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could to throw ine off; I riding bare-backed, without a saddle, and having a large lanthorn under my left arm, knowing the horse to be very high met. tled, and about fifteen hands high, I began to apprehend some danger of his getting me off, because I could not so well command and manage him, by reason of that lanthorn, and wanting a saddle; I did what I could by fair and gentle means to take him off those his unruly and skittish tricks, but to small purpose. Then I resolved to use another method, viz. by giving him a loose rein, and the spurs in his sides with both heels, hoping by that means that he would cease plunging, and fall to running; but nothing would do. The thing, I doubt not, being determined in Heaven's council, that this narrow escape might be recorded among the rest of his wonders shewn in and about the preservation of so poor and inconsiderable a creature as I am, to the eternal praise of God's sweet and unsearchable providence. Off he would have me; in order whereto he mounts up with his fore parts, throwing me backwards on his hinder parts, and from thence to his fore parts again, at least ten or twelve times, in a most furious raging manner; at length, finding that he could not get me off, by his tosling and throwing me backward and forward, he rears and mounts up with all four together a considerable height from the earth, and, by that unexpected motion, threw me a good height above him, and falling to the ground, standing upright on my feet, as
I fell with my lanthorn under my arm; the horse, perceiving himself conqueror, fetched a stroke at me, standing where I fell, just behind hiin, with his heels, which but a day or two before had been shod with frost-nails, the weather being frosty; and in the cap which I at that time wore he leaves the print of the frost-nails within the thickness of a half-crown of my forehead, never touching my head, nor any part of my body; nor in the least prejudicing my body by those tossings and throwings he gave me. Oh! that I might be duly senfible of, and constantly affected with, the consideration of Divine Providence.
Another escape I had, by the good providence of God, was from an Englishman, who had laid a conspiracy with some Irish papists to swear me out of my
life. It was chus: This Englishman (by name Evan Grundy, a Lancashire man) being some years employed in the fervice of John Preston, of the city of Dublin, alderman, a good and gracious man, lately deceased, from whom the above-named Evan Grundy had run away at several times, and with considerable sums of money. By reason of his dishonest and knavish pranks, alderman Preston, not daring to trust him any further with the receiving of his rents, which were considerable (his estate being nigh ewo thousand per annum), the alderman being hard set for one whom he could trust with the management of his estate, and knowing me, my family, and the present circumstances I was
• at that time in, proposed to me considerable encou
ragement, on condition that I would undertake (as his agent) to manage his estate, which I did, for between four and five years, not without many difficulties, occasioned chiefly by the said Evan Grundy, who was restless day and night, contriving how he might set the alderman and me at variance, hoping by that means to supplant me, and to succeed me in the employ. This Evan Grundy being much indebted to the alderman, I had orders to take him on a writ out of the King's-Bench, and to seize (for the alderman's use) all the goods and chattels the said Evan Grundy was actually poffesfed of. This piece of service I would fain have declined, entreating the alderman to put some other upon it, and that, because of the ill aspect which I foresaw it would have among the gentlemen of the country, who, knowing the peaks and many bickerings between the other and me, would be very apt to conclude, that I had acted this in a way of revenge against him, who daily strove to supplant me in that employ; and then I concluded, all the black-mouthed justices, and other gentlemen in the country, who were known eneniies to the name and power of the gospel purity, would unanimouny open against religion, and improve that action to the utmost to the reproach of diffenters; the which afterward fell out as I feared; the alderman re. fusing to comply with my but reasonable request, he alledging for his non-compliance, that he had
none but me whom he could trust in an affair of that nature.
Finding the ineffectualness of my endeavours to prevail with the alderman to excuse or exempt me from that service, and his strict commands being instanţ upon me, a writ was taken out, of which the said Grundy having notice, he absconds for a time; on this, I took the two special bailiffs who were to execute the writ, with nine or ten of the village he lived in, into the house along with me, to witness that I seized those goods which were visible in the house for the use of alderman Preston, and that for the non-payment of rent. I moved no goods, but left them where I found them, leaving them to the disposal of the alderman. Immediately on this, the wretched man contrives with some Papist ruffians to lay a plot against me; the substance of which was, that on a day I entered his house to distrain for such a man, naming alderman Preston, and meeting with a cabinet, I forced the lock, and stole three pounds fifteen shillings, which he said his witnesses would positively swear, they saw me take, reckon, and put into my pocket: forthwith he rides to a justice of peace, for a warrant to bind me over, acquainting the justice with the whole of the concern in all its circumstances. The justice, though enemy enough on the account of religion, told him plainly, that he would not granç a warrant against me, if he would give him five hundred pounds. He goes to a second, to a thirda
and to a fourth, about the fame errand, but from none of them could he get a warrant to bind me over, they being all afraid to meddle at that time with me, whether for fear of my uncle, who was at that time Lord Chief Justice of the kingdom of Ireland, or from any restraint from God on their spirits, I know not. He finding all his hopes of having me for ever disgraced, if not arraigned for my life, frustrated, prepares a bill of indictment to arraign me at my uncle's bar, the term next enfuing. This assault, I confess, was a great trial of the little faith and patience which the gift of God handed out to my poor soul, in the instant of regeneration, as ever I have fince met with. I have sometimes, with holy David, thought, that my mountain, in respect of inward and settled
of conscience, should never be shaken or moved, till the storm arose. And albeit it did not influence my soul inwardly to shake my comfort and confidence in God, God and my own conscience knowing mine integrity and innocency in the thing laid to my charge; yet, considering the reproach which I apprehended would hence arise to the name, gospel, and people of God, the stain and fcandal it would be to my whole family, no man can fully conceive the disquietude and shaine which took
up its lodging in my breast. Oh! the toffings and workings of my spirit: Lord, think I, what will this come to ? Thou knowest mine innocency in this matter. But the world will readily