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even then he must likewise have his Majesly's promise never to ask, or expc&t he should discover how or when he came to know of his being there.
The King having folemnly engaged in the terms required, Downing proceeded, and told, that his master the Usurper, being now at peace with the Dutch, and the States so dependent and obsequious to him that they refused nothing he required, had with the greatest secrecy, in order to make it more effe&tual, entered into a treaty, by which, among other trifling matters, agreed to hinc inde, the chief and indeed main end of the negociation was, that the States stood engaged to seize and deliver up to the Usurper the person of his Majesty, if so be at any time he should happen, by chance or defign, to come within their territories, when required thereto by any in his name ;-and that this treaty, having been signed by the States, was sent to London, from whence it had returned but yesterday morning, and totally finished yesternight, be. twixt him and a private committee of the States. He represented his master's intelligence to be so good, that a discovery would be made even to himself (Downing) of his Majesty's being there; and if he neglected to apply to have him seized, his master would resent it to the highest, which would infallibly cost him his head, and deprive his Majesty of a faithful servant. And being defirous to prevent the miserable consequences of what would follow, if his being here was discovered, he resolved to communicate the danger he was in; and, for fear of a future discovery, he had disguised himself, being resolved to trust no person with the secret. He then proposed that his Majesty would immediately mount his horses, and make all the dispatch imaginable out of the States' territories: that he himself would return home, and, under pretence of sickness, lie longer in bed than usual; and that when he thought his Majesty was so far off, as to be out of danger to be overtaken, he would go to the States, and acquaint them that he understood his Majesty was in town, and require his being seized in the terms of the late treaty: that he knew they would comply, and send to the place directed; but, on finding that his Majesty was gone off so far as to be safe, he would propose to make no farther noise about it, left it should discover the treaty,
his Majesty's afterwards falling into their hands. The King immediately followed his advice; and he returning home, every thing was acted and happened as he proposed and foretold.
The King having thus escaped this imminent danger, most religiously performed what he had
(7) promised, never mentioning any part of this story till after his restoration, and not then defiring to know how Downing’s intelligence came, (which he never discovered) though he (the King) often said it was a mystery; for no person knew of his defign till he was on horseback, and that he could not think Fleming went and discovered him to Downing. Besides, he so foon returned from his fifter, he could not have time, Downing having come much about the time Fleming returned.
This story was told by several, who frequented King Charles's Court after the restoration; particularly by the Earl of Cromartie, who faid, that next year after the restoration, he, with the Duke of Rothes, and several other Scots quality, being one night with the King over a bottle, they all complained of an impertinent speech Downing had made in Parliament, reflecting on the Scots nation, which they thought his Majesty should resent so as to discard him from Court, and withdraw his favour from him. The King replied, lic did not approve what he had said, and would reprove him for it; but to go farther he could not well do, because of this story, which he reported in the terms here narrated; which made such an impression on all present, that they freely forgave what had passed, and Rothes asked liberty to begin his health in a bumper,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness ? Why father, Sleep, ly'st thou in smoaky cribs Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee, And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber; Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great, Under the canopies of costly state, And lulld with sounds of sweetest melody? O thou dull god! why ly'st thou with the vile In loathsome beds, and leav'st the kingly couch A watch-case, or a common larum bell? Wilt thou, upon the high and giddy mast, Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains In cradle of the rude, imperious surge; And in the visitation of the winds, Who take the ruffian billows by the top, Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them With deafening clamours on the slipp'ry shrouds, That with the hurly death itself awakes? Canst thou, O partial Sleep, give thy repose To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude ; And, in the calmest and the stillest night, With all appliances and means to boot, Deny it to a King? Then, happy low! lie down; Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
ADVICE TO A YOUNG MAN.
1. KINSMAN, I presume you desire to be
happy here, and hereafter; you know there are a thousand difficulties which attend this pursuit; some of them, perhaps, you foresee, but there are multitudes which you could never think of. Never trust therefore to your own understanding in the things of this world, where you can have the advice of a wise and faithful friend ; nor dare venture the more important concerns of your soul, and your eternal interests in the world to come, upon the mere light of nature, and the dictates of your own reason ; since the word of God, and the advice of heaven, lies in your hands. Vain and thoughtless indeed are those children of pride, who choose to turn heathens in the midst of Great. Britain; who live upon the mere religion of nature, and their own stock, when they have been trained up among all the superior advantages of Christianity, and the blessings of divine revelation and grace.
II. Whatever your circumstances may be in this world, ftill value your Bible as your best treasure; and whatsoever be your employment here, still look upon Religion as your best business. .