C 63 ] "afterwards murdered himself in the Tower, and the other Chambers; but they would take no other knowledge of any other men's being in the house. On the eighth day the before-mentioned place in the chimney was found; forth of this secret and most cunning conveyance came Henry Garnet, the Jesuit, sought for, and another with him named Hall; marmalade and other sweetmeats were found there lying by them, but their better maintenance had been by a quill or reed through a little hole in a chimney that backed another chimney into a gentlewoman's chamber; and by that passage, cawdle, broths, and warm drinks had been conveyed in unto them."
Of these conspirators, all except Garnett were executed in the country. He was superior of the order of Jesuits in England, and had been actively employed in forwarding the plot; administering the oath of secrecy, and encouraging the confederates, with holding out emancipation from purgatory and eternal felicity, as the rewards of their praiseworthy undertaking; an activity which he expiated on the gallows in London. In this singular mansion are the curious family portraits of
John Abingdon, cofferer to Queen Elizabeth, and builder of Hendlip-House.