A compleat history of the life and raigne of King Charles from his cradle to his grave collected and written by William Sanderson, Esq.
Sanderson, William, Sir, 1586?-1676.

8. That the said Earl of Strafford upon a Petition exhibited in October, 1635. by Thomas Hibbots against Dame Mary Hibbots widow, to him the said Earl of Strafford, recommended the said Pe∣tition to the Counsel Table of Ireland, where the most part of the Coun∣sel gave their vote and opinion for the said Lady, but the said Earl finding fault herewith, caused an order to be entered against the said Lady, and threatned her, that if she refused to submit thereunto, he would imprison her, and fine her five hundred pound; that if she con∣tinued obstinate, he would continue her imprisonment, and double her fine every month by month, whereof she was enforced to relinquish her estate in the Land questioned in the said Petition, which shortly was conveyed to Sir Robert Meredeth, to the use of the said Earl of Straf∣ford.

And the said Earl in like manner did imprison divers others of his Majesties subjects, upon pretence of disobedience to his orders and decrees, and other illegal commands by him made for pretended debts, titles of Lands, and other causes, in an arbitrary and extrajudicial course, upon paper Petitions to him preferred, and no other cause legally depending.