House of Lords Journal Volume 4: 7 April 1641

Pages 209-210

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, 7 die Aprilis.


None to be near the Throne but Peers eldest Sons at the Trial.

Upon Complaint made, "That divers Persons of ordinary Quality did presume to come into the Court at the Trial of the Earl of Strafford, and mingle themselves with the Sons of the Nobility;" it was Ordered, That none are to be admitted to come or stand near the State, or near the Lords, but Lords Eldest Sons; and the Peers are to sit down in their Places; and the Lord Great Chamberlain is to see this performed.

Privy Counsellors may clear themselves, if necessary, concerning the first Breach of the Peace at Berwick.

If there be any visible Occasion arising out of the Earl of Strafford's Defence, which concerns the Lords of the Privy Council, they are admitted to clear themselves, for the justifying of their Honours, concerning the Breach of the First Pacification with the Scots at Barwicke, and voting at the Council Table for a War against the Scotts.

Adjourn to Westminster Hall. E. of Strafford at the Bar. 25th Article.

After this, the Lord Steward adjourned this House to Westm. Hall; and the Lords being set in their Places, the Lieutenant of The Tower brought forth the Earl of Strafforde to the Bar; and then Mr. Maynard proceeded to charge the Earl of Strafford upon the Twenty-fifth Article.


Witnesses produced for the Commons were, the Lord Treasurer, Tho. Wiseman, Earl of Barkshire, Sir Henry Garraway Alderman of London.


The Earl of Strafford made his Answer to this Article.


26th Article.


After which, Mr. Maynard made a short Reply, and proceeded to the Twenty-sixth Article, "concerning the Money and Bullion in the Mint;" and the Commons produced for Witnesses, upon Oath, Robert Edwards, Merchant, Andrewe Palmer, Henry Coggan, Sir William Parkhurst, Sir Ralph Freeman; and the Depositions of Thomas Skynner, taken by the Lords deputed, were read; Affidavit being first made by George Henly, that he came this Morning to give his Evidence, but could not get into Westm. Hall.



The Evidence being done, the Earl of Strafford, after a Time of Retiring, made his Defence; which being done, Mr. Maynard made a Reply.

27th Article.

After which, Mr. Maynard proceeded, and opened the Twenty-seventh Article, "concerning levying of Money in Yorkeshire by Force, towards the Payment of Soldiers, etc."


Witnesses which were produced, were Sir Hugh Chomeley, Sir Philip Stapleton, Henry Chomely, Sir Jo. Hotham, the Lord Wharton, Sir William Pennyman, Sir Henry Griffith, Robert Strickland, Sir Jo. Burroughs, William Dowson, and William Peirceson, Sir William Ingram.


Then Earl of Strafford, after a Time of recollecting himself, made his Defence; and produced for Witnesses, without Oath, Sir Paul Neale, Sir Edward Osborne, Sir Wm Pennyman, Sir William Savile, Sir Edward Rhodes, Sir Tho. Danby, Sir George Wentworth of Wolley, Robert Strickland.


The Answer being done, Mr. Maynard replied, and concluded this Article.

Adjourn to the Chamber of Parliament.

The Lord Steward then did let the Members of the Commons know, That the Lords would sit upon the Trial again To-morrow Morning, at Eight a Clock; and then the Lord Steward adjourned the House to the usual Place above.

The Lords being come to the House above;


Dominus Senescallus declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Jovis, videlicet, 8m diem instantis Aprilis, hora 7a, Dominis sic decernentibus.