The LAST SPEECH OF THOMAS THWING Priest; Executed at YORK for High-Trenson; OnSaturday the 23. of October 1680.
Published verbatim as he spoke it; For preventing all (Popish or other) Misrepresentations.
Matth. xxvii. v. xxiv.
THis sudden news of my Execution [after my Reprieve,] coming so un∣expectedly, made me fear I should have more severity shew'd Me than has been to others; and consequently, that I should not have my full liberty to declare my mind in the place of my Execution, Therefore I have briefly exprest my self in Writing as followeth.
Now Dear Country-men, having made this Protestation in the most plain and serious terms I could, without all Equivocation, or mental Reservation whatsoever; I appeal to the Eternal Judge, whether all good Christians ought not rather to believe what is here in this manner sworn by me in my present Circumstance, than what was sworn by my Accusers▪ whom notwithstanding, I beg of God Almighty to Forgive; As also the Jury, and all others, who have in any kind concur'd to my Death.
Having full time allow'd him, he spoke much more (with a clear Voice, and (as they say) a remarkably Chearful Countenance,) to the same Effect, declaring his Innocence as to any Plot, his Loyalty to the King, his Charity to his Neighbour, his Love and Piety to God, which he expressed in Fervent Prayers and Ejaculations: But these Particulars not being by him committed to Writing, we must expect a more verbal account of each from those Who were actually present at his Execution.
Just as he went off the Ladder, he was distinctly heard to say these words, Sweet Jesus Receive my Soul.