Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 14, 1685-1691. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 12 die Februarii.
Crown-office to be searched, for Proceedings against Peers in criminal Matters.
The Earl of Stamford reported from the Committee for Privileges, "That it is the Opinion of that Committee, that the Memorials and Rolls of the Crownoffice be searched, to see what Proceedings, Rules, or Orders, have been in that Court, against Peers, as to Criminal Matters."
ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westminst. That Mr. Bradbury and Mr. Petytt, Assistants to this House, have Liberty to search in the Crown-office of the King's Bench, to see what may be there found for the Service of this House; and that the Clerks belonging to that Office do assist them herein, and allow, and make out, and deliver Copies or Abstracts of such Records as they shall think fit for the Service of this House, in order to the asserting of the Privileges of the Peers of this Kingdom.
Message from H. C. for another Conference.
Report of the Conference.
And, after Debate upon the Report, and Consideration of the Commons Reasons reported; the House did agree with the House of Commons in several of their Alterations, and also did insist upon some of their own; and ORDERED, To have a Free Conference, to debate those Particulars wherein they do not agree.
Messages to H. C. to sit a while; and for another Conference.
Proclamation of the K. and Q.
Message from H. C. that they agree to the Declaration.
Declaration concerning the oppressive and illegal Measures of the late King; and for the Prince and Princess of Orange to be King and Queen.
"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 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, Cities, Universities, 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 Westminst. upon the Two and Twentieth 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 Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons, pursuant to their respective Letters and Elections, 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, Declare,
"And they do claim, demand, and insist upon, all and singular the Premises, as their undoubted Rights and Liberties; and that no Declarations, Judgements, 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.
"To all which Demand of their Rights they are particularly encouraged, 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 entire Confidence that His said 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, Rights, and Liberties:
"That William and Mary, 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 sole and full Exercise of the Regal Power be only in, and executed by, the said Prince of Orange, in the Names 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 Anne of Denmarke, and the Heirs of her Body; and for Default of such Issue, 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 be abrogated:
Oaths, instead of those 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 Potentatc, hath, or ought to have, any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, Pre-eminence, or Authority Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, within this Realm.
To be enrolled.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons now assembled at Westminster, That this Declaration be engrossed in Parchment, and enrolled among the Records of Parliament, and recorded in Chancery.
Message to Prince and Princess of Orange, to know when they will be attended.
A Message was sent to the Prince of Orange (and the Princess of Orange, if come), by his Grace the Duke of Norfolke, to know what Time both Houses may wait on them with their Declaration, whether To-morrow or on Thursday next.
Message to H. C. for a Conference about the Proclamation.
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Message from H. C. that they agree to the Proclamation.
Proclamation for the Prince and Princess of Orange to be King and Queen.
"Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God, in His great Mercy to this Kingdom, to vouchsase us a miraculous Deliverance from Popery and arbitrary Power; and that our Preservation is due, next under God, to the Resolution and Conduct of his Highness the Prince of Orange, whom God hath chosen to be the glorious Instrument of such an inestimable Happiness to us and our Posterity; and being highly sensible and fully persuaded of the great and eminent Virtues of her Highness the Princess of Orange, whose Zeal for the Protestant Religion will no Doubt bring a Blessing along with her upon this Nation; and whereas the Lords and Commons now assembled at Westm. have made a Declaration, and presented the same to the said Prince and Princess of Orange, and therein desired them to accept the Crown, who have accepted the same accordingly: We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, together with the Lord Mayor and Citizens of London, and others of the Commons of this Realm, do, with a full Consent, publish and proclaim, according to the said Declaration, William and Mary Prince and Princess of Orange to be king and Queen of England, France, and Ireland, with all the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging; who are accordingly so to be owned, deemed, accepted, and taken, by all the People of the aforesaid Realms, and Dominions, who are from henceforward bound to acknowledge and pay unto them all Faith and true Allegiance; beseeching God, by whom Kings reign, to bless King William and Queen Mary with long and happy Years to Reign over us.
They will be attended by the Houses.
Message to H. C. to acquaint them with it; and that the Lords agree to their Amendments in the Proclamation.
To let them know, that the Prince and Princess of Orange hath appointed To-morrow, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon, for both Houses to wait on them; and to let them know, that they have agreed to the Amendment in the Proclamation, and to let them know that this House intends to meet here To-morrow, at Eight of the Clock, in order to go in a Body to wait on the said Prince and Princess, with their Declaration.
Marq. de Hallifax, Orator Procerum pro Tempore, declaravit præsen. Convent. continuandum esse usque in diem Mercurii, videlicet, 13um diem instantis Februarii, 1688, hora octava Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.