From Manx Soc vol IV,VII & IX
STATE PAPER OFFICE.
THE peticon of William Christian sheweth, That yor peticonr having some part of his estate in Lancashire and other parts in the Isle of Man, about Michaelmas last went into the sd Island and was soone after there imprisoned by order of the Earle of Darby, where he soe continews still and hath been lately called to a tryall there for his life for Treason, upon pretence that in 1651 he assembled the Inhabitants of the sd Island in opposition to the Countess Dowager of Darby, (which if true) as the same is not, yet the same being in relation to the warrs yor pcticonr advised by councell that the same is pardoned by yor Matys gracious Act of Indempnity, wherein yor peticoner is not a parson excepted from pardon, nor hath at any time since the 24th of June, 1660, or before acted any thing against yor Maty or governmt. That yor pcticonr hath apeled to be tried by yor Matys laws of England where hee many years lived and hath an estate, but it was refused, and for as much as the sd proceedings are without presedent and contrary to the laws within the sd Island.
Hee most humbly prayeth the henefitt of the lawes of England, and in order thereunto that yor Maty wil be gratiously pleased to command his being brought before yor Maty and honble Councell, and that if anything can be objected against him which is not pardoned that he may have a tryall according to the known lawes of this kingdome.