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where, if it appear that I have any other wife but her, with whom I have lived in your lordship's diocese, I shal quietly submit myself to the severity of the laws; if not, I hope my penitence and reformation may in time mitigate your lordship's just displeasure for the confessed faults of
Lifferd, Nov. 26,
most humble suppliant,
A Letter from Robert Young to Justice Waldram, offering him a Bribe to let him be bailed.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR WORSHIP,
MY Y mind I thought your worship understood, therefore if your worship does not understand what I mean (as I suppose you do) I will discover it to your worship. For may it please your worship, I have not any to make my complaint to, but to your worship. Therefore I most humbly beg your worship to take bayl, and I will give you forty shillings. Moreover, my brother will bring a letter from Captain Sanderson, that my brother is sufficient bayl, and that Captain Sanderson is satisfyed to take him, provided I get any other and I, not being acquented with any, in these parts, fears I cannot procure another easily; but, if your worship will take any other bondsman with my brother, I will give you the aforesaid summ of money, before you take bayl: and I will take my oath to your worship, that I will not tell it to any body. Dear Mr. Waldram, do me that charity, for I ly in a sad condition; indeed, you will do me a singular kindness, and shew a great deal of charity, in so doing; for I know, if your worship please, it lys in your hands. I desire your worship not to discover any thing, to the bearer, or any other. I intreat your worship to write your worship's mind to me by the bearer, that I may send him for Captain Sanderson's letter to your worship. So I rest
Your worship's most humble suppliant to command,
A Letter from Robert Young to Roger Yeabsly, his Brother-in-law, to come and save his Life, by forswearing himself.
Cavan, Feb. 5, 1680.,
COME along with me, with your sister, for I have fallen under a sad business, and I will loose my life, if you and your sister does not come to deny, that I am not the man. For Christ's sake, dear brother, come along with her, and I hope you shall not be the worse for it; for my life lyes in my wife's, and your hands: so that I am certain, you will do what lyes in you; if you do not come, I wil be put to death; but, if you and my wife comes, you may have many a merry day with me hereafter. So I rest
Your loving brother,
A Letter from Robert Young out of Cavan Gaol, to his first Wife, An Yeabsly, to the same Purpose.
HEN I left you last, I came to Belturbet in the county of Cavan, where I served as curate for the space of half a year, and had thirty-five pounds a year. Upon which, I spoke to my brother-in-law to bring you down to me, but he seemed unwilling to go so far. At which time, I used too oft, which is my sorrow this day, at one Simon Hutt's in Cavan, cursed be the time, that ever I went there. Whereupon Simon Hutt profferred me a hundred and fifty pound with his daughter; and he getting me drunk one night, I was married to her, and was ready to cut my own throat, the next day; but I seeing what a priminary I had by my ludness brought myself in, I saw that it could not be avoided: whereupon I resolved only to stay till I had gott the money promised, and then to come to you, my dear honey, and so for you and I to go for England, where we should never be known. But my journey was stopt, for Simon Hutt heard something of my marriage to you, before the portion was paid, and so sent up to know, whether it was so, or no. And so the messenger brought word, that one Robert Young, a minister, was married to one Ann Yeabsly, daughter to George Yeabsly, near Tallogh: but, for all that the messenger brought, they knew not whether I was the man or no. So that it may be denied with safety, to preserve my life. For they have clapt me in gaole upon suspition, where I lye in a deplorable condition, and nobody to help me. Therefore, dear honey, for Christ's sake come to me, and bring my brother Roger along with you; for the assizes is the sixth of March; where I will be tried for my life, and there is not any in the world can preserve it, only you, my dear honey, if you come and say, that I am not the man, you were married to, and bring my brother Roger along with you to justifie the same; I wil be set at liberty, and then I shal get what money is promised, and go over to England with you. And I wish, that I may never thrive in this world, if ever I leave you hereafter; for I care no more for this husy, than for the durt under my shoo. O curse of God light on me if ever I leave you hereafter, if you prove so real to me, as to come and deny that I am none of your husband! for there is no way to save my life but that. I wish that I may never see the kingdome of God, if I do not prove as real, constant, and loving husband to you, as ever man did to woman. Dear heart, I know that I have committed a grievous and abominable fault; but I may blam bad company, and my drink for it. Therefore, for Christ's sake, dear honey, forgive me, and come along with the bearer, and clear me. And the curse of God light on me, if I prove false to you, after saving my life; for now my life lyes in your hands. I will earnestly repent for what I have done, and I hope God Almighty wil forgive me. If I had a hundred wives, it is you alone that is my lawfull wife, and shal be to my dying day; for Christ's sake, come and say, that I was not the man you were married to. I say, dear heart, come along with the bearer, and bring my brother Roger along with you. If you do not clear me,
I wil be put to death; and is it not better for you to come, and tell a ly to preserve your husband's life, and to enjoy him, as long as you live, and I lives; than for to have him put to death, and never to see him again? And this I will assure you, that there wil be an order from my lord chief justice to bring you down against the assizes: so that I sent the messenger to prevent that, by giving you timely notice; for you may come and stay in my brother-in-law's house, until such time as we do get our business done. And I wil go with you unknown to any body; so hoping you wil come and save the life of your loving husband; I rest, dear heart,
Cavan, Feb. 5, 1680.
Your loving husband, and till death,
Here I have sent you the enclosed to my father, and my brother Roger.
Pray present my duty to my mother, and my love to my brother John, and William Haskins, and my sister Else; and my blessing to my poor child, if she be alive.
A Letter to her Father George Yeabsly from Robert Young, proposing the Means, how he might get off, by his Son and Daughter's perjuring themselves.
Cavan, Feb. 5, 1680. Have declared the reasons and causes of my marriage, in my wife's letter, which you may peruse; therefore, dear father and mother, forgive me, for it was a folly of youth-hood, and, if you come to prosecute to put me to death, I cannot help it. But if you give your consent to my wife, to preserve my life, this shal be a warning to me so long as I live. O dear father, you know that David, a man after God's own heart, was guilty of both murder and adultry. And therefore, dear father, preserve my life, if you please; and I protest to God Almighty, I wil never forsake my poor wife, your daughter, so long as life continues; for it is she, that is my lawfull wife. And therefore, for Christ's sake, dear father, send my dear wife and my brother Roger, to clear me by the same means, that I have prescribed in my wife's letter. If I were cleared, I could gett mony enough to do you and I good, as the bearer can tell you. After I am cleared, I will carry my wife and my brother Roger down to se my grany, whom I dare not as yet write to. If you have a mind to save my life, do not come yourself; but send my wife and my brother Roger down to me and go to Tallow, and gett a certificate drawn, to have it signed by Mr. Burt, and Mr. Neesham, that_Ann Yeabsly is your daughter, and that she was married to one Robert Young, that they may believe, she is the same woman; and that Roger Yeabsly is your son, and that he was standing by, when Robert Young was married to your daughter: and if you have a mind to save my life, they must deny, that I am the man : for there is no way to preserve my life, but that. Write also to
Simon Hutt, in Cavan, that you would a com't to se if it were the same person, to prosecute him, but only you fell sick; and therefore you sent your son and daughter, to prosecute, if it be the same So having no more at present to write, I rest Your loving Son,
My duty to my mother, and love to my brother John, and sister Else, and my brother Haskins, and all the rest of our friends in general.
A Letter to his second Wife, Mary Hutt, denying his first Marriage with terrible Curses.
O, MY DEAR HEART,
YOU know it was for love of you that I brought this misery upon myself, God Almighty help me. I was fully resolved to tell you the contents of all my letters, whenever I could have the opportunity of speaking to you: for my landiady can tell you, that I was fully resolved to shew you the letters but could not, by reason I could not gett speaking to you. O, my dear, have I thrown myself, for the love of you, into all this misery, and you to serve me thus: surely, if you have the heart of a stone, you will not do it. O, if I had but only you here, I would a reckoned all this nothing; but, if I be requited thus, I cannot help it. O, I wish to Christ I were ten foot under ground, and then you would have your hearts desire as I perceive. Those letters that I write, was only for that woman to come and clear me; for I was afraid, that, if I had writ any otherwise, she would not come. But, upon those letters, I was certain would a com't and cleared me. And then I was in good hopes to have enjoyed you again. If I had my liberty and your consent, I would quickly have brought you out of all your misery. I write purposely to that woman against you, for to have her come and clear me; which, if she did me justice, I am certain she cannot do to the contrary. I wish I may never leave this place alive, if ever I was married to any other woman upon the face of the earth, but you. But, if you will be pleased to give me a meeting, I will satisfy you why I write so to that woman; and you will find it so at long runing; though I dare not say that my soul is my own here. For Christ's sake take pity on me, and let me not starve in this deplorable condition. For God's sake pay my landlady but only for one month's diet unknown to any; and, if I do not prove, what I said formerly, to be truth, then never pay another week for me again. My dear heart, for Christ's sake do not heed these letters, for I write them only in design to gett my liberty, and to enjoy your sweet company again. God let me never se the face of God Almighty, if there was any other design in it. You may believe me a poor miserable soul. I hope you will take all this to consideration, for, if I had but only your favour, I did not care for any thing; but if not, pray put an end to my days. I wish that I
may never se the kingdome of God and Christ, if ever I was mar-
Your loving husband till death,
I hope you will send me an answer by the bearer, what you are resolved to do. If you will pay for my diet unknown to any, my landlady will say, that she took my word.
Another Letter to her from Iniskillin, after he was got out of Cavan Gaol.
MY DEAR HEART,
Am safely arrived at Iniskillin, and am well at present, and cares not for all your barking dogs at Belturbit and Cavan both. Let them do what they can. I care no more for them than I care for the silliest dog in the street. But, as to that, I will leave it off at present. I hope you are mindful of your promise to me in Harris's garden, made to me there. Here I have sent the bearer purposely for you, and I gave him 6s. for going for you. Dear heart, do not fail but come along with him to me, for my life lyes where you do. If I had your company, I did not care for all the world. Dear heart, I say again, come to me, for I will assure you have as many tears from my eyes, as there are letters in this letter, from your poor husband. Therefore, dear heart, if ever you intend to se me alive, come to me now; if you do not, I will make this