Glimpses Of Our Ancestors In Sussex - online book

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The Sussex Regicides and their Contemporaries.
F we are to judge by the number of Sussex men, or men from'Sussex, whose names appear on the High Court of Justice which tried and condemned Charles I. for treason to his people, or even of those whose names are attached to the warrant for his execution, this county took its full share in the guilt or glory of that act. In the Ordinance passed by the House of Commons for the trial of Charles Stewart for a " wicked design totally to subvert the ancient and fundamental laws and liberties of this nation, and in their stead to introduce an arbitrary and tyrannical Government," 131 persons were nominated to sit at Westminster as a High Court of Justice, and of these 131 persons (headed by Fairfax, Cromwell, and Ireton) eleven were Sussex men, some of them members of families which still stand high in the county. Thus we find in the list Peregrine Pelham, Abraham Burrell, RogerGratwick, Herbert Morley, Anthony Stapley, James Temple, Gregory Norton, John Fagg, William Cawley, William Goffe, and John Downes, all either members of Sussex families or sitting for Sussex Boroughs. The 131 members of the High Court of Justice, as it was called, embraced a large proportion of the then House of Conjmons—itself a remnant of the famous " Long Parliament"—with a small infusion of the Upper House, which, as a body, had refused to join in the vote for
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