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It was not until the 23rd of March, however, that the trial actually began. At no point in the more than three months of investigation does Hesilrige seem to have played a role, nor was he anythingmore than a spectator once the trial commenced. ,pp. 99, 100, 105. ) Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Sir A. Haseirige, His Speech in Parlimaent concerningthe Bill Passedagainst Pluralityof Livings(London, 1641). '6 As the trial progressed it became increasingly evident that the Lords were unlikely to find the Earl guilty.

Gardiner, History of England (London, 1883), X:330. 2OThomasMay, The History of the Parliment of England, (London, 1647), pp. 87-88. 328 Albion of Sir Arthur Hesilrige, Oliver St. John, Oliver Cromwell, and Sir Henry Vane the younger. 2' That bill, which would exclude the bishops from their seats in the upper house, had passed the Commons on May 1, and was now held up in the Lords. Sir Edward came to regret his action and later sought to explain it away by publishing his own account of what happened.

The King, fearful of just such a threat, struck first. On January 3, 1642, Sir Edward Herbert, the King's Attorney General, appeared in the House of Lords to accuse Lord Kimbolton, Denzil Holles, John Pym, John Hampden, Sir Arthur Hesilrige, and William Strode of high treason. While the articles were being read, the King's Sergeant at Arms appeared at the door of the Commons to arrest these five members, but the House refused to surrender them. The next day, January 4, the King, at the Queen's urging, came in person to the Commons to arrest the five members.

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