|Title:||Advice to the Commons within all His Majesties realms and dominions written by Jacob Bury, Esq. ... ; containing the perfect harmony, consent and agreement between divinity and law, in defence of the government established by law in church and state, and that kingly government is by divine right.|
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Advice to the Commons within all His Majesties realms and dominions written by Jacob Bury, Esq. ... ; containing the perfect harmony, consent and agreement between divinity and law, in defence of the government established by law in church and state, and that kingly government is by divine right.
London: Printed by Henry Hills, Jun. for Richard Northcott ..., 1685.
Religion and law.
Divine right of kings.
To the Right Honourable Robert Earl of Ailesbury and Elgin, Vicount Bruce of Ampthill, Baron Bruce of Wharlton, Skelton, and Kinloss, Lord of the Honour of Ampthill, High Steward of Leicester, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of the Counties of Bedford, Huntington, and Cambridge, and one of the Lords of His Majesties most Honourable Privy Coun∣cil, &c.
THE PREFACE TO THE READER.
ADVICE TO THE Commons of England, &c.
CHAP. I. Sheweth how things stood at the latter end of King James the First, and something is said of the High Court of Parliament.
CHAP. II. Sheweth, how King Charles the First found things at his first com∣ing to these Crowns, and there is also said something as to the learning of the Customs, the chief Maintenance of the Crown in his time.
CHAP. III. Sheweth how the late Rebellion broke out, and something is said of the great Advantages the Rebels had, with what Advantages only the Loyal Party had.
CHAP. IV. Sheweth, how the King, the Loyal Party, and the Law suffered Violence.
CHAP. V. Sheweth about what time the Kings Writs were first framed for the induction of the Commons into the Parliaments of England.
CHAP. VI. Sheweth the difference between Parliamentary Priviledges, and the Priviledges of the King; and sheweth how at first Kingly Government was constituted by God himself, and that by Gods Law also the Legislative Power, and the Power of the Militia was given to the King; and that in these highest Points of the Kings Prerogative, the Law of England is agreeing with the Law of God, and that God is vindex sui Ordinis, the aven∣ger of his own Ordinance.
CHAP. VII. Sheweth that vindictive Justice is also derived from God to the King as Supream, and that all Subordinate Officers derive their Jurisdiction from the King, and through his Mediation from God also, and that herein the Law of England is also agreeing with the Law of God.
CHAP. VIII. Sheweth that the Subjects of England are bound by their bond of Allegiance to serve the King only in his Wars, and that the King is the Fountain of Honour: and by way of Induction to the same, something is said of a Countee Palatine, Davids worthies, and good old Barzillai the Gileadite.
CHAP. IX. Herein you have a Subject defined, you have Ligeance defin∣ed, and is shewed that the King hath two Capacities, the one Natural, and the other Politick, that the body Po∣litick cannot be separated from the Body Natural; that Li∣geance is due to the Natural Body of the King; that the King∣dom of England admits of no interregnum, and that the Disherison of the Right Heir of a Kingdom is wont to be the beginning of Civil Wars.
CHAP. X. Herein you have an Heir defined, and divided, and is shewed, that the Right Heir of the Crown ought not, nor can lawfully be Disinherited; that a Bastard ought not, nor can be Heir to the Crown; and further something is said to the late Bill for the Exclusion of the late most Illustrious Prince James Duke of York, now our Soveraign Lord, King James the Second.
CHAP. XI. Sheweth that Ignorance of the Law will excuse none, and that therefore all Dissenters to the Government in Church and State, are advised to Conformity.
CHAP. XII. Sheweth that all Subjects owe true Ligeance to their So∣veraign, though they never were, or ever shall be Sworn to the same; and is shewed the diversity between Enemies, and Rebels, then all are advised from Rebellion, and is shewed that the King hath no Peer, and therefore cannot be judged by his Subjects for his Actions.
CHAP. XIII. Sheweth that no Action lyeth against the King, but in place there∣of Petition must be made unto him; and that (due circum∣stances observed) the Subject shall have his remedy against the King by way of Petition, as readily as one Subjct may recover against another Subject by way of Action in any of the Kings Courts: for that all his Majesties Subordinate Officers are Sworn to do Justice between the King and his Subjects, which if they do not, they are Answerable for the injury, not the King.
CHAP. XIV. Sheweth what inconveniencies happen in the Realm of France, through Regal Government alone, with the Commodities that proceed of the joynt Government Politick and Regal in the Realm of England. And all the Community are herein dis∣swaded by mutinous and Rebellious practises to Disinfranchise themselves.
CHAP. XV. Sheweth how tender this Government Politick and Regal conjoyned is of the safety of the Kings Person, and of all his Royal Rights and Prerogatives. And that our Law doth not reject Women or Infants in the high point of the Descent of the Crown; and that our King holdeth immediately of God to himself, and acknow∣ledgeth no Prince on Earth his Superior.
CHAP. XVI. Sheweth that all Ʋnlawful Assemblies or Meetings for the Plot∣ting of harm to the King, or the Alteration of the Government, are Ʋnlawful, and further sheweth what Misprision of Treason is, and that it is the Duty of every good Subject presently to discover Treason.
CHAP. XVII. Sheweth that all Writs, Process, Executions and Commandments, are and ought to be in the Kings Name only.
CHAP. XVIII. All Freeholders are advised as to what manner of Persons they are, or ought to Choose for future Parliaments.
CHAP. XIX. Sheweth that the King of England is, and always hath been, Supream Head of the Church, not the Pope.
CHAP. XX. As to the Kings Supremacy is shewed the difference between the Pri∣mitive and more modern times, herein the Author adviseth all to be at Ʋnity within themselves, and since we are restored to our An∣cient Government, to give to our Soveraign Lord the King his Dues; and desires all to joyn with him (in the Conclusive Prayer, for the Morning Service in our Church Liturgy) for the King.