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who was bayliffe to the lord of the towne of Kelmarsh, in Northamptonshire; this man and his wife, being godly, gave Mr. Hutchinson very kind entertainment, and prevailed with him to be acquainted with their master, who had iust then made ready plate and ́horses to goe in to the king, that had now sett up his standard at Nottingham; but Mr. Hutchinson diverted him, and persuaded him and another gentleman of quallity, to carrie in those aydes, they had provided for the king, to my lord generall Essex, who was then at Northampton, where Mr. Hutchinson visited him, and.could gladly at that time have engag'd with him, but that he did not then find a cleare call from the Lord; and therefore, intelligence being brought of the king's remoove, he was now returning to his wife, when unawares he came into a town, where one of Prince Rupert's troopes was, which he narrowly escap'd, and returning to his former honest host, sent a letter to his wife, to acquaint her what hazard he was in, by attempting to come to her, but that assoone as the horse was marcht away, he would be with her. This letter was intercepted, at Prince Rupert's quarters, and opened and sent her. There was with Prince Rupert, at that time, one Captaine Welch, who having us'd to come to Captaine Apsley, and seene Mrs. Hutchinson with him, made a pretence of civillity to visitt her, that day that all the Prince's horse marcht away. They marcht by the doore of the house where she was, and all the household were gone out to see them, and had left her alone in the house, with Mr. George Hutchinson, who was in her chamber, when Capt. Welch came in, and she went downe into the parlour to receive him. He taking occasion to tell her of her husband's letter, by way of complement, sayd it was a pittie she should have a husband so unworthy of her, as to enter into any faction, which should make him not dare to be seene with her; whereat she being pecck'd, and thinking they were all

: It is customary, in Nottinghamshire, to call every village of any size a town.

marcht away, told him he was mistaken, she had not a husband that would at any time hide himselfe from him, or that durst not shew his face where any honest man durst appeare; and to confirme you, sayd she, he shall now come to you; with that she call'd downe her brother, who, upon a private hint, own'd the name of husband she gave him, and receiv'd a compliment from Welch, that in any other place he had bene oblig'd to make him a prisoner, but here he was in sanctuary; and so, after some little discourse, went away.. When the gentleman of the house and the rest of the famely, that had bene seeing the march, were return'd, and while they sate laughing together, att those that went to see the Prince, telling how some of the neighbouring ladies were gone allong with him, and Mrs. Hutchinson telling how she had abused the captaine, with Mr. Hutchinson insteed of her husband, the captaine came back, bringing another gentleman with him, and told Mr. Hutchinson, that his horse having lost a shoe, he must be his prisoner, 'till the smith releast him; but they had not sate long, ere a boy came in with two pistolls, and whisper'd the captaine, who desiring Mr. Hutchinson and the gentleman of the house to walke into the next roome, seiz'd Mr. George, in the name of Mr. John Hutchinson. It booted not for them both to endeavour to undeceive him, by telling him Mr. John was still at Northampton, for he would not, at least would seeme not, to believe them, and carried him away, to be reveng'd of Mrs. Hutchinson, att whom he was vex'd for having deluded him: soe, full of wicked joy, to have found an innocent gentleman, whom he knew the bloodhounds were after, he went and inform'd the prince, and made it of such moment, as if they had taken a much more considerable person. The prince had sent back a troope of dragoones to guard him to them, which troope had besett the house and towne, before Welch came in to them the second time, when, notwithstanding all informations of his error, he carried away Mr. Hutchinson, and putt his sister into affright and

distemper with it; which when the weomen about her saw they rail'd at him for his treachery and basenesse, but to no purpose. Assoone as he overtooke the body of horse, with his prisoner, there was a shout from one end to the other of the souldiers. Mr. Hutchinson, being brought to the prince, told him he was the younger brother, and not the person he sent for, which three or four of the Birons, his cousin germanes, acknowledg'd to be soe, yet Welch outswore them all, that it was Mr. John Hutchinson. The Lord Viscount Grandison, a cousin germane of Mrs. Hutchinson's, was then in the king's armie, to whom she immediately dispatcht a messenger, to entreate him to obliege her, by the procurement of her brother's liberty, who, upon her imprudence, had bene brought into that trouble: my lord sent her word, that, for the present, he could not obteine it, but he would endeavour it afterwards, and in the meane time gave her notice that it was not safe for her husband to returne, there being forty men left to lie close in the country, and watch his coming to her. So Mr. George Hutchinson was carried to Derby, and there, with some difficulty, his liberty obtein'd, by the interposition of my Lord Grandison and the Birons. They would have had him to have given them an engagement, that he would not take arms with the parliament; but he refus'd, telling them, he liv'd peaceably at home, and should make no engagement to doe any thing, but what his conscience led him to, that if they pleas'd, they might deteine him, but it would be no advantage to them, nor losse to the other side; upon which considerations, they were perswaded to lett him goe. Immediately after his release, he went to London to his father, where his elder brother was before him; for assoone as he understood from his wife what his brother suffer'd in his name, he tooke post to London, to procure his re lease, and there they both stay'd till they receiv'd assurance, that the king's forces were quite drawne out of the country, and then they together return'd to Leicestershire, where Mrs. Hutchinson, within

a few dayes after her brother was taken, was brought to bed of her eldest daughter, which by reason of the mother's and the nurse's griefes and frights, in those troublesome times, was so weake a child that it liv'd not foure yeares, dying afterwards in Nottingham castle. When Mr. Hutchinson came to his wife, he carried her and her children, and his brother, back againe to his house, about the time that the battle was fought at Edge Hill. After this the two brothers, going to Nottingham, mett there most of the godly people, who had bene driven away, by the rudenesse of the king's armie, and plunder'd upon the account of godlinesse, who were now return'd to their famelies, and desireous to live in peace with them, but having, by experience, found they could not doe so, unless the parliament interest were maintein'd, they were consulting how to rayse some recruites for the Earle of Essex, to assist in which Mr. Hutchinson had provided his plate and horses ready to send in.

About this time Sr. John Gell, a Derbyshire gentleman, who had bene sheriffe of the county, at that time, when the illegall tax of ship-money was exacted, and so violent in the prosecution of it, that he sterv'd Sr. John Stanhope's cattle in the pound, and would not suffer any one to relieve them there, because that worthy gentleman stood out against that uniust payment, and who had by many aggravating circumstances, not only concerning his prosecution of Sr. John Stanhope, but others, soe highly misdemean'd himselfe that he lookt for punishment from the parliament, to prevent it, very early putt himselfe into their service, and after the king was gone out of these countries, prevented the cavalier gentry from seizing the towne of Derby, and fortified it, and rays'd a regiment of foote. These were good, stout, fighting men, but the most licentious ungovernable wretches, that belonged to the parliament. He himselfe, no man knowes for what reason he chose that side; for he had not understanding enough to judge the equity of the cause, nor pietie or holinesse, being a fowle adulterer all that time

he serv'd the parliament, and so uniust, that, without any remorse, he suffer'd his men indifferently to plunder, both honest men and cavaliers; so revengefull, that he persued his mallice to Sr. John Stanhope, upon the foremention'd account, with such barbarisme after his death, that he, pretending to search for arms and plate, came into the church and defac'd his monument that cost six hundred pounds, breaking of the nose and other parts of it; he digg'd up a garden of flowers, the only delight of his widdow, upon the same pretence; and thus woo'd that widdow, who was by all the world believ'd to be the most prudent and affectionate of womankind, but deluded by his hypocrisies, consented to marry him, and found that was the utmost poynt to which he could carrie his revenge, his future carriage making it apparent he sought her for nothing elce but to destroy the glory of her husband and his house. This man kept the diurnall makers in pension, so that whatever was done in the neighbouring counties, against the enemy, was attributed to him; and thus he hath indirectly purchas'd himselfe a name in story, which he never merited; who was a very bad man, to summe up all in that word, yet an instrument of service to the parliament in those parts. I thought it necessary to insert this little account of him here, because there will be often occasion to


h Sir John Gell succeeded so far as to get some of this puffing intelligence introduced even into his Memorials by Whitelock; who, p. 186, talks of an expedition where he killed five of the enemy! He likewise gives him the honour of taking Shelford Manor, at least two years before it was really taken by Colonel Hutchinson. It is very much to be wondered at, that Mrs. Hutchinson no where speaks of his trial and condemnation for misprision of treason, which Whitelock notes in the year 1650, during the time of Mr. Hutchinson's being in the second council of state. He is said to have been convicted on the full evidence of Bernard and Titus. Col. Andrews, who was condemned along with him, gave an attestation on his behalf a little before his death. Whitelock does not say what this treason consisted in, but he was pardoned by the third council, just before Cromwell's usurpation: and was among those members of parliament who opposed him boldly.

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