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RYE.                                        149
have a saddle and spend his blood in Lord Beauchamp's behalf. Nothing more appears in the record as to this very small attempt at treason. But in 1610 one Wale was whipped for "bad and lewde speeches," in which he declared that "there was never an Irishman but was as good as the King."
Sir Giles Mompesson, one of the obnoxious monopolists licensed by James I., is described, after his flight in 1620, as "a litle man of a black swart complection with a litle black beard, and of the age of about fortie years."
Besides the free-booters and sea-rovers who harrassed honest commerce on the English coast, there were the Mohammedan pirates. Thomas Greenaway, of Rye, it is reported, unable to endure the cruel treatment of his Turkish captors, "has turned to their religion."
In 1626 the Mayor and Jurats complain, and although a person receives a salary from the exchequer as "Gunner of Rye," he neither does service, nor even resides in the place. Thomas Harrison, the gunner in question, tartly replied, that his allowance was only for attendance upon a brass cannon, placed at Rye by Henry VIII., but afterwards removed to the Tower of London, and
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