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Sale in the Town : By which prudent Management, he pro-
cur'd a handfomer Pavement to be made ; the Stones of
which, it is thought, were brought from Spurn - Head,
where there are great Plenty. The Town had been for-
merly made a Staple ; but Wool, and its Felts, not turn-
ing to Advantage, prov'd rather a Detriment to it. But,
however, the Inhabitants grew opulent, without that Way
of Dealing. In 1322, they petition'd the King for Licenfe
to fortify the Town with a Ditch ; to raife near it a ftrong
Stone Wall, whereon Towers might be erected ; and to build
their Houfes of Lyme and Stone, a much more durable and
fafer Way, than that of Wood. When the condefcending
Prince had granted this, they befought him further, That a
Toll might be raisd of a Penny in the Pound for all Goods
brought in, and carried out, for the Space of three Years ; and
that the Produce of it might be apply d for that Purpofe. The
Monarch confenting alfo to this Petition, the Town foon be-
came enabled to attain what was fo ardently defircd. And
towards the End of the Reign of King Edward II. the
Office of a Warden was changed to That of a Bayliff.



I cannot conclude this little Chapter, without deploring

the Miferies of that unfortunate- Prince, who denied nothing
that was for the Ilappinefs «>f the Town: To make Room
for his Son, he was depofed in the Vear 1^27, occafioned by
fome feeming Defects in Government, bul more through the
violent Difpofition of his Queen : A Woman <>i" fuch .1 cruel
Temper, as not only to deny the Comforts of Life to her
1 il Husband ; but alfo t>> prevenl the young Monarch

\i from



88 Chat. v. Death of King Edw. II. a great Benefaclor.

from vifiting his diftreffed Father in Prifon : Who was igno-
miniously hurry'd from one Caftle to another ; difguifed, in-
tuited, tormented ; 'till, at laft, (by the Bifhop of Hereford's
wickedly ambiguous Line, Edwardum occidere nolite timere

bonum (•//, which both encouraged the Murder, and left Room to
excufe himfelf) an End was put to his Life, Sept. 22, that very
Year, by thrufting a red-hot Iron through a ductile Pipe into
his Bowels and Bod)', fo that no Mark might be found upon
him. Thus fell this unhappy Prince, not fo much fit for
this vain World, as he was for an immortal State ; the Meek-
nefs of whofe Behaviour having occafion'd him to be look'd
upon as a Saint : His Body now lies interred under a fair
Monument, which has his Effigy upon it, of Alabafter, in
the Cathedral Church, at Glocefier.

Edward III. a victorious King, proved a very great Be-
nefactor to this Town. In 1328, he marry'd (at York) the
youngeft Daughter of the Earl of Hainalt, named Philippa,
who became the happy Mother (Anno 1 33 r.) of a Royal In-
fant, afterwards a moft renowned Warriour, known by the
Title of The Black Prince ; whofe Brother dying in a Mona-
ftery at York, his Effigy is to be feen in that Cathedral.



AND now I come to the memorable Year 1332, when the
King (vifiting Hull, as related in the Third Chapter) being
nobly entertained by that great Merchant William de la
Pole, not only knighted him, but at the fame Time made
him the firft Mayor of this important Town. This was He
that founded the Chartcr-Houfc aforefaid, which his Son
Michael fmifh'd, and endow'd (including the Chapel, and
Hofpital, which moreover he had erected, for Thirty Poor
People) with the Value of 260/. a Year.

It is, to me, fome Matter of Concern, that the conftant Suc-
ceffion of Mayors was not exactly recorded ; or, if it was, that
the Account lhould be loft for near 50 Years. To further,
perhaps, the Difcovery of it ; at leaft, to prevent the like
Complaint in fuccccding Ages ; my Bufmefs fliall be, in the
following Chapters, to reconcile, as well as I am able, the
various Manufcripts, carefully perus'd by me for this Pur-
pofe : And, with what Improvements I have made herein,
humbly fubmit the whole to my Reader's Judgment.



[ 8 9 ]




s.



CHAP. VI.
4n Account of the Mayors, from the Year 1332,
'till 1439, when Sheriffs were appointed : JVith
what remarkable Accidents happened, relating
to HULL.

l.D.glR William de la Pole, called by the King

1332 Mercator Dileclus Nofler. Firft Mayor.

1333 Sir William, 2d Year, was Mayor alfo : The
Bayliffs, Stephen de Begholm, and jfohndcBedford

1334 We do not find him again mention'd, till

1335 Sir William, 3d Time Mayor. The Figures
1, 2, 3, 4, &c. shall be the Method, after the
Name, to denote how many Times fuch Perfon
has (or thofe of the fame Name, probably Sons,
&c. have) been \ I av< >rof the Town . IFillia/z/dc
lHrftW,and // alter de CatcmiCtir, Bayliffs.

\y/> B '3.V ■>■ ' )A I '342 ® 1344 © "34* ®
'337 B 1339 §* '34' ; +' >343 {g • 345 ® '347 ® I34
F349 See the Agreement, in the Note below. ftfj
i : & 135' -■+.• 1352 <+> 1353 B '354 ® '355

(a) This Y< aran Agreement was made between //////and &ar-
borough, to which was aihx 'd both the ( lorporation Seals, /'/v?/ ///<j,
f///// theirs, should liereafter /■< mutually exempted, in each Place,
from all Manner of Tolls, Pontage, Murage, Cufionu, &c. The

Town



90 Chap. vt. Mayors of Kingfton-upon-Hull, &e.

1356 Robert del Cross. The Conftitutions of

Hull, in his Time, were written in the French



Tongue




Town fupply'd the King, for his Expedition to France, with 16
gallant Ships, mann'd with 466 Mariners ; and Scarborough only
one Ship, with 16 Sailors : But what might the latter now do, was
the Prince to require an Aid, that Way, from his Sea-Port Towns ?
There happening to be a great Tyde, the Hanks of Humbcr, be-
tween Sculcotcs and Hull were broken down ; Meadows and Pa-
Ilures lay under Water ; Cattle and Sheep were fuddenly drowned,
with abundance of People ! Whereupon a Petition was fent to the
King, to commiffion fome Gentlemen to examine into the Caufc
of the Defects of the Bank, as well as that of the Inundation, by
which fuch like terrible Misfortunes might be prevented: Accord-
ingly their Requeft was granted, and the following Perfons were
impowered for this Purpofe. William de Sutptotti), Richard de
iiaucnsrr, Provoft of the Collegiate Church of Beverley, John de
iiOti)i)l>, John de Brntlei?, and Thomas de (Pgmonton ; who
took Care to act therein accordingly.

(b) This Year, the Mayor and Burgeffes of Hull, made great
Complaint unto the King, That their Town, being fituated upon
the Coaft of the great River Humber, and built upon a Salt Soil,
fo that they had no frefh Water, nor could they procure any, but
fuch as was brought daily in Boats out of Lincolnshire, to their
great Expence, Trouble, and Damage : Whilft Neighbouring
Towns in Yorkshire, as Heffel, Anlaby, Cottingham, and Others,
had combin'd together, and abfolutely rcfus'd to let them have any
of their Frefh Streams ; by which Means, this Town would in a
fliort Time, be totally ruined, unlefs his Majefty would be pleas'd
to direct fome Way, or other, how this great Want might be fup-
ply'd. Upon which the King immediately iffued out a Com-
miffion to Michael de la J-ole, Roger de Filthorp, Gerard dc Uflctc,
Gilbert de Salweti, and Peter de Grimsby, Knights: Who, meeting
for that Purpofe, order'd and decreed, by the Power granted them,
That a large Canal fhould be immediately cut, from Anlaby Spring
on the North Side of the King's High-Road ; that it fhould be 40
Foot broad, in order to convey the frefh Water thither ; and that
fevere Punifhment fhould be inflicted on thofe, who durft offer to
hinder the Work, and prevent fo neceffary a Supply. But when the

Inhabitants



Mayors, &c. in King Richard the Seconds Reign. 9 1

1378 Richard de Ferraby, or iferttltC* (c)

1379

Inhabitants of the aforefaid Towns were alarm'd at thefc Proceed-
ings, they bitterly complain'd to his Majefty, That the making of
fuch a Canal would be the total Ruin of their Lands and Effects ;
that, at Hcffcl, there was a famous Ferry over to Barton ; that if
the frefh Water fhould be turn'd out of the Haven, it would foon
be warp'd up, to the incredible Damage of the King, and Town it-
felf: " Whofe People, /aid they, complain without a Caufe ? Have
" they not a large deep River, called by the Town's Name, which
" runneth into the Haven, clofe by the Side of Kingston itself, with
" Water, frefh and diffident to fupply it, if it was even as large as
" the City of London f" Upon thefe Arguments, there was another
Commiffion iffued forth; and a Jury being impanell'd, they were
called after this Manner: John Potlunv, Thomas le Moync and John
Fugill of Hcffcl, Robert de Stuanland, John Ativell, John le Gard,
Robert de Watfonkou/e, John de Hoton, John Alan/on, William Fit-
ling, John Robinson, and John de Skirlaiv. These Men proved,
by their Oaths, what was before reprefented. But in the Midft of
thefe Contentions, the renowned King Edward III. departed out
of this mortal Life, and was fucceeded by Richard II.

(e) It plainly appears, that he was Mayor this year, as having
been a Witnefs to the Charter of the famous Carthufian Monaftery.
\Richardo dc jftvvbit, tunc Majore diclie Villa: dc Kingfton fu/>cr
Hull. Vid. Dugd. Pag. 968.] The Scots, and French, were Ene-
mies to England about this Time: The firft entering on our Bor-
ders, and the fecond, having a Naval Force, coming upon our Sea-
Coafts, burnt and deftroy'd where ever they could obtain a Power.
The King therefore fent to Hull, to have the Town put into a Po-
Ihire of Defence. The long happy Reign of his Predeceffor had
rendcr'd their Walls and Ditches ufelefs ; but now the Cafe being
alter'd, the young King commanded them to be repair'd, at the Ex-
pence of the Inhabitants, and thofewho had Eftates in the Town.
But, after all, wanting a Caftlc for its greater Defence, Sir Thomas
ilc Sutton, Kt. fold to Robert Del Crofs, Walter dc Frojl, Robert dc
Sclby, Thomas dc Waltham, 11 'alter dc Dymlingtou, 'Thomas dc Mat-
ton, and their Heirs, as Magi Urates of Hull, a Piece of Land on the
Kail Side of the River, on the Banks of Drypool, which was North
of the Key: As alfo fomc Land, containing 10 Ella broad, and
IOO long, upon the Key; the whole about IOO Ells facing the Kail,
and as many towards the North. To this Deed, John C0M8I \-
i.i.f. of Ifalsham, then Sheriff of Yorkshire; Roiikki dc JJlltOH,
John dc %X. Autnthl, Knights, and others, were Witneffes.



92 Chap. vi. Mayors, &c. in the Reign of K. Richard IT.

i379jI 7 orth<jfc 2 Years, it is not unlikely, the Office
i38olmight have been fupply'd by the lame Mayor.

1 38 1 Thomas de Waltham, He was a Knight Ba-
ronet \ mid Secondary Huron [</. ]

1382 Walter Dimlington, or Dymbleton, 1.



(d) A great Conteft happened between this Mayor and the
Archbiihop of )'orh. The Cafe was thus: The Lord Sayer,as be-
fore-mention'd, had a great [ntereft in the Haven, which from him
was called Sayer-Cryke, having feveral Priviledges, as the firft ta-
iling, and buying Wines, &c. before the Magiftrates had fuch Per-
miffion. That Nobleman, a little before his Death, bequeath'd
this Power to the Archbilhop of the Province, and his Succeffors,
which they enjoy'd for many Years. But, in Progrefs of Time, the
Governours of the Town, claiming the fame Priviledges, upon Re-
fufal of the Archbifhop, feveral troublefomc Law-Suits commenced
between them. Alexander Nevill being now Archbilhop, and pcr-
fonally contending the Matter, with Sir Thomas de Waltham ; the
Mayor was foprovok'd, that, without much Ceremony, he fnatch'd
the Crofier out of the Prelate's Hand. Each of them having their
Attendants, a Scuffle enfu'd ; but, as I find, the Archbifhop's Par-
ty had the worft of it ; feveral of them being wounded by the Crofs,
(valu'd at 40/.) which the Knight ufed in a ftrange furious Manner.
Complaint being made to the King, the Mayor, with J oh u Arnold
and Thomas Green his Bayliffs, alfo Lawrence de Frothingham,
Richard de Hornfcy, and feveral others, were fummoned to Wcjl-
min/ier, at Trinity-Term, to anfwer for what they had done.
How this Affair was concluded, does not appear ; but I fuppofe it
was amicably decided : For on the 4th of July, the Haven of the
Town was granted to this Extent, that it fhould reach from Sad-
eotes, to the Middle Stream of llnmber. About which Time, the
King renewed the Old Charters, with new Priviledges; in particu-
lar, he gave them the Profits belonging to him, or his Succeffors,
from Markets, Fairs, <Sr. upon this Condition, that the)- fhould pay
Seventy Pounds, Yearly, into the TxeJieqner : And that, from their
Burgeffes, four Bailiffs fhould be annually elected : For which, the
Town was fo exceeding grateful, as mo ft loyally to take their Mo-
narch's Part in his Troubles, occafioncd thro' the French, Scots, and
his own rebellious Subjects : They raifed him Soldiers, and procu-
red Ships, for his Service : Which the King remembering, when
the Storms of his Enemies were abated, he affur'd the Inhabitants
of Hull, That neither he, or his Succeffors, would ever mortmain

any



Mayors, &c. in King Richard the Seconds Reign, 93

1383 Robert Del Crofs. He dyd 1408.

1384 John Dimlington.

1385+ Robert de Selby, or define, this Y^ina^TarrdS
1386 Thomas de Waltham, 2 £fi^J"£3tl?£
1^87 John Birkin, or Berkin, 1 N ; hich ,,c was li,,vi ] l - ?>

r\<-\ ti^ , -r^- <• for Sanctuary to Beveruy

1388 Walter Dimlington, 2 Minster.

1389 John de Colthorpe. [c]

1390 Simon de Grimsby, 1

1 39 1 Robert Baffet.

1392 Peter Steeler, ^Stiler. \f] Buried in the H^h-church,

Oy » L-/ J and over him this Inscrip-

tion, Hkjacet Petrus Steeler, quondam Major hnjus Vilhv, quiobiit 20 Junii, 1396.

any LandstotheirDetriment : And that they fliould have a Com-
mon-Seal, to confift of two Parts ; the upper of which to be depo-
fited in the Hands of a Clerk, for that Purpofe, appointed by him,
or any fucceeding Sovereign.

[ <•] He lies interr'd in St. Mary's Church, and had over him
and his Confort this Inscription : ^t'c jactt Johannes dc Col-
thorpe, quonfcamitfajor WLillc 5e Kington fuper Hull; et Alicia
Etxor ejus: <&uorum ammatms pxopitittwc Ecus. Stunt.

In this Mayor's Time, the great Weigh-Houfe, before-mention'd,
was built over part of the Haven, founded deep into the Earth
underneath with large Piles of Timber, and crofs Beams above,
over which the Structure was raifed.

[/] In the Spring Time, near a thoufand Perfons, belonging to
CotHngham, Woolferton^Anlaby^ and other neighbouring Towns, be-
ing offended, that the Inhabitants oiHull, had, by cutting the Earth,
drawn fome frefh Water from them ; they bound themfelves, with a
terrible Oath, to (land by one another whilft they were able to filed
their la ft Drops of Blood. Then, having ordain'd the moll ruftical
Leaders, the)' appear'd in the like Sort of Arms, ranfacking Houfes,
and abufing fuch Owners, who would not as madly confederate with
them. Soon did they lay Siege to Hull, vowing the utter Detrac-
tion of it. Being fhrangely poetically given too, they made fuch
infipid Rhimes, to encourage the Seditious, as indeed would dis-
honour the Flights of Antiquity, mould fuch ridiculous Stuff lie
publickly fet forth. The Canals, which had been made.it a \ ast Ex-
pence, they quickly fill'd up, almoft as they had been before. But
tho' by thefe BCeans they had spitefully deprh ed the Town of frefh
flowing Streams, and ftopt Provifions that were fent to the valiant
Inhabitants ; yet thefe ill-advifed Wret< he found themfelvi

much



94 Chap. VI. Mayors, &c. in the Reign of K. RICHARD II.

1393 John Liverfedge, 1

1-304* John Berkin, 2 * 0*«» Aknb died this Year.

°?~r r,-.,.. ^ She firjl taught the Knglibh Ladies

1395 William lerry, I how to ride on Side Saddles.

1396 Simon de Grimsby, 2 J. Liverfedge.

1397 John Liverfedge, 2 John Btrkin.

1398 Thomas de Waltham, 3 Will. Terry.

1399 John Tutbury, 1 [ g ] S . de Grimsby.

much deluded, and withal too impotent, to prevail againft them-
Upon which, withdrawing to Cottingham; and afterwards, through
Fear, difperfing ; fome fled quite away ; others, taken, and fent to
York, were executed ; and about 30obtain'd Pardon, upon their Pe-
nitence, and faithful Promife, never to attempt the like again.

[g] When Henky Duke of Lancafler, after his Banifhment,
landed at Ravenfpurn this Year, and was join'd by the Lords Wil-
longhb)', Rofs, Beaumont, with Numbers of Gentry, err. this good
Mayor, as foon as he heard of it, order'd the Gates to be shut up,
and the Burgeffes to appear under Arms. The Duke and his Af-
fociates, foon after, demanding Enterance, received this Anfwer
from the worfhipful Magiftrate : My Lord ! when I enter d upon
my office, I teas /worn to be true to my Sovereign, who indeed has been
a Royal Benefactor to us : No Consideration tltcrefore shall federate
we from that firm Allegiance, which I owe to my Prince, but Death
itself : And, wltilfl I live, nothing, except my Kings exprefs Com-
mand, shall prevail with me to deliver up this important Town.
Upon this refolute Anfwer, which even Enemies could not but
applaud, the Duke, and all his Attendants, quickly withdrew, and
march'd to Doncaftcr, where they were joined by Numbers : Soon
after which, the unfortunate King, returning from Ireland, was by
fubtle Contrivance, dcliver'd up, and fent to the Tower. And this
Year the Merchants of Wifmcr, Roflock, &c. falling upon the En-
glish Ships, failing near Norway, the aforefaid Mayor was depriv'd
of 5 Pieces of Wax, 400 and | of Werk ; Terry, and Ofmunds, a
Laft of each ; 30 Pieces of Woollen Broad-Cloths, 1000 and \ of
narrow. They took likewife,of Mr. Wifdonis Property, fuch Quan-
tities of Oyl, Wax, Werk, &c. as were eftimated at 300/. Two
Cakes of Wax, which belong'd to Mr. Wiltpund 13/. With fuch
like Merchandize, from Mr. Richard Home, as were reckon'd at
50/. Complaint of thefe Seizures being made to the King, Sir
William Sturmy, Kt. was fent to demand Reparation for the Da-
mages ; and accordingly obtain'd a full Reftitution.

King



Mayors, &c. in King H E N R V the IVth'j Reign. 95

King HENRY IV. Sept. 29. 1399.

1400 glMON rfe Grimsby, 3 [//] [ # * # ] y. Liverfege

1 40 1 John Liverfedge, 3 [/] T. JValthaiu



[ /* ] On the 14th of February ; i$f§. King Richard II. (who
had been depofed fome Months before) was cruelly murder'd in
Pontefracl Caftle : The Charter of Hull was renew'd and confirm'd
on the 4th of November. The Town flood firm to the Intereftof
the new King, when they found his Predeceffor was no more.

[«/%] Several Manufcripts, I have reduced into two Sorts,
which I thought would be molt conducive to my Purpofe :
So that where the Readers find the Mayors twice men-
tion'd, &c. on each Side of the Columns of the Page, it
fhows, that, as there is a Difparity, I leave it to their
Judgment : But ftill, the Series of Time is preferv'd,
tho" the Names of thefe Magiftrates feem to be difplac'd, with-
out an Infallibility could be conferr'd on one Side :
Which I think is not very material ; tho', in this Cafe, 'tis
abfolutely neceffary I fhould exhibit the different Accounts.
Thefe Incongruities are but in few Places ; in the greater
Part the Manufcripts are coherent, efpccially in the later
Centuries.

[ /] The Inhabitants of Hull having reprcfented to the new Mo-
narch, the vaft Expences the)- were at, in defending the Town from
the Inundations of an Incroaching Sea ; yet fuch was their Misfor-
tune, thro' the Want of frefh Water, that the)' were obliged to lend
into Lincolnshire for it, at fo great a Price, as occafioned man)- to
leave the Place, which in Time might produce an utter Deftruc-
tion to it : The King therefore comniiffion'd John Scroop, Henry
'and Robot) Percy, l\tcr Burton, William Gafcoign, JoknRoutk,

Robert Hilton, and John HotJiam, Knights ; with William Lod-

dington, Hugh Arden, Robert (and Richard) Turwit, Efqrs. to con-
fult Methods, in order to procure frefh Streams, to fatisfy then- 1 )<
fire. Accordingly, being nut at Sculcotes, they proposd, without
Damage to any Perfon, That a Sewn- mighl be cut, from the noted
J 1 lian WVll, in the Fields of . Auluby, \2 Feel in Breadth, to the
Would-Carr-Dyke ; from thence to Hull: And, in like Manner,
from the Well of Ditriiiyjimii, and Spring oi Haltemprife ; near

N which



9S Chap. vi. Mayors in King Hkn'kv IVth's Reign, &c

1402 William Terr)', wCherry, 2. [/'] Rich.Kirkbie

1403 John Humbleton. Sim. Grimsby

1404 John Fittling, 1. J. Liver/edge

1405 John Fittling, 2. [KingatYork.] J. Liver/edge

1406 Simon de Grimsby, 4. J. Humbleton

1407 Robert Shacklefs. J. Fit t Huge

1408 John Tutbury, 2. J. Fittlinge

1409 John Wallas, 1. Sim. Grimsby

1410 Simon Bedall. Rob. Shackells

141 1 J. Wallas, 2 Charter renew' d Dec. 20. yolui Tutbury



King HENRY V. Mrr^ 20.

1412 tOhn Bedford, 1. [/] John Wallas

1 41 3 J John Tutbury, 3. Simon Bedall



which, was a famous Monaftery. Thefc Commiffioners met after-
wards at Hcadon, and Hull, where they full}- obtain'd the feeming
Confent of all Parties, upon the Oaths of John dc A nimby, and fe-
veral others, before the King's Juftices, affign'd for that Purpofe.

[ /' ] Tho', the laft Year, all feem'd to be satisfy'd ; yet, in this,
when the Work was begun, the Labourers were prevented, and
abufed,thro' the Fury of Nicholas Wright ; William Aislabie and
Brown ; John Cope, Robin/on, Wood, Swine, and Sharp, of Bay-
nard-Cctjlle, with other riotous Perfons. They acted like their mif-
chievous Predeceffors, in filling up the Canal, and ftriving to ren-
der the late good Defign impracticable. But, being taken, and
imprifon'd at Hull, they were oblig'd to implore for Mercy, pro-
mife Satisfaction, walk with uncovered Heads, and bare Feet, once
every Year, with Wax Tapers in their Hands, to be offer'd up in
the Chancel of the Great Church ; yield up their Weapons, and
give fufneient Security for their good Behaviour : And upon any
further Trefpafs, each of them was to pay 5/. to the Vicar ; 10/
to the Chamberlain for Reparation of the Walls ; and 40/. a piece,
fhould they ever attempt to get this Sentence abolifh'd, to which
they had fubmitted. Notwithstanding thefe Severities, feveral
other malicious Perfons, in the Night Time, continued to fpoil the
Works, and pollute the Streams.

[/] Such was the inveterate Rancour of the Inhabitants of the a-
forefaid Towns, by letting fait Water, and throwing flinking Carrion,

into



Mayors &c. in the Reign of King Henry the Fifth. 97

1 4 14 J. Bedford, 2 [;//] ( Charter confirm } d\ John Wallas

1415 Tho. Marshall, 1 1 Dec. 10. \y no. Bedford

14 16 John Gregg, Founder of an Hofpital J^o/t/t T titbit yy



into the Canals, which now were riniih'd ; that flimulated the Ma-
gi ftrates of Hull, this Year, to befeech A lexanderV. Bifh op of /?<>///<-,
to thunder out his Excommunication again ft them : But the Pontiff
recommending the Cafe to FRANCIS, Cardinal of the Holy Crofs
at Jerufalem; Anthony, of Sufanna ; and John of St. Peter ad
Vinculo.; thefe merciful Fathers, inftead of denouncing Curfes.fent
(after longand due Confederation) an exhortatory Writing, fealed and
figned by Pope John XXI. in the firft Year of his Pontificate, dated
at Rome, the 20th of July. In it was represented, The Account
every one iiiujl make at the tremendous Day of Judgment ; and con-
fcqueutly what mifcrable Sinners thofe malicious Perfous mufl ap-
pear, who, by the Suggejlions of Satan, should endeavour to ruin the
Inhabitants of fo large a Town: That there was yet a Time for
Repentance, which might be accepted, upon the Forbearance of the
Guilty from fuch deteflable Crimes, fo directly oppofite to the Will of
Heaven, which would difpenfe its P>lcffuigs to all Mankind : To fol-
low fuch divine Philanthropy, every Per/on should rather contribute
to a general Advantage, tho perhaps fame way difcordant to their
fntcrefl, than prevent thofe defired fresh flowing Streams, to their nc-
ccfjitous Neighbours : And therefore, the pajl Offenders, by ufiug their
Endeavours, for redrefjingtlwfe Grievances, which than/ elves had 'oeca-
jiou'd ; and others, who generously contributed to promote the Publick
Welfare and Happiuefs ; should not only obtain Pardon for their va-
rious Sins and Offences ; but alfo be entitled to the Protection of
St. PETER, St. PAl L, with all the Kofi of Heaven, both here, and
hereafter. This Inftrument, tho' procur'd at a hurtful Kxpence, yet
produe'd fuperior Benefit : For all Attempts of deftroying the
Canals, or poyfoning the Waters, ceafed from this Time : The
People were overpowerfully charm'd with innocent Mildnefs, and



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