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THE TEST OR OATH".

“ I A. B. do sincerely promife and swear, That I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King George the Third, and him will defend, to the utmost of my power, against all confpiracies and attempts whatever that shall be made against his person, crown, or dignity; and I will do my uțmost endeavour to disclose and make known to his Majesty, his heirs and fucceffors, all treasons and traiterous conspiracies which may be formed against him or them; and I do faithfully promise to maintain, fupport, and defend, to the utmost of my power, the succelfion of the crown in his Majesty's family, against any person or persons whatsoever; hereby utterly renouncing and abjuring any obedience or allegiance unto the perfon taking upon himself the stile and title of Prince of Wales, in the lifetime of his father, and who, since his death, is faid to have assumed the stile and title of King of Great Britain, by the name of Charles the Third, and to any other person claiming or pretending a right to the crown of these realms; and I do fwear, that I do reject and detest, as an unchristian and impious position, Thàç it is lawful

* This Oath was framed in consequence of the motion made by Sir George Savile; and that no person who is pot well affected to Government may enjoy the benefit of the Act.

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to murder or destroy any person or persons what-
soever, for or under presence of their being he-
retics ; and also that anchristian and impious
principle, That no faith is to be kept with he-
retics : I further declare, that it is no article of
my faith, and that I do renounce, reject, and
abjure the opinion, That princes excommuni-
Cated by ghe-Pope and Council, or by any au-
thority of the See of Rome, or by any au-
thority whatsoever, may be deposed or murder-
ed by their subjects, or any person whatsoever :
And I do declare, that I do not believe that
the Pope of Rome, or any other foreign
prince, prelate, ftate, or potentate, hath, or
oughe to have, any temporal or civil jurisdic-
tion, power, superiority, or pre-eminence, di-
rectly or indirectly, within this realm. And I
do folemnly, in the presence of God, profess,
testify, and declare, That I do make this decla-
ration, and every part thereof, in the plain and
ordinary fense of the words of this oath; with
out any evasion, equivocation, or mental reser-
vation whatever, and without any dispensation
already granted by the Pope, or any authority
of the See of Rome, or any person whatever ;
and without thinkingthat I am or can be acquitted
before God or man, or abfolved of this declara-
tion, or any part thereof, although the Pope, or
any other persons or authority whatsoever, shall-
dispense with or annul the same, or declare that
it was null or void.”

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(6) It concludes with reciting what courts of judicature the oath is to be taken, subscribed, and registered in ; and with an information, that the A& shall not be construed to extend to 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 rehended, or any prosecution com. menced against him,

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For Notes referred to in the Text, by Letters

A B C, &c. see the Appendix.

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HE late riots and popular tumults which

have happened in the Metropolis and its environs, sufficiently at the instant of their existence, excited the apprehensions of all ranks of people, to awaken curiosity and make a clear and succinct narrative worthy the acceptance of the public. To render the whole affair as intelligible as possible, ic has been judged necessary to trace the alledged cause of discontent, the Act for the relief of the Papists, to its source. The original motion for the bill, which afterwards passed into a law, was made in the House of Commons by Sir George Savile : the object of it was, to repeal an act of the roth and Ith of William the Third.

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The efverity of this act may be gathered from the repealing act, an abitract of which is prefixed, and from the following observations of the members who introduced and supported the

bill.

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Sir George Savile stated, that one of his principle views in proposing this repeal was, to vindicate the honour and affert the principles of the Protestant religion, to which all persecution was, or ought to be totally averse. That this gion ought not to have had an existence, if

perfecution had been lawful. That it ill' became itus to praéiice that with which we reproached others. That he did not meddle wich, the vast body of that penal code, but selected that act on which he found malt of the prosecutions had been formed, and which gave the greatest scope to the base views of interested relations and un. principled 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 contribution. 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 expreffed 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 fuffi

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