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deavour to disclose and make known unto his Majesty, his Heirs and Successours, all Treasons and Traiterous Conspiracies which I shall know or hear of, to be against him or any of them.

And I do further swear, That I do from my heart abhor, detest and abjure, as impious and heretical, this damnable Doctrine and Position, that Princes which be excommunicated or deprived by the Pope, may be deposed or murthered by their Subjects, or any other whatsoever.

And I do believe, and in Conscience am resolved, That neither the Pope, nor any person whatsoever hath power to absolye me of this Oath, or any part thereof which I acknowledge by good and full Authority to be lawfully administred unto me, and do renounce all Pardons and Dispensations to the contrary. And all these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge, and swear according to these express words by me spoken, and according to the plain and common sense and understanding of the same words, without any equivocation or mental evasion, or secret reservation whatsoever: And I do make this Recognition and acknowledgment heartily, willingly and truly, upon the true faith of a Christian. So help me God, &c.

The Oath of Supremacy.

I A. B. Do utterly testifie and declare in my conscience, That the Kings Highness is the only supreme Governor of this Realm, and of all other his Highness Dominions and Countries, as well in all Spiritual or Ecclesiastical things or causes, as Temporal: And that no Foreign Prince, Person, Prelate, State or Potentate, hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, Pre-eminence or Authority Ecclesiastical or Spiritual within this Realm: And therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all Foraign Jurisdictions, Powers, Superiorities and Authorities, and do promise from henceforth I shall bear faith and true Allegiance to the Kings Highness, his Heirs and lawful Successours, and to my power shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Priviledges, Pre-eminences and Authorities granted, or belonging to

the Kings Highness, his Heirs and Successours, or united and annexed to the Imperial Crown of this Realm. So help me God and the Contents of this Book.

The Oath of Simony.

I A. B. Do swear that I have made no Simoniacal payment, contract, or promise directly or indirectly by myself, or by any other to my knowledge, or with my consent, to any person or persons whatsoever for or concerning the procuring or obtaining of the R. or V. of A. in the Diocess of London. Nor will at any time hereafter form or satisfie any such kind of payment, contract or promise made by any other without my knowledge or consent. So help me God through Jesus Christ.


Juramentum de Canonica Obedientia.

EGO A. B. juro quod præstabo veram & Canonicam Obedientiam Episcopo Londinensi ejusque successoribus in omnibus Licitis & honestis. Sic me Deus adjuvet.

Juramentum de continuâ Residentia in Vicaria.

EGO A. B. juro Quod ero residens in Vicariâ meâ nisi aliter dispensatum fuerit à Diocesano meo.


A Proclamation declaring that the proceedings of his Majesties Ecclesiastical Courts and Ministers, are according to the Laws of the Realm.


HEREAS in some of the Libellous Books and Pamphlets lately published, the most Reverend Father in God, the Lord Archbishop and Bishops of this Realm, are said to have usurped upon his Majesties Prerogative Royal, and to have proceeded in the high Commission and other Ecclesiastical Courts, contrary to the Laws and Statutes of this Realm; It was ordered by his Majesties high Court of Star-Chamber, the twelfth day of June last, that the opinion of the two Lords chief Justices, the Lord chief Baron, and the rest of the Judges and Barons, should be had and certified in those particulars, viz. Whether Processes may not issue out of the Ecclesiastical Courts in the Name of the Bishops? Whether a Patent under the great Seal be necessary for the keeping of the Ecclesiastical Courts, and enabling Citations, Suspensions, Excommunications, and other censures of the Church? And whether Citations ought to be in the Kings Name, and under his Seal of Arms, and the like for Institutions and Inductions to Benefices, and Correction of Ecclesiastical offences? Whether Bishops, Arch-Deacons and other Ecclesiastical persons may or ought to keep any Visitation at any time unless they have express Commission or Patent under the great Seal of England to do it, and that as his Majesties Visitors only, and in his name and right alone?

Whereupon his Majesties said Judges having taken the same into their serious consideration, did unanimously concur and agree in opinion, and the first day of July last certified under their hands as followeth, That Processes may issue out of the Ecclesiastical Courts in the name of the Bishops; and that a Patent under the great Seal is not necessary for the keeping of the said Ecclesiastical Courts, or for enabling of Citations, Suspensions, Excommunications, and other censures of the Church; And that it is not necessary that Summons,

Citations, or other Processes Ecclesiastical in the said Courts, or Institutions, or Inductions to Benefices, or correction of Ecclesiastical offences by censure in those Courts, be in the Kings name, or with the style of the King, or under the Kings Seal, or that their Seals of office have in them the Kings Arms; And that the Statute of Primo Edvardi sexti, cap. secundo, which enacted the contrary, is not now in force: And that the Bishops, Arch-Deacons and other Ecclesiastical persons, may keep their Visitations as usually they have done, without Commission under the great Seal of England so to do: Which Opinions and Resolutions being declared under the hands of all his Majesties said Judges, and so certified into his Court of Starchamber, were there recorded. And it was by that Court further ordered the fourth day of the said month of July, that the said Certificate should be enrolled in all other his Majesties Courts at Westminster, and in the High Commission, and other Ecclesiastical Courts, for the satisfaction of all men; that the proceedings in the High Commission and other Ecclesiastical Courts, are agreeable to the Laws and Statutes of the Realm.

And his Royal Majesty hath thought fit, with advice of his Council, that a publick Declaration of these the Opinions and Resolutions of his Reverend and Learned Judges, being agreeable to the Judgment and Resolutions of former times, should be made known to all his Subjects, as well to vindicate the legal proceedings of his Ecclesiastical Courts and Ministers, from the unjust and scandalous imputation of invading or entrenching on his Royal Prerogative, as to settle the minds and stop the mouths of all unquiet spirits, that for the future they presume not to censure his Ecclesiastical Courts or Ministers in these their just and warrantable proceedings: And hereof his Majesty admonisheth all his Subjects to take warning, and as they shall answer the contrary at their perils.

Given at the Court at Lyndhurst, the 18 day of August, in the 13 year of his Majesties Reign.

God save the KING,

Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, and by the Assigns of John Bill. MDCXXXVII.



Treated upon by the




Presidents of the Convocations for the respective Provinces of Canterbury and York, and the rest of the Bishops and Clergy of those Provinces.

And agreed upon with the Kings Majesties License in their several Synods begun at London and York, 1640.

In the year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, the Sixteenth.

And now published for the due observation of them, by His Majesties Authority under the Great Seal of England.

London, Printed by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, and by the Assigns of John Bill. 1640.

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