Draft of the Declaration of Rights, 1689
HLRO Main Papers
(12 February 1688, Old Style calendar; 1689, New Style)

Die Martis 12 February 1688

The Declarac[i]on of the Lords Spiritual & Temporall and Comons
Assembled at Westm[inster]
Whereas the late King James the second by the assistance of diverse evill Councellors Judges and Ministers imployed by him did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant Religion and the Lawes and Libertyes of this Kingdome.
By assumeing and excerciseing a Power of dispencing with and suspending of Lawes and the execution of Lawes without consent of Parliament.
By committing and prosecuteing diverse worthy Prelates for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed Power.
By issueing and causeing to be Executed a Commission under the Great Seale for erecting a Court called the Court of Comissioners for Ecclesiasticall Causes.
By levying money for and to the use of the Crown by pretence of Prerogative for other time and in other manner then [than] the same was granted by Parliament.
By raiseing and keeping a standing Army within this Kingdom in time of Peace without consent of Parliament and quartering Souldiers contrary to Law.
By causeing severall good subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when papists were both armed and Employed contrary to Law.
By violateing the freedome [of Election] of Members to serve in Parliament.
[passage struck through and partly obliterated]
By Prosecut[ions in the Court] of Kings Bench for matters and Causes Cognizable only in Parliament and by divers other Arbitrary & illegal Courses.

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