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The King's Book - V. Fawkes' Capture

Whereupon it was at last concluded that nothing should be left unsearched in those houses; and yet for the better colour and stay of rumour, in case nothing were found, it was thought meet, that upon a pretence of Whyneard’s missing some of the King’s stuff, or hangings, which he had in keeping, all those rooms should be narrowly ripped for them. And to this purpose, was Sir Thomas Knyvett (a gentleman of his Majesty’s privy chamber) employed, being a justice of the peace in Westminster, and one, of whose ancient fidelity both the late Queen and our now Sovereign have had large proof; who, according to the trust committed unto him, went about the midnight next after, to the Parliament-house, accompanied with a small number as was fit for that errand; but, before his entry in the house, finding Thomas Percy’s alleged man standing within the doors, his clothes and boots on, at so dead a time of the night, he resolved to apprehend him; as he did, and thereafter went forward to the searching of the house, where, after he had caused to be overturned some of the billets and coals, he first found one of the small barrels of powder, and afterward all the rest, to the number of thirty-six barrels, great and small; and, thereafter, searching the fellow, whom he had taken, found three matches, and all other instruments fit for blowing up the powder, ready upon him; which made him instantly confess his own guiltiness; declaring also unto him, that, if he had happened to be within the house, when he took him, as he was immediately before (at the ending of his work), he would not have failed to have blown him up, house and all.

Thus, after Sir Thomas had caused the wretch to be surely bound, and well guarded by the company he had brought with him, he himself returned back to the King’s palace, and gave warning of his success to the Lord Chamberlain, and Earl of Salisbury, who immediately warning the rest of the council that lay in the house; as soon as they could get themselves ready, came with their fellow counsellors to the King’s bedchamber, being at that time near four of the clock in the morning. And at the first entry of the King’s Chamberlain, the Lord Chamberlain, being not any longer able to conceal his joy for the preventing of so great a danger, told the King in a confused haste that all was found and discovered, and the traitor in hands and fast bound.

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