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. *) 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
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Veneris,
videlicet, 20m diem instantis Novembris, hora nona,
Dominis sic decernentibus.