Declaration of His Highness William Henry

Declaration of His Highness William Henry
Declaration of His Highness William Henry

Declaration of His Highness William Henry

Source Details
A public declaration by William of Orange explaining his actions in 1688.

Context
William made many public declarations in 1688 and 1689. His main aim was to convince people in England that he was a friend to Britain rather than an invading foreign prince. Most of his declarations tried to explain how James was guilty of misrule. He also wanted to stress that he had been invited to come to Britain.

Puzzled?
William begins by criticising 'evil counsellors', people who advised King James badly. This was a traditional way of opposing a King, which meant that you could not be accused of attacking the King himself. William makes it clear that he believes that the Queen did not give birth to a son in 1688. This was one of the statements James objected to most.
William goes on to explain that he feels it is his duty to act. He has a responsibility to protect the Protestant religion in England. He also wants to protect the legal rights of Parliament and the people.

Taken from: The Declaration of his Highness William Henry... Prince of Orange... of the reasons inducing him to appear in armes in the Kingdome of England
Author / Creator: William III
Publisher: The Hague
Date: 1688
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: G.5302.(72.)