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1925.] Letter to Lord Monteagle" on the Powder Plot. 811 into the cellar itself. In Smith's An- in the Deputy Lieutenant's apartments, tiquities is a view of the East end of called the Council Chamber, in the the Prince's Chamber, which shews Tower, in the year 1608. · And Mr. the appearance of this court, and a Chamberlain, in a letter to Mr. Windoor communicating with that before wood, dated 5th April, 1606, and indescribed. But the whole of these serted in the Winwood State Papers, buildings have been removed.
vol. ii. p. 206, says, “ Abington, Hall, At which of these two entrances and another priest, were sent down, · Fawkes was apprehended, has not been the last week, to Worcester, to be particularly pointed out; but the latter tried at the Assizes there.” It does is the more probable, as being the not appear what became of this trial, most secret, and therefore better suit. but these circunstances are sufficient ing the conspirator's purposes, which evidence that he was deeply implicated required concealment; and being be in the plot. sides nearer to the river Thames, the The letter must have been written track in which he meant to escape.
by one who was well acquainted with There is strong reason for fixing the the movements of Lord Monteagle, letter, by which the plot was disco- and who was able to give precise direcvered, not on Percy, as a friend, as tions where at any particular time he Lord Monteagle supposed, but on a might be found. And the messenger mach nearer relation, unfortunately must have been perfectly instructed on connected with one unhappily too this point; for it is observable, that deeply privy at least to the existence the letter was not delivered at Lord and tendency of the plot.
Monteagle's house or residence, but to Lord Monteagle's eldest sister, Mary, a servant of his in the Strand, about was married to Thomas Abington, of six o'clock in the evening. Now the Hinlip in Worcestershire, esq. * ; and fact is, that Lord Monteagle, though Green, in his History of Worcester, his father Lord Morley was still living, vol. ii. p. 102, says, " Mr. Abington's was himself a peer of Parliament, the wife, daughter of Lord Morley, is sup- Barony of Monteagle having descended posed to have written that letter to her to him on the death of his mother; brother Lord Monteagle, which warned and his regular residence was at Monthim of the impending danger of the eagle House, Monteagle Close, SouthPowder Plot, and was intended to save wark, which is now standing t; but him from the intended massacre;" but this being too far off from the House Green has given no reason or authority of Lords, and there being then no for his assertion.
bridge at Westminster, he had taken Sir Edward Coke, in his speech on lodgings in the Strand, which was the trial of Garnet the Jesuit, 28 March, then as fashionable a place of residence 1606, mentions Greenwel 'the Jesuit, as Bond-street would now bef. And as meeting in Master Abington's house, who, but a person well acquainted with Hall another Jesuit; and as ad- with his motions, could know, that vising Hall to lose no time, but forth- ten days before the meeting of Parliawith to seek to raise and stir up as ment he was residing in lodgings in many as he couldt. And the Earl of the Strand ? Salisbury, who was one of the Com- Another proof that this letter was missioners for trying Garpet, notices written by some one very nearly allied that as soon as Calesby and Percy to, or connected with Lord Monteagle, were in arms, Greenwel came to thein arises from the letter itself, which at from Garnet, and so went from them first was written, “ My Lord, out of to Hall, al Master Abington's house, the love I beare your." The writer inviting them most earnestly to come was proceeding to say "Lordship," and assist those gentlemen in action f. but thinking that too personal, and Thomas Abington's name occurs among likely to point out the writer to be those of the conspirators, in the ine- some relation, altered it to “ out of morial tablet erected by Sir William Wade, knt. Lieutenant the Tower,
* See Dugdale's Baronage, vol.ii.p. 255.
+ Clark's Enquiry as to “God save the
King," p.85; and p. 81 a view of the house * Dugdale's Baronage, vol. iji. p. 307. itself. The House is also engraved in Gent. + Trials at the end of the Gunpowder Mag. vol. LXXVHI. P: 777. Treason, p. 100.
See Ben Jonson's Comedy of Epicæne, Jbid. p. 144. or The Silent Woman..
*[Sept. the love I beare to some of youere Office, now, held in Great Georgefrends," by blotting out the word street, Westminster ; and a fac-simile .“your," in the first instance, and add- of it is given in the Archæologia, vol. ing the rest *.
xii. p. 200*. The situation of Mrs. Abington, as The original tablet, erected by Sir . the wife of one of the conspirators, of William Wade in the Tower, is still whose treason she dreaded the detec- existing there ; and an engraving, and tion, and the sister of Lord Monteagle, copies of the inscriptions, are to be whom she wished to save from de- found in the Archæologia, vol. xii. p. struction (for probably she knew, that 193. from other engagements, her father Lord An account of the discovery of the Morley would be absent, or that her Plot, in manuscript, corrected in the brother would not fail to warn him), hand-writing of Lord Salisbury, then naturally suggested to her the mode Secretary of State, is now preserved in she adopted, in which she certainly the State Paper Oflice, and printed in acted with considerable dexterity. And the Archæologia, vol. xii. p. 202*. the circumstances above mentioned, it King James's owu account, in his is imagined, are so strong, as to leave Speech to the Parliament, is printed in very liutle, if any doubt, that she was the Journals of the House of Lords, vol. the person who wrote the letter. ii. p. 358, and reprinted in the Archæ.
As the original materials or evidence ologia, vol. xii. p. 200*. A Letter of for the principal of these facts lie dis- the Earl of Salisbury to Sir Chas. Cornpersed, it may not be useless to insert wallis, giving an account of the discothe following information.
very of the Plot, dated gth Nov. 1605, The original letter to Lord Mont is inserted, from a manuscript in the eagle, which discovered the plot, is Cotton Library, in Winwood's State . still remaining in the State Paper Papers, vol. ii. p. 171.
J. S. H.
Sept. 6. OSSESSING a Pedigree of the
spects from the one that I possess, I am induced to send you a verbatim et
on vellum, sereral yards in length, your Magazine, if you think them with the arms properly emblazoned, worthy the space they must necessaand a MS. account of the saine “once rily occupy. I of course do not mean powerful family,” also very neatly to assume that mine is the correct one, written upon vellum, and as long as far from it, I would only surmise that the pedigree ; it struck me the other such a thing is probable, from the fact day, for the first time, to refer to Sir of its being apparently the more anWalter Scott's Poem, for the purpose cient, as it contains one generation less of ascertaining, whether it contained than Sir Walter's, and it appears to anything which they might tend to have been emblazoned during the life elucidate. With this object in view, of the last member of the family which I searched the notes to Rokeby, where it notices, judging at least from the obI found a statement of the family pe. servation of the Genealogist attached digree, which differing in various re- to No. 17.
Note 2nd to 5th Canto of Rokeby, “Pedigree of the House of Rokeby." 1. “ Sir Alex. Kokeby, Knt. married to Sir Hamp. Liftle's daughtert. 2. Ralph Rokeby, Esq. to Tho. Lumley's daughter. 3. Sir Tho. Rokeby, Knt. to Tho. Hubban's daughter. 4. Sir Ralph Rokeby, Knt. to Sir Ralph Biggott's daughter. 5. Sir Tho. Rokeby, Knt. to Sir John de Melsass' daughter, of Benne-hall, in Holderness. 6. Ralph Rokeby, Esq. to Sir Bryan Stapleton's daughter, of Weighill. 7. Sir Thomas Rokeby, Knt. to Sir Ralph Wry's daughter. 8. Ralph Rokeby, Esq. to daughter of Mansfield, heir of Morton. 9. Sir Tho. Rokeby, Knt. to Strode's daughter and heir. 10. Sir Ralph Rokeby, Knt. to Sir Jas. Strangwaye's daughter. u. Sir Thomas Rokeby, Knt. to Sir John Hothain's daughter. 12. Ralph Rokeby,
Esq. to Danby, of Yafforth, daughter and heir 1. 13. Tho. Rokeby, Esq. to Rob. Constable's daughter, of Cliff, Serjeant-at-Law.
* See the original letter, Archæol. vol. xii. p. 200*.
+ Lisle. 1 Temp. Henr. VII. mi. and from him is the House of Skyers of a fourth brother.
213 14. Christopher Rokeby, Esq. to Lassells of Brackenburgh's daughter. 15. Thos. Rokeby, Esq. to the daughter of Thweng. 16. Sir Thomas Rokeby, Knt. to Sir Ralph Lawson's daughter, of Brough. 17. Frans. Rokeby, Esq. to Faucett's daughter, Citizen of London. 18. Thos. Rokeby, Esq. to the daughter of Wicliffe, of Gales.”
The same Pedigree as extracted from that I possess. 1. “Alexand. Rokeby, miles = filia Humfri Lysle, mil. - 2. Rad’us Rokeby, = filia Thome Dn'i Lumley. 8. Thomas Rokeby, mil. = filia: Thome Hebburne, mil. 4. Rad’us Rokebye, miles filia Rad.. Bygot, mil. 5. Thomas Rokeby, miles - filia Jo. de Melsa, of B’net Hall, in Holdernes. ,6. Rad'us Rokebye, ar. = filia Briam Stapleton de Wighel, mil. 7. Thomas Rokebye, miles : filia Rad: Ewrye, mil. 8. Rad’us Rokebye, ar. = filia Symon’ Murston, mil. com. Cest. 9. Thomas Rokebye, ar. = filia Joh’nis Hothome, mil. 10. Rad'us Rokebye, miles filia Jacob's Strangways, mil. 11. Thomas Rokeby, miles filia Joh'nis Strode, mil.
After this the various branches are given. 12. Rad'us Roleby, ar, filius et heres Margareta filia et heres Danbye de Yaforth. 13. Thomas Rokeby, ar. = · filia Constable de Clyff, Sergt. at Law. 14. Xpoferus Rokeby, ar. = filia Roger Lasselles. 15. Johʼnes Rokebye, ar. filius et heres : filia Thweng et heres de Eastheslerto. 16. Thomas Rokebye, filius et heres, miles filia Rad. Lawson de Burgh, mil. 17. Franciscus Rokebye, filius et heres Thomæ = filia Faucette de
My pedigree in this line ends here, to make is, that my pedigree gives to with this observation of the Genealo- Sir Thomas Rokeby (No. 1), that gist, “ Francis, the root of the family, lady for a wife which Sir Walter's behath two sonnes, but I know not their stows upon the grandfather, Thomas names.”
Rokeby (No. 9), and vice versa. In looking over these statements, it And my last remark concerns No. will be observed that the first import- 12. From this Ralph Rokeby, Sir ant difference between them is respect- Walter in his vote says,
is the ing the wife of Ralph Rokeby (No.8), House of Skyers of a fourth brother :" Sir Walter's authority, and the one this appears to be incorrect, for, acwhich I copy, each bestowing upon cording to the account of the matter, him a different lady. It is not impos- which I quote, it was from his son sible that he had two wives, which Thomas Rokeby (No. 13), through his these ladies might be, but the ques- second son that had issue (Thomas), tion then is, “whether of the twain” that the House of Skyers sprung, as was the mother of Tho. Rokeby (No.9). the following extracts copied literally The observation which I have next from my pedigree will show.
Rad’us Rokeby, ar. (No. 12.)— Margaret, filia et heres Denbye de Yaforth.
Thomas Rokebye, ar. (No. 13.) Filia, Constable de Clyff, Sergeant at Law.
Thomas Roke-TCaterina, filia Leigh Xpoferus Roke-=Filia Ro- Rad'us Rokeby, Masde Adlington, in by, ar. (No.
ter of the Requeste, tham. Cheshire.
selles. neuer married.
by de Ho
William Rokeby de Hotham, filius et heres 7 Dorothea, filia William Rokeby * de Skyers Thomæ.
William Rokeby de Hotham, et Skyers ly purchase FFrancisca, filia la de William Hick de from Co. Darcey.
Alexander Rokeby, filius et heres Willi'mi=Margareta filia 4a Johannis Coke de Holkham, Rokeby de Skyers.
com. Norfolk, ar. With whom in this line it concludes.
From my Pedigree it appears that this William Rokeby was the son and heir of “Ralph Rokeby de Skyers, ar. Sargeant at Law,” who was the only brother of Thomas Rokeby (No. 13.) and who is the first Rokeby that I can find as “de Skyrs."
[Sept. The MS. which accompanies this And now,'Mr. Editor, having alPedigree is a narrow scroll, between ready I fear occupied to much of your three and four yards in length, ad- valuable space, I must conclude, being dressed “To my Right Honble Col. first permitted to say that though this lonell S. Thomas Rokeby, Knight, in MS. and its companion, the Pedigree the words of his learned Cozen Ralph are treated with profound respect by Rokeby, Esquire," and pretends to myself; yet if this should meet the be" A Copie of the Book of your origi- eye of Sir Walter Scott, and the possesnall drawne from that which was writ- sion of them would afford him the ten by your great uncle Ra. Rokebie, slightest pleasure, they are entirely at of Lincoln's Inn, directed to his three his service; as the satisfaction of knownephews, Tho. Will. and Ralph Roke- ing them to be in the hands of so by, written by mee Thomas Hen- highly gifted and deservedly celebrated shaw, Esq. Capt. in your regiment, an antiquary would much more than in the service of his most Christian compensate for the loss of the gratiMatic Lewis the 13 King of France fication I now feel in being enabled and Nauarre: at our Garrison of Ami- to call myself their proprietor. G. S. ens, Jan. 26, 1650.” It is evidently a Copy of that from which Sir Walter extracted his anecdotes relating to
Sept. 7. wParson, Black wood and Sir Winlyana Y Mar Correspondent i Grupina bragging fryart;" but Sir Walter much underrates our noble Metropohardly concludes the sentence respecta poliser leo Take away. St.
Paul's nand jargon was made” where he ends, Abbey though added, seems to have followe, “ which for brevity's sake í been almost forgot), “what is there omit,” which said love of brevity has in London to brag of?” Is the fine unfortunately, deprived us of every Bridge of Westminster an insignifithing in the shape of a genuine copy of cant structure? Has he never viewed a very humourous song. However, the it from the [Arch-]Bishop's Walk, at writer proceeds to say concerning it: Lambeth? from which the
agree“This song I tell you old Will. Lu- able symmetry, and moderate expanther Sr Edmund Mantreyer's man, held sion of its semicircular arches are far so rare a record that he would not more pleasing to the eye than the wide teach it to his sonne for feare his skill elliptical ones of Waterloo. in antiquity should thereby be ble- With respect to the "great lot of mished, from which it would appear houses collected together without taste, that antiquaries thought not lightly of magnificence, or splendour," I should themselves even in those days; but I have supposed that Regent-street, Portmust proceed with one short extract land-place, some of our squares, and, I more, as it may assist us in ascertain might add, the great improvements on ing within something like a century, the site of Moorfields, might not have the time when the writer of this ac been included in his severe censure. count lived, which Sir Walter says Let me, however, acknowledge that I “ is uncertain.” “Of this jargon 'I cordially join in your Correspondent's have seen (in an ancient written hand remark that Government has never before the prints were known) a com’ent been impressed by the repeated obserof some paraphrasing fryar of Newbo- yations on this subject in your “varough (as I guesse) for yr Cozen Siluable record,” of which we have a Will. Bellousis owner thereof gave it glaring proof from tře Bridge he so mee, concluding that the gude father justly admires. I advert to Somersetfryar was felloniously troubled and place, (an ornament to the capital bitten with the sow."
ibat “G. A." omits noticing) which
to this hour remains in an unfinished * This was no doubt the Ralph Rokeby state, though Sir Thomas Baring, on “ Master of the Requeste, neuer married,' and his three nephews were with as little 40,0001, being voted for the British question Thomas (No. 16.) the grandson
Museum, thought it would have been of his brother Christopher, and William betler employed in finishing that ediand Ralph, the two grandsons of his other fice; and Mr. Croker said that the brother Thomas de Hotham.
East wing would afford three galle7. Vide voté to Rokéby.
ries 400 feet long, and 60 wide,
1825.) Monument of Sir Nicholas Pelham, Knt.
915 . As the City of London 'already pose for our august Sovereign, on a scale that sesses the finest Protestant Church in shall at least equal, if not surpass, any. the world, and Westminster its far- in Europe. Our Metropolis then might famed venerable Abbey; no structure, rank the first without dispute; whichi in my humble opinion, would be more even at present, on many accounts, has proper and more approved of by the a strong claim to be so considered. nation, than the long proposed Palace Yours, &c.
Monument of Sir Nicholas Pelham, Knt. THIS handsome Monument is on What time the French sought to have
sack't Sea-Ford, St. Michael, at Lewes, and bears the This Pelham did repel 'em back abroad." following remarkable inscription : Obiit 15 Decembris anno D'ni 1595,
“ Here under lye buried the bodies of Ætatis suæ 44. Sir Nicholas Pelham, Knt. (son of Sir Wm. Pelham, of Laughton), and Dame Mr. URBAN,
Sept. 9. Aane, his wife, daughter of John Sackvible. Eso erandfather of the Right Hon. I N.opening the ground for
materials sue six sons and four daughters.
of the Hamlet or Lordship of Spittle“His valrs proofe, his manlie virtues, prayse gate, next Harlaxton, near Grantham Cannot be marshalld in this narrow,
in Lincolnshire, last winter, a dry cave roome ;
was discovered hewn out of the white His brave exploit in great King Henry's stone rock, wherein was found a quanAmong the worthye hath a worthier uity of wheat and barley, as black as tombe :
ink, mixed apparently with burnt