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HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION.

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EING by God's Ordinance, according to our just Title,

Defender of the Faith, and Supreme Governor of the Churcb, witbin these our Dominions, we bold it most agreeable to this our kingly Office, and our own religious zeal, to conserve and maintain the Church committed to our charge, in the unity of true Religion, and in the bond of Peace; and not to Juffer unnecessary Disputations, Altercations, or Questions to be raised, which may nourish faction both in the Church and Commonwealth. We have therefore, upun mature deliberation, and with the advice of so many of our Bishops as might conveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Decla-' ration following:

That the Articles of the Church of England (which have been allowed and authorized beretofore, and which our Clergy generally have subscribed unto) do contain the true Doĉtrine of the Church of England, agreeable to God's Word: which we do therefore ratify and confirm, requiring all our loving Jubje£ts to continue in the uniform profession thereof, and probibiting the least difference from the said Articles ; which that end we command to be new printed, and this our Declaration to be published therewith.

That we are Supreme Governor of the Church of England: and that if any difference arise about the exiernal policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Constitutions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation is to order and settle them, having first obtained leave under our Broad Seal fo to do, and we approving their said Ordinances and Constitutions ; providing that none be made contrary to the Laws and Customs of the Land. That out of our princely care, that the Churchmen

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do the work which is proper unto them, the Bishops and Clergy, from time to time in Convocation, upon their bumble desire, Thall have Licence under our Broad Seal to deliberate of, and to do all such things, as being made plain by them, and allented unto by us, shall concern the settled continuance of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England now established; from which we will not endure any varying or departing in the least degree.

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