An Account of the Flight, Diſcovery and Apprehending George Lord Geffries, Baron of Wemm, Lord Chancellor of England: Together With the Manner of his being Taken, Examination, and Commitment To the TOWER; On the 12th. of December 1688.
UPon the News of the Prince of Orange's Approach, and the general Retreat and going over of the King's Forces, an extraordinary Council was held at Whitehall on Monday laſt, where, it is ſaid, the Lord Chancellor was preſent: But perceiving his Caſe deſperate, and the King's Intereſt not capable of ſupporting him, he, from the breaking up of that Council, retired himſelf from Buſineſs, and from any Converſation, ſtudying, as 'tis ſuppoſed, how and by what means to ſhift for his Saſety, and avoid the Storm (that he no doubt foreſaw) hanging over his Head, and on Tueſday morning he was no where to be found: So that it was conjectured he, upon Notice of the King's Retiring, was endeavouring to make his Eſcape beyond the Seas. And ſo indeed it fell out: For having made over ſome of his Goods, and otherwiſe diſpoſed of what he could with conveniency in ſo ſhort a time, he betook himſelf to find a Paſſage by Water, and in order thereto went down to Wapping, there waiting for the Opportunity in a Diſguiſe, contrary to his former florid Equipage. However he carry'd it not ſo ſecretly, but thoſe who pryed into ſuch Affairs, underſtanding a great quantity of Treaſure, and other things of Value were ſtowed in a Veſſel lying near the River ſide, it gave ſuſpition that ſomething more than ordinary was intended. Inſomuch that ſuſpecting it a Fraight no ways convenient for ſuch a Veſſel, it being ſaid to be a Collier, ſpoke ſo loud, that it came in Queſtion. And thereupon they apply'd themſelves to the Officers proper for that purpoſe, to Arreſt and Stay the ſaid Veſſel, till a further Account could be given. And though it was not ſpeedily done, nor without further Application, yet upon Search it was plainly perceived, that no ordinary Perſon was concerned therein. However he had Notice, as it is conjectured, or at leaſt ſuſpected a Search, and Retired, in Diſguiſe, to a Houſe in Hope and Anchor Alley in Wapping, where, by the Vigilance of the Neighbours, he was this Day diſcovered through his Diſguiſe; and ſome Conſtables being called and conſulted, it was on all hands concluded, (ſince they had heard he was one of the principal Perſons proſcribed by the Prince of ORANGE, and Confederate Lords, as an Evil Counſellor, a Perverter of the Laws, and Betrayer of the Liberties of the People) it was convenient to ſeize him, which they did without any Reſiſtance, between One and Two of the Clock, being then in a Furr Cap, a Seaman's Neckeloth, and a Ruſty Coat. So proceeding to carry him before the Lord Mayor, they brought him into the City in a Coach guarded with Blunderbuſſes, &c. preceded by one Coach and followed by another; as alſo by a great Number of the Rabble, with shouts and Acc•••tions. When coming to the Entrance of Grocer's Hall, having then on an old Hat, inſtead of a Cap, he alighted, and was conducted thither, hanging down his Head, and ſhedding ſome Tears. And coming before the Lord Mayor, after a ſhort Examination, &c. and a Repaſt for Refreſhment, he was committed to the Tower in the charge of a ſtrong Guard, where re remains to expect the Iſſue.