King Charles I – Final Speech

Taken from the London Gazette 1648, source: As the image can very hard to read, I had to download it and zoom in just right, I typed it out with all the idiosyncrasies and spelling of English in 1648, as recorded.

This is after the English Civil War where the Yiddish Bankers funded Oliver Cromwell committed regicide, and shortly before the invasion of Ireland commenced. Cromwell and the Yids murdered, and drove off the Catholic landowners until the land was in the hands of English adventurers and the Church of England. A complete change of land ownership disposing the Irish of what was theirs by birth and right. I assert this was the start of the anti-English and anti-Irish animosity where before the two races had a natural sympathy and peace. Not only did Cromwell commit a horrendous regicide for foreign masters, he also committed an unforgivable act against Ireland.

The good King Charles, royalists, and the English Folk did not want war with Ireland and the regicide of King Charles with hate propaganda made it inevitable. As it was in America and Britain concerning Germany before WW1.2 an expensive and through propaganda effort had to be implemented to turn a people against brothers they naturally are sympathetic too.  A feat only possible from the richest country at the time: Netherlands which was so from the hands of the Yiddish Banker.

Here is a lesson to remember:

KING. — “I shall be very little heard of anybody here, I shall therefore speak a word unto you here; indeed I could hold my peace well; if I did not think that holding my peace would make some men think that I did submit to the guilt as well as to the punishment, but I think it is my duty to my God first, and to my countrey for to clear myselfe both as an honest man and a good king, and a good Christian. I shall begin first with my innocencey. I trothe I think it not very needful for me to insist long upon this, for all the worlds knowes that I never did beginne a warre with the two Houses of Parliament, and I call God to witnesse to whom I most shortly make an account that I never did intend for to encroach upon their priviledges, they began upon me, it is the militia they began upon they confest that the militia was mine, but they thought it fit to have it from me, and to be short, if any body will look to the dates of commissions, theirs and mine, and likewise to the declarations will see clearly that they began these unhappy troubles not I! So that as the guilt of these enormous crimes that are laid against me I hope in God, that God will make me clear of it, I will not. I am in charity, God forbid that I should lay, and upon the two Houses of Parliament there is no neccessity of either. I hope they are free of this guily for I doe beleive that ill instruments between them and me has been the cheife cause of all this bloodshed. So that by way of speaking as I finde myselfe cleare of this I hope, (and pray God) that they may too, yet for all this God forbid that I should be so ill a Christian as not to say that God’ s judegements are just upon me. Many times he does pay justice by an unjust sentance that is ordinary. I only say this, that an unjust sentance (meaning Strafford) that I suffered for to take effect is punished now, by an unjust sentance upon me, that is so far I have said, to show you that I am an innocent man. Now, to show you that I am a good Christian I hope there is (pointing to Doctor Juxon) a goode man that will beare me witnesse that I have forgiven all the world and even those in particular that have been the chefe cusers of my death: who for God knows, I do not desire to knowe. I pray God forgive them! But this is not all, my charity must go farther; I wish that they may repent, for indeed they have committed a great sin in that particular. I pray God with St.Stephen that this be laid not to their charge, nay not only so, but that they may take the right way to the peace of the kingdom. (So) Sirs I doe with all my soul, and I doe hope (there is some here will carry it further) that they endeavour the peace of the kingdom, for charity commands me not onely to forgive particular men, but to endaaveur to the last gasp the peace of the kingdom. Now (Sirs) I must show you both how you are out of the way, and will put you in a way. First you are out of the way, for certainly all the way you ever have had yet as I could find by anything, is in the way fo conquest, certainly this is an old way, for conquest (Sirs) in my opinion is never just, except there be a good cause, either for matter of wrong or just title, and then if you goe beyond it, the first quarrell that you have to it, that makes it unjust at the end that was just at first. But if it be onely matter of conquest then it is a great robbery, and so (sirs) I do think that the way that you are are in is much out of the way. Now, Sirs, for to put you in the way believe it you will never doe right, nor God, will never prosper you untill you give him his due, the king his due (that is my successors, adn the people their due. I am as much for them as any of you, you must give God his due by regulating rightly his Church (according to his Scripture which is now out of order), for to set you in a way particulary, now I cannot. But only this A National Synod freely called, freely debating among themselves might settle this, when that every opinion is freely and clearly heard, for the king indeed I will not (then turning to a gentleman that touched the axe said “Hurt not the axe that may hurt me, for the king the laws of the land will clearly instruct you, and truly I desire their liberty and freedom as much as anybody whomsever; but I oust tell you that their liberty and their fredome consists in having of Government those lawes by which their life and their goods may be most their own. It is not for having share in Government, Sir, that is nothing pertaining in them. A subject and a sovereign are clear different things, and therefore until they do that, I mean the you doe put the people in that liberty as I say, certainly they will never enjoy themselves. Sirs, it was for this that now I am come here. If I would have given way to an arbitary way, for to have all lawes changed according to the power of the sword, I needed not to have come here. And therefore I tell you (and I pray to God it be not laid to your charge) that I am Martyr of the People. In truth, Sirs, I should not hold yet much longer, for I will only say this to you, that in truth I could have desired some time longer, because that I would have put this that I have said in a little more order, and a little better digested than I have done, and therefore I hope that you will excuse me. I have delivered my conscience, I pray God that you doe take those courses that are beet for the good of the kingdome and your own salvation.”

Dr. JUXTON. — “Will your Majesty (though it may very well known your Majesties affections to religion) yet it may be expected that you should say somewhat for the world’s satifaction.”

KING. — “I thank you very heartily, my Lord, for that I had almost forgotten it. In truth, Sirs, my conscience in Religion, I think, is very well known to the world! and therefore I declare before yon all that I die a Christian, according to the profession of the Church of England as I found it left me by my father, and this honest man, I think, will witnesse it.” Then turning to the officers, said, “Sirs, excuse me for this same; I have a good cause and I have a gracious God I will say no more.” Then turning to Col.Hacker, he said, “Take care that they do not put me to pain; and fit this, and if it please you–” But then a gentleman coming near the ax the King said, “Take heed of the ax, pray take heed of the ax.” Then the King, speaking to the executionaer, said, “I shall say but very short prayers, and then thrust out my hands.” The the King called to Dr.Juxton for his nightcap, and having put it on he said to the executioner, “Does my hair trouble you?” who desired him to put it all under his cap, which the King did accordingly by the help of the executioner and the Bishop. Then the King turning to Dr.Juxton, said, “I have a good cause and a gracious God on my side.”

Dr.JUXTON. — “There is but one stage more! This stage is turbulent and troublesome; it is a short one! But you may consider it will soon carry you a very good way; It will carry you from earth to Heaven and there you shall finde a great deale of joy and comfort.”

KING. — “I go from a corruptible crown to an incorruptible crown, where no disturbances can be.”

Dr.JUXTON. — “You are exchanged from a temporall to an eternall crown; a good exchange.”

Then the King took off his cloak and his George–giving his George to Dr.Juxton, saying, “Remember!” (it is thought for the Prince) and some other small ceremonies past. After which the King, stooping down, laid his necke upon the blocke, and after a very little pause, streching forth his hands, the executioner at one blow severed his head from his body. Then his body was put in a coffin covered with black velvet and removed to his lodging chamber in Whitehall.

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