The trial of Strafford: The twentieth article

Pages 515-516

Historical Collections of Private Passages of State: Volume 8, 1640-41. Originally published by D Browne, London, 1721.

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The Twentieth Article.

The Charge.


20. That the said Earl hath in the fifteenth and Sixteenth years of his Majesties Reign, and vibers years past, laboured and endeavoured to breed in his Majesty an ill opinion of his Subjects; namely of those of the Scotch Ration: And viberse and sundry times, and especially since the Pacitication made by his Majesty with his said Subjects of Scotland in Summer, in the 15th Year of his Majesties Reign; he, the said Earl, did labour, and endeavour to perswade, incite, and provoke his Majesty to an Offensive War against his said Subjects of the Scotch Action: And the said Earl by his Counsels, Actions, and Endeavours hath been, and is, a principal and chief Incendiary of the War and the Discord between his Majesty and his Subjects of England, and the said Subjects of Scotland, and hath declared and advised his Majesty, that the Demands made by the Scots, in their Parliament, were a sufficient cause of War against them.

The said Earl having formerly expressed the height and rancour of his mind towards his Majesties Subjects of the Scotch Ration, viz. the Tenth day of October, in the fifteenth year of his Majesties Reign, he said, That the Ration of the Scots were Rebels, and Traytors; and he being then about to come to England, he then further said, That is if it pleased his Master (meaning his Majesty) to send him back again, he would root out of the said Kingdom (meaning the said Kingdom of Ireland) the Scotch Ration, both Root and Branch.

Some Lords and others, who had taken the said Oath in the precedent Article, only excepted: and the said Earl hath caused viberse of the Ships and Goods of the Scots to be stayed, seized, and molested, to the intent to set on the said war.