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Bar. Yea.
Cus. Then would your testimony not be taken.
Arch. Why, Man, the book is no part of the oath, it is but a ceremonie.
Bar. A needlesse and wicked ceremonie.
Arch. Why know yow

what yow say? Know yow what book it is? It is the Bible.

Bar. I wil sweare by no Bible.

Cus. Scismaticks are glamorous alwayes, it is a, perpetual note to know them by.

Arch. Mr. Dr. Cussins saith true, such were the Donatistes alwayes in the counsels, and such art thow, and all other scismaticks such as thow art.

Bar. Say yowr pleasure, God forgiue yow; I am neither scismatick nor clamourous: I answer but your demandes, if yow wil, I wil be silent.

Arch. Wel, wil yow lay yowr hand on the Bible and take an oath ?
Bar. I vse to ioyne no creatures to the name of God in an oath.
Arch. Neither shal yow, this is but a custome commaunded by law.
Bar. The law ought not to commaund a wicked custome.
Arch. Why, is it not lawful to lay your hand on a book?
Bar. Yes, but not in an oath.
Arch. Wil yow lay your hand in my hand, and sweare?
Bar. No.
Arch. Wil yow lay your hand on that table, and sweare ?
Bar. No.
Arch. Wil

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hold vp your hand towards heauen, and sweare: Bar. That is not amisse, but I wil vse my libertie.

Arch. Why, yow hold it lawful to lay yowr hand on the table and sweare!

Bur. Yea, so it be not commanded, and made of necessitie.

Arch. Why, the booke is the like: It is nothing of the othe, but a thing indifferent.

Bar. If it be nothing of the othe, why doe yow so peremptorilie inioyne it? And if it be indifferent, as yow say it is, then doe I wel in not vsing it.

Arch. Nay, yow doe not wel in refusing it, for therin yow shew yowr self disobedient to the higher powers, set over yow by God.

Bar. Euen now yow said, it was a thing indifferent; if it be so, ther is no power can bring me in bondage to my libertie.

Arch. Where finde yow that?

Bar. In S. Paul, 1 Cor. The Arch Bishope, Archdeacon, Dr. Cussins, al denied it; I affirmed it. A litle Testament, in Greek and Latine, was brought me, and a Bible. I looked for the place, but could not finde it; Great fault was in my memorie; for I looked in the x. chapter, neither, indeed, could I bethinke me where to finde it, they so interrupted me. Arch. Your devinitie is like yowr

law. Bar. The word of God is not the worse for my il memorie. Arch. Yow speak not as yow thinck, for yow are prowd.

Bar. I have smal cause to be prowd of my memorie, yow see the default of it, but the apostle saith it. Againe they al denyed it. Yow then haue no cause to condemne my memorie, seing yow al haue vtterly forgotten this sayeng. Then repeated I the words : Al things are law,

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The Marquis of Argyle's Last Will and Testament, with his Character.
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The Mirrour of Worldly Fame. Composed by I. H. E.
Ad hunc modum te forma, atque ita instituc, ut paratus ad omnia, promptus ad

singula, dulcia pariter, & amara despicias. London, printed for James Shaw, and are to be sold at his shop Gear Lud.

gate, 1603. Twelves, containing sixty pages A relation of such things as were observed to happen in the journey of the

Right Honourable Charles Earl of Nottingham, lord high admiral of Eng. land, bis Highness's ambassador to the King of Spain : being sent thither to take the oath of the said King for the maintenance of peace between the two famous Kings of Great Britain and Spain, according to the several articles formerly concluded on by the Constable of Castile, in England, in the month of August, 1604. Set forth by authority. By Robert Treswell, Esq. Somerset-Herala.' London, printed by Melchisadeck Bradarod, for Gregory Seaton, and are to be sold at bis shop under Aldersgate, 1605, 4to, containing forty-six pages, including the preface

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With an Act made upon the same for Security of the Queen's most Royal Person. Printed for John Everingham, and sold by E. Whitlocke, near Stationers'-hall. 1695.

Quarto, containing eight pages.

FORASMUCH as Almighty God hath ordained kings, queens, and

princes, to have dominion and rule over all their subjects, and to preserve them in the possession and observation of the true Christian religion, according to his holy word and commandment: and, in like sort, that all subjects should love, fear, and obey their sovereign princes, being kings or queens, to the utmost of their power; at all times, to withstand, pursue, and suppress, all manner of persons, that shall by any means intend and attempt any thing dangerous or hurtful to the honour, states, or persons of their sovereigns.

Therefore, we whose names are or shall be subscribed to this writing, being natural-born subjects of this realm of England, and having so gracious a lady our Sovereign Elisabeth, by the ordinance of God, our most rightful Queen, reigning over us these many years with great felicity, to our inestimable comfort: and finding lately by divers depositions, confessions, and sundry advertisements, out of foreign parts, from credible persons, well known to her Majesty's council, and to divers others; that, for the furtherance and advancement of some pretended title to the crown, it hath been manifested, that the life of our gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elisabeth, hath been most dangerously exposed to the peril of her person, if Almighty God, her perpetual defender, of his mercy, had not revealed and withstood the same: by whose life we, and all other her Majesty's true and loyal subjects, do enjoy aur inestimable- benefit of peace in this land; do, for the reasons and causes before alledged, not only acknowledged ourselves most justly bound with our lives and goods for her defence, in her safety, to prosecute, suppress, and withstand, all such pretenders, and all other her enemies, of what nation, condition, and degree whatsoever they shall be, or by what council or title they shall pretend to be her enemies, or to attempt any harm upon her person; but do further think it our bounden duties, for the great benefit of peace and wealth, and godly government, we have more plentifully received these many years, under her Majesty's government, than any of our fore-fathers have done in any longer time of any other progenitors, kings of this realm :

Do declare, and by this writing make manifest, our bounden duties to our said Sovereign Lady for her safety: and, to that end, we, and every of us, first calling to witness the name of Almighty God, do voluntarily and most willingly bind ourselves, every one of us to the other, jointly and severaly, in the band of one firm and loyal society; and do hereby vow and promise by the Niajesty of Almighty God, that with our whole powers, bodies, lives, and goods, and with our children and servants, we, and every of us, will faithfully serve and humbly obey our said Sovereign Lady Queen Elisabeth, against all states, dignities, and earthly powers whatsoever; and will, as well with our joint and particular forces, during our lives, withstand, oflend, and pursue, as well by force of arms, as by all other means of revenge, all manner of persons, of what state soever they shall be, and their

abettors, that shall attempt any act, council, or consent, to any thing that shall tend to the harm of her Majesty's royal person, and will never desist froin all manner of forcible pursuit against such persons, to the utter extermination of thein, their counsellors, aiders, and abettors.

And if any such wicked attempt against her most royal person shall be taken in hand and procured, whereby any that have, may, or shall pretend title to come to this crown, by the untimely death of her Majesty, so wickedly procured (which God for bis mercy sake forbid) may be avenged : we do not only bind ourselves, both jointly and severally, never to allow, accept, or favour any such pretended successor, by whom, or for whom, any such detestable act shall be attempted or committed, as unworthy of all government in any Christian realm or civil state :

But do also further vow and protest, as we are most boun:1, and that in the presence of the eternal and everlasting God, to prosecute such person and persons to death with our joint and practical forces, and to ask the utmost revenge upon them, that by any means we or any of us can devise or do, or cause to be devised and done, for their utter overthrow and extirpation.

And, to the better corroboration of this our royal bond and associa-tion, we do also testify by this writing, that we do confirm the contents hereof by our oaths corporally taken upon the Holy Evangelists, with this cxpress condition : that no one of us shall for any respect of persons or causes, or for fear or reward, separate ourselves from this association, or fail in the prosecution thereof, during our lives, upon pain of being by the rest of us prosecuted, and suppressed as perjured persons, and publick enemies to God, our Queen, and our native country. To which punishments and pains we do voluntarily submit ourselves, and every of us, without benefit of any colour and pretence :

In witness of all which promises to be inviolably kept, we do to this writing put ouş hands and seals; and shall be most ready to accept and admit any others, hereafter, to this society and association.

An Act for Provision to be made for the Surety of the Queen's Majesty's

most Royal Person, and the Continuance of the Realm in Peace; enacted in the twenty-seventh Year of the Reign of Queen Elisabeth.

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FORASMUCH as the good, felicity, and comfort of the whole estate of this realm consisteth, only next under God, in the surety and preservation of the Queen's most excellent Majesty: and for that it hath manifestly appeared, that sundry wicked plots and means have of late been devised and laid, as well in foreign parts beyond the seas, as also within this rcalm, to the great endangering of her Highness's most royal person, and to the utter ruin of the whole common-wealth, if by God's merciful providence the same had not been revealed : therefore for preventing of such great perils, as might hereafter otherwise grow, by the like detestable and devilish practices, at the humble suit and earnest petition and desire of the lords spiritual and temporal, and the commons in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same parliament; be it enacted and ordained, if, at any time after the end of this present session of parliament, any open invasion or rebellion shall be had or made into or within any of her Majesty's realms a-ud dominions, or any act attempted, tending to the hurt of her Majesty's must royal person, by or for any person that shall or may pretend any

title to the crown of this realm after her Majesty's decease: or if any thing shall be compassed or imagined, tending to the hurt of her Majesty's royal person, by any person, or with the privity of any person, that shall or may pretend title to the crown of this realm : that then, by her Majesty's commission under her great seal, the lords and others of her highness's privy council, and such other lords of parliament, to be named by her Majesty, as with the said privy council shall make up the number of twenty-four at the least, having with them for their assistance in that behalf such of the judges of the courts of record at Westminster, as her Highness shall for that purpose assign and appoint, or the more part of the same council, lords and judges, shall by virtue of this act have authority to examine all and every the offences aforesaid, and all circumstances thereof, and thereupon to give sentence or judgement as, upon good proof, the matter shall appear unto them: and that, after such sentence or judgment given, and de

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