The trial of Strafford: The twenty-third article

Pages 518-519

Historical Collections of Private Passages of State: Volume 8, 1640-41. Originally published by D Browne, London, 1721.

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The Three and Twentieth Article.

The Charge.


23. That upon the Thirteenth Day of April last, the Parliament of England, met, and the Commons house (then being the representative Body of all the Commons in the Kingdom) did according to the trust crust reposed in them, enter into Debate and Consideration of the great grievances of this kingdom, both in respect of Religion, and the publique Liberty of the kingdom; and his Majesty referring chiefly to the said Carl of Strafford, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the ordering and disposing of all matters concerning the Parliament: He the said Carl of Strafford, with the assistance of the, said Archbishop, did procure his majesty by sundry Speeches and Messages, to urge the said Commons, House, to enter into some resolution for his majesties supply, for maintainance of his War against his Subjects of Scotland, before and Course taken for the Relief of the great and pressing Grievances, wherewith this kingdom was then afflicted, whereupon a demand was then made from his majesty of 12 Subsidies, for the release of Ship-money only; and while the said commons then assembled (with expression of great affection to his, Majesty, and his Service) were in Debate and Consideration concerning some Supply, before any Resolution by them made, Be the said Earl of Strafford, with the help and assistance of the said archbishop, did procure his Majesty to dissolve the, said parliament, upon the 5th Day of May last; and upon the same Day, the said Earl of Strafford Did treacherously, falsly and maliciously, endeavour to incense his Majesty against his lobing and faithful Subjects, who had been members of the said House of Commons, by telling his Majesty they had denyed to supply him. And afterwards upon the same day, did traitorously and wickedly counsel and advise his Majesty to this effect, viz. That having tried the affections of his People, he was loose and absolved from all rules of Government, and that he was to do every thing that Power would admit; and that his Majesty had tryed all ways, and was refused, and should be acquired towards God and Man; and that he had an Army in Ireland (meaning the Army above mentioned, consisting of papists, is Dependants, as is aforesaid) which he might imploy to reduce this kingdom.