The seventh Year of William III


A.D. 1695


Chap. XV.



An Act for granting a Supply to his Majesty, by raising Money by a Poll, and






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XVII. And be it further enacted, That every person (except women and such as are charged by this act with one shilling only, and no more) under the degree of a baron of this realm, and having an estate in lands, tenements, goods or chattles of the value of twenty pounds, and being of the age of sixteen years or upwards, and being within this realm at the time of the execution of this act, who have not already taken the oath hereafter mentioned to his Majesty, and who shall not voluntarily appear before the said commissioners, or any two or more of them, and take the said oath, and make and subscribe the declaration hereaftermentioned, which oath any two or more of the commissioners in this act named are hereby impowered and required to administer, and make an entry or memorandum thereof, and of making and subscribing the said declaration in some book to be kept for that purpose, every such person who shall neglect to appear, or shall not take the oath, and make and subscribe the declaration as aforesaid, shall be charged with, and shall pay to his Majesty double the sums, which by force or virtue of any clause in this act he should or ought to pay, or be charged with, to be levyed, collected, answered, recovered, and paid in such manner, and by such ways and means as are in this act expressed and appointed for and concerning the rates and sums hereby intended to be doubled as aforesaid.



XXXIX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners in every county, at the general meeting, to be by them appointed after all appeals shall be first determined, shall cause duplicates of the whole sums charged within every hundred, barony, ward, or place rated and assessed in such county in pursuance of this act, without naming the persons, to be fairly written in parchment, and ascertained under three or more of their hands respectively to each duplicate, and the same so by them subscribed and ascertained shall be jointly and together delivered to the sheriff of such county, and be by him transmitted to the Exchequer at or before the three and twentyeth day of January next.

XL. Provided always, That no person shall be capable of acting as a commissioner in the execution of this act, before he shall take the oaths, and subscribe the declaration appointed by this act: viz.

I A.B. do sincerely promise and swear, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King William.

So help me God.

I A.B. do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare that I do believe that in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper there is not any transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, at or after the consecration thereof, by any person whatsoever; and that the invocation and adoration of the Virgin Mary, or any other saint, and the sacrifice of the mass, as they are now used in the church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous; and I do solemnly in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare, that I do make this declaration, and every part thereof, in the plain and ordinary sense of the words read unto me, as they are commonly understood by protestants, without any evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation whatsoever, and without any dispensation already granted me for this purpose by the Pope, or any other authority or person whatsoever, or without dispensation from any person or authority whatsoever, or without believing that I am or can be acquitted before God or man, or absolved of this declaration, or any part thereof, although the Pope, or any other Person or Persons or power whatsoever, should dispence with or annul the same, or declare that it was null and void from the beginning.

Which said oath and declaration is the same oath and declatation intended also to be administered to, and be made and subscribed by such, not being quakers, as already have not taken the said oath, to excuse them from paying double as aforesaid; which oath and declaration it shall and may be lawful for any two or more of the commissioners to administer and take; and they are hereby authorized and required to administer and take the same, to and from any other commissioner; and in case any person named a commissioner for putting in execution this act shall presume to act as a commissioner before he shall have taken the said oath, and made and subscribed the said declaration, he shall forfeit to his Majesty the sum of two hundred pounds.

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