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, 8 die Februarii, 1688.
Vote of Lords declaring the Prince and Princess of Orange King and Queen.
The Bar to be kept clear.
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms do take care to keep the Bar of this House clear from being stopped up, by the Standing of the Members there, who ought to sit in their Places, and attend the Service of the House.
Resolved, Nemine contradicente, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Amendments to the Vote of the Lords, of the 6th Instant, sent down to this House for their Concurrence, upon the Debate of the House.
And it is referred to Sir John Holt, Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Eyres, Mr. Sacheverell, Sir Geo. Treby, Mr. Pollexfen, Sir Rich. Temple, Lord Falkland, Mr. Somers, Sir Rob. Sawyer, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Buscowen, Serjeant Gregory, Mr. Wogan, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Finch, Sir H. Capell, Sir Tho. Lee, Sir Rob. Howard, Mr. Garway, Mr. Paul Foley; or any Three of them: And they are to withdraw immediately into the Speaker's Chamber, for that Purpose.
Declaration of Rights.
Mr. Sommers reports, from the said Committee, That a Difficulty hath arisen amongst them, by reason there will be Occasion to make a Connection of the Amendments of the said Vote of the Lords, to the declaratory Part of the Paper of Heads, Yesterday reported to and passed by the House; and desires the Direction of the House therein.
Resolved, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, to connex to the said Vote of the Lords, and Amendments thereof, such Part of the Heads, passed this House Yesterday, as are declaratory of ancient Rights; leaving out such Part of the Heads as are introductory of new Laws.
Mr. Somers reports from the said Committee, That they having taken the several Matters to them referred into their serious Consideration, had agreed to several Amendments to be made to the said Vote of the Lords, to be reported to the House; and had made the several Connexions directed by the House: All which he read in his Place; and delivered them, in an intire Paper, at the Clerk's Table: Where the same, being once read throughout, and afterwards, Paragraph by Paragraph, were, upon the Question severally put, agreed to by the House; and are as follows:
WHEREAS the late King James the Second, by the Assistance of divers evil Counsellors, 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 Trials; and, particularly, divers Jurors in Trials for High Treason, which were not Freeholders;
His Highness the Prince of Orange (whom it hath pleased 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 their Religion, Laws, and Liberties, might not again be in Danger of being subverted:
And thereupon the said
and the 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 the 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:
Prince and Princess of Orange declared King and Queen.
Succession to the Crown.
To which Demand of their Rights, they are particularly invited by the Declaration of his Highness the Prince
of Orange, as being the only Means for obtaining a full
Redress and Remedy therein. Having therefore an intire
Confidence that his Highness the Prince of Orange will
perfect the Deliverance, so far advanced by him; and
will still preserve them from the Violation of their Rights,
which they have here asserted, and from all other Attempts upon their Religion, Laws, and Liberties; the
Commons, assembled at Westminster, do resolve, That the Prince and Princess of Orange be, and be declared, King and Queen of England, France, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging; to hold the Crown and Royal Dignity of the said Kingdoms and Dominions to them, the said Prince and Princess, during their Lives, and the Life of the Survivor of them; and that the Administration of the Government be only in, and exercised by, the said Prince of Orange, in the Name of the said Prince and Princess, during their joint Lives: And, after their Deceases, the said Crown and Royal Dignity of the said Kingdoms and Dominions to be, to the Heirs of the Body of the said Princess; and, for Default of such Issue, to the Princess Ann of Denmarke, and the Heirs of her Body; and, for Default of such issues to the Heirs of the Body of the said Prince of Orange:
And that the Oaths hereafter mentioned be taken by all Persons, of whom the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy might be required by Law, instead of them: And that the said Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy may be abrogated.
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.
Conference desired with Lords.
Resolved, That a Conference be desired with the Lords, touching the Subject Matter of the Two Messages, Yesterday sent down from them to this House; and that Mr. Wharton do go up, and acquaint the Lords with such the Desire of the House.
|Tellers for the Noes,||Sir Rowland Gwyn,||94.|
|Tellers for the Yeas,||Sir Hen. Goodrick,||185.|