Mr Liv. — My Lord, there may be some expression that may
furnish a scruple to a man who conceives that God only can appoint a holy day.
L. Ch. — But you keeped dayes of your own. You keeped a day
of thanksgiving for the battle of Langmarstonmoore, and severall
dayes of fasting in the time of the engadgement. Did you not
keep the day for Langmarstonmoore?
Mr Liv. — So far as I know, I did; but these dayes were not, nor
were not called holy dayes, but only appointed on special occasions;
and besyde, one may scruple if any have power to appoint
anniversary holy dayes.
L. Ch. — But will you keep that day
Mr Liv. — My Lord, I would desyre first to see ane issue of this
wherein I am engadged by this citation, before I be urged to answer for the time to come.
L. Ch. — Well, because of your disobedience to these two acts,
the Councill looks on you as a suspect person, and, therefore,
thinks it fitting to require you to take the oath of alleadgeance.
You know it, and have considered it?
Mr Liv. — Yes, my Lord.
L. Ch. — The clerk shall read it to you. (He reads it.) Now
that you have heard it read, are you
to take the oath?
Mr Liv. — My Lord, I doe acknowledge the king's Majesty
(whose person and government I
God to bless) to be the only
lawfull supreame magistrate of this and all other of his Majesty's
dominions, and that his Majesty is the supreme civill governour
over all persons, and in all causes, as well ecclesiastick as civill;
but for the oath as it stands in terms, I am not free to take it.
L. Ch. — I think you and we agree as to the oath?
Lord Advocat. — My Lord Chancellor, your Lordship doth not
observe that he useth a distinction, that the king is the supream
civil governour, that he may make way for the co-ordinate power