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the Articles, Clauses, Matters, and Things therein contained, by the Force of Law made in due Form by Authority of Parliament, do
pray that it may be declared and enacted, That all and singular the Rights and Liberties asserted, and claimed in the said Declarations, are the true, antient, and indubitable Rights and Liberties of the People of this Kingdom, and so shall be esteemed, allowed, adjudged, deemed, and taken to be, and that all and every the Particulars aforesaid shall be firmly and strictly holden and observed, as they are expressed in the said Declaration; and all Officers and Ministers whatsoever shall serve their Majesties and their Successors according to the same in all Times to come.
VII. And the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, seriously considering how it hath pleased Almighty God, in His marvellous Providence, and merciful Goodness to this Nation, to provide and preserve their said Majesties' royal Persons most happily to reign over us upon the throne of their Ancestors, for which they render unto him from the Bottom of their Hearts their humblest Thanks and Praises, do truly, firmly, assuredly, and in the Sincerity of their Hearts think, and do hereby recognize, acknowledge and declare, That King James the Second, having abdicated the Government, and their Majesties' having accepted the Crown and royal Dignity as aforesaid, their said Majesties did become, were, are, and of right ought to be, by the Laws of this Realm, our Sovereign Liege Lord and Lady, King and Queen of England, France and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging, in and to whose princely Persons the royal State, Crown, and Dignity of the said Realms, with all Honours, Stiles, Titles, Regalities, Prerogatives, Powers, Jurisdictions, and Authorities, to the same belonging and appertaining, are most fully, rightfully, and entirely invested and incorporated, united and annexed.
VIII. And for preventing all Questions and Divisions in this Realm, by Reason of any pretended Titles to the Crown, and for preserving a Certainty in the Succession thereof, in and upon which the Unity, Peace, Tranquillity, and Safety of this Nation doth, under God, wholly consist and depend, The said Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, do beseech their Majesties that it may be enacted, established and declared, That the Crown and regal Government of the said Kingdoms and Dominions with all and singular the premisses thereunto belonging and appertaining, shall be and continue to their said Majesties, and the Survivor, during their Lives, and the Life of the survivor of them : And that the entire, perfect, and full Exercise of the Regal Power and Government be only in, and executed by his Majesty, in the Names of both their Majesties during their joint lives; and after their Deceases the said Crown and Premisses shall be and remain to the Heirs of the Body of her Majesty; and for Default of such Issue, to her Royal Highness, the Princess Anne of Denmark, and the Heirs of her Body; and for Default of such Issue, to the Heirs of the Body of his said Majesty : And thereunto the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, do, in the Name of all the People aforesaid, most humbly and faithfully submit themselves, their Heirs and Posterities for ever; and do faithfully promise, That they will stand to, maintain, and defend their said Majesties, and also the Limitation and Succession of the Crown herein specified and contained, to the utmost of their Powers, with their Lives and Estates, against all Persons whatsoever, that shall attempt any Thing to the contrary.
IX.“ And whereas it hath been found by Experience, that it is inconsistent with the Safety and Welfare of this Protestant Kingdom, to be governed by a Popish Prince, or by any King or Queen marrying a Papist;" the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, do further pray that it may be enacted, That all and every Person and Persons that is, are, or shall be, reconciled to, or shall hold Communion with, the See or Church of Rome, or shall profess the Popish Religion, or shall marry a Papist, shall be excluded, and be forever incapable to inherit, possess, or enjoy the Crown and Government of this Realm, and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging, or any part of the same, or to have, use or exercise any regal Power, Authority or Jurisdiction within the same; and in all and every such Case or Cases the People of these Realms shall be, and are hereby absolved of their Allegiance; and the said Crown and Government shall from time to time descend to, and be enjoyed by such Person or Persons, being Protestants, as should have inherited and enjoyed the same, in case the said Person or Persons so reconciled, holding Communion, or professing, or marrying as aforesaid, were naturally dead.
X. And that every King and Queen of this Realm, who at any Time hereafter shall come to and succeed in the Imperial Crown of this Kingdom, shall on the first Day of the Meeting of the first Parliament, next after his or her coming to the Crown, sitting in his or her Throne in the House of Peers, in the Presence of the Lords and Commons therein assembled, or at his or her Coronation, before such Person or Persons who shall administer the Coronation Oath to him or her, at the Time of his or her taking the said Oath (which shall first happen) make, subscribe, and audibly repeat the Declaration mentioned in the Statute made in the thirtieth year of the Reign of King Charles the Second, intituled, An Act for the more effectual preserving the King's Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament. But if it shall happen, that such King or Queen, upon his or her Succession to the Crown of this Realm, shall be under the Age of twelve Years, then every such King or Queen shall make, subscribe, and audibly repeat the said Declaration at his or her Coronation, or the first Day of the Meeting of the first Parliament as aforesaid, which shall first happen after such King or Queen shall have attained the said Age of twelve Years.
XI. All which their Majesties are contented and pleased shall be declared, enacted and established by authority of this present Parliament, and sball stand, remain, and be the Law of this Realm for ever; and the same are by their said Majesties, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, declared, enacted and established accordingly.
XII. And be it further declared and enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after this present Session of Parliament, no dispensation by Non obstante of or to any Statute, or any Part thereof, shall be allowed, but that the same shall be held void and of no Effect, except a dispensation be allowed of in such Statute, and except in such Cases as shall be specially
provided by one or more Bill or Bills to be passed during this present Session of Parliament.
XIII. Provided that no Charter, or Grant, or Pardon, granted before the three-and-twentieth day of October, in the Year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty-nine, shall be any ways impeached or invalidated by this Act, but that the same shall be and remain of the same Force and Effect in Law, and no other, than as if this Act had never been made.
Act of Settlement.
[The Act of Settlement (XII. and XIII. William III., Cap. II.) provided that on the decease, without heirs, of William and the Princess Anne of Denmark, the succession to the throne of England should devolve upon the Princess Sophia, Electress and Duchess-Dowager of Hanover, grand-daughter of James I. This act, which it is unnecessary to give entire, is entitled, “ An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown, and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject.” The following are its constitutional provisions :]
WHEREAS, it is requisite and necessary that some further Provision be made for securing our Religion, Laws and Liberties, from and after the Death of his Majesty and the Princess Anne of Denmark, and in Default of Issue of the Body of the said Princess, and of his Majesty respectively; Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same,
" That whosoever shall hereafter come to the Possession of the Crown, shall join in Communion with the Church of England, as by Law established.
“ That in case the Crown and Imperial Dignity of this Realm shall hereafter come to any person, not being a native of this Kingdom of England, this Nation be not obliged to engage in any War for the Defence of any Dominions or Territories which do not belong to the Crown of England, without the Consent of Parliament.
6. That no Person who shall hereafter come to the Posses,