The English Bill of Rights, 1689

An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown

Published: 1689
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,843 / 9 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 1,128
Added to site: 2010.08.19
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heir Majesties, then called and known by the names and style of William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, being present in their proper persons, a certain declaration in writing made by the said Lords and Commons in the words following, viz.:

Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom;

By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Parliament;

By committing and prosecuting divers worthy prelates for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed power;

By issuing and causing to be executed a commission under the great seal for erecting a court called the Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes;

By levying money for and to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative for other time and in other manner than the same was granted by Parliament;

By raising and keeping a standing army within this kingdom in time of peace without consent of Parliament, and quartering soldiers contrary to law;

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2010.11.15
Myles
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A major document; the foundation of the US Bill a hundred years later and the European Convention of Human Rights two hundred and sixty years later.


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