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“ with those who disliked the proceedings of the par“ lianient, and wished to live under the same govern“ment they were born, and from those citizens re“ceived information of the temper of the people

upon accidents in the publick affairs: and Mr. WalFler and he, with that confidence that uses to be be

tween brethren of the same good affections, fre

quently imparted their obfervations and opinions “to each other, the one relating how many in both “ Houses inclined to peace, and the other making the “fame judgment upon the correspondence he had, " and intelligence he received from the most substan“tial men of London ; aod both of them again com"municated what one received from the other to

the company they used to converse with; Mr. Wal“ler imparting the wishes and power of the wellKaffected party in the City to the lords and gen“ tlemen whom he knew to be of the famie mind, “ and Mr. Tomkins acquainting thofe he durft trust so of the City, that such and such lords and geritle

men, who were of special note, were weary of the “ distractions, and would heartily and confidently “contribute to such an honourable and honest peace “ as all men knew would be most acceptable to the “King: and from hence they came reasonably to a fr conclusion, that if some means were found out to Fraise a confidence in those who wished well, that “they should not be oppressed by the extravagant “power of the desperate party, but that if they

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Ce would so far aslitt one another as to declare their

opinions to be the same, they should be able to "prevent or suppress those tumults which seemed

to countenance the distractions, and the Houses “ would be induced to terms of moderation.

." In this time the Lord Conway, being returned " from Ireland, incensed against the Scots, and dif" contented with the parliament here, finding Mr. “ Waller in good efteem with the Earl of Northum“berland, and of great friend hip with the Earl of “ Portland, he entered into the fame familiarity; " and, being more of a soldier, in the discourses ad“ ministered questions and confiderations necessary "to be understood by men that either meant to use "force, or to refiit it, and wished " that they who “had interest and acquaintance in the City would

endeavour, by mutual correspondence, to inforni “themselves of the distinct affections of their neigh“ bours, that, upon any exigent, men might foresee “whom they might trust ;” and these discourses be.

ing again derived by Mr Waller to Mr.Tomkins, “he, upon occasion and conference with his com“panions, insisted on the same arguments; and they “ again conversing with their friends and acquaint

ance, (for of all this business there were not above "three who ever spoke together) agreed that some “ well-affected persons, in every parish and ward " about London, should make a list of all the inhabi

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tants, and thereupon to make a reasonable guess of “their several affectioas ( which at that time was no “ hard thing for observing men to do) and thence a

computation of the strength and power of that

party which was notoriously violent against any “ accommodation.

“I am persuaded the utmost project in this design “was (I speak not what particular men might intend " or with upon their own falicies) to beget such a com"bination among the party well.affected, that they " would refuse to conform to those ordinances of “the twenticch part, and other taxes for the support “ of the war, and thereby, or by joint peritioning for

peace, and discountenancing the other who petistioned against it, to prevail with the parliament to *s incline to a determination of the war. And it may be “fome men might think of making advantage of any “ casual commotion, or preventing any mischief by

it; andthereupon that inquiry where the magazines " lay, and discourse of wearing some distinguishing "tokens, had been rather casually mentioned than

fericully proposed : for it iscertain very many, who " were conscious to themselves of loyal purposes to " the King, and of hearty dislike of the parliament's

proceedings, and observed the violent, revengeful, ruinating prosecution of all men by those of the

engaged party, were not without sad apprehen"Lions that, upon some jealousy and quarrel picked,

even a gencral mafiacre might be attempted of all


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? the King's friends; and thereupon, in several dif" courses,might touch upon such expedientsas might, " in those seasons, be most beneficial to their safety. “ But that there was ever any formed design, either “of letting in the King's army into London, which

was impossible to be contrived, or of raising an ar“my there, and surprising the parliament, or any

one person of it, or of using any violence in or upon “the City, I could never yet see cause to believe; "and if there had, they would have published such a “relation of it, after Mr. Waller had confessed to them " all he knew, had heard, or fancied to himself, as “ might have constituted some reasonableunderstand“ing of it, and not have contented themselves with “making conclusions froni questions that had been “ asked, and answers made by persons unknown, and “ forcing expressions used byone to relate to actions of “ another, between whom there had been never the “ leaft acquaintance or correspondence, and joining "what was said at London to somewhat done at Ox“ ford at another time, and to another purpose : for, “ before I finish this discourse, it will be necessary to “ speak of another action which, how diftinct foever “ from this that is related, was woven together to “make one plot.

" From the King's coming to Oxford, many citizens of good quality, who were prosecuted, or jea“lously looked upon in London, had resorted to the * King, and hoping, if the winter produced not a

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“peace, that the summer would carry the King bea' "fore that city with an army, they had entertained “ some discourse “ of raising, upon their own stocks

of money and credit, fome regiments of foot and "horse, and joining with some gentlemen of Kent, “who were likewise inclined to such an underta“king."Among these was Sir NicholasCrisp,a citizen “ of good wealth, great trade, and an active-spirited “man, who had been lately profecuted with great ' severity by the House of Commons, and had there

upon fled from London, for appearing too great a “ stickler in a petition for peace in the City. This

gentleman induftriouslypreserved a correspondence “ ftill there, by which he gave the King often very “useful intelligence, and assured him “of a very considerable

party which would appear there for him, whenever his own power should be so near as to give them

any countenance In the end, whether invited by his correspondents there, or trusting his own sprightly inclinations and resolutions

too much and concluding that all who were equal"ly honest would be equally bold; he desired his Ma"jesty“ to grant a commission to such persons, whom "he would nominate, of the City of London, under “the great seal of England, in the nature of a Com"mission of Array, by virtue whereof, when the sea"fon should come, his party there would appear in

discipline and order; and that this was desired by li those who best knew what countenance and autho

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