Drake and his Detractors Part III
In this third paper, the author considers the process of Doughty’s trial. Although Doughty pleaded guilty to the charges, he offered in his defence (or mitigation), the fact that he had supported Drake, found him influential friends at Court, and planned and financed the voyage. Drake was able to produce counter-evidence, and the jury, finding Doughty guilty, found him ‘worthy of death’. The author describes the plotting and undercurrents of rebellion amongst the ‘gentlemen’ and the action Drake had to take to achieve a successful conclusion to the voyage.