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The TEST Or OATH*.
"I A. B. do sincerely promise and swear, That I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his Mpjesty King George the Third, and him will defend, to the utmost of my power, against all conspiracies and attempts whatever that shall be made against his person, crown, or dignity; and I will do my utmost endeavour to disclose and make known to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, all treasons and traiterous conspiracies which may be formed against him or them; and I do faithfully promise to maintain, support, and defend, to the utmost of my power, the succession of the crown in his Majesty's family, against any person or persons whatsoever; hereby utten ]y renouncing and abjuring any obedience or al^ legiance unto the person taking upon himself the stile and title of Prince of fjTa/es, in'tlie lifetime of his father, and who, since his death, is said to have assumed the stile and title "of King of Great Britain, by the name of Charles the Thirds and to any other person claiming or pretending a right to the crown of these realms; and I do swear, that I do reject and detest, as an unchristian and impious position, That it is lawful
* This Oath was framed in consequence of the motion jnade by Sir George Savile; and that no person who is pot well affected to Government may enjoy the benefit of the Act.
to murder or destroy any person or persona what-
/ ed by their subjects, or any person whatsoever:
And I do declare, that I do not believe that
. testify, and declare, That I do make this decla
ration, and every part thereof, in the plain and
• It concludes with reciting what courts of judicature the oath is to be taken, subscribed, and registered in -, and with an information, that the/ Act shall not be construed to extend tq any Popish Bishop, Priest, Jesuit, or Schoolmaster, who shall not have taken and subscribed the above Oath, in the above words, before he shall have been ap rchended, or any prosecution corn* menced against hirnj .. •....
For Notes referred to in the Text, by Letters
THE late riots and popular tumults which
The efVerky of this act may be gathered from" the repealing act, an abstract of which is prefixed, and from the following observations of the members who introduced and supporttrsLthe bill.//!
SirGeorgeSavilestated.thatoneofhisprinciple views-in: proposing this repeal was, to vindicate the honour and assert the principles of the Protestant religion, to which all -persecution was, or ought to be totally averse. That this pure religion, Ought not to hxve had an exiibsncjjj, <iF persecution had been lawful. That it ill became -UStoipr^luce that with which we reproachedothers. ,;That he. did not meddle wich.the vast body of that penal code, but selected that act on wh^ch he found. most .of the prosecutions had teen formed, and-which. gave the greatest scope to the base views of interested relations and unprincipled informers. The act had not, it is true, .been .regularly put in. execution, but sometimes it had, and he understood that several Papists lived in great terror, and some under actual conxribut on. He stated the peaceable behaviour of this part of his Majesty's subjects, and ■mentioned the loyal and excellent address they had lately .presented to the throne, in which, they not only expressed their obedience to the Government under which they lived, but their attachment to the constitution. As a guard and security however, he proposed, that a sufficient