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 Martis, videlicet, 13 die Aprilis.
E of Strafford at the Bar.
The Lord Steward adjourned this House to Westm. Hall. The Lords being all sat in their Places, the Lieutenant of The Tower brought forth the Earl of Strafford to the Bar. The Lord Steward told him, that he was to sum up his Evidence first, and afterwards the Commons were to state the Evidence.
E. of Strafford sums up his Evidence.
Then the Earl of Strafford made a Recollection of all his Evidence to each Article, and summed all up together; and concluded, "That nothing charged against him could be made good to be Treason, neither by Statute Law, nor Common Law."
The Commons sum up theirs.
Mr. Pim's Speech.
This being done; Mr. Pim answered divers Excuses that the Earl of Strafford made in his Defence, and shewed "what a transcendent Offence it is to endeavour to subvert the Fundamental Laws of the Kingdom;" and concluded, "that the Committee for the Commons have done in the managing their Evidence for Matter of Fact; as for making their Charge to be High Treason, in Point of Law, they must resort to their House, to receive their Directions therein."
E. of Strafford's Counsel to speak in Point of Law.
The Lords, being come up into the House, took the Request of the Earl of Strafford into Consideration, and Resolved to let the Earl of Strafford know that they will hear his Counsel speak in Point of Law on Thursday Morning next, in Westm. Hall; and the Lieutenant of The Tower is to have Order from this House to bring him, and the House of Commons to have Notice of it.
Scotch Business to be considered.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, videlicet, 14m diem instantis Aprilis, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.