It is informed that one William Duesbury, a ringleader of the persons called Quakers, goes up and down the country of York, and is now in the West Riding thereof, dispersing principles prejudicial to the truth of the Gospel, and peace of the Commonwealth: It is therefore desired, that seeing no man is allowed publicly to exercise his gifts to a particular Congregation unless he be first tried and approved, that the said William Duesbury may not be permitted to go up and down from place to place teaching, until he receive approbation of some persons, who shall be thought fit to judge how agreeable his principles are to truth and peace.
This is the substance of what I delivered into Mr. Payler; but the particular words I cannot exactly remember but I believe they do not anything considerably vary from this paper.
This man whom Edward Bowles call Mr. Payler was the foreman of the Grand Jury, to whom he delivered the information against me, that they might deliver it to Hugh Windham, who sat Judge of life and death at the general assizes holden at York, about the time of the 13 and 14 days of the first month called March, 1653. Upon the sight of the information given in against me, the Judge granted a warrant in the open Court to the men that was in commission to do justice in Yorkshire to apprehend me.
Which after that time, I being at a place called Tholthorp about 10 miles from York in the North Riding thereof, and many of the servants of the living God with me waiting on him his power to manifest to his glory; And while we were together there came one George Mann in great rage two several times, with an Iron fork to satisfy his bloody thirsty mind; the Lord with his power did him chain, and prevented his bloody intents: To satisfy his will on me, he went to Thomas Dickeson, who was at a place called Kirby Hall in Yorkshire; and he accused me (as Thomas Dickeson said before him) that I said I was Christ, upon which accusation he granted forth a warrant on the 26 day of the second month called April: And on the 27 day, I being with the children of the Lord at Crake, John Lockwood called high Constable apprehended me with the warrant before mentioned; and the day being far spent, he said to the friends with me, if they would engage for my appearance the next day, he would show me that favour that I should stay with them that night; (I replied these words) not any man shall engage for me, neither desire I favour at the hands of men, if thou hast power over the body do with it what thou hast power: Then John Lockwood said, the day is far spent, I shall not go with thee to the Justice to night, until to-morrow stay at thy friend's house. Reply, If thou say I shall stay here, if the Lord please I shall be ready to go with thee, where he gives thee power to have me; so he went away and said he would send for me the next day: and in the night season many of the Lord's servants and children was with me waiting on him, who is worthy to be waited on, for he is good to the souls that wait on him, and to the souls that seek him; when much of the night was spent, the inhabitants of Crake in great rage and fury came to the doors and windows of the house, like the inhabitants of wicked Sodom, crying and rushing at the doors, and said, they would have me forth to dispose of me according to their wills, for I should not be there; and John Lockwood High Constable, so called, who said I should be there until the next day, yet to do the people a pleasure, he contrary to his word came in and took me forth, and had me into the streets, where the people shouted with a loud voice, as they had me to and fro from one house to another (where they sold ale) till the people in one house let them in, and there they set two men to watch over me until the next day, which was the 28 day of the month before written; on which day they had me before Thomas Dickeson, who granted forth the warrant for me to be brought before him, and did me examine, and it was manifest before him, that what I was accused of in the warrant, and (the day the warrant mentioned my being in that place) was false, for I had not been in that place that day, neither could they prove any such words spoken by me as I was accused of; and when he had nothing against me in that warrant, then he did commit me to prison by a warrant that he said Judge Windham granted forth at the general assize, before written, which warrant I never saw.
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Radical Pamphlets from the English Civil WarNon-Fiction
During the English Civil War and in the republic which followed, a wide range of radical ideas and movements flourished. There were Seekers and Ranters, Diggers and Levellers, Quakers, Fifth Monarchists and Muggletonians; and a flood of remarkable p...