State Trials (1); Or, a Collection of the Most Interesting Trials, Prior to the Revolution of 1688, Reviewed and Illustrated

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 192 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1826. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TRIAL OF LORD VISCOUNT STAFFORD, BEFORE THE LORDS AT WESTMINSTER, ON AN IMPEACHMENT FOR HIGH TREASON. 32 Cha. II. Nov. 30. 1680.--7 Howell, 1218. In the opening of the last trial, a short account has been given, of the universal panic into which the country was thrown by the cry of a Popish Plot, and of the principal occurrences in Parliament connected with that extraordinary business. The trials of the pretended criminals proceeded with great dispatch. Coleman, the most obnoxious of the conspirators, was first brought to trial. His letters were produced against him. They contained, as he himself confessed, much indiscretion; but, unless so far as it is illegal to be a zealous Catholic, they seemed to prove nothing criminal, much less treasonable, against him. Oates and Bedloe were the chief witnesses against him. He received sentence of death, which was soon afterwards executed. He suffered with calmness and constancy; and to the last, persisted in protestations of his innocence. Coleman's execution was succeeded by the trial of Father Ireland, who, it is pretended, had signed, together with fifty Jesuits, the great resolution of murdering the King. Grove and Pickering, who had undertaken . to shoot him, were tried at the same time. The only witnesses against the prisoners were still Oates and Bedloe. Ireland affirmed, that he was in Staffordshire all the month of August, a time when Oates's evidence represented him in London. He brought forJ ward some proof to this effect, and could have obtained still further evidence, had he not been debarred most iniquitously, while in prison, from all use of pen, ink, and paper, and denied the liberty of sending for witnesses. All these men, before their arraignment, were condemned in the opinion of the jury, ...

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