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county ; but the more unrelenting party said they could not believe him on his oath.

In the midst of this awful parley, word came that a party of soldiers was at the bottom of the street, marching towards the Vicarage. The rebels gagged the Vicar, and dragged him out of the Vicarage by the back door; they hurried him along the footpath which leads to the Ferry over the river Tud. Having forced him into the ferryboat, which they rowed into the middle of the stream, they threw him into the water, passed over to the other side of the river, and ran away. The Vicar it was said could not swim, and he was car_ried down the stream, then swollen with a considerable flood, and never again was seen in the parish of Tuddington.

But“ Lycidas is not dead :” at least it is confidently asserted by his friends that he is now alive, and is residing at Rome, where he has taken Priest's orders, at the fountain head of succession. He was seen performing mass in a side chapel of St. Peter's Cathedral last spring, and is said to be writing a book against the Church of England; a very luminous display of the Anglican heresy, "addressed, in a series of unanswerable letters, to the Bishop of London, by E. S. L.'

The Vicarage was burnt down to the ground, the magistrates escaped unhurt, whilst the rioters were engaged with the Vicar,—the Vicar's house

keeper, seeing the house in flames, saved her master's strong-box, containing his letters, papers, and will; and thus have been preserved those valuable documents which enable the Editor to lay before *the public a sketch of the life and sentiments of the great Protestant Thomas à Becket.

THE END.

Printed by WILLIAM CLOWES, Duke.street, Lambeth.

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