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ence; and verily believeth it to be a greater sin to name faith, than to break it. That religion is his trade, and God himself his occu. pation. That he can hold forth any useful, though notorious un.. truth, with convenient obstinacy, until he believes himself, and so renders it no sin. That he hath an excellent spirit to find out ways of raising money, and will deserve his share both of the substance and curses of the people. Any, and every such person, is decla. red to be most aptly qualified to elect, or be elected, member of this present parliament. Provided that this capacity do not extend to Balstrode Whitlock, Esq; or Richard Salway, Grocer, lately ejected this house.
Qualific. XV.-Whosoever can produce testimony, that he hath taken the late oath of allegiance and supremacy, the protestation, the solemn league and covenant, the engagement, to be true and faithful to the present government, without king or house of-lords. That he hath subscribed the addresses, to live and die with Oli. ver and Richard Cromwell, and taken the oaths to be true and faithful to the governments under them, and feels no alteration in his conscience, but is ready to take the oath of abjuration of Charles Stewart, King Jesus, or any other single person. Any, and every such person, is declared, as rightly qualified to elect, or be elected, a member of this present parliament, and shall be admitted to sit, being duly elected, without taking any further oath at all.
Qualific. XVI.-Ordered, that a bill be forth with brought in, to make Newgate, Bridewell, and Bedlam Corporations; that writs may
be issued out, to impower them to chuse their respective representatives, to serve in this present parliament, in as full manner, as the Upper-bench and the Fleet have already done.
Qutulific. XVII. - Any nobleman, or late peer of the realm, that will renounce his creation, or his Creator, and is otherwise quali. fied, shall be allowed capable (being first naturalised by an act of this house) to be made a knight, citizen, or burgess; and, being duly elected and sworn, shall be admitted to sit among the rab. ble of this house, in as full manner as Philip Herbert, Esq; late Earl of Pembroke, and William Cecill, late Earl of Salisbury, at this present do.
Provided that this shall not extend to any peer of the late other house, that, having a trade to get his living honestly by, did, nevertheless, betake himself to so lewd a courseof life
Qualific. XVIII.-Whosoever, by fraud, covil, or otherwise, hath possessed himself of another man's estate, or hath gotten into his hands any office or place, of considerable value, by ejecting, indirectly, the right owner thereof, and does not know how to maintain and justify the same so well, as by being chosen a mem. ber of this house, shall be approved of, in so doing, to have given good security for his fidelity to the present government, and be capable to elect, or be elected, &c.
Qualific. XIX.-Resolved, that the curses of the people shall, þrenceforth, that is to say, from this present fourteenth of Febru
arý, 1659, be reputed, and taken for their free voices; and who. soever hath most of the curses of his country, shall be understood to have most of their free voices, and be approved, as most fitly qualified to sit in this present parliament. For such will be very profitable members to this house, when it shall be judged season, able to make the people pay for their cursing, as well as they have done for their swearing.
Qualific. XX.--No man shall be admitted to sit in this house, as a member thereof, howsoever duly qualified and elected, except before excepted, until he hath taken the following oath upon the Holy Evangelists.
'I A. B. do swear, in the presence of Almighty God, and by the contents of this book, to be true and faithful to this present government, as it is now unestablished, and to the keepers of the liberties, unsight unseen, whether they are of an invisible and internal nature, as fiends, pugs, elves, furies, imps, or goblins, or whether they are incarnate, as redcoats, lobsters, corporals, troopers, or dragoons. I do also swear, that neither Charles Stewart, nor any person claiming from King James, shall ever be restored to the crown of England, Scotland, or Ireland, either by foreign or domestick assistance, all dispensations and outgo, ings of providence to the contrary potwithstanding. Į do like, (wise swear, never to understand, nor believe any thing, that is
against the authority, interest, or sense of this house; and that ? I will never give my vote, to determine the sitting thereof, during
the natural life of every respective member thereof now sitting, ļ nor consent to the establishment of any thing, but taxes, excise,
free-quarter, plunder, confiscations, arbitrary government, high? courts of justice, committees of sale and sequestration, a gospel
preaching ministry, and liberty of conscience. I do further. swear, that I will constantly believe in all the privileges of parliament, as the house believes; and that I will, to the utmost of my power, maintain and defend the same, although I do not un, derstand, nor ever will, what they are, or how far they extend. And lest the present members should, when the house is full, be secluded by their own votes (by which the secluded members are declared uncapable of ever sitting in parliament, or bearing any office of trust in this commonwealth) I do swear, that the seclu. ded members, properly so called, are not these who have been
twice secluded, that is to say, the present members now sitting, 6 but those who have been secluded but once, that is, the major
part of the long parliament. As also, that, when it shall seem good unto this parliament to make every member thereof an offi. cer or commander of the army, this house will, nevertheless, be no council of officers, but a very parliament, and the sword still 6 in the hand of the civil magistrate. do also swear, that what,
soever time shall hereafter produce (six governments off) for the advantage of the present parliament, or whatsoever they shall at any time do, say, or swear, in order thereunto, how contrary
6 soever to any thing by them formerly done, said, or sworn, is,
and will be always the good old cause, and the work of the Lord. • That the present distractions are for his glory, and the peace of
the government, and that the slavery of the English nation is for the liberty of the people. That, notwithstanding, they are bar. red to change their masters, as christian bondslaves, as in Tura'
ky, and are conveyed from government to government, as rogues 6 are from constable to constable, still to be whipped and punish.
ed; all is for their freedom and protection in their ancient laws, rights, and immunities. Lastly, I do swear never to divulge the secrets of this house, nor discover the hidden mysteries thereof. The admirable art of managing factions, with confederate contests in ordinary matters, and staving, and tailing with the rabble of parties in businesses of profit and advantage, to carry on private designs under the masque of publick good. The subtle ways of 6 packing committees, and proroguing business without doors. The
ingenious artifices of double-dealing, by selling with one hand, ? and buying with the other, whereby several members have afforded
themselves good bargains of delinquents estates, in suborned pur. 6 chasers names. The most excellent invention of advising votes,
and finding out the true value of a leading or seconding voice, third, fourth, or fifth; how many a lasting voice goes for, like the last trick at picquet; how to balance all these upon account, so that every sharer may have his due; with infinite other curi.
ous and occult sciences, which the present members, out of their ! long practice and experience, have found out, to the glory of God, and good of the nation.
"So help me God. Qualific. XXI. And lest the new-elected members should (not. withstanding all these oaths and qualifications) oppose, and, being the greater number, overvote the present members, like a new piece of cloth upon an old garment, instead of patching, tear it wider: It is resolved, that but eight writs for new elections be issued forth, at one time, and no more, until the new returned members have been intrusted in the practice of this house, and, being engaged by profitable employments, have given proof of their conformity thereunto; or, in case of refusal, have been ejected.
As it was found quilted into my Lord Chancellor's Cap, with a Letter directed to
hıs Lordship, &c. and his Prayer to the Blessed Virgin of Loretlo.
Quarto, containing four pages.
MERITORIOUS SIR, UNDERSTANDING that you were to be my successor in these
houses of clay, I thought it would not be amiss to leave you my executor, who, next my Reverence, have done the king the best service in the nation, and consequently must be no stranger nor enemy to Father Peters. I have now laid aside the sword of the spirit, and betaken myself to an arm of flesh; and, having converted my apostolical robe into the Whore of Babylon's dye, am resolved to visit Father le Chaise, and send over the king of France with thirty-thousand men. I need not put you in mind of the terrible blow that shall come, and none see who hurts them, nor any other private juggle; for, having made room for your admittance to his majesty's ear, there is nothing can fall betwixt the cup and the lip. It would be superfluous to tell you, that in. numerable prayers and indulgences for you, and your posterity after you, are, together with this my sanctuary, conferred upon you; I wish England do not grow too hot for you in a little time: However, I go to prepare a place for you. Be not troubled, your merits and
my beads will never let you lie long in purgatory, should all hopes fail, and therefore be secure of a future happiness; be of good courage, and your faith will save you., This I am sure of, and all the world knows it, that you have made to yourself friends of the Mammon of unrighteousness, so that you are like to feed well as long as you live in this world; and, as for the other, let not one melancholy thought make you soak your guts one bowl the less, for I will warrant you, my works of Supererogation helping out your desects, I shall have nothing too much, nor you too little, to bribe adınittance into paradise. St. Peter and I were old cronies, and, as long as I have but an evidence of his own hand. writing to produce, he cannot for shame, but out of good manners, let me and my friend in. llowerer, go on bravely, thou son of perdition, and fill up the measure of thy iniquity, till thou grow ripe for translation, and the Roman calendar. Divine Bard, and Reverend Impostor, into thy hands alone I commit my English spirit, and my last Will and Testament to be disposed of according to my
appointment, together with an inventory of what goods I have left in those lodgings for your use; and a private prayer, to. be said over seventeen times a day, and the Blessed Virgin hear thee in the day when thou callest upon her, and make the works, of thy hand prosperous, and thy counsels like Hainan's, or good Achitophel's. Thine eternally,
The last Will and Testament of Father Peters. I give my soul into the hands of the Blessed Gabriel, to be translated into purgatory; and there, after two turns of the spit, and one winding up of the jack, which is enough for the purifia cation of any jesuit, and from thence, to carry it to the lap of his mistress, the Blessed Virgin of Loretto, whom I serve, and whose I am.
Let my heart be dried, and beaten to powder, and so divided into several drams, to be drank by all the new converts in England, in a glass of a heretick's warm blood.
Let the king, queen, and Prince of Wales take a morning's. draught of my spleen, prepared after the same manner, as my heart by his Holiness.
My gall should be at the French king's service, but they have more need of it in England, therefore let that fall to Sunderland's share.
My brains have overgrown me this last three or four years, and therefore shall be divided amongst pluralities, Peterborough, Hunte ington, Bishop Chester, Smith, and Chapman.
Chester, not content with my brains, snaps at my kidnies ; by St. Francis, he is the likeliest man to make good use of them, let him take them.
Let my scull be carried to St. Omers, and, tipped with silver, to be drank in upon the solemn day that is consecrated to my name; and, being filled with blood, upon the admission of every novice, to be turned off by all the brotherhood, at the time of the administration of the holy sacrament.
My wanton eyes I bequeath to the nuns at St. Bridget's, and to those objects of charity, that the king's alms were bestowed upon.
My tongue, to the Earl of Winchelsea, because he has so little.
My ears, to Penn, Ferguson, and the rest of that tribe; or Ti. tus Oates, that courageous gnaw-post.
My nose, to the P. O. who has scratched his out of Scipio's grave.
My teeth, to Harry Hills, for beads; or, to polish the Ro. sary; or, instead of it, Aretine, Tully and Octavia, Rochester, School of Venus, &c. .
My throat, to the Earl of Essex, to be shaved.
My breasts, to the queen, who lost her own with longing for a box of the ear of the princess, and sausages made of hereticks dripping.