Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 10, 1688-1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Jovis, 7 die Februarii, 1688.
Warrant of Brent's Commitment, &c.
ORDERED, That the original Warrant of Commitment of Mr. Brent, brought to this House Yesterday by the Keeper of the Compter of London, be delivered back to him; and that the Copy of the Commitment and Recognizance taken upon the Bailing of Mr. Brent, produced Yesterday by Sir James Smith, do remain with the Clerk of this House.
Declaration of Rights.
Ordered, That the Committee to whom it was referred to distinguish the general Heads of such Things as are absolutely necessary to be considered for the better Securing of our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, as are introductory of new Laws, from those that are declaratory of ancient Rights, and to draw the same into Form, and consider of a Title to put to the same, be revived; and do immediately withdraw into the Speaker's Chamber for that Purpose; and present the same to the House with all convenient Speed.
Resolved, That the Hearing touching the Matter of the Election of Burgesses to serve in this present Convention, for the Borough of Taunton, be further proceeded in; and that Counsel for the Parties concerned be called in.
Message from Lords, agreeing to Vote of Abdication.
Mr. Speaker, The Lords have commanded us to let you know, that they have agreed to the Vote you sent them up of the 28th of January last, touching which there was a free Conference Yesterday, without any Alteration.
The Question was put, That Sir William Portman, and John Sandford, Esquire, the Sitting Members, be duly elected to serve as Burgesses in this present Convention, for the Borough of Taunton, in the County of Somersett.
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Sir Jos. Tredenham,||230.|
|Tellers for the Noes,||Mr. Pelham,||132.|
Message from Lords.
Also, That the Lords have thought fit, to draw the Forms of several Oaths, and have commanded us to attend you with them: And there is, at the latter End of the Paper, who should take those Oaths: And their Lordships desire the Concurrence of this House to the same.
"Die Martis, 6 Februarii, 1688."
Prince and Princess of Orange declared King and Queen.
Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
I, A. B. do swear, that I do from my Heart abhor, detest, and abjure, as impious and heretical, this damnable Doctrine and Position, that Princes excommunicated, or deprived by the Pope, or any Authority of the See of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by their Subjects, or any other whatsoever: And I do declare, that no foreign Prince, Person, Prelate, State or Potentate, hath, or ought to have, any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, Preheminence, or Authority, Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, within this Realm. So help me God.
Message from the Lords for Adjournment.
Great Marlow Vacancy.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do make Application, by his Letter, to his Highness the Prince of Orange, to issue out his Highness's Letter, for the Electing of a Burgess to serve in this present Convention, for the said Borough of Great Marlow, in the room of Sir John Borlace deceased.
Declaration of Rights.
SIR George Treby reports from the Committee, to whom the same was referred, to distinguish of such Things as are absolutely necessary to be considered, for the better securing our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, as are introductory of new Laws, from those that are declaratory of ancient Rights; and to draw the same into Form, and consider of a Title to put to the same; That they had gone as far as they could; but that, as to the Title, they had not yet prepared the same: And that, as to One of the Heads, viz. "That no Pardons should be pleadable to an Impeachment in Parliament," the Committee had, for divers weighty Reasons, thought fit to omit the same: And what the Committee had prepared, he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same at the Clerk's Table: Where being first read throughout, and afterwards, Paragraph by Paragraph, upon the Question severally put, the same were agreed to by the House; and is as followeth:
WHEREAS the late King James the Second, by the Assistance of divers evil Councellors, Judges and Ministers, employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant Religion, and the Laws and Liberties of this Kingdom;
And whereas, of late Years, partial, corrupt, and unqualified Persons have been returned and served on Juries in Tryals; and, particularly, divers Jurors, in Tryals for High Treason, which were not Freeholders;
His Highness the Prince of Orange, (whom it hath pleased Almighty God to make the glorious Instrument of delivering this Kingdom from Popery and Arbitrary Power) did, by the Advice of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and divers principal Persons of the Commons, cause Letters to be written to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, being Protestants; and other Letters, to the several Counties, Universities, Cities, Boroughs, and Cinque Ports, for the Choosing of such Persons; to represent them as were of Right to be sent to Parliament, to meet and sit at Westminster upon the 22th Day of January in this Year 1688, in order to such an Establishment, as, that our Religion, Laws, and Liberties, might not again be in Danger of being subverted:
And thereupon the said Commons so elected, being now assembled in a full and free Representative of this Nation, taking into their most serious Consideration the best Means for attaining the Ends aforesaid, do in the First Place, (as their Ancestors, in like Case, have usually done) for the vindicating and asserting their Ancient Rights and Liberties, unanimously declare,
And they do claim, demand, and insist upon, all and singular the Premises, as their undoubted Rights and Liberties; and that no Declarations, Judgments, Doings, or Proceedings, to the Prejudice of the People, in any of the said Premises, ought in any wise to be drawn hereafter into Consequence or Example.
And, towards the making a more firm and perfect Settlement of the said Religion, Laws, and Liberties; and for Remedy of several Defects and Inconveniencies; it is proposed and advised by the said Commons, That there be Provision, by new Laws, made in such manner, and with such Limitations, as, by the Wisdom and Justice of Parliament, shall be considered and ordained in the Particulars, and to the Purposes, following; viz.
For securing the Right and Freedom of electing Members of the House of Commons, and the Rights and Privileges of Parliaments, and Members thereof, as well in the Intervals of Parliament, as during their Sitting;
Every King and Queen of this Realm, at the time of their Entering into the Exercise of their Regal Authority, to take an Oath for the Maintaining the Protestant Religion, and the Laws and Liberties of this Nation; and the Coronation Oath to be altered:
For making Judges Commissions, Quamdiu se bene gesserint; and ascertaining and establishing their Salaries, to be paid out of the public Revenue only; and for preventing their being removed or suspended from the Execution of their Offices, unless by due Course of Law;
Resolved, That it be added to the said Particulars, that Provision be made for the Settlement of the Crown, that no Papist may succeed or be admitted thereto; nor any Person that hath made or shall make Profession of being a Papist.
Vote of Lords declaring the Prince and Princess of Orange King and and Queen.
The Vote of the Lords, of the Sixth of this instant February, sent down to this House, for their Concurrence, concerning the Declaring the Prince and Princess of Orange King and Queen of England, being read;