A Postscript to the Impartial Readers.
ON Monday the 16th. of this Instant, the Sheet F was taken in the Press, and my Self and the Printer brought by Messengers be∣fore Mr. Secretary Jenkins, and he caus'd us to give Bonds and Secu∣rity to appear before the Lords of the Council, and in the mean time not to print any further.
On Wednesday the 18th. I appear'd before their Lordships, and testified the truth of what I had written, saying, I publish'd it because I would come again before their Lordships; and did then accuse Sir William Waller, Mansel, Dangerfield, and their Confederates, of High Treason, for endeavouring to raise a Rebellion, and for conspiring against the life of his Royal Highness. And proffered to make good my Charge, by the Testimony of persons of Honours, Persons of middle Quality, and unspotted Reputation, and by some of their own Companions. And their Lordships were pleased to promise that we should be heard.
Thursday the 19th. According to their Lordships order, I came to Mr. Guin, the Clerk then in waiting, to give security for my good Behaviour, and to appear at the Kings Bench-Bar the first day of the next Term, and though several good Hous-keepers proffer'd themselves, he would accept of none but such as himself knew; which, though it was very difficult for me to obtain, I was forc'd to do it. After Securi∣ty given, he would not let me depart, till I had paid 3 l. 2 s. 6.d. And though I told him that two Justices of the Peace expected me at that hour, to go with them to take the Examination of a Person that then lay Sick, and desired him to let me go, and I would send the Mony to him, as soon as I came home. Yet he commanded Otterbury the Messenger to take me into custody till I paid it; and I was forced to stay till I sent home for Mony, and by these delays lost the Opportunity of meeting the Gentlemen, and could not examine the party that day; and the next he was taken Speechless, as he still continues. By this means I lost a most material Witness; Yet doubt not but to make good my Charge, if the rest may be heard.
I hope the Readers have not forgotten, that after it had been proved before the Lords of the Council, that Dangerfield stood in the Pillory at Salisbury, Yet, upon his single Evidence, the Countess of Powis, the Earl of Castlemain, and other persons of considerable Quality, were Committed, and I was close Con∣fined Page 44 two and twenty weeks, and after that, Tryed for my Life, June the 11th.
But though Treasonable Practices have been sworn against Danger∣field, by Justice Foster, Justice Harvey, Mr. Thomas Hill, and my self; Yet the Gentleman walks abroad undisturbed, and daily con∣sults with his Confederates, how to act new Villanies.
These things make me very sensible of the great Difficulties and Discouragements I am like to meet with; But I hope the God of Truth and Justice will protect me, and bring me through them all, and pluck off the vails, and discover both Truth and Frauds bare∣faced.
And whensoever his Majesty pleases, to make it as Safe and Ho∣nourable to speak Truth, as it is apparent it hath been Gainful and Meri∣torious to do the contrary, there will not want Witnesses to testifie the truth of more than I have written, and Persons that are above being made The Hangman's Hounds for weekly Pentions, or any other Considerations whatsoever.
And though I have been two and twenty Weeks confined, and two and thirty Weeks a Prisoner, and my Charge and Losses much ex∣ceed a Thousand Pounds, I do not yet so much fear the smell of New-gate, as to be frighted for telling the Truth; nor is Death so great a Terror to me, but that I am still ready to seal the same with my Blood.
August the 21st. 1680.