Old Bailey Proceedings.
9th December 1685
Reference Number: 16851209

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9th December 1685
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THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions Of the PEACE,

And Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate, Held for the City of London and County of Middlesex, at JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAYLY, The 9th. 10th. and 11th. of December, 1685.

And in the 1st. Year of His Majesties Reign.

THE Sessions of Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal-delivery of Newgate; held at Justice Hall in the Old-Bayly; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fryday being the 9th 10th. and 11th days of December, 1685. Before the Right Honourable Sir Robert Gefferies Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Thomas Jenner Kt. one of His Majesties Serjeants at Law, and Recorder of the aforesaid City, with others of His Majesties Justices of the Peace for London and Middlesex. The Jurors were as follow,

London Jury,

Richard Aley , Esq;

Richard Williams

John Cannum

Patrick Barret

John Palmer

James Rayner

Edward Redish

George Lilburn

Daniel Fouls

Peter Floyer

Lawrence Cole

John Cooper .

Middlesex Jury,

John Meredale

Benjamin Boltby

John Bayly

Thomas Barns

Richard Bromfield

Samuel Linn

Edward Hempstead

Robert Longland

Samuel Bishop

James Fern

William Wheatly

Thomas Phelps .

The Proceedings were these;

Charles Bateman.
9th December 1685
Reference Numbert16851209-1
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Charles Bateman , Arraigned upon an Indictment of High Treason, For Conspiring the Death of the Late King, &c. and the Court not thinking fit to consent to any further delay, put himself upon the Jury, without making any Challenge; and the Kings Council having opened the nature of the Indictment, Mr. Keeling was Sworn, who proved the Plot or Conspiracy in General, how designed and by what means and methods carried on. After which Mr. Tho. Lee was Sworn, and gave Evidence, that he had been sundry times with Mr. Bateman, and that the first time he went to him by Mr. Goodenough's order, and there they discoursed about carrying on the Trayterous design, of which Bateman approved and promised his assistance, and was contented to manage one of the Twenty Parts into which the City was to be divided in order to an Insurrection, it being agreed that 500 men should be raised in each part, to seize the Tower, City, Savoy, Whitehall, and the Persons of the late King and his present Majesty: in order to which he promised to use his Interest. Further Mr. Lee deposed, that he went with him to the late D. of Monmouth's House, and there having discoursed with one of the late Dukes Servants, the said Bateman, told him the said Lee that the late Duke was willing to ingage in the Design before mentioned, and kept several Horses in the Country for that intent, with much more to the same purpose.

Mr. Goodenough gave Evidence, that the Prisoner did approve of the design to seize the Tower, City, &c. and then to force the Guards, and seize the Person of the late King, &c. and that it was at a meeting with him, to the best of his remembrance, at the Kings Head in Swithins Alley near the Royal Exchange. Mr. Bateman insisted in defence, how improbable it was that he should discourse so with Lee or Goodenough, unless he were a Mad Man; and called several persons to testifie for his honesty, and one Baker, a Broken person, was upon the request of the Jury, against the opinion of the Court, heard after his Tryal, was over and Lee was gone who testified against Lee, that a little before the Plot was discovered, he would have had him engaged to