And ye ſhal be brought before Governors and Kings for my ſake, againſt them and the Gentiles.
Printed in the Year 16491649.Jeremiah 51
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For King Charls Prisoner, theſe.
Upon a reference from you (16331633.) to theſe your Commiſsioners, I being Sentenced by them, as upon Record appears, becauſe took upon me to be a Propheteſs; firſt was Fined, and then to make publique Submiſsion at Pauls ſo many times; that Jericho for ever curſed, and farther a cloſe priſoner to continue at your pleaſure.
So be it known, you are hereby required to make a publique acknowledgement of ſuch your capital Treſpaſs and high Offence; and firſt to Ask me foregiveneſs, if ſo be you expect to finde Mercy in this world or the other.
At the Court of Whitehal, 1633-10-08Octob. 8 1633.
HIs Majeſty doth expreſly command the Lord Archbiſhop of Canterburies Grace, and His Highneſs Commiſsioners for Cauſes Eccleſiaſtical, That the Petitioner be forthwith called before them, to anſwer for preſuming to Imprint the ſaid Books, and for preferring this deteſtable Petition.
Sidney Mountague. Concordat cum &c. Tho: Maydwell.
Regiſtro Curiæ Dominorum Regiorum Commiſsionariorum ad Cauſas Eccleſiaſticas. Extract.
Tertia Seſsio Termini Michaelis, 16331633.
Die Jovis 1633-10-24viceſimo quarto viz. die menſis Octobris. Anno Dom. milleſimo ſexcenteſimo triceſimo tertio Coram Reverendiſsimo in Chriſto Patre & Domino, Domino Guilielmo providenc’ Diviná Cantuar’ Archiepiſcopo totius Angliæ Primate & metropolitano, Richardo eâdem providenc’ Angliæ Primate & Metropolitano Archiepiſcopo Eboracenſi, Honorandis & prænobilibus Comitibus Portland, Dorſet, & Carliſle, Epiſcopis Elien’, & Roffen’ & Oxon’, Dominis Johanne Lamb, & Nathanaele Brent militibus legum Doctoribus, Matthæo Wren de Windſorſor, 5 A3r 5 ſor, Montford, & Worral Sacræ Theologiæ profeſſoribus Commiſsionariis Regiis ad Cauſas Eccleſiaſticas apud Lambeth, Judiciarum ſeden’ preſente Thomâ Motterſhed Regnerarii Regii Deputato.
Con’ Ellenoram Audeley.
Dr. Worrall: She appeared, and the Articles and Anſwers were publiquely read; She was Fined in Three thouſand pounds, Impriſonment till ſhe enter Bond with ſufficient Security to write no more.
Mr. Dr. Wren, Dean of Windſor, he conſenteth to that which is already ſaid.
Dr. Montford, Similitèr with Dr. Worrall.
Sir Nathanael Brent, Similitèr with 6 A3v 6 with Dr. Worrall; and payment of Coſts.
Sir John Lamb, and my Lord of Oxford, Agreeth with the higheſt, with the higheſt; and to acknowledge her Offence at Pauls Croſs.
My Lord of Rocheſter, with the higheſt; and if the Court will bear it, he would ſend her to Bedlam.
My Lord of Ely, Three thouſand pounds, Excommunication, condemned in Coſts, and committed ut prius, till ſhe give, &c.
My Lord Portland, and my Lord of Carliſle, deſired to be ſpared from their Sentence.
My Lord of Dorſet agreeth with the higheſt.
My Lords Grace of York, Impriſonment, and not to have pen, ink and 7 A4r 7 and paper, and ſo with the higheſt.
My Lord of Canterbury, Three thouſand pounds, cloſe Impriſonment, and to continue till His Majeſties pleaſure be further known.
She was committed to the Gatehouſe.
Officium Dominorum con Elleanorum Tichet, alias Davyes, alias Douglas.
The Councel for the offence inſiſteth on her Anſwers, ſhe to appear this day and place by Bond, to hear and receive the final Order and Judgment of the Court.
At which day and place the ſaid Lady Eleanor Douglas being called for, appeared perſonally; In whoſe preſence the Articles objected againſt her, and her Anſwers made thereuntoto 8 A4v 8 to were publiquely read, with certain printed Schedules & Exhibites thereunto annexed, which ſhe acknowledged to be of her own penning and publiſhing in print; and the ſaid Anſwers to be her true Anſwers, and to be Subſcribed with her own hand: By all which it evidently appeared to the Court, by her own Confeſsion, That ſhe had lately compiled and written, and cauſed to be printed and publiſhed, the three ſeveral Schedules annexed to the ſaid Articles, ſome containing Expoſitions of divers parts of the Chapters of the Prophet Daniel, ſome other ſcandalous matter, by way of Anagram or otherwiſe, againſt Eccleſiaſtical perſons and Judges of eminent place, and ſome others, both derogatory to His Majeſty and the State. 9 A5r 9 State. And firſt as touching thoſe matters of high nature, which concerned his Majeſty, the Court did not any ways proceed againſt her, as holding them of too high a nature for this Court to meddle withal. But foraſmuch as ſhe took upon her (which much unbeſeemed her Sex) not only to interpret the Scriptures, and withal the moſt intricate and hard places of the Prophet Daniel, but alſo to be a Propheteſs, falſly pretending to have received certain Revelations from God, and had compiled certain Books of ſuch her fictions and falſe Propheſies or Revelations, which ſhe had in perſon carried with her beyond the Seas, and had there procured them to be printed without Licenſe, and after brought them over here into England, and here B without 10 A5v 10 without Licenſe, vented and diſperſed them, or ſome of them, contrary to the Decree of Star-Chamber, made in the 1586xxviii. year of Queen Eliz. of famous Memory, for the reſtraining of unlawful printing & publiſhing of books, and to the manifeſt contempt & breach thereof, and to the great ſcandal of our Church and State, and the reproach of the true Chriſtian Religion here profeſſed, and eſtabliſhed within this Realm. And foraſmuch as by vertue of the Statue of Primo Eliz. and by vertue of Letters Patents under the great Seal of England, this Court hath full power and authority to puniſh as well all tranſgreſſors and offendors againſt the ſaid Decree of Star-Chamber, touching the printing and publiſhing of unlicenſed Books, as 11 A6r 11 as ſuch bold attempts as thoſe of hers, in taking upon her to interpret and expound the holy Scriptures, yea, and the moſt intricate and hard places therein, ſuch as the graveſt and moſt learned Divines would not ſlightly or eaſily undertake, without much ſtudy and deliberation. For theſe her ſaid bold attempts and impoſtures, tending to the diſhonor of God, and ſcandal of Religion, whereof ſhe was found and adjudged guilty by the Court, ſhe was thought well worthy to be ſeverely puniſhed; and was firſt Fined in the ſum of 3000 l. to his Majeſties uſe, ordered to make a publique Submiſsion in conceptis verbis, at ſo many times, and in ſuch places as this Court ſhall appoint, and as ſhall be delivered her under the Regiſters Hand 12 A6v 12 Hand of this Court; And ſhe was further committed cloſe Priſoner to the Gatehouſe, and ordered there to remain during his Majeſties pleaſure, who had taken ſpecial notice of her and her Cauſe, and referred the Examination and Cenſuring thereof into this Court. And laſtly ſhe was condemned in Expences and Coſts of Suit, which are to be paid before her enlargement: And the Keeper of the ſaid priſon was required and commanded not to ſuffer her to have any pen, ink or paper to write any thing, in reſpect that ſhe hath ſo much abuſed her liberty in that kinde already.
Concordat premiſſa cum originalibus in veriâ predictâ facta collacione fideli per me
Jo: Donaldſon, Notarium Publicum.