Die Mercurii, videlicet, 24 die Martii.
Earl of Bedford excused.
The Earl of Bedford excused for his Absence.
Earl of Strafford allowed to make legal Exceptions to Witnesses.
Ordered, That, if the Earl of Strafford, at his Trial,
do make any Legal Exceptions to Witnesses, he is to be
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.
Ordered, That the Committee for Religion do meet
on Monday next, at Two of the Clock in the Afternoon,
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
First Article opened by the Commons.
Then Mr. Maynard opened the Substance and Branches
of the First Article against the Earl of Strafford; and
desired that Witnesses might be sworn and examined in
The Names of the Witnesses which were sworn, at the
Instance of the Commons, were these:
Sir Tho. Laton.
Sir David Fowles.
Sir William Ingram.
The Evidence concerning the First Article being
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. *) Witnesses for him, but not
After the Earl of Strafford had done his Answer, Mr.
Maynard replied; which being ended, he went to the
Second Article, and opened that; and then produced
Witnesses upon Oath.
E. Strafford's Answer.
After the Witnesses had done their Evidence, the
Earl of Strafford made his Answer, and produced Dr.
Duncombe and Sir William Pennyman as Witnesses, but
not upon Oath.
Then Mr. Maynard replied for the Commons; which
being done, the Lord Steward did let the Commons
know, that further Proceeding in this Business is deferred until To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock.
Adjourn to the Chamber of Parliament.
Then the Lord Steward did adjourn the House to
the usual Place above; and all the Peers went up to the
Bar to be kept clear.
Ordered, That the Lord Great Chamberlain is to
take Care, that the Places about the Bar be kept free
Dominus Senescallus declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse in diem Jovis, videlicet, 25m diem
instantis Martii, hora 8a, Dominis sic decernentibus.