Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Veneris, 21 Martii; Anno Gulielmi et Mariæ Secundo.
Message to attend the King.
Mr. Speaker approved.
And Mr. Speaker having humbly represented to his Majesty, That the Choice of Speaker had fallen upon him; he acknowledged his Unfitness for so important a Service; and humbly beseeched his Majesty to command the Commons to make a better Choice.
Whereupon he returned his humble Thanks to his Majesty for his gracious Acceptance; and humbly prayed his Majesty, in the Name of the Commons of England in Parliament assembled, That he would graciously be pleased to confirm all their ancient Rights and Privileges; and particularly that they might have Liberty and Freedom of Speech in all their Debates: That their Persons, Estates, and Servants, might be free from Arrests, and other Disturbances; and that they might, as Occasion should require, have Access to his Majesty's Royal Person.
Mr. Speaker and the House being returned; Mr. Speaker made Report to the House, That his Majesty had been pleased to confirm all their Privileges to them, in as large a Manner as ever they enjoyed them.
Members take Oaths.
Then the House proceeded to the taking the Oaths appointed by the Statute made in the First Year of their Majesties Reign; and the making, repeating, and subscribeing the Declaration, directed by the Statute made in the Thirtieth Year of the Reign of the late King Charles the Second, intituled, An Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament.
And Mr. Speaker, first alone by himself in the Chair, and afterwards a great Number of the Members of the House, at the Table, did take the said Oaths; and made, repeated, and subscribed the said Declaration.