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The tryal of Henry Baron Delamere for high-treason, in Westminster-Hall, the 14th day of January, 1685, before the Right Honourable George Lord Jeffreys, Baron of Wemm, Lord High Chancellour of England, constituted Lord High Steward on that occasion on which day, after a full hearing, the Lord Delamere was acquitted from all matters laid to his charge.
Warrington, Henry Booth, Earl of, 1652-1694, defendant.
Wing T2189; ESTC R23568
I DO appoint Dorman Newman to Print the Tryal of Henry Baron Delamere and order that no other Person presume to Print the same March 20. 1685 6 Jeffreys Canc. THE TRYAL OF HENRY Baron Delamere FOR HIGH-TREASON In WESTMINSTER-HALL the 14 th Day of January 1685. Before the Right Honourable George Lord Jeffreys Baron of Wemm Lord High Chancellour of England Constituted Lord High Steward on that Occasion On which Day after a full Hearing the Lord Delamere was Acquitted from all Matters laid to his Charge LONDON Printed for Dorman Newman at the Kings Arms in the Poultry MDCLXXXVI THE TRYAL OF HENRY Baron of Delamere Die Jovis xiv to Januarii 1685. Cl. of Cr. SErgeant at Arms Make Proclamation Serj. at Arm. O yes O yes O yes My Lord High Steward of England his Grace doth straightly charge and command all manner of persons to keep silence and to give ear to the King's Majesty's Commission to his Grace my Lord High Steward of England upon pain of Imprisonment Then the Commission was read his Grace and all the Peers standing up bare-headed Then the Staff being carried between Garter King at Arms and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod was with three reverences delivered upon the knee to his Grace and by him re-delivered to the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to hold during the Service Cl. of Cr. Serjeant at Arms Make Proclamation Serg. at Arm. O yes His Grace my Lord High Steward of England doth straightly charge and command all manner of persons here present except Peers Privy Councellors and the reverend Judges now assistant to be uncovered Cl. of Cr. Make Proclamation Serg. at Arms. O Yes My Lord High Steward of England his Grace straightly chargeth and commandeth all Justices Commissioners and all and every other person and persons to whom any Writ or Precept has been directed for the certifying of any Indictment or Record before his Grace my Lord High Steward of England That they do certifie and bring in the same forthwith according to the Tenor of the same Writ and Precept to them or any of them directed upon Pain and Peril shall fall thereon Then Sir Edward Lutwich one of his Majesty's Sergeants at Law and Chief Justice of Chester delivered in his Writ and Return at the Clerks Table The Writ of Certiorari and the Return thereof were read in haec verba L. H. Steward Call the Lieutenant of the Tower to return his Precept and bring his Prisoner to the Bar. Cl. of Cr. Make proclamation Serg. at Arms. Lieutenant of the Tower of London return thy Writ and Precept to thee directed together with the Body of Henry Baron of Delamere thy Prisoner forthwith upon Pain and Peril shall fall thereon The Prisoner was brought to the Bar by the Lieutenant of the Tower The Writ and Return thereof together with his Grace's Precept and the Return thereof were read in haec verba Cl. of Cr. Make proclamation Serg. at Arms. Sir Roger Harsnet Knight Sergeant at Arms to our Sovereign Lord the King return the Precept to thee directed together with the Names of all the Lords and Noblemen of this Realm of England Peers of Henry Baron of Delamere by thee summoned forthwith upon Pain and Peril shall fall thereon The Sergeant at Arms delivered in his Precept and Return at the Clerks Table L. H. Steward Read the Precept and the Return They were read in haec verba Cl. of Cr. Make an O Yes Serg. at Arms. O Yes All Dukes Earls Viscounts and Barons of this Realm of England Peers of Henry Baron of Delamere who by Commandment of my Lord High Steward of England His Grace were summoned to appear here this Day and are now present in Court answer to your Names upon Pain and Perii will fall thereon The Peers summoned were called over and those that appeared standing up uncovered answered to their Names each making a Reverence to the Lord High Steward Cl. of Cr. Laurence Earl of Rochester Lord High Treasurer of England L. H. Treas Here. Cl. of Cr. Robert Earl of Sunderland Lord President of his Majesty's Privy Council Lord Presid Here. Cl. of Cr. Henry Duke of Norfolk Earl Marshal of England D. of Norf. Here. Cl. of Cr. James Duke of Ormond Lord Steward of his Majesty's Houshold He did not appear Cl. of Cr. Charles Duke of Somerset D. of Som. Here. Cl. of Cr. Christopher Duke of Albermarle He did not appear Cl. of Cr. Henry Duke of Grafton D. of Graft Here. Cl. of the Cr. Henry Duke of Beaufort Lord President of Wales D. of Beauf. Here. Cl. of Cr. John Earl of Mulgrave Lord Chamberlain of his Majesty's Houshold E. of Mulg Here. Cl. of Cr. Aubery Earl of Oxford E. of Oxf. Here. Cl. of Cr. Charles Earl of Shrewsbury E. of Shrews Here. Cl. of Cr. Theophilus Earl of Huntingdon E. of Hunt Here. Cl. of Cr. Thomas Earl of Pembroke E. of Pemb. Here. Cl. of Cr. John Earl of Bridgwater E. of Bridgw Here. Cl. of Cr. Henry Earl of Peterborow E. of Peterb Here. Cl. of Cr. Robert Earl of Scarsdale E. of Scarsd Here. Cl. of Cr. William Earl of Craven E. of Craven Here. Cl. of Cr. Richard Earl of Burlington He did not appear Cl. of Cr. Louis Earl of Feversham E. of Feversh Here. Cl. of Cr. George Earl of Berkeley E. of Berk. Here. Cl. of Cr. Daniel Earl of Nottingham E. of Notting Here. Cl. of Cr. Thomas Earl of Plimouth E. of Plim Here. Cl. of Cr. Thomas Viscount Falconberge L. Falconberge Here. Cl. of Cr. Francis Viscount Newport Treasurer of his Majesty's Houshold L. Newport Here. Cl. of Cr. Robert Lord Ferrers L. Ferrers Here. Cl. of Cr. Vere Essex Lord Cromwell L. Cromwell Here. Cl. of Cr. William Lord Maynard Comptroller of his Majesty's Houshold L. Maynard Here. Cl. of Cr. George Lord Dartmouth Master General of his Majesty's Ordnance L. Dartmouth Here. Cl. of Cr. Sidney Lord Godolphin L. Godolphin Here. Cl. of Cr. John Lord Churchill L. Churchill Here. Then his Grace the Lord High Steward addressed himself to the Lord Delamere the Prisoner at the Bar in this Manner L. H. Steward My Lord Delamere the King being acquainted that you stand accused of High Treason not by common Report or Hearsay but by a Bill of Indictment found against you by Gentlemen of great Quality and known Integrity within the County Palatine of Chester the place of your Residence has thought it necessary in Tenderness to you as well as Justice to himself to order you a speedy Tryal My Lord if you know your self innocent in the name of God do not despond for you may be assured of a fair and patient hearing and in your proper time a free Liberty to make your full Defence and I am sure you cannot but be well convinced that my Noble Lords that are here your Peers to try you will be as desirous and ready to acquit you if you appear to be innocent as they will to
Circumstances if your Lordships be satisfied he went for that purpose do necessarily knit the positive Testimony of Saxon and amount to a second Witness That is if Saxon's positive Testimony be true then suppose all these Circumstances that gove the Jealousie do make up a strong presumption to joyn with the positive Evidence of Saxon then you have two witnesses as the Law requires especially if the answer given by the Prisoner to those Circumstances be not sufficient as the slender account he gives of his so frequent Journeys in so short a compass of time but that there still remains some Suspicion I could have wished indeed that matter might have been made somewhat more clear that no shadow of Suspicion might remain Your Lordships are Judges And if you do not believe the Testimony of Saxon whose Testimony hath been so positively contradicted by divers Witnesses of Quality the Prisoner ought to be acquitted of this Indictment If your Lordships please You may go together and consider of it Lords Ay withdraw withdray Then the Peers withdrew in their order according to their Precedency with the Serjeant at Arms before them Lord High Steward Lieutenant of the Tower take your Prisoner from the Barr The Prisoner was taken into the little Room appointed for him at the entrance into the Court. The Peers staid out about half an hour and then returned in the same Order that they went out in and Seated themselves in their places as before Cl. Crown Serjeant at Arms take the appearance of the Peers Lawrence Earl of Rochester Lord High Treasurer of England He stood up uncovered and answered Lord Treasurer Here. And so did all the rest Lord High Steward My Lords are you agreed of your Verdict Lords Yes The Lord High Steward took their Verdict Seriatim beginning with the puisue Peer in this manner Lord High Steward How say you my Lord Churchill is Henry Baron of Delamere guilty of the High Treason whereof he stands Indicted and hath been Arraigned or not guilty The Lord Churchill stood up uncovered and laying his hand on his Breast answered Lord Churchill Not guilty upon my Honour And so did all the rest of the Peers Lord High Steward Lieutenant of the Tower bring your Prisoner to the Barr. The Prisoner was brought again to the Barr. Lord High Steward My Lord Delamere I am to acquaint you that my Noble Lords your Peers having considered of the Evidence that hath been given both against you and for you after they were withdrawn have returned and agreed of their Verdict and by that Verdict have unanimously declared that you are not guilty of the High-Treason whereof you have been Indicted and this day Arraigned And therefore I must discharge you of it Lord Delamere May it please your Grace I shall pray to Almighty God that he will please to give me a Heart to be Thankful to him for his Mercy and my Lords for their Justice And I pray God deliver their Lordships and all honest men from Wicked and Malitious Lying and False Testimony I pray God bless His Majesty and Long may he Reign Lord High Steward And I pray God continue to him his Loyal Peers and all other his Loyal Subjects Cl. Crown Serjeant at Arms make Proclamation Serjeant at Arms. Oyes My Lord High Steward of England his Grace straightly willeth and commandeth all manner of Persons here present to depart hence in Gods Peace and the Kings for his Grace my Lord High Steward of England now dissolves his Commission GOD SAVE THE KING At which words his Grace taking the white Staff from the Vsher of the Black Rodd held it over his own Head and broke it in two Thereby dissolving the Court FINIS