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A Letter of a ſad Tragedy by Prince GRIF­FIN at Sayton, neere Cheſter: And his ſeverall attempts againſt the Lady Cauſely.

And the bloody murther for which he is fled into Scotland: AND A Copy of a Letter from his Excellency Sir THOMAS FAIRFAX.

WITH A Petition from divers Collonels and other Officers under Ma­jor Generall Laughorne, to the Houſe of Commons.


London, Printed for A. C. and A. W. 1648.


The Copy of a LETTER Concerning Prince GRIFFINS attempt a­gainſt the Lady Caufley, in Cheſhire.


THough your London Ladies have been ſo abuſed by Prince Griffin, who was wont to out-face his wretched acts at London, yet his late proceedings here hath made him to flye his Country.

He being lately at the City of Cheſter, took to him­ſelfe thoughts of ſurprizing the chaſtity of the Lady Caufley, Sir Hugh Caufleys wif, (a very vertuous, & god­ly woman) the prime beauty of theſe parts, by repute.

Upon his addreſſe, to her, this noble Lady abhor­ring him, ſhewed as much ſlighting of his immoderate offers as could be, and had him exceedingly in diſdain, being troubled at his applications to her.

Prince Griffin, ſeeing that hee could not finde any entertainment, or incouragement by further perſonall ſolicitation to her, fell upon another way to attempt her chaſtity by alluring ſnares.

And hee ſent unto her, to her husbands houſe at2 Sayton on the Hill, ſome three miles from Cheſter Ci­ty, a meſſenger, with a Letter and a Token, of Silk Stockings, Ribbands, Gloves, and other fine Knacks, to which women, are uſually allured, with many inticing complements, to ſurprize her chaſtity. Sub­ſcribing himſelfe her humble Servant.

But when ſhee ſaw his name at the ſubſcription of the Letter, ſhe (before the meſſengers face) threw the Letter and the Tokens all into the fire with diſdain, And ſent backe the bearer with as much diſtaſte as could be expected.

After he received newes of this repulſe, he againe attempted another onſet, to make ſome ſport, And ſent againe a ſecond Meſſenger with other preſents of fine Knacks to the Lady. And becauſe ſhe threw the other into the fire, therefore now hee ſent Crackers Squibs and wild-fire in the Paper with them, (as if be­cauſe he could not take this Lady by ſtorm, he would try to blow her up.)

Theſe preſents being delivered to her, with a let­ter ſhe opened it in her husbands Sir Hughes preſence, and ſeeing Griffins name, ſhe again, as before, threw them all into the fire.

But the wild fire and crackers flew about the room and put them to a little fright for the preſent.

Had hee left off here it had been better, then after fell out more ſad, for Prince Griffin, with three or foure more of his Comrades came to the houſe and asked for her, and being denied acceſſe to her, he be­gan to be ſomething raſh, and uncivill, inſomuch that he provoked the ſervants.

And one of Sir Hugh Caufleys men, making ſome3 oppoſition againſt him, Prince Griffin drew his ſword and run him into the body therewith: And another of his company (with a Piſtoll) ſhot him: And the man is ſince dead. Since which Prince Griffin is fled into Scotland, to take ſanctuary in Edenburgh, but it is hoped that juſtice will meete with him one way or other; which will be indeavoured by divers Gentle­men in theſe parts, And by


To the Honourable Houſe of Commons in Parliament Aſſembled.The Humble Petition of the Collonels, Lieutenant Collonels, Majors, Captains, and other Offi­cers and Souldiers, under the command of Ma­jor Generall Laughorne.


THat as they have from the beginning of the late unhappy wars, with conſtant reſolution in their ſeverall capacities, ſerved the Parliament, to the great impairing, if not utter ruine of their private eſtates, frequently expoſed to extraordinary hazards, being ſo farre remote from relief, and receiving leſſe fatisfaction, by way of pay, then any Army4 in the kingdome, ſo hath it been their con­tinuall care, to prevent the leaſt jealouſie of diſloyalty to their truſt, to the full ſatisfacti­on (we hope) of all honeſt and well-affected people. And that now likewiſe they are cal­led upon to disband, they offer in all humili­ty, to lay down Armes, upon the conditions propoſed by the Parliament, waving diſputes of your Petitioners merits, ſeeing it hath pleaſed the Lord ſo farre to aſſert the Religi­on, Laws, and Liberties they firſt engaged for; yet are your Petitioners juſtly aggreev­ed at malitious aſperſions lately publiſhed, unjuſtly tainting the honour of their Major Generall, and all his Forces, as ready to affiſt and joyne with Poyer to maintain the caſtle of Pembrook againſt the Parliament, where­as a more falſe imputation could not be devi­ſed, their Major Generall having ſent them expreſſe Order, and the Petitioners reſoluti­ons being likewiſe ſetled, for preſent ſubmiſ­ſion to the Orders of disbanding. Your Pe­titioners humbly deſire your Honours will not permit them to be ſo contumeliouſly tra­duced, and remain unvindicated, but that M. Joh. Elliot, the profeſſed Author of accuſa­tion5 may be enjoyned to juſtifie the ſame, or make your Petitioners reparations, and in the Interim, and untill he make anſwer to what charges of Delinquency, your Petitioners have ready to exhibit, againſt him, for exe­cuting the commiſſion of Array in Pem­brookſhire, defrauding this Army of the pro­viſions ſent them by the Parliament, and by endevouring to defame all thoſe who have ever truely and faithfully ſerved the Parlia­ment, and other notorious diſ-ſervices to the Parliament. Mr. Elliot may be uncapable to have the cuſtody, or diſpoſe of your petition­ers Armes, or further proceed in his uſurped Agency, for the Country, and that your Peti­tioners may be further looked upon, as be­commeth the Parliament in honour and iu­ſtice to reflect upon ſuch as have done them ſo faithfull ſervice,

And your Petitioners ſhall ever pray, &c.
  • Rice Powel,
  • Tho. Langhorne,
  • Hugh Phillips,
  • Hugh Laughorn
  • Will: Powel
  • Rowl: Woogan
  • Ed: Aybonon
  • Adam Beale,
  • Philip Bowen,
  • Rich: Eſmond
  • Hen: Bowen
  • Jo. Morgan,
  • Val: R••d
  • Pat. Cozen
  • Le: Aſſom,
  • Ed: Monſell
  • Jo: Harries
  • Charles Woogan
  • Hugh Bowen
  • Will: Shales
  • W: Shuttleworth
  • Mar••…Goodwin:
  • Vaugh. Laughorn
  • Robert Pigget
  • Marke Bowen
  • Geo: Keame
  • Tho: Harlow.
  • Ed: Williams
  • Will: Parry
  • Tho: Talbot
  • Jo: Davids
  • Val: Savayle
  • Hen: Woogan
  • Jo: Adams
  • Ja. Carre
  • Jo: Simonds.
Mr. Speaker,

HAving received the incloſed Pe­tition of the Officers of the For­ces in South-Wales under Major Gene­rall Laughorne. I could doe no leſſe at their requeſt then preſent the ſame un­to you, deſiring that you will tender the ſame to the conſideration of the Houſe and that they will take ſome ſpeedy courſe for the granting the Petitioners ſatis­faction in their juſt deſires, I remain,

Your Humble Servant, Tho. Fairfax.

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TextA letter of a sad tragedy by Prince Griffin at Sayton, neere Chester: and his severall attempts against the Lady Causely. And the bloody murther for which he is fled into Scotland : and a copy of a letter from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax. With a petition from divers collonels and other officers under Major Generall Laughorne, to the House of Commons.
AuthorJones, George, of Chester..
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Bibliographic informationA letter of a sad tragedy by Prince Griffin at Sayton, neere Chester: and his severall attempts against the Lady Causely. And the bloody murther for which he is fled into Scotland : and a copy of a letter from His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax. With a petition from divers collonels and other officers under Major Generall Laughorne, to the House of Commons. Jones, George, of Chester., Fairfax, Thomas, Baron, 1612-1671.. [2], 6 p. Printed for A.C. and A.W.,London :1648.. (With woodcut title-page illustration.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "March 8th 1647".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Seduction -- England -- Early works to 1800.
  • Murder -- England -- Early works to 1800.
  • Soldiers -- England -- Pay, allowances, etc. -- Early works to 1800.

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