As Ms. Skemp describes it, Franklin "appeared before a raucous group of Englishmen in a room in Whitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Most members of the Privy Council, a select group of the King's advisers, were present. Other notables also managed to crowd into the tiny room. For a little more than an hour, Franklin stood silently as he was subjected to a vicious harangue at the hands of Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn. Wedderburn's audience loved it. They laughed and clapped and jeered as Franklin's tormentor hurled one verbal blow after another at his unfortunate victim."