George Penn, the elder brother of Sir W. Penn, was a wealthy merchant at San Lucar, the port of Seville. He was seized as a heretic by the Holy Office, and cast into a dungeon eight feet square and dark as the grave. There he remained three years, every month being scourged to make him confess his crimes. At last, after being twice put to the rack, he offered to confess whatever they would suggest. His property, 12,000l., was then confiscated, his wife, a Catholic, taken from him, and he was banished from Spain for ever. — M. B.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.