The tryal of Sir Henry Vane, Kt. at the Kings Bench, Westminster, June the 2d. and 6th, 1662 together with what he intended to have spoken the day of his sentence (June 11) for arrest of judgment (had he not been interrupted and over-ruled by the court) and his bill of exceptions : with other occasional speeches, &c. : also his speech and prayer, &c. on the scaffold.
Vane, Henry, Sir, 1612?-1662, defendant., England and Wales. Court of King's Bench.

Wednesday June 11. being the Sentence-day.

AFter some little skirmishings with the Prisoner, to dash all the humane weapons of Law and Reason out of his hands, by force or noise, for half an hour or more they finally refused to hear his following Plea and Reasons for an Arrest of Judgment, or forbearing their sudden and rash proceeding to Sentence. They had promised him before Verdict, they would hear any thing in that kind he had to offer, as they had also before his pleading not guilty, promised him Counsel, which never was granted, neither. They drew him on, step by step, first, to plead, on his Arraignment-day, then to admit the Juries Verdict on his Tryal-day (so called, for he never owned it for a Legal Tryal to his last breath) and after that, out comes the Judge∣ment or Sentence of Death against him, (pronounced by the Lord Chief Justice Forster) and that, of the worst complexion and most in∣famous Page  52 famous circumstances, to wit, that he should be hang'd, drawn and quartered, at Tyburn, the common Execution-place for Theeves and Robbers.

But in the Order for his Execution, (for reasons best known to them that made it) the manner of his death was altered, into a beheading only, on Tower-hill; to which place they carried him on a Sled, drawn with horses, a circumstance very singular, and never used for those that die there, and which he was kept ignorant of till the very time; one of the Sheriffs men having that morning, a little before, told him, there was to be no Sled, but that he was to walk on foot.