Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 13, 1675-1681. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, secundo die Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Memorandum, That these Lords Spiritual were in the House in the Morning; but none of them went down into Westminster Hall.
Pardon for Persons who will come in and discover the Plot.
The Earl of Shaftesbury this Day acquainted the House, "That there is a considerable Prelate and Three other Persons of the Church of Rome, that would come in, and make a further Discovery of the Popish Plot, if they may have the King's Pardon, according to His Majesty's Proclamation, and Safety for their Persons; and in regard his Lordship is only privy to their Names, he desires he may have the Leave of this House to communicate their Names to the Earl of Salisbury and the Earl of Essex:"
Which the House gave him Leave to do; and Power to give the aforesaid Persons the Assurance of obtaining His Majesty's Gracious Pardon, according to the Declaration, and Protection for the Safety of their Persons in coming hither.
Lords not to absent themselves during the Trial.
ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That all the Lords do attend this House during the Trial of the Lord Viscount Stafford, upon the Peril of undergoing the Censure of this House for their Absence; and are to attend precisely To-morrow, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Guards in Westm. Hall.
ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That, during the Trial in Westminster Hall of the Lord Viscount Stafford, the Shops there be shut up; and that Guards be there set to take Care that the Vacant Places in the said Hall be kept free from all Company, and the Footmen kept out.
House adjourned into Westm. Hall.
This House was adjourned into Westminster Hall; and the Lords Temporal went in their due Order.
Proclamation was made, for Silence to be kept.
And Proclamation for the Lieutenant of The Tower to bring his Prisoner, the Lord Viscount Stafford, to the Bar.
L. Stafford to make his Defence.
Then the Lord High Steward told the Lord Viscount Stafford, "He might proceed to produce his Witnesses."
And, after much Time spent therein, the House was adjourned to the House above.
To proceed on the Trial Tomorrow.
ORDERED, That this House will proceed in the Trial of the Lord Viscount Stafford To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock.
ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That the Lieutenant of His Majesty's Tower of London be, and is hereby, required to bring William Viscount Stafford, now Prisoner there, to the Bar of this House in Westminster Hall, on Friday the Third Day of December Instant, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Message to acquaint H. C.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Tymothy Baldwin and Sir Samuell Clerke:
To signify to them, that the Lords have ordered, to bring the Lord Viscount Stafford to the Bar in Westminster Hall, To-morrow Morning, at Ten of the Clock.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, 3u diem instantis Decembris, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.