George Wakeman, Marshal, Rumley, Corker.
16th July 1679
Reference Numbert16790716-21
VerdictNot Guilty

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Fryday the 18th of July 1679;

Upon Fryday the 18th of this Instant July, at the General Sessions of the Peace held for the City of London, were tryed Sir George Wakeman , Mr. Marshal , Mr. Rumley , and Corker , the first named being Physician to her Majesty, the other three supposed to be Romish Priest s, and to be concerned in the late Plot, for which they were arraigned: The Account of the matters charged against these persons, especially Sir George Wakeman, had raised so vast and general an expectation as drew an infinite number of people to hear their Tryals; where were, besides the Magistracy of the City, most of the Judges, and some of the King's learned Counsel, who managed the Evidence: Their Tryals begun about eight of the Clock in the morning, and lasted till four in the Afternoon, which time was protracted the longer by that special Grace and Favour the Court gave the Prisoners, in giving them leave to make their full defence with all the Freedom they could desire, in speaking for themselves, which some of them did in set Speeches very largely, and producing their Witnesses.

The Indictments against them were large, as is usual in such Cases of High Treason, the effect of which was, for that they together had conspired to destroy the King , to subvert the Government, to raise an Army, to bring in Popery, &c. the Particulars of which were to be made out in the Evidence. The first that was tryed was Sir George Wakeman; they all pleaded not guilty to their Iudictments, upon which issue the Jury being sworn, the Indictments were read over, and the matters therein charged, opened by the Kings's Counsel. The Witnesses were Dr. Oates, Mr. Bedloe, Mr. Dugdale, Mr. Prance, and Mr. Tenison, they were first examined about what they knew of the Plot in general, of which they gave account according to what they deposed against Mr. Langhorn, which is already published; the main charge against Sir G. Wakeman, was for being hired for 15000 l. whereof 5000 paid, to poyson the King. The Witness declared no great acquaintance with Sir George, but that he had seen an entry in one of the Books belonging to their Provincials, of such a Proposal and of the receipt of so much Money, but no certain proof that it was his hand; as also a Letter pretended to be written to one Ashby, wherein after some directions given him in order to his health, advice was therein given of the present design. But After several strict Examinations of the several matters charged against them, the Jury went out, and brought them in Not Guilty .

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