Studies and Illustrations of the Great Rebellion
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...of the chancellor issuing the writs, then the peers or any twelve of them, or in default of them the sheriffs, mayors, &c., were to issue the writs; and in their default, the freeholders were to assemble and return the members themselves. It was also enacted that no Parliament thenceforth to be assembled should be dissolved or prorogued within fifty days after the time appointed for their meeting, or adjourned within fifty days after their meeting, but by consent of either House respectively, who might appoint each their own speaker. We must return now to the trial of Strafford. Examinations of witnesses had been taken by the Lords, in the presence of a select committee of the House of Commons, and finally twenty-eight articles had been drawn up and presented to the Lords by Pym, to which the Earl of Strafford returned his answers in writing. The 2 2nd day of March was fixed for Y the commencement of the trial, so that Strafford had upwards of four months for a review in his own mind of the circumstances of his career as a minister; and though the salient points on which he would be charged were well known to him previously, he had three weeks given him after the delivery of the articles to prepare his specific answers. He asked for three months! What might not happen in three months? Delay was the earl's game, expedition his opponents' necessity. 'The usual places for administering justice and trials of offenders, ' says Rushworth, who was present and took down in writing the whole proceedings, ' were thought too mean upon so great an occasion, and therefore scaffolds were erected in Westminster Hall fit to receive so great an assembly as were to attend his trial. His majesty had a closet provided for him, the queen, and prince near the..