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 Mercurii, videlicet, 24 die Martii.
Earl of Bedford excused.
Earl of Strafford allowed to make legal Exceptions to Witnesses.
Sir Peirce Croseby a Witness against him.
Ordered, That Sir Peirce Crosebie is to give his Evidence upon Oath against the Earl of Strafford (notwithstanding the Exception against him); and the Lords will value it as they see Cause; and this is to hold good in other Cases of this Nature.
Order about his Trial.
Ordered, That, if any Peer, having any Scruple, or Doubt, in him, arising out of the Evidence at the Trial of the earl of Strafford, shall stand up, and persist to desire to have the House adjourned, whereby he may be satisfied in his Conscience of the said Doubt, the House is to be adjourned, without giving a Reason there; but the Peer is to be answerable to this House for the Reason of it.
Committee for Religion.
Adjourn to Westm. Hall.
E. of Strafford at the Bar.
The Lord Steward adjourned this House to Westm. Hall; and the Peers being set all in their Robes, the Lord Steward commanded the Lieutenant of The Tower to bring the Earl of Strafford to the Bar; which being done, the Lord Steward told the Members of the House of Commons that managed the Evidence, That now they might proceed.
First Article opened by the Commons.
Sir Tho. Laton.
Sir David Fowles.
Sir William Ingram.
E. Strafford's Answer.
The Earl of Strafford made his Answer thereunto, and produced, in this particular Article, Thomas Little and William Raylton, to be (fn. 1) Witnesses for him, but not upon Oath.