Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 26 Februarii, post meridiem.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas sat Speaker.
State of the Nation.
The House (pursuant to the Order Yesterday) took into Consideration the present State of the Nation.
And it being moved, "That the House be put into a Committee:"
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee, to consider of the present State of the Nation.
After some Time spent therein, the House was resumed.
And the Earl of Bridgewater reported, "An Association, drawn by the Committee of the whole House."
Which, being read, was agreed to, as followeth:
Association for the Safety of the King's Person and Defence of His Government:
"Whereas there has been a horrid and detestable Conspiracy, formed and carried on by Papists and other wicked and traiterous Persons, for assassinating His Majesty's Royal Person, in order to encourage an Invasion from France, to subvert our Religion, Laws, and Liberties: We, whose Names are hereunto subscribed, do heartily, sincerely, and solemnly profess, testify, and declare, That His present Majesty King William hath Right by Law to the Crown of these Realms; and that neither the late King James, nor the pretended Prince of Wales, nor any other Person, hath any Right whatsoever to the same: And we do mutually promise and engage to stand by and assist each other, to the utmost of our Power, in the Support and Defence of His Majesty's most Sacred Person and Government, against the late King James, and the pretended Prince of Wales, and all their Adherents: And in case His Majesty come to any violent or untimely Death (which God forbid), we do hereby further, freely, and unanimously oblige ourselves, to unite, associate, and stand by each other, in revenging the same upon His Enemies and their Adherents, and in supporting and defending the Succession of the Crown, according to an Act made in the First Year of the Reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled, "An Act declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, and settling the Succession of the Crown."
To be engrossed, and signed by the Lords.
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Association, agreed to by the House this Day, shall be engrossed, and lie on the Table, for such Lords of this House to sign as shall think fit so to do; and that To-morrow, at Twelve of the Clock, the House shall be called over; at which Time the Lords present shall sign, as named, if they please; and all the Lords summoned to attend.
Georgius Treby Miles, Capitalis Justiciarius Com. Placit. declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, (videlicet,) vicesimum septimum diem instantis Februarii, hora decima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.