Die Lunæ, videlicet, 22 die Martii.
Orders read for the Trial of Earl Strafford.
The Orders and Directions appointed to be observed
concerning the Trial of the Earl of Strafford were read.
Order about Earl of Strafford's Witnesses.
Next it was Ordered, That such Witnesses as the
Earl of Strafford at his Trial shall produce for his Defence not to be examined in his Cause upon Oath; but
may be examined upon Oath if the Members of the
Commons do desire in their Behalf; and if the Earl of
Strafford do re-examine them, it is to be upon the same
Earl of Strafford desires more Witnesses.
After this, a Paper was presented from the Earl of
Strafford, to desire more Witnesses; but it was referred
to be considered of in the Afternoon.
Arrangement of the Peers at his Trial.
Then it was Ordered, That the Lords do sit at the
Trial on both Sides of the Court, according to their
Procession of the Lords to Westm. Hall.
The House was called; and the Lords went Two by
Two, in their due Places, in their Robes, into Westm.
Hall, the Place appointed for the Trial of the Earl of
Lord Steward to adjourn the House to the Hall, and back occasionally.
Ordered, That the Steward is to adjourn this House
from the usual Place to Westm. Hall, and from Westm.
Hall to the usual Place above.
Adjourn to Westm. Hall.
Then the Steward declared, That this House was adjourned into Westm. Hall.
And the Lords being come into Westm. Hall, sitting
on both Sides of the Court in their due Places, the Lord
Steward sitting as Speaker on the Wool-sack, and the
Commons sitting as a Committee of the whole House,
behind the Peers on both Sides; the Lord Steward commanded the Lieutenant of The Tower of London, according to his Warrant from this House, to bring forth
the Prisoner the Earl of Strafford to the Bar.
Earl of Strafford at the Bar.
The Earl of Strafford was brought by the Lieutenant
of The Tower to the Bar, and kneeled until the Lord
Steward commanded him to arise, and then told him he
was this Day to answer to the whole Accusation of High
Treason, which he stands charged of in the Name of
the House of Commons now assembled in Parliament,
and in the Name of all the Commons of England; and
that this Day he is to receive his Trial for his Life.
His Impeachments read.
This being done; the Lord Steward commanded the
First General Articles of High Treason brought up
from the House of Commons against the Earl of Strafforde to be read publicly; which accordingly was done.
Next was publicly read the further Impeachment of
the Earl of Strafford for High Treason.
His Answer read.
After this, was publicly read the Answer of the Earl
of Strafforde, in Writing, to the whole Charge; which
being read, the Lord Steward told the Earl of Strafford,
That, he having heard his whole Charge and his whole
Answer read, it now follows, that the Members of the
Commons, that are appointed for managing of their Evidence, do proceed therein; but, by Reason that the Time
present is so far spent, their Lordships have appointed
To-morrow Morning, at Nine of the Clock, to hear the
Adjourn to the Chamber of Parliament.
The Lord Steward adjourned the Court to the usual
Dominus Capitalis Justicarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in
diem Lunæ, videlicet, 22m diem instantis Martii, hora
nona, Dominis sic decernentibus.
A Letter touching the Necessity of the Army in the North referred to the House by the King.
It was signified to the House, That His Majesty had
commanded a Letter to be presented, and to be considered of by the Parliament, delivered to His Majesty
from the Lord General of the Army, sent to him from
some of the Commanders of our Army in the North,
complaining of the great Necessity and Want which our
Army sustains, for Lack of Monies and Provisions;
which being read, their Lordships did resolve to refer it
to be maturely considered of To-morrow in the Afternoon.
A Message came from the House of Commons, by
Sir Nevill Poole:
Message from the House of Commons, wich an Act for reforming some Things mistaken in the Bill of Subsidies.
To let their Lordships know, that the House of Commons had passed an Act, for the reforming of some
Things mistaken in the late Act, made this present Parliament for the granting of Four Subsidies, intituled,
"An Act for the Relief of His Majesty's Army, and
the Northern Parts of this Kingdom, and to make
good the Acts of the Commissioners by them authorized or appointed, or to be authorized or appointed;" which Act Sir Nevill Poole delivered to
Debate about supplying the Armies in the North.
After this, the House fell into Debate of the Message
from the House of Commons on Saturday last, concerning the joining with them in procuring Monies for supplying the present Necessities of both Armies.
For Consideration hereof, the House was adjourned
into a Committee during Pleasure; and, after serious
Debate, the House was resumed; and their Lordships
sent a Message to the House of Commons, by Mr.
Justice Reeves and Serjeant Whitefielde:
Message to the House of Commons, for a Conference concerning the Supply of the Armies in the North, and concluding the Treaty with the Scots.
To desire a free Conference presently, if it stand with
their Conveniency, by a Committee of both Houses,
concerning the Paper delivered at the last Conference;
and to signify a Desire that both Houses may sit Tomorrow in the Afternoon.
The Effect of the Conference was:
"To let the House of Commons know, That their
Lordships have considered of the Paper, and do concur for the supplying of both Armies with Monies;
and that this House will join with them in any Way
as they shall think fit, for procuring of such a Sum as
may satisfy the present Necessities of both Armies.
Further, To let them know, that their Lordships conceive that Monies will be hardly got (for that they
conceive Men do keep their Monies, out of a Fear
of unquiet Times), until there be Hopes of a settled
Peace between us and the Scotts. For this Purpose,
the Lords Commissioners have Command from their
Lordships speedily to go on to finish the Treaty between us and the Scotts, and to know the Bottom and
uttermost of their Demands in the last Artice; and
then there shall be all convenient Speed made for the
settling of the Peace and Unity of both Kingdoms,
whereby this Kingdom may be free from the Charge
of both Armies. Likewise to propound to the House
of Commons, That both Houses may join to move
the City of London, in a fit Way, to lend so much
Money as will relieve the present Necessities of both
Armies; with an Intimation to the City, that the holding up of their Monies will overthrow the Ends
which they desire, of a Peace. And lastly, To let
the House of Commons know, That this House will
join with them in removing any Obstacle that may
hinder the getting of Monies.
The E. of Bath,
The E. of Essex,
The E. of Bristoll, and
The L. Viscount Say & Seale,
Were appointed to deliver the Conference.
Act to amend the Subsidy Bill.
Hodie 1a et 2a
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for the
reforming of some Things mistaken in the late Act made
this present Parliament, for the granting of Four Subsidies:
And committed to the
L. Privy Seal.
E. of Warwicke.
Bp. of Chester.
|Bp. of Lincolne.
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet at Seven
a Clock To-morrow Morning, in the Little
Earl Strafford to be brought, de die in diem.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of The Tower do
bring the Person of the Earl of Strafford, to appear Tomorrow Morning, at Eight a Clock, in Westm. Hall,
to receive his Trial upon the Charge of High Treason
against him; and afterwards the Lieutenant of The
Tower to bring him de die in diem, during the Time of
his said Trial, by virtue of this Order.
The Answer from the House of Commons to the
Answer from the House of Commons.
That they will give a present Meeting, in the Painted
Chamber, as is desired.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure; and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco,
Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit
præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem
Martis, videlicet, 23m diem instantis Martii, hora nona,
Dominis sic decernentibus.