A BRIEFE RELATION OF Certaine speciall and most materiall passages, and speeches in the Starre-Chamber, Occasioned And delivered the 14th. day of Iune, 1637. At the Censure of those three famous and worthy Gentlemen, Dr. Bastwicke, Mr. Burton, and Mr. Prynne. EVEN SO As it hath beene truely and faithfully gathered from their owne mouthes, by one present at the said Censure.

PRINTED In the yeare of God, 1638.


CHristian Reader, I present you heere the Relation of such a Censure (and the Execution thereof) as I dare say, all circumstances layd together, cannot bee paralled in any age of man throughout the Christian World, and I thinke I may take in even the World of Pagans and Heathens to it. Which, though it bee not drawne up in so eloquent a straine, as it was delivered & deserved, nor all the Heavenly words and eloquent speeches recorded, which were uttered by these Three Worthies of the Lord, both in the presence of the Lords themselves at their Censure, and also at the place of Execution: Yet I earnestly beseech you in the bowels of Iesus Christ, that you doe not in the least manner under-valu the glory and dignitie, eyther of the Persons, or the cause, but rather lay the blame upon the rudenes and meane capacity of the Composer, who is an unfeyned Wel-wisher to them. Fare well.

A Briefe Relation, OF Certaine speciall & most materiall passages and Speeches in the Starre-chamber, on the 14th. day of Iune, in the yeare 1637. At the Censure of those three vvorthy Gentlemen, Dr. Bastwick, Mr. Burton, and Mr. Prynne.

BEtweene eight and nine a clocke in the morning (the 14. of Iune) the Lords being set in their places in the said Court of Starre-chamber, and casting their eyes upon the Prisoners, then at the Bar, Sr. Iohn Finch (chiefe Iustice of the Common Pleas) began to speake after this manner:

Sr. Iohn Finch.

I had thought M. Prynne had had no eares, but me thinkes hee hath eares, which caused many of the Lords to take the stricter view of him; and for their better satisfaction, the Usher of the Court was commanded to turne up his haire, & shew his eares: Upon the sight wherof the Lords were displeased they had beene formerly no more cut off; and cast out some disgracefull words of him.

To which M. Prynne replied;

M. Pryn.

My Lords, there is never a one of your Honours, but would be sorry to have your eares as mine are.

The Lord Keeper replied againe;

L. Keeper.

In good faith, hee is some what sawcy.

M. Pryn.

I hope (said M. Prynne) your Honours will not be offended, I pray God give you eares to heare.

L. Keeper

The busines of the day (said the Lord Keeper) is to proceed on the Prisoners at the Barr.

M. Pryn.

M. Prynne then humbly desired the Court to give him leave to make a motion or two, which being graunted, he mooves,

First, that their Honours would be pleased to accept of a crosse Bill against the Prelates, signed with their owne hands, being that which stands with the Iustice of the Court, which he humbly craved, and so ...

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