Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, videlicet, 19 die Novembris.
Lords to speak with the Earl of Strafford.
This Day the Earl of Hartford by the King's Command, and the Earl of Cleveland upon his own Occasions, moved the House, That they may have Leave to go to the Earl of Strafford this Afternoon; which was granted them.
Earl of Winchelsea's Bill.
The Meeting of the Lords Committees for the Earl of Winchelsey's Bill is appointed to be To-morrow Morning, at Eight of the Clock; they or any Six of them, at the Place pre-appointed.
A Petition from the Earl of Strafford was presented to the House by the Lord Keeper, and Twice read this Day, as followeth, in hæc verba. videlicet,
Earl of Strafford's Petition to be bailed, and have Counsel.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in the High Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of Thomas Earl of Strafford, His Majesty's Lieutenant General of Ireland;
"Humbly sheweth, That the Petitioner was, on the Eleventh of this Month, called to the Bar, before your Lordships; there, to his great (fn. 1) Sense, charged, in the Name of the Commons of England, with High Treason, and by your Lordships committed to the Gentleman Usher, where he hath since remained, to his very great Prejudice, both in Health, Fortune, and otherwise; howbeit, your Petitioner hears not as yet of any Matter in special objected against him; by means of this Restraint (wherein nevertheless he willingly submits himself to the good Pleasure of your Lordships), your Petitioner is, for the Time deprived of the most valuable and esteemable Inheritance any Subject of this Kingdom can be possessed of; to wit, the Honour to sit in Parliament, amongst the Peers of the Realm.
"Your Petitioner humbly beseecheth your Lordships he may be bailed, have Counsel assigned, and Mr. William Raylton allowed him as a Solicitor, in the modest and just Course of his own Defence.
"And your Petitioner shall wish to your Noble Lordships all Increase of Honour and Happiness."
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris, videlicet, 20m diem instantis Novembris, hora nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.