DIE Martis, 30 die Novembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Epus. Bath & Wells.
Epus. St. Asaph.
L. Chancellor, Lord High Steward prohac vice.
L. Privy Seal.
Comes Dorset & Midd.
Comes St. Albans.
Ds. North & Grey.
Ds. Grey de War.
2 Ds. Maynard.
1 Ds. Lovelace.
Ds. Howard Esc.
Ds. Herbert Cher.
Ds. Butler de West.
Memorandum, That these
Lords Spiritual were in the
House in the Morning; but
none of them went down
into Westminster Hall.
Report from Committee of both Houses, concerning L. Stafford's Trial.
The Earl of Essex reported from the Committee of
both Houses, "That Yesterday their Lordships agreed
with the Commons, that the Members of the House
of Commons, who are to manage the Evidence against
the Lord Viscount of Stafford, at his Trial, should
speak to the Lords as a House, and not to the Lord
Upon which, it being moved, "That their Lordships
would consider, whether it be not fit to have His Majesty's Commission for a Lord High Steward read in
this House, before an Adjournment be made into
It was Agreed to.
Then a Commission for appointing a Lord High
Steward for the Trial of the Lord Viscount of Stafford,
was read (all the Peers standing up uncovered), as followeth;
King's Commission for L. Chancellor Finch to be Lord High Steward.
"Carolus Secundus, Dei Gratia, Angl. Sco'æ,
Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Rex, Fidei Defensor, &c. Prædilecto et Fideli Consiliario Nostro Heneagio Domino
Finch Domino Cancellario Nostro Angliæ, Salutem:
Cum Will'us Comes Powis, Will'us Vicecomes Stafford,
Henricus Dominus Arundell de Wardour, Will'us Dominus Petre, & Joh'es Dominus Bellasis, coram Nobis
in Parliamento, per Milites, Cives, & Burgenses, in
Parliamento Nostro assemblat. de Alta Proditione, &
aliis atrocissimis Criminibus & Offensis, per ipsos
Will'um Comitem Powis, Will'um Vicecomitem Stafford,
Henric. Dominum Arundell de Wardour, Will'm Dominum Petre, & Joh'em Dominum Bellasis, commiss.
& perpetrat. in Nomine ipsorum Militum, Civium, &
Burgensium, & Nomine omnium Communium Regni
Nostri Angliæ, impetiti & accusati existunt; Nos, considerantes quod Justitia est Virtus excellens, & Altissimo complacens, volentesque quod prædictus Will'us
Vicecomes Stafford, de & pro Proditione & aliis Criminibus & Offensis, unde ipse (ut præfertur) impetitus
& accusatus existit, coram Nobis, in præsenti Parliamento Nostro, secundum Leg. & Consuetudin.
hujus Regni Nostri Angl. & secundum Consuetudinem
Parliamenti, audiatur, examinetur, sententietur, &
adjudicetur, cæteraque omnia quæ in hac Parte pertinent debito Modo exerceantur & exequantur; ac pro
eo quod Proceres & Magnates in præsenti Parliamento
Nostro assemblat. Nobis humillime supplicaverunt,
ut Senescallum Angl. pro hac Vice constituere dignaremur; Nos, de Fidelitate, Prudentia, provida Circumspectione, & Industria vestris plurimum considentes, ordinavimus & constituimus vos, ex hac Causa, Senescallum Angliæ, ad Officium illud, cum omnibus eidem Officio in hac Parte debit. & pertinen.
(hac Vice) gerend. occupand. & exercend. Et ideo
Vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, & omnia quæ in hac Parte ad Officium Senescalli Angliæ pertinent & requiruntur, hac Vice,
faciatis, exercetis, & exequamini cum Effectu. In
cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri secimus Patentes.
"Teste Meipso, apud Westm. Tricesimo die Novembris, Anno Regni Nostri Tricesimo Secundo.
"Per ipsum Regem, propria Manu signat."
Then the Lord Bishop of London, for himself and
the rest of the Bishops, delivered in a Protestation;
which they desired may be entered; which was read, as
Bishops Protestation, on absenting themselves from the Trial.
"The Lords Spiritual of the House of Peers do desire the Leave of this House, to be absent from the
Trial of the Lord Viscount Stafford; by Protestation,
saving to themselves and their Successors all such
Rights in Judicature as they have by Law, and of
Right ought to have."
L. Stafford to have a Stool.
Then, in regard of the Age and Weakness of the
Lord Viscount Stafford, it was agreed, that his Lordship should be permitted to have a Stool or Chair to sit on.
Serjeant at Arms to make Proclamations.
The House having taken into Consideration the
Formalities to be observed in the Proceedings at the
Trial of William Lord Viscount Stafford in Westminster
Hall; agreed, That the Serjeant at Arms be continued
in the House, to make Proclamations which are to be
made in the King's Name.
Procession of the Lords directed by Garter.
Then the House was adjourned into Westminster Hall;
whither the Lords went, in that Order as they have directed; Garter King of Arms calling them in their due
Places by a List.
The Lords being sat; the Lord High Steward asked
Leave of the House for the Judges to be covered.
Which was granted.
Proclamations for Silence, and bringing Prisoner to the Bar.
Then Proclamation was made, for keeping Silence.
Another Proclamation was made, requiring the Lieutenant of The Tower of London to bring to the Bar
William Lord Viscount Stafford, his Prisoner; who was
brought to the Bar, and kneeled.
L. High Steward to L. Stafford.
Then the Lord High Steward told the Lord Viscount
Stafford, "That he is brought to be tried this Day
upon an Impeachment of High Treason, brought up
against him by the House of Commons, in their
Names, and in the Names of all the Commons of England; and wished him carefully to attend it."
Impeachment and Answer read.
Then the Impeachment of the House of Commons
against him was read; and also the Answer of the Lord
Viscount Stafford thereunto was read.
Lord High Steward to the Managers for H. C.
Then the Lord High Steward told the Members of
the House of Commons, who were appointed to manage
the Evidence, "That now they might proceed in their
Lords adjourn to the House.
And, after many Hours were spent in the Trial, the
Lords adjourned into their House.
Lieutenant of The Tower to bring L. Stafford To-morrow to Westminster Hall.
ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That the Lieutenant of His Majesty's Tower of London
be, and is hereby, required to bring William Viscount
Stafford, now Prisoner there, to the Bar of this House
in Westminster Hall, on Wednesday the First Day of December, at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Guards to prevent Tumults.
ORDERED, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That, during the Trial of the Lord Viscount Stafford,
Guards shall be so set at Westminster Hall Gates, as to
preserve the Peace, and prevent Noise in the Hall, to
the Disturbance of the Lords sitting there; and that the
Leads be guarded, to prevent breaking the Windows.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, primum
diem Decembris, 1680, hora nona Aurora, Dominis sic