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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...by what means, does not appear; nor is there anything to shew how Sir Robert Vyner was implicated in his escape, and became liable to the penalties and forfeitures referred to in the Pardon. Possibly Sir John Towers was officially, or constructively, in Sir Robert's custody, and some Deputy-Keeper, for whom Sir Robert was responsible, as his employer, purposely or negligently allowed him to escape, whereby the penalties and forfeitures were incurred by him as Principal; but this is mere conjecture, and nothing has been found at present to explain it. The name of Sir John Towers does not appear amongst the extinct Baronetcies. The increasing extravagance of the Court, and the expenses of the Dutch War, at length exhausted the means of the Bankers to continue their advances, even to pay the Sailors, who threatened, if they were not paid, to go over to the Dutch. It moreover seriously embarrassed them in their ordinary business. Quoting again from Pepys, who says: "So to the Office after dinner and thither comes Mr. Pierce, "who tells me his condition, how he cannot get his "money (about £500, which, he says, is a very great "part of what he hath for his family and children), out "of Viner's hands, and it is to he feared that this will "wholly undo the Bankers. Captain Cocke says the "King and Court are all troubled, and the gates of the "Court were shut up upon the first coming of the "Dutch to us; but they do mind the business no more "than ever: that the Bankers, he fears, are broke as to "ready money, though Viner had £100,000 by him, "when our trouble begun: that he and the Duke of ' Albemarle have received into their own hands, of "Viner, the former...
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