Mathew Attkinson.
28th August 1700
Reference Numbert17000828-23

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Mathew Attkinson , of the Parish of St. Clements Deans , was Indicted for that he after the 25th of March 1700. to witt the 9th of June last, then and before, being in the Office and Function of a Popish Priest, unlawfully and wickedly, and after the manner of the Church of Rome, one Elizabeth Rich of her Sins did Absolve, and pronounced her Absolved . She first deposed, that about seven Years ago she was preverted from the Protestant to the Roman Catholick Religion by the Prisoner and her Grandmother, and said that he brought her to be Confirmed by the Bishop in great Queens-street, who Confirmed her. She farther said, that on the 9th of June last she came to the Prisoner to his Chamber at one Mr. Northovers, a great Box-maker in great Wild-street, up two pair of Stairs, about 6 or 7 a Clock in the Morning, and told him that she was come to Confession, and he askt her whether she was ready, and she reply'd yes, then he took her into a Closlet, and she kneeled down upon a Cushion by him, and made her Confession to him, and he gave her Absolution, and enjoyned her for a Pennance five Ave Mary's, and five Pater Nosters to be said in the Jesus Psalter. She farther said, that she had heard him say Mass about two Years also, and that he said it in Latin with a low Voice, and said that she was bound to believe what he said, by reason she knew no better. The next Evidence was her Mother, who said that her Daughter was Christned in the Protestant Religion, and she did continue in the same till she was eleven or twelve Years of Age, before she turned Roman Catholick. The Prisoner for his Defence said, he was ignorant of what was laid to his Charge and said that he never knew her any thing else but a Roman Catholick. He called divers People to take off the Reputation of the Kings Witness who were most of them Roman Catholicks, and not sufficient to invalidate her Evidence; the Jury therefore found him Guilty .

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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