ween the desire of destroying English liberty, and a timid respect for its forms, disregarded the wishes of his more prudent friends, and, under the influence of capricious passion, suddenly dissolved a parliament more favorable to his interests
May 5. than any which he could again hope from the excitement of the times.
The friends of the popular party were elated at the dissolution.
This parliament could have remedied the confusion, said the royalist Hyde, afterwards earl of Clarendon, to S little more than
1664. Mar. organize the government anew, and repeal all laws inconsistent with the charter—a repeal which precludes the possibility of the disfranchising of Roman Catholics.
In May, the regular session was held, and religious
May 5. freedom was established in the very words of the charter.
Records. If Roman Catholics were disfranchised (which they were not) in March, 1663—4, that disfranchisement endured only two months. Compare Eddy, in Walsh's Appeal, 429, &c.; and Bul