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
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.
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.
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
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.