The Impeachment of Sir George Ratcliff.
First, that he had conspired and joined with the Earl of Strafford, to bring into Ireland an Arbitrary Government, and to subvert Funda∣mental Laws.
Secondly, to bring in an Army from Ireland to subdue the Subjects of England.
Thirdly, that he joyned with the Earl to use Regal power, and to de∣prive Subjects of their liberties and properties.
Fourthly, to take out fourty thousand pounds out of the Exchequer in Ireland, and bought Tobacco therewith, and converted the same profit to their own uses.
Fifthly, that he hath traiterously confederated with the Earl to coun∣tenance Papists, and built Monasteries to alienate the affections of the Irish Subjects from the subjection of England.
Sixthly, to draw the Subjects of Scotland from the King.
Seventhly, that to preserve himself and the said Earl, he had labour∣ed to subvert the Liberties and Privilege of Parliaments in Ire∣land.
The Parliament taking things in turn, having turned out of the House of Lords and safely lodged two Delinquents, the most active and powerfull, the one from the State, the other from the Church, the next in course must concern the Law: the most eminent Malignant as they conceived, was the Lord Keeper Finch, who took it for his wiser way to prevent the effects of what was in preparing against him, the Commons charge of High Treason.
In reference to it he caressed them with an Oration, such as it is, in vindication of himself in such particulars as he knew most in force, and because it contained more than bare words, we may examine the merit thereof, which was all, that he had time to say for himself.