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to suffer for it.' General Ross laid great Vol. IX.

stress upon Sir Foseph Jekyll's Opinion ; and in
hafaid all he could in his Commendation, and
* the Duke's Defence. Sir William Wyndham,

Thomas Onfom Esq; Mr.Ward, Mr. Hungerford,
and some other Members of both parties, spoke

also on the fame Side: But Mr. Lyddal, (a young in Gentleman of bright Parts, who {pokė this first Play Time with great Deliberation and Applause) elit. Mr. Hampden, and Mr. Thompson, Recorder

of the City of London, did strongly support hell General Stanhope's Motion ; answer'd all that

bad been alledo'd in the Duke's Favour ; and a.. .: Nei mong other Things, represented, 'That he e

ver affected Popularity; That he could not be
ignorant of the Tumults and Riots of which bis

Name was the Signal; and that since he did.
El not publickly disown them, who made use of

his Name, his Silence was a tacit Approbation
of their Proceedings, and feemd to summon:
the People to a general Insurrection. .

Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, did
not disown, but that in the Report of the.
Committee of Secrecy there were fome Matters
on which an Impeachment of High-Treason
might be grounded against the Duke of Ormond ;
but did not think it proper to explain himself
further, on that Occafion. Mr. Lechmere Sol

liciror General, spoke plainer : and mention'd n'a Cafe parallel to the Duke's, which had been

adjudg'd Treason. By this Time, the Debate
had lasted from about one, till near Nine in the

Evening; and a Motion that was made for m adjourning , being waved , Candles were

orderd to be brought in ; which being
done accordingly, the Debate was prolonged
till about half an Hour palt Ten, when the
question was put and resolv'd by a Majority The D. of Ori:
of 234 Voices against 187, That this House mond im .
will impeach James Duke of Ormond of High- peach'd of
Treason, and other High Crimes and Misde. High-Treason.
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w draw up Articles of Impeachment, and prepare

'Evidence against James Duke of Ormond; and hond
that the further consideration of the said Re Pépicio
port be adjourn'd to the next Morning.' It irishid
was obferv'd that scarce any Debate was mana-
ged in that House with more Calmness and De-
cency than this about the Duke of Ormond; not
an angiy or passionate Word having dropt from
any that spoke for or against his Grace. It was Thema
likewife observ'd, that many Whigs and Courtie !
ers went out of the House, to avoid giving

terwards
their Votes ; which they could not do withost
either wronging their Consciences, or doing
Violence to the Tenderness and Affection they

graften o bore to that unfortunnte Nobleman,..

wich fev :. The next :Day, the Commons resumed the ... of June 22d. Consideration of the Report from the Commit

. ..tee of Secrecy, and Mr. Aißaby, Treasurer of

the Navy, who spoke first, took notice of the
general Concern, that had appeared the Day be.
fore in the House, for the noble Person that was
impeach'd ; because they were persuaded 'twas
rather through Weakne's than Malice that he
had follow'd Pernicious Counsels: But that in
his Opinion, few, if any, would speak in Fa.
vour of another Lord, whom he was to im
peach. That the Person he meant was Thomas,
Earl of Strafford, one of the Plenipotentiaries
of Great Britain, at the Congress at Otrecht;
whose Conduct had been vastly different from
that of his Colleague, the prefent Bishop of

London, That this good and pious Prelate
.feem'd to have been put at the Head of that

Negotiation, only to palljate the Iniquity of it,

under the Sacredness of his Character; but was "little more than a Cypher in the Absence of the

! Earl of Strafford. That the Bishop not being : in the Secret, had acted with Reserve and Cau. tion, and would do nothing without the Queen's special Commands: Whereas the Earl

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! of Strafford not onlywas forward to vent ure and Vol. IX. ? undertake any thing (as he expresses himself in u ! one of his Letters) to be the Tool of a Frenchi!fy'd Ministry; but in many In{tances had gone beyond bis Instructions, and advised the most

Pernicious Measures That having impartially

'weigh'd the different Conduct of these Two' Es Minilters, he was glad that nothing could be

charg'd upon the Bishop, which gave them an
Opportunity to convince the World, That the

Church is not in Danger : But moved that ! Thomas, Earl of Strafford be impeach'd of High ? ? Crimes and 'Misdemeanors' Mr. Airby af

terwards enlarg'd upon this Charge, which he ľ reduc'd to Three Principal Heads, viz. ' ift,

· The Earl of Strafford's advising the fatal Sista ; pension of Arms; which was soon after attended ''with several Misfortunes that befel the Allies;

and, at last, reduced them to the Necessity of ' submitting to the Terms of an Unsafe, Dilho

nourable Peace. 2dly, Advising the Seizing of Ghent ayd Bruges, in order to distress the Al

lies, and favour the Enemy. And 3dly, The
Insolence and Contempt with which he had
treated the Most Serene House of Hanover, and

their Generals and Ministers.' Mr. Bailie, a Scotch Member, having seconded Mr. Aijabv,

Sir William Wynham endeavour'd to justify the * Earl of Strafford, as to the First Head, by say| ing, Thaï the Peace, which was but the Seil quel and necessary Consequence of the Suspen::. fion of Arms, had been approved as such by

Two succeslive Parliaments, and declared ads o vantageous, safe, and honourable. Mr. | Shippen, Mr. Ward (the Lawyer) and Mr.

Snell, spoke also in Favour of the Earl of Strafford; as did also Mr. Hungerford, who, among other things, faid, That tho'the Bishop

of London had an equal Share with the Earl of & Strafford in the Negotiation of Peace, he was, it seems to have the Benefit of his Clergy.' Ge

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Vol. IX. neral Ross having likewise said something to ex.

cuse the Suspension of Arms, General Cadogan answer'd him briskly; and thew'd, “That consider. 'ing the Situation of both Armies, the Confede.

rares lost the Fairest Opportunity they ever had in Flanders to destroy the Enemy's Army, and 'to penetrate into the very Heart of France : But added, “That nothing less could be expeded

from a Princess, and a Ministry, who had en tirely deliver'd themselves into the Hands of France. Sir James Campbel spoke also against the Earl of Strafford: But the Member who distinguish'd ,himfelf most in this Debate was Sir James Dalrimple, another Scotch Member, who with great Clearness and Solidity, fumm'd up what had been said on Both Sides ; and baving illustrated the present Cafe by parallel Instances, and proper Observations, thew'd that both by the Civil and Statute Laws the Earl of Strafford was, at least. guilty of High Crimes and Misde. · meanors. Hereupon, about Seven a-clock in the

Evening, the Question was put, and (by a Ma

, jority of 268 Voices against 100) resolved, That The Earl of this House will impeach Thomas, Earl of Strafford im. Strafford, of High Crimes and Misdemeanors;

es and order'd, ift, That it be referr'd to the High Crimesc and Misde. c

Committee of Secrecy to draw up Articles of meanors.

" Impeachment, and prepare Evidence against the

said Earl. And 2dly, "That the further Con. ' fideration of the said Report be adjourn'd to

that Day Sevenight:' When it was further ad. journ'd for a Week longer..

The CONTENTS

OF

The Ninth Volume

..:OF THE
POLITICAL STATE

"OFFS
GREAT BRITAIN.

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: For the .Months of January, February, March,
Te April, May, and June, MDCCXV.

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A BUSES atChelsea Colledge, 271. Of the Lieutenancy
A Account of them, p. 27 of Middlesex, p. 273. Of

the Commissioners for build.
ACTS pass’d, p. 385, 474. ing so Churches, p. 433: .

ADDRESS of the Lieutenancy Advocates, at Edinburgh,
.:: of London, p. 12. Against their Address dropt, p. 121..

the Union, p.. 92. Of the Albermarle, Countels of, fet
Lords to the King, p. 204. on by 3 Rogues, p. 315...
Of the Commons, p. 213. Assembly, General, of the
Of Wigan, p. 234. Of the "Clergy of Scotland, their
Convocation, p. 208. Of Proceedings, p.: 347 & feqq.
the Artillery Company, P. Prorogued, p. 378.

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