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Criminal Charge: Rex versus Gostwick (and) al.

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Criminal Trial of William Gostwick, abt 1685

"Placita coronae, or, Pleas of the crown in matters criminal and civil: containing a large collection of modern precedents, viz. appeals, convictions, certiorari's and pleadings thereto, indictments, informations, traverses, pleadings, &c., Writs of mandamus, quo warranto, restitution, habeas corpus, &c. and returns thereof : with great variety of precedents, under many other heads, relating to the crown law." Tremaine, J., Rice, J. (1723)., In the Savoy [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling ... for T. Ward ... [et al.]., pg. 187

Original transcription of the doc in Latin by eyesight

The date 'Jacobi Secundi' can be traced to the Jacobites and suggests: 1685

e.g. "1685, Anno Regni Serenissimi Domini Nostri Jacobi Secundi, Dei Gratia"

The date, and location of Willington, suggest only one William, Sir William Gostwick, 4th Bt

Willielmus Gostwick nuper de Willington in County Bedd Mip & Barr' & aP, & c. existentes & quilibet eor existen person' malor' nominis fame & disposition inhonest ac machinan & malitiose intenden & int femet ipsos conspirantes compassantes & devisantes quend S.V. Gen ex infidiis verbrare vulnerare & maletractare r die S. Anno, & c. apud, & c. ad nequissimas machination compassation & devisation suas suas p'd citius pimplend psiciend & ad effectum redigend prefat M.B. & J.R. per direction & consensum pred' W.G. & al' Ac in prosecution conspiration pred' miserunt sub falso nomine pro pred' S.V. ad quandum ad quandam Tabernam cognit p nomem Le Green Dragon Tavern fcituat' in Fleetstreet, London in Paroch. & c. Et innsum pretat S.V. adtunc & ibedem insidiaver Anglice did way-lay Et quod p'd M.B. & al, & c. postea fcilicet die Anno, & c. Vi & Armis, & c.apud Paroch, & c. ex ocuration & incitation p'd W.G. & G. C. ipsipfat M.B. & al', &c. adtune & ibid ex infidiis in & sup pred' S. V. in pace Dei & dicti Domini Regis adtunc & ibidem existen Vi & Armis, & c. insult & Afraiam Fecer' Et ipsum prefat S. adtunc & ibidem Vi & Armis, & c. gravissime periculosissime verberaverunt verberaverunt vulneraverunt & maletraever' ita quod de vita cius maxime desperabatur Et ulterius Coron' & Attorn' dieti Dom Reg p eodem Dom Rege dat cur bic intelligi & informari quod p'd S.V. de verberation vulneration & maletractation' pd' a die anno supradictor ufq; diem exhibition hujus infrmationis apud Paroch, & c. languebat & languidus vixit & in magno periculo vite sue existit Et quod pred' W. G. & al, & c. Ap Enormia eidem S.V. adtunc & ibidem Vi & armis intuler' ad grave dampn ipsius S.V. ac contra pacem dicti Domini Regis nune Coron', & c.

Machine aided Google Latin>English Translation with some edits:

Rex Versis Gostwick & al' Trinity 3 Jacobi Secuni

William Gostwick late of Willington in County Bedd Mip & Barr' & aP, & c. existing and each of them being the person' of the name of evil, of the name of famine and disposition dishonorably and devising and maliciously intending and conspiring against one another in sympathizing and despising what S.V. Gen. to strike out of unfaithfulness, to strike, to wound & to curse on the day of the Holy Year, &c. before, &c. to the most wicked machination of their compassation & devisation their p'd quicker pimplend psiciend & to reduce the effect of prefat M.B. & J.R. by direction & consent of W.G. [William Gostwick] and in the prosecution of the conspiracy they sent under a false name for pred' S.V. for a while at a shop called Le Green Dragon Tavern in Fleetstreet, London in the parish. & c. The innsum pretat S.V. then and there, did I lie in ambush in English and that way-p'd M.B. & al, & c. afterwards on the day of the year, & c. By virtue of their arms & c.in the parish, & c. ex ocuration & incitation p'd W.G.[William Gostwick] G. C. & M.B. & al', &c. then and ibid from the unbeliefs in and above the S. V. in the peace of God and of the said Lord King then and there living by force of arms & c(rown). insult & Fecer' Afraia?, and the same S. then and there said by force of arms & c. seriously beat most dangerously. They have smitten, wounded, and badly so that he despairs of life more quickly, and further he gives the Coroner and Attorney of the Diet to the same Dom King why he is here understood and informed that he is p'd S.V. from the day of the year above mentioned date of exhibition of this link at Parish pastor, & c. he was ill, and he lived impotent, and was in great danger of his life; An outrageous apprehension by S.V. then and there by force and arms was I brought in to the grave damage of the same S.V. and against the peace of the said Lord King now Coron(ated & Crowned).

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