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or enjoy the benefit thereof, that should refuse to take the oath of allegiance.
That any right which the papists pretended to be taken from them by the bill, was in their own power to remedy, by conforming; as in prudence, they ought to do, and that they ought not to blame any but themselves.
The next day the bill was ordered to be engrossed and sent to the lords.
The petitioners having applied to the lords also, for leave to be heard by their counsel against the bill, the same was granted; and the fame counsel, upon Monday, February 28th, appeared there, and offered such-like arguments as they had made use of in the other house: They told their lordships, that it had been objected by the commons, that the passing that bill would not be a breach of the articles of Limerick, as had been suggested ; because, the persons therein comprized were only to be put into the same state they were in the reign of Charles the Second, and because, that in that reign there was no law in force which hindered the passing any other law thought needful for the future safety of the government. That the commons had further sayed, that the passing this bill was needful at present, for the security of the kingdom; and that there was not any thing in the articles of Limerick that prohibited their so doing.
It was admitted, on the part of the petitioners, that the legislative power cannot be confined from altering and making such laws as shall be thought necessary, for securing the quiet and safety of the government; that in time of war or danger, or when there shall be just reason to suspect any ill designs to disturb the public peace, no articles or previous obligations, fhall tie up the hands of the legislators from providing for its safety, or bind the government from disarming and securing any, who may be reasonably suspected of favouring or corresponding with its enemies, or to be otherwise guilty of ill practices : “ Or indeed to enact any other law,” said Sir Stephen Rice, “ that may be absolutely needful for the safety and advantage of the public ; such a law cannot be a breach either of these, or any other like articles. But then such laws, ought to be in general, and should not single out, or affect, any one particular part or party of the people, who gave no provocation
such law, and whose conduct stood hitherto unimpeached, ever since the ratification of the aforesaid articles of Limerick.To make any law that shall single any particular part of the people out from the rest, and take from them what, by right of birth, and all the preceding laws of the land had been confirmed to, and intailed upon them, will be an apparent violation of the original institution of all right, and an ill president to any that hereafter might dislike either the present or any
other settlement, which should be in their power to alter ; the consequence of which is hard to imagine.'
The Lord Chancellor having summed up all that had been offered at the bar, the house proceeded thereupon; the bill was read through ; and, to the great mortification of that unhappy party, was paffed; and upon the 4th of March obtained the
NUMB. XVII. [From the History of the Coronation of King James II. and Queen Mary; published by royal authority in 1687, p. 88.]
The Coronation Oath of James II.
[See Review, vol. ii. p. 183.) SERMON
ERMON being ended, the king uncovered his head, and the archbishop arose, and repaired to his majesty, and asked him :
Sir, Are you willing to take the oath usually taken by your predecessors?
And the king answered. I am willing.
Then the bishop ministered these questions ; to'which the king (having a book in his hand) answered severally as followeth.
ARCHB. Sir, will you grant and keep, and by your oath confirm to the people of England, the laws and customs to them granted by the kings of England, your lawful and religious predecessors ; and namely, the laws, customs, and franchises granted to the clergy by the glorious king St. Edward, your predecessor, according to the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel established in this kingdom, and agreeing to the prerogative of the kings thereof, and the antient customs of this realm ?
KING. I grant and promise to keep them.
ARCHB. Sir, will you keep peace and godly agreement intirely, according to your power, to the holy church, the clergy and the people ?
KING. I will keep it.
ARCHB. Sir, will you to your power cause law, justice and discretion, in mercy and truth, to be executed in all your judgments ?
KING. I will.
ARCHB. Sir, will you grant to hold and keep the rightful cuftoms which the commonalty of this your kingdom have, and will you defend and uphold them to the honour of God, so much as in you
Then the petition or request of the bishops to the king, was
Our lord and king, we beseech you to pardon us, and to
The king answered :
With a willing and devout heart, I promise and grant you
Then the king arose from his chair, and being attended by
The things which I have here before promised, I will perform
And then kissed the book.
N. B. The numeral letters refer to the volumes, and the
figures to the pages.
Kilkenny, i. 366. Put to death
by the Cromwellians, ib. note.
vernors of Ireland during the a declaration, containing virulent
mond, ii. 40.
To restrain foreign educa rack by order of the lords justices,
po ed when a prisoner with the insur-
Bedford, Duke of, lord lieutenant of
cessors, treat the Irish as a conquer lics, ii. 264. Approves of their
conduct, ib. note.
of, to prevent the further growth Connaught, severely governs that
Sir Richard, enmity of, to
king, 304. Created Marquis, ib. changes the Lord's Prayer, i. 61.
Brogbill, Lord, cruelty of, on the
His proposal at the
Contrivances of, ib. Apa
pointed one of the commissioners
sent to the king, 75. His ma-
Mac - Mahon's country, i. 18. Earl of Orrery, 79. Made one
-, Walter, colonel, makes a finifter means for his own private
Burnet, bishop, describes the ecclefi length obeyed in that respect, ib.
aftical courts in Ireland, i. 103. Sends a commission to Ormond to
His further account of them, 110. conclude a peace with the confede-
rates, 310. Emphatically expres-
sends Glamorgan with a commif-
his letters to Glamorgan, 331–
333• Acquaints Ormond and
Digby of his unhappy situation,
338. Kept under the clofeft and
an order to the Marquis of Ormond
Irish, i. 43. His account of a federates, 348. How treated by
the Scots, 357:
vices to suppress the Northern in land, ii. 24. Arrives in Scotland,
25. Signs the covenant, ib. Pub-
Proclaimed in Ire-
against the frifh, 78. Acknowled-
his obligations to the Irish in
ment, 96. Appoints commission-
ers for the fettlement of Irith af-
of Ormond, 117. His remarka-
of the city of Dublin before the
them, 75. Receives a letter from
Favours the puritans, 87.
Commands him again to Declares the Star-chamber a proper
court to punish jurors,
rigorous enquiry into defective ti-
tles, 105. ib. note.