was said to be carried away.

The Chief Justice, in fumming up the Evi-
dence, gave the Evidence for the King at least
its full Weight, and told the Jury, That this
Gentleman had been murdered, either because
he knew something the Priests would not have
him tell, or they did it in Defiance of Justice,
and to terrify all those who dare execute it
upon them; and dire&ed them to give a Ver-
dia against the Prisoners.

The Chief Justice's Directions to find the
Prisoners guilty, were not only followed by

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the Jury, but the People in the Hall gave a 4.0.1673. general Shout when he delivered his Opinion of their Guilt, as for a notable Vi&ory.

31 Car. II. Judge Wild passed Sentence upon them the They are next Day; in pursuance whereof Lawrence Hill convicted, and Robert Green were executed at Tyburn the and exe2 ist of February: Henry Berry, who was look-cuted. ed upon as a Protestant, was reprieved a few Days longer, in hopes of a further Discovery; but he, as well as the rest, persisted to the last in denying they knew any thing either of the Murder, or the Plot.

And now the Time for the Meeting of the Parliament approaching, his Majesty thought fit to dire& their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Dutchess of Turk, to go

beyond Sea ; be- The Duke lieving that the Duke's Absence might quiet

sent bethe Minds of the People, and they would be yond Sea . induced on his Removal to drop their Design of excluding him from the Succession: And accordingly their Royal Highnesses embarked on the 3d of March, and arrived in Holland the 12th ; from whence they removed to Brusels in Flanders, and remained there most part of the Summer.

The Parliament meeting (in pursuance of TheKing's their Summons) the oth of March, was open- Speech to éd with a Speech from the Throne ; where- Parliament; in his Majesty declared, That he met them with the most earnest Delire a Man could have to unite the Minds of all his Subje&s to himself, and to one another; that, to this énd, he had done many great Things already ; as the Exclusion of the Papists from Parliament, the Execution of the Plotters, and the Murderers of Justice Godfrey; and it was apparent he had not been idle in the Discovery of both; that he had also disbanded as much Vol. XXIII. F

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A.D.1675. of the Army as he had Money for, and was

ready to disband the rest, so soon as they 31 Car. II.

Tould reimburse him the Money they had cost him, and would enable him to pay

off the Remainder; but above all, he had caused his Brother to absent himself, because he would not leave malicious Men room to say, he had not removed all Causes which could be pretended to influence him towards popish Counsels ; and he should discern from this last great Step, whether the Protestant Religion and Peace of the Kingdom were as truly intended by others, as they were really aimed at by him.

His Majesty then put them in mind of raifing Supplies for disbanding the rest of the Army, and paying off Part of the Fleet, and discharging the Anticipations on his Revenue; and tells them it would be necessary to have a good Strength at Sea this Summer, because of the naval Preparations of their Neighbours; that notwithstanding his Dificulties, he had taken Care to prevent any Danger that could threaten them, if they performed their Parts in time; and heartily recommended it to them, that such a constant Establishment might be made for the Navy, as might make the Kingdom not only safe, but formidable; and concluded with an Assurance, That he would with his Life defend the Protestant Religion, and the Laws of the Kingdom; expeding from them to be defended from the Calumny, as well as Danger, of those worst of Men, who endeavoured to render him and his Government odious to the People.

The Lord Chancellor Finch also made a Speech, to inforce what his Majesty had faid ;

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