THE Protestation made BY THE PARLIAMENT the third day of May, Anno Domini, 1641.

Printed Anno, 1641.

The Preamble of the House of Commons to the Protestation.

WEE the Knights, Citi­zens, and Burgesses, of the Commons House of Parliament, finding to the great griefe of our hearts, that the de­signes of Priests and Ie­suits, and others adherent to the See of Rome, have of late bin more frequently, and boldly put in practice then formerly, to the undermining, and danger of the true Reformed Religion in his Majesties Do­minions established, and finding also that [Page 2] there have bin, and having just cause to suspect there still are, during the sitting of this present Parliament, endevours to sub­vert the fundamentall Laws of England, & Ireland; and to introduce the Exercise of an Arbitrarie and Tyrannicall Government by most pernitious Councels, Practices, Plots, and Conspiracies, and that the long intermission and breach of Parliaments have occasioned many illegall Taxations, whereby the Subjects have bin prosecu­ted and grieved, and that divers Innovati­ons, and Superstitions have bin brought in­to the Church, multitudes driven out of his Majesties Dominions, Iealousies raised and fomented between the King and his Peo­ple, a Popish Armie levied in Ireland, and two Armies brought into the bowels of this Kingdome to the hazard of his Maje­sties Royall Person, the consumption of the Revenue of the Crowne and Treasure of the Kingdome, And lastly, finding great causes of Iealousie that endeavours have bin, and are used to bring the English Army [Page 3] into misunderstanding of this Parliament, thereby to incline that Armie with force to bring to passe these wicked Counsels, have therefore thought good to joyne our selves in a Declaration of our united affection and resolution, and to make this ensuing Protestation.

The Protestation made May the third, 1641.

I A. B. doe promise, vow, and protest in the pres [...]nce of Almightie God to maintain, and defend as farre as lawfully I may with my life, power, and Estate, the true Reformed Protestant Religion expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations within the Realme, contrarie to the said Doctrine, and according to the dutie of my Allegiance to his Majesties [Page 4] Royall Person, Honour, and Estate, as also the power, and privileges of the Parliament, the lawfull Rights, and Liberties of the Subject, and every person that maketh this Protestation in whatsoever hee shall do in the lawfull pur­suance of the same, and to my power, and as far as lawfully I may, I will oppose, and by all good ways and means endevour to bring to con­digne punishment all such as shall either by force, practices, Counsels, Plots, Conspira­cies, or otherwise do any thing to the contrary in this present Protestation contained. And further that I shall in all just, and honourable ways endevour to preserve the Vnion and peace of the three Kingdoms of England, Scot­land, and Ireland, neither for hope, feare, or other respect shall relinquish this promise, vow and Protestation.

FINIS.

WHeras some doubts have been raised by severall persons out of this House, con­cerning the meaning of these words contained in the Protestation lately made by the Members of this House, (viz.) The true Reformed Pro­testant Religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Pope­ry and Popish Innovations within this Realme, contrary to the same doctrine; This House doth declare, That by those words, was, and is meant, onely the publike Doctrine profes­sed in the said Church, so far as it is opposite to Popery and Popish Innovations; And that the said words are not to be extended to the maintai­ning of any form of Worship, Discipline, or Go­vernment, nor of any Rites or Ceremonies of the said Church of England.

IT is this day ordered by the House of Com­mons now assembled in Parliament, That the preamble, together with the Protestation, which the Members of this house made the third of May, shall be forthwith printed, and the Coppies printed brought to the Clarke of the said house, to attest under his hand, to the end that the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses may send them downe to the Shrieves and Justices of Peace of the severall Shires, and to the Citizens and Burgesses of the severall Cities, Boroughs, and Cinque Ports, respectively. And the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, are to intimate unto the Shires, Cities, Borroughs, and Cinqueports, with what willingnesse all the Members of this House made this protestation: and further to signifie, that as they justifie the taking of it in themselves, so they cannot but approve it in al such as shall take it.

IT is thought fit that the Protestation, which the Parliament lately made, be taken by the Citie of London, the next Lords Day, being the thirtieth of this instant moneth, in the several [...] Parish Churches in the afternoon after Sermon before the Congregation be dissolved, by all Ma­sters of Families, their Sonnes, and men Servants in manner and forme following. viz.

  • First, That forthwith notice of this inten­tion be given to the Minister, Churchwardens, and some other meet Persons of each Parish in London, Liberties, and adjacent Parishes, and some of them to give notice to the rest of the Parishio­ners.
  • Secondly, That the Minister be entreated (if he please) to acquaint his Parish in his Sermon, either forenoon or afternoon, with the nature of the businesse, more or lesse as hee shall thinke fit, for the better and more solemne taking of the said Protestation, or if the Minister refuse it, that some other be entreated to preach that will pro­mote the businesse; or if neither of these may be had, that some other convenient course be taken by some well affected to the businesse to stay the Parish, and communicate the matter to them.
  • [Page]Thirdly, That the Minister or Ministers of every Congregation first take it, in his or their own person, reading the said Pro [...]estation in so distinct a voice, that all present may conveniently heare it, and that all the Assembly [...]resent doe make the same Protestation distinctly after this manner, every man taking this Protes [...]ation into his hand.
    I A. B. doe in the presence of Almighty God freely and heartily promise, vow, and pro­test the same which the leading person took, na­ming the person.’
  • Fourthly, That there bee a Register Booke wherein every Man taking this vow or protestati­on subscribe his name, with his own hand or mark, and that the names be taken of such as doe refuse the same.
  • Fifthly, That all the Parishioners abovesaid whether in Town or out of Town be earnestly requested to bee present at their owne Parish Church in the afternoone, that every man may take it in their own place, and if any be necessarily absent that they may be desired to take it the next Lords day after, or so soon as may be with con­veniency.
  • Sixtly, and lastly, that all whom it doth not immediatly concerne be earnestly requested to depart.

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