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wrong, though by his cofnip^Qd, they ^rc
punilhable. The Kin&cannot arreft a oian,
as he cannot be iwrefted himfclf} but, if he
arreft me by another man, 1 have a jemedy
againft this man, though not 3gain.fi: the
King ; and fa nip cannpt take away my
eftate. This a3 to the perfon of the King :
• He is not to be touched, " Touch not
. mine anointed." ;

X com^ to Things. If the King claim' a
right, the King, rauft fue accprding to his
laws;, the King, is fubj&t to the, laws in
that cafe, his pofleflions (hall be. tried by
juries* If Ije will try a man for his father's
death, you will fee he will try theip by the
laws. The law V th^rufe and fquare of
his a&ions, and by. which he' himfelf is
judged. ; • f :.

Then foe A^ipnf y that is fuch addons,
whereby rights and titles are profceuted or
recovered* the King cannpt judge in perfon
betwixt maa and man, he does it by his
Judges, and upon, oath * and fo in all cafes



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wh^tfoever, • if the King will have his righr r
it muft be -brought before his Judges,
Though this is an abfolute monarchy, yet
this is fo far from infringing the peoples
rights, that the people, as u> their pro-
perties, liberties, and; lives, have as great
a privilege as the King, ft is not the
(baring of government that is for the liberty
and benefit of the people ; but it is how
they may have their lives, and liberties,
and eftatcs, fafely fecured under govern-
ment And you know, when the fatnefs of
the olive was laid afide, and we were, go-



law, it is in our law books very frequent ; yerned by brambles, thefe brambles, they
, -^, i r r* — ._ r ,^ , did not only tear the ikin, but tore the

fieih to the very bone.

Gentlemen, I have done in this par-
ticular, to. let you fee that the fuprtme
power, being ip the Kingj the King is im-
QKdiately under «Gpd^ 6wing r his power to
no% but God. It is true (bleffqd be God)
we nave as great liberties as any people
have . ifi Chriftcndom,' in * the worljl ; but
let us own them where they are due ; we.
have them by the concelfions of our^Princes^
Our Princes have grafted tnetn^' and. the
King, now \ he, in Uietii hath*graiue4 thetpu
lfcewifp. " '.."., \*

Gentlemen, J. have been a J}ttk tpo long.
in this, and yet I cannot fey it is too long^
becapf? ft may clear mifunderftandmg, To
many t| £Qi(onpu$ opinions^ having, gone
abroad. f To ffcijf a ^tfe^aipr ;f » We \
confi^eri^fup^e .tj*rc 4 wtrer the f highrfl .]
aythor/ty y but .when' we ffiatt conifer this,
hprrid murtKer ,(tiVly I cannot ajrqdft fpeak
of it, hui^^VMjambus b^rei): \ "Vvhen-
w$ (hall conlidrf, m that a 1 few; members tf
the/jto^cj^'^ tirathad

taken thejoath of fupirmstfjfc am) tho& that
had ta)cen. the bath of alliance, thattweqs.
to defend the King, and his l^ira* again*
ill confpiracies, and attempts, whatfoever,.
againft his and their perfon, their cjx>wp&.
and dignities * not; only agarpft U^ £opc f s
fentence, as fome would, pretend .but, a%>.;

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otberwifc, agjirift all attempts and con* J produce die like. Gentlemen, If any per



fpiracies r not crnfy againft his. perfon,
crown, and royal dignity, nor Popes fen-
yr*ce, not pnjy in order to the profeffion
of religion ; but abfolutely on otherwife,
that is, whatfoever -attempts, by any power,
authority or pretence whatsoever; * 1 fay,
♦hen a tew members of the Houic of Com-
510ns, not an eighth part of them, having
t^ken thefe Oaths, fliali-aflutiie upon, them-
feltes an authority \ and authority, what
to do? Shall afiTume to themfelvcs an au-
thority to. make laws* 'yrtiich was never
heard before* authority,, to make laws:
What laws ? A liw for an High Court of,
Jufficc, a Jaw, for lives^ to fentence'mens.
Jives'; ahd'wbbfc'life? Thtf life of their ,
fovcreign: Upon fdfh a King, who, as to<
&em, had not: only redrefled long ' before, ,
ax the beginning of the Parliament, all
grievances th# went,, and wert imaginabty,
ijktifl <fMtyt: tfa Star-Chalnber, 4 High-j-
ConaoiiflSQii £ourt, *md about fh'ippiftg/
to£faJ&f% v M<X after fuch. Conce(Tr6us;
that nc • had'made in the Ifle of WigHj: ;
wha^J>e had granted fo much, that was
mo» fJtkiii thi jpebple would haVe defifed^,
Wh^ih^iW Commons, not only with-'
o^/Kvif^cru^^the wft ;^;t^Cpm.j
mot* r/fl&pnfy wliho^lt^b^.e*clu<tI^g ,
*fa,ijf#,-1kt .^ too, thatj

t«k^ ^gon :tj«rq : }\»i : 4«t-Hfti3^ 9 ; >mJ j by- t



****" #^^ r ^^Sw^rejgn J Lle^el
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aiufthat put to cfeath,',ctten,V their Kin w
and fernencod as their K)ng; pyt to-dekth
as theis King, and this before his own
dpoc, even before- that place where he ufed!
in royai Majefty* to hear Embafladors, to
hkve/i&is , hiWKHfrablc entertainments j that
this Xing ftiall .be' thus put to death r«t
hoort-daaft it is fbch an aggravation of vil-
lainy^ that truly I cannot tell what. to fay.
No ft^ry* "that evv
any- romance, any
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think
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fon ftiaH' now con*, and fhrouti himfeif
under this pretended authority, or fuch a
pretended authority, you muft know, that
this iY«Jb fa* from an excufe, that it is an
height of aggravation. The court of Com-
mon-Pleas is the common fhop for juftice ;
in that court an appeal is brought for mur-
ther, which ought ltd* have been in the *
King's /Bench •,» the court gives' judgment,
the party is condemned; and executed : In ?
this cafe it is murther in them that exe-
cuted, becatife they -had • no lawful au-
thority. I fjpteak-this to you, 00 fhew you,
bhat no rttarfkknrfhroGd himfeif by colour
of ahyi fuch'fatftJJqf pretended authority.
Thave btitohSthin^ more to add to you.
upon this hea'd,anH* l that is {'which I fhould*
hdvefaidat'firft) if tw» t>r more'do com-
pail or- imagine the JCifcgVtkath ; if forne -
Of them go on ib far is *t* confutation, if.
others of thfcm go furtHef/ they fentence, 1
afrclexe&lfe; put to death: In thii cj*fe
thejrate all guilty ;' the ffrft confutation
was ttefclbn. .♦ I have no rrtdre'to add, but-
one particular, a few wotfde.

As you Vill have fcjlts prefenttd againft
thbfero^compaflThg, -imagining, adjudging
the King, fo'-pdflibty you may have bills
prefentcd^gaipf^ fome of thole for levying .
War igimft 'tK^Kingr Levying of war,
whifchis another branch of the fhtuteof the •
: ijtii of Ijidward thfe. Third.- >lt was but
declarative of the comrrion law ; 'it was no
liew hvt.' By that h\\ itwks^iVearontolevy.
war agairift -the King. Bur to' levy war
againtfthe King's authority yoa muft know
is treafon tck>. '••If men will tkke up anrts •
upon any public pretence ; if it be to ex-
pulfe aliens-/ i*f. bifc to -pull out Prrvy-
councellors ; if it .be bur ri<^i*ft iiny par-'
ticular la^'S,- to reform "Te^iori, to pull-
down enclofureS: In all th&e caies, if per-
fons have affembled themftflVes'in a wailike
manner to do any of thefe a<5t% this is
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war againft the King. This was adjudged
in the. lat$ Kmg-s time in Berftead'scafe*
Queen JElizabeth's, Henry the Eighths
former .tyQCft^Kiog James's. time v much
more,, if rneq will : gp not only to levy **f
.againft. the. King, buitagainft thela**$f, all
the laws* fubvert all die laws, to fee *>p 1 The co»rt feeing aflfembled,- a*d filence



new laws, .models of their own* If any ;of
theie cajfcs come to .be prcfented to >q*&,
you knew yh&t the laws^re. To conclude,'
you are now to enquire of fblood* of royal
bloody offered bloody Weod like that of
thefamts^nder the altar, crying Qucufyut*
Bomine^Bow Itpgt Jior^ &c, This
blood criei for vengeance, -#nd . k will not
be appe^fefj wjthput a blpody^crifke,

Repnen^tjef^b^t this, and J b*tft dope*
I (half not .prtfi you upon your oaths ; you
are tyTJfop&Qf .honour * you all know the
ohlybupn.^bf .#$ ojflh. This I will fay,
thaUije ^^.fonceais or favours the guilt
of bloiw^.t^j^s fcjipGfl himfelf, wilfully,
knqwii^y ?J ukesr it -upon; ftimfelf % *nd we
know, 4% lichen ^ fotfi fairf, Ut bis blood
be. in us 'fijttjir $*& ;k continued unto
theip anji their pafterity. %o this clay,

God kve the King, Amen, Amen,

T& Qranfi Ji»ry v r etqtw&th? Jq4i&«*nt
Billa V£T#r : , ^qum ^joui^yto,^ QJd-
Bailey, ;KMPth f 9Jfp£lobfi;.! ■•;■.<■

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The i9jihofOjftobcr, 1660s, •

Sir John. Robinfon, Knight, Liputenai|t
of his M^jefty's Tower of .London, gc-
cording to his warrant revived, t deliver«d
to Mr, Sheriff the prifoncrs hei^fter
named, who were, (in feveral coaches) with
a ftrong guajd of horfe and foot conveyed
to Newgate, and about njne of the clock
in the. morning delivered to the keepers of
that prifcn^ and thcnc* : brought - t<v. the
ieffions-Houfe in the (M4~Bail^, ? Jbopdon,
where the Commiflloners of Oyer and Ter-
miner were in court aflcmbled, and where



their indictment was publicly read by Ed*
wardShelton, Efq. Clerk or the prawn. :



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commanded, thecommiflionerof Oyerand
Terminer w*s t again? feqd; - After which^
the iadkiment changed them with com-
palling and imagining the death of the late
King Charles I. And the fitting in judg-"
ment on his Majefty, and figning a war-
rant for the execution, were laid as overt-
afts of that traafonable imagination.

Colonel Thomas Harrifoo was the firft of
the regicides that was brought upon his
trial ; who being arraigned and dire&ed to
plead guilty or not guilty, iatd they were
vain words, and defired he might anfwer
the charge his own way; however, he was
prevailed en at length to plead not guilty. .

Then the King's counfid opened the in-*
di&ment, and produced. five witnqflfesv*vho
dopofed, that Thomas Htrrifon; the pri-
foncr, fat as one of the King's Judges^ 11*
the pretended High Court of Juftice v ind
particularly on the 2 7th of January, 164.8*
when .the. fcntence was read; and- that he
. ftooii upwith thcreft, to exprefs Jiis aflent
to, it v. *nd ,^ne pf>thc;.witnefles made oath,
that thcinaembers of that pretended courts
flying in the Exchequer-chamber, and cte-
bating concerning the impeachment of the*
King, Harofopiaid, ^Gentlemen; it will
be godd fon us to: blacken \tnxi4 and >that
he heard Harrifon k uellthe otbqr ltgioidta,
thai when he was bringing the King'- to
London, the King afked him when They
were in the coacb together, what; they in-
tended to do. with him ; whether to murder
him or not: And the prifbner qnfwered,
therawas no jntensionrto murder, him*, they
had 4 rar foch: thoughts ; " but ^he Lord
hath referred you tor a public example of
juftice/* The prifoner's hand alfo was.

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proved to the warrant fbr funimoning the
High Court off Juffke, and to the warrant
for beheading his late Majefty.

The Ex>rd:Newburgh dcpoled fuitheiy
That Harrifon commanded the party that
brought the King from Hurft-Caftle to
London ;< ' and that his Majefty dining' on
the icadi -at : Bagfhot-Lodge, -where th^ de^
pQrienithen jfefidedi ° Harrifon* gave OTde*W
ton placihg the centinefe, » and when thdf
fetr forward fbr Wiwdfiir, ' Harrifon order-
ed fevcralof his officers t6 ride clofe to his
Majefty, left he Ihould make his efcape.

The prifbner &id in his defence; that
the matter he waff charged with, was 'not
done in *J corner * the found <of h had
reached >m©ft nations y and he believed the
heartsof ibme hail felt tfoe terrors of that
prefence of God that was with his fetrants
in thofe tfyyr*, however, it had feemed
good to God to fuffer this turn to come
upoo them ^ ithat he had earneftiy defired
of Gad, timfopeber of hearts, il he had
don&araifif that he trtight receive ibme con-
virions on hkeorrfdeneev but though he
had fought it wkhi tears many a time of
tharGod^ mief^cdt of >wbom thdy and all
natkute were but as a drop of the bucket,
to that! moment lie had 1 rather received
affiomtec bf the jufticfe of what, hp had
dojBtei Ahd lie Believed^e'er long, k would
be owdeiknowtrfrom^ heaven} ncbere was
moifo b£ jGpd innis* j tta$ ^ifaeft> wdrfc a$are
of y that jchtar,Lord(hips [ knewi what a fcon^
teft there iifldibeea for mimy years, and
hawadiroe qmxf upii* the- beach had been.
And beii^earbnarided by the courtfor his
rcfle^ona, At TOtoh, andfaid, That
whac.he hdd done was out of confidence to
the Loot ^ dad he }conceived, that what
had been dote bf authority of Parliament,
no other jurifkli&ioa could ifteddle with •,
that they i were theiliprcmc atthority^ and
thofe whrta&ed tinder them could not be
queftiooed by- any. power lefs than that.
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that power,' he feid it w*S rather done * c in
the feaf of the Lord. (Here he 1 was inter-
rupted agiirt, and told, that foch things
were' not fit to be vended in an aflembfy of
ChtHttafts, to rii&ke God the author at all
their damnable treafons). He proceeded,
however, and faid, That what he had done
by authority of Parliament, he ought not
to be queftiohed ftfr : btherwMfc they were
in. a miferable cphditioh* bound to obey
thofe that were in authority; and yet to be
piiniihed when they obeyed ; and defired
couflfcl to that point. • The fcourr anfwered,
If there was arty difficulty, they (hould, ;
and Otight to brcounfel for him ;' but that '
neither <tfxT or Botti the hotrfe^ of Parlia-
ment; 'hctttet the people colte&tvely or re-
prtfentatfaely, had ariy coercive* power
qv*r theifr King ; much lefs thofe few mem-
bers of the Commons, after they had
purged their houfe of the corrupt majority t
as they called it : And Mr. Anneflejr put
the prifoner in mind, That he was the taian
that forcibly removed the Parliament's
guard, atid placed other guards at the
door of th£ houfe, who threatened and in-
fulted the members ; that after the houfe
had refolvcd, That the treaty in the Ifle of
Wight wits a gi-ouhdfbr peace. Forces -Were
drawfr down td the Houfe of Commons,
' and none fuffered to come fn, But thofe the
foldiers approved of-, and all, who pro-
feffed any duty to the King, were feized on
by Harrifon, and his fellows ; and then the
prifoner, and a final! remnant of the houfe,
declared, againft the vote that had patted fbr '
a treaty with his Majefty i and took upon
them to exercife fovereign authority ; and
under thefe he would fkreen himfelf, as
ading by authority of Parliament, when a
majority of the Houfe of Commons dis-
avowed their proceedings: And had they
been entire, they could have had no pre-
tence to the fupreme authority.

Then the Lord Chief Baron proceeded
to dircft the jury, and informed them,

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That if any of the flverjc-a&fc laid, in the in-
oi&ment, was proved - 9 efthcr hi* confultlng,
advifing, fitting in judgment, ox fentencing
the King, they ought to find the pnfoner
guilty, j but here all thefe fads were proved,
BQt only by witnefles, but by the prifoner's
confeflion { :/He obferved alfo, that the pn-
foner had the King, in his .cuftody, and
bjought him prifoner' from Hurft-caftje,
without any authority from thofc he called
the Supreme power ; and that if any man
went about to imprifbn the King, it had
been often adjudged an evidence ofimagin-
irig add, comparing the King's death: That
the priforter was lo far from denying the
fads, that be justified what hgd been laid
to his charge. Whereupon the jury found
him guilty, without going but of court;
and fentencc was pronounced on him as a
traitor.

Then Adrian Scroop was brought to the
bar,'againft whojp fix or fcvea witnefles
depofed,. That they had leen him fit as one
of the late KingYjudges, in the pretended
High Court of Juftke. > and particularly,
on the 27th of January* when thp fentence
was read, and they all flood up xo exprefs
their affent to it : his, hand was alfo proved
to the \y arrant for fummoning the court,
and to the warrant for beheading the King,

Mr Scroop faid in his defence, That. the
IJigh Court of Juitice was ere&ed by the
Parliament, which was then the fupreme
authority, of the nation, and generally fub-
mitted to y and what he had dooe,^ was in
obedience to that authority.

The Lord Chief Baron replied,. That
what he had offered in his deft nee; tended.
* rather to aggravate, than extenuate his
crime \ m that, he (as well as others) was
miftaken in the wojd Parliament \ there
was not one precedent of any other Houfe of-
Commons afiuming legiflative power, or «
making an a£t to ereft a court ofjuftice, for
the trial of their King : And beiides^ there
were, but forty-fix, even of the Commons,



.that fat in the houfe.} two hundred and?
forty were excluded; fo that they had nov
pretence to be called an houfe : That the:
Lords alfo were then in being, and rejeded
that pretended aft* under which they would
(helter themfelves * and of the torty-fix
(pommoners that remained in the Lower*
houfe, there were apt more than five" or fix.
and twenty that were for ere&ing that court ; .
and thefe men had taken the oath* of aUe-~
glance and fupremacy, and fworn to defend
the King, his crowo and rights* againft all,
perfons whatibevcr *. that they had acknow-
ledged, in the oath of fupremacy* that the.
King was the fupreme, governor of thefe.
nations ; ^nd fworn ^hat they would main*
tain all the privileges, immunities, and pre-
eminences, annexed to the imperial crowns
of this realm; and thofe who p r ret*i*ded
that men* by. -breaking through all the ties
and obligations of allegiance^ could gam
any Jawful authority, rauft fpeak againft the
light of their con&iences, and.ali laws, di-
vine and humao. Mr.* Scroop faid, If he-
had been mifled^he was not the only per-*
fan. He faw a great naaay faqes .that were
miflcd as well a^hunfelf* and .he hoped an
error in judgment would not be accounted
malice j he never, went oo work with a ma-
licious intent* or- bore malice to h^s late,
Majeftyj;. but the Lord Chief.. Baron told.
him, that % though this, might be fame ex-
c^ie fyr-him before. God, in law the jt*& it-
feif injf4ied malice, and the jury, without
going out.of court, fpupd him guilty* .

Then Mr. John Carew was brought ts>
the bar, an,d the King's counfel having
opened die indi&ment* the witnefles depofed,
That the prifoner fat as one of tfce. late
Kii^g'-s judges^in the f}re$ended High Court.
of Jufi^ipe.i that his hand was tp the warrant
for. fummoning the fajd court, .and to the
warrant for ^he^ng his late ~NJaj*fty ^
and that f he prifoner was a mqraberof the
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Mr, Carew, in his defence, feemed much
offended, that it was faid in the indi&ment,
he had not the fear of God before his eyes,
but was moved by the devil to murder the
King; and averred, that what he had done,
was in the fear of the Lord, and in obedi-
ence to his holy and righteous laws : He
confefled that he did confent to be one of
the late King's judges ; firft, in obedience
to the Lord ; and fecondly, in obedience
to that which was then the fupreme au-
thority of the nation j That the matter in
queftion had been controverted in the face
of the whole world ; and the Lord had
given an anfwer upon folemn appeals j
(and was entering upon the grounds and
reafons of the war) but the court let him
know, that they mud not hear him make
difcourfes in j unification of a horrid and no-
torious treafon ; and as to his having afted
in the fear of the Lord, they bid him re-
member that the devil appeared fometimes
as an angel of light : And that he ihould
notbe fuffered to caft in bones of conten-
tion, to revive thofe differences which were
but juft laid afleep. That this treafon had no
relation to what was done by the Lords and
Commons, at the beginning of the war ;
for the aft, under which hfc pretended to
fcreen himfelf, was not made by the autho-
rity of either houfe -, there were but forty-
fix of the Commons in the houfe, ^ when it
was debated -, and not more than [twenty-
fix that voted it - 9 which could iiever be un-
dcrftood by any one to be an aft of Parlia-
ment \ it was no more than an order of a
fmall remrtant of the Commons, after they
had excluded a vaft ipajority.

The prifoner replied, Since they would
not fuffer him to open the nature of thefe
things, and the grounds he went on, which
fatisfied his own confidence, that what he
did was from the Lord, he left his caufe to
the Jury ; telling them, that the authority
he fpoke of was a rightful authority, it was
the fupreme ^powcr : It, was well known

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what they were ; concluding, he had dc-
fired to fpeak the words of truth, and fo-
bernefs, but was prevented. Then thecourt
having obferved to the jui;y, that the'treafon
was fully proved, both by witneffes, and his
own confeflion, they found him guilty,
without going from the bar : After which,
the court adjourned.

The court fitting again the 12th of Oc-
tober, Thomas Scot was brought to the
bar, againft whom the indi&ment being
opened, and the jpry fworn, feveral witnek
fes depojed, .That the prifoner iat as one of
the late King's judges, in the pretended
High Court of Juftice, and particularly on
the '47.th, of January^ when all the members-
flood Op, to exprefs their affent to the fen-
tence,: Another witnefs depofed, That his
hand was to the warrant for beheading the
late King. Sir Theophilus Biddolph de-
pofed, Jh&t he heard Mr. Scot fay, in Ri-
chard's Parliament, That -he fat as one of
the King's judges •, and he was lb far from
repenting of it, '.that he defired this inferip-
tion might be upon his tomb, (viz.) " Here
lies Thomas Scot, who adjudged to death
the late King." Colonel Copley* teftified
the fame. thing > and that the prifoner ad-
ded, " He hoped he never Ihould repent,
of the KingYcUrath/'

.The Lprd Mayor . eleft depofed, That*
onthejaft day of. the fitting of the Parlia*
mcqt, a Jit tie before his Majefty's return to
England, Mr. Scot, feeing the houfe mult
break, faid, " Their beads muft be laid to
jhe block, if there was a new Parliament :
J confefs (faid he) I had a hand in putting
the King to death, and I defire all the world
may take notice of it •, and when I die, that
it may b.e written on my tomb. I do not.
repent of any thing I have done.;, if it
were to. do, I could do it again. William
Lenthall, Efq; alfo depofed, That, the
houfe being about to difibivo itfelf, Mr.
Scot made a fpeech, juftifying the putting
the King to death * but he did not rcmenv
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bcr the particular expreffions mentioned by
the other witneffes. Then the Lord Mayor
further depofed, that this was the concla-
lion of Mr* Scot's fpecch in the houfe,
u Being it is your pieafure to have it fo (the
boufe diffolved), I know not how to hinder
k ; but when: that is done. I know not
where to hide this hated head of mine/' Mr.
Baker alio depofed, that difcourfing with
.Mr. Scot, in the time of Richard's Parlia-
ment, he faid, " He had cut off one tyrant's
head, and he hoped to cut off another."

The prifoner laid >in his defence, that it
was a breach of privilege to profecute him
in an inferior court, for what he had (aid,
or done in Parliament ; but the court in*
formed him, that for treaibn, or felony,
committed in the Parliament houfe, there*
was no privilege that could prevent his be-
ing tried for them in the courts of common
law •, but that there did not want other
evidence of his comparing and imagining
the King's death.

Then Mr. Scot proceeded in Jus defence,
and averred, that he never faid, " He hoped
he fhould never repent of the King's death:"
But on the contrary, he had often, by pray*
ers and tears, befought the Lord, that if
iShere were any iniquity in it, he would
(hew it him ; that it was by the command
and authority of a parliamentary power
he fat as one of the King's judges •, and this
muft juftify him; whatever the nature of
•the fad was : That this court could not
cake cognizance whether they were a legal
Parliament, or not; and he did not know,
but it might be as fit for that Parliament



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