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The notion vulgarly entertained with respect to the Coronation Oath is, that it is a form, composed in some remote age, used in compliance with ancient custom, and designed, in conjunction with various other ceremonies and observances, merely to heighten the solemnity of a Coronation. As a formal investiture of the Crown is not necessary to establish the title of the successor to it, no political importance it is imagined can attach to any part of a ceremony which may be altogether dispensed with. The Oath may indeed throw a religious character around the moral obligation to govern rightly, incidental to the taking of the kingly office; but the terms of it are thought to be no more
WITH REFERENCE TO THE
PRINCIPLES OF THE REVOLUTION OF 1688.
CHARLES THOMAS LANE, Esq.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE.
“ This Coronation Oath is the very touchstone and symbol of your govern-
The Author of this Treatise is encouraged by the flattering reception with which the former impression met from many eminent persons, to lay a Second Edition of it before the Public. The positions originally advanced, have been strengthened by the addition of many it is hoped) interesting and important proofs; and the objections which have been brought forward, either expressly with reference to this work, or generally to such views of the question as are supported in it, have been deliberately and candidly considered. Above all things, the Author has been anxious to preserve to this work in its present shape, the character which (whatever might be its defects) he believes it acquired on its first appearance ;that of having been written not with the narrow view of supporting a political party, but in