'Exceptions Against the Etcaetera Oath (1640)'
British Library, Harley MS 4931, f. 59r
Exceptions against The new Oath in ye Canons from Devonshire
Left margin: 1. That they are bound to take it willingly, w[hi]ch they cannot doe w[i]th a safe conscience, & so shall be periured ipso facto.
Left margin: 2. That they must sweare sincerely, w[i]thout any mentall reservation, yet the (&c) in the oath reserveth, or implieth somewhat more then is expressed, w[hi]ch they must conceiue, or understand.
Left margin: 3. That they must acknowledge both Doctrine, & Discipline of o[u]r Church to containe all things necessary to salvation, w[hi]ch is not true of the Discipline.
That they are tied never to giue
any consent to any altera-tion of the sayd discipline, though the King, & state shoud en-ioyne [the]m [the]r[e]unto.
Left margin: 5. That the oath crosseth, or contradicteth the Oath of Allegiance, & Supremacy, w[hi]ch they haue allready taken, because if the King by Parliam[en]t shold disanull any part of Ecclesiasticall Discipline, or by a Synod shall alter it, they ar by taking this oath ne-ver to consent.
Left margin: 6. That it is a flatt band against the power of Parliam[en]ts, because the Clergy can constitute noe canons, much lesse make, or im-pose new Oaths, unles the Parliam[e]t confirme [the]m, & [the]r[e]fore they thinke it a proiect to tr trippe up the heeles of all parliaments for ever.
Left margin: 7 That it clipps the wings of royall pr[e]rogative, & spirituall su-premacy, barring his Ma[jes]ty, & his Successours from altering any thing in Church Governm[en]t, either by Synod, or Convocation, or Parliam[en]t.
Left margin: 8. The maine foundation, w[hi]ch the Clergy builds on, is the generall resolution of the Lawyers, That noe Oath can be ordained, nor any authorized to giue it, unles it be first established by Parliament./.
British Library, Harley MS 4931, f. 59r,
Creation date: 1640
- Devonshire Clergy
- Beinecke Library, Osborn fb157, item 9
- Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 749, item 7
- Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson A 346, ff. 237r–238r
- British Library, Additional MS 57929, ff. 55v–56v
- British Library, Harley MS 1219, ff. 155r–164v
- Parliamentary Archives, BRY/2, ff. 119r–20x
- The National Archives, SP 16/461, /87 [f.183v]
Seventeenth Century Print Exemplars
Modern Print Exemplars
Keywords (Text Type)
Keywords (Text Topics)
- The Etcaetera Oath
- church government
- church ministers
- Oath of Supremacy
- Oath of Allegiance
Richard Bell (Research Associate)