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NARRATIVE

BY

JOHN ASHBURNHAM

OF HIS

ATTENDANCE ON KING CHARLES THE FIRST

FROM OXFORD TO THE SCOTCH ARMY,

AND

FROM HAMPTON-COURT TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT:

NEVER BEFORE PRINTED.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

A VINDICATION

OF

HIS CHARACTER AND CONDUCT,

FROM THE

MISREPRESENTATIONS OF LORD CLARENDON,

BY HIS LINEAL DESCENDANT AND PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE.

"Exoriare aliquis nostris ex ossibus ultor."

VOL. II.

LONDON:

PAYNE AND FOSS, PALL-MALL; BALDWIN AND CRADOCK,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

M.DCCC.XXX.

1730

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES.

JOHN ASHBURNHAM, whose Narrative is now for the first time made publick, was the eldest son of sir John Ashburnham, by his marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of sir Thomas Beaumont; and was born in the year 1603.

To relate the little, which is known of his private life, would neither gratify curiosity, nor excite interest. The following Notices will therefore be confined to such few facts and dates, as may in some sort connect his personal biography with the general history of the times, in which he lived.

In 1628, Ashburnham was first appointed a groom of the bedchamber to king Charles the first. This is discovered in the third volume of "Original Letters illustrative of English History," edited by Mr. Ellis, now most worthily the principal librarian to the British Museum.

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In a letter of Joseph Mead's dated Nov. 1st, 1628, it is mentioned that " young Ashburnham "the duke's nephew is sworn into the place of sir

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