Copy of Testimony Given at the Trial of Thomas Walcot, July 12, 1683.
Testimony Given at the Trial of a Rye House Plotter [Manuscript]. [Trial]. [Rye House Plot]. Walcot, Thomas [1625-1683], Defendant. [Indenture of Testimony Given at the Trial of Thomas Walcot]. London, July 27, . 2 pp. 21" x 16-1/2" sheet with text in single neat hand to recto and verso, top and bottom-edges neatly scalloped. Disbound, light toning, horizontal and vertical fold lines, large clean tear across left side of text, no loss to legibility, portion of upper left margin folded over with minor loss to three words of text, light soiling in a few places, very minor chipping to edges. $750. * A fair copy of testimony given at the trial of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Walcot for treason. Walcot was accused of being a member of the "Rye House Plot," an alleged conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and the Duke of York. He and his fellow defendants, William Hone, Lord Russell, John Rous and William Blagg, were found guilty and summarily hanged, drawn and quartered. Our manuscript gathers testimony from the four principal witnesses in Walcot's trial: Colonel Rumsey, Mr. Keeling, Zachary Bourne and Mr. West. In some places, it copies the questions asked of the witnesses during cross examination, but omits them in others. The testimony of Rumsey and Bourne ends with page numbers corresponding to the official printing of the trial. It is unclear why the document is styled like an indenture. It may be a satirical point, or a pre-clipped piece of paper may have been the only available material for copying.
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