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down any church or chapel, or any building for religious worship certified and registered according to the statute made in the first 1 W. & M. year of the reign of the late king William and queen Mary, inti- sess. I, c. 18. tuled, an act for exempting their majesties' Protestant subjects dissenting from the church of England from the penalties of certain laws, or any dwelling house, barn, stable, or other outhouse, that then every such demolishing, or pulling down, or beginning to demolish, or pull down, shall be adjudged felony without benefit of clergy, and the offenders therein shall be adjudged felons, and shall suffer death as in case of felony without benefit of clergy.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if after the said last day of July one thousand seven hundred and fifteen, any such church or chapel, or any such building for religious worship, or any such dwelling house, barn, stable, or other outhouse, shall be demolished or pulled down wholly, or in part, by any persons so unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled, that then, How the dain case such church, chapel, building for religious worship, dwelling mages shall house, barn, stable or outhouse, shall be out of any city or town, good, if any that is either a county of itself, or is not within any hundred, that the demolish then the inhabitants of the hundred in which such damage shall be ed, &c. done, shall be liable to yield damages to the person or persons injured and damnified by such demolishing or pulling down wholly or in part; and such damages shall and may be recovered by action to be brought in any of his majesty's courts of record at Westminster, (wherein no essoin, protection, or wager of law, or any imparlance shall be allowed) by the person or persons damnified thereby, against any two or more of the inhabitants of such hundred, such action for damages to any church or chapel to be brought in the name of the rector, vicar or curate of such church or chapel that shall be so damnified, in trust for applying the damages to be recovered in rebuilding or repairing such church or chapel; and that judgment being given for the plaintiff or plaintiffs in such action, the damages so to be recovered shall, at the request of such plaintiff or plaintiffs, his or their executors or administrators, be raised and levied on the inhabitants of such hundred, and paid to such plaintiff or plaintiffs, in such manner and form, and by such ways and means, as are provided by the statute made in the seven and twentieth year of the 27 Eliz, c. 13. reign of queen Elizabeth, for reimbursing the person or persons on whom any money recovered against any hundred by any party robbed, shall be levied : and in case any such church, chapel, building for religious worship, dwelling house, barn, stable, or outhouse so damnified, shall be in any city or town that is either a county of itself, or is not within any hundred, that then such damages shall and may be recovered by action to be brought in manner aforesaid (wherein no essoin, protection or wager of law, or any imparlance shall be allowed) against two or more inhabitants of such city or town; and judgment being given for the plaintiff or plaintiffs in such action, the damages so to be recovered shall, at the request of such plaintiff or plaintiffs, his or their executors or administrators, made to the justices of the peace of such city or town, at any quarter sessions to be holden for the said city or town, be raised and levied on the inhabitants of such city or town, and paid to such

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plaintiff or plaintiffs, in such manner and form, and by such ways and means, as are provided by the said statute made in the seven and twentieth year of the reign of queen Elizabeth, for reimbursing the person or persons on whom any money recovered against any

hundred by any party robbed, shall be levied. Prosecution VIII. Provided always, that no person or persons shall be prose

cuted by virtue of this act, for any offence or offences committed contrary to the same, unless such prosecution be commenced within twelve months after the offence committed.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that Punishment

.....all and every person and persons who shall at any of persons offending in

time be convicted of any the offences afore mentioned, within that part of Great Britain called Scotland, shall for every such offence

incur and suffer the pain of death, and confiscation of moveables : Damages of and also that all prosecutions for repairing the damages of any &c. pulled' church or chapel, or any building for religious worship, or any down, &c, in dwelling house, barn, stable, or outhouse, which shall be demo

lished or pulled down in whole or in part, within Scotland, by and of whom. any persons unlawfully, riotously or tumultuously assembled, shall

and may be recovered by summary action, at the instance of the party aggrieved, his or her heirs, or executors against the county, stewartry, city or borough respectively, where such disorders shall happen, the magistrates being summoned in the ordinary form, and the several counties and stewartries called by edictal citation at the market cross of the head borough of such county or stewartry res. pectively, and that in general, without mentioning their names and designations.

X. Provided, and it is hereby declared, that this act shall extend places in Scotland this to all places for religious worship, in that part of Great Britain

called Scotland, which are tolerated by law, and where his majesty king George, the prince and princess of Wales, and their issue are prayed for in express words.

5 GEORGE 1, CAP. 4.-An act for strengthening the Protestant interest in these kingdoms.-See Title—“CONVENTICLES," vol. ii. p. 399.

19 GEORGE 3, CAP. 44.- An act for the further relief of Protestant Preamble; dissenting ministers and schoolmasters. —Whereas, by an act made in

the first year of the reign of king William and queen Mary, intituled, 1 W. & M.

an act for exempting their majesties' Protestant subjects, dissenting from the church of England, from the penalties of certain laws, persons dissenting from the church of England, in holy orders, or pretended holy orders, or pretending to holy orders, and preachers or teachers of any congregation of dissenting Protestants, are required, in order to be entitled to certain exemptions, benefits, privileges, and advantages, to declare their approbation of, and to subscribe, the articles of religion mentioned in the statute made in the thirteenth year of the reign of queen Elizabeth (except as in the said act, made in the first year of the reign of king William and queen Mary, is excepted): and whereas many such persons scruple to declare their approbation of and to subscribe, the said articles not excepted as aforesaid : for giving ease to such scrupulous persons in the exercise of religion,

may it please your majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted dissenting

by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and

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consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons in this ministers, present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that who shall every person dissenting from the church of England, in holy orders, oaths and or pretended holy orders, or pretending to holy orders, being a declaration preacher or teacher of any congregation of dissenting protestants

, against prices who, if he scruple to declare and subscribe as aforesaid, shall take by the said the oaths, and make and subscribe the declaration against popery, also make required by the said act, in the first year of the reign of king William and suband queen Mary, to be taken, made, and subscribed by protestant

following dissenting ministers, and shall also make and subscribe a declaration declaration, in the words following; viz. :I A.B. do solemnly declare, in the presence of Almighty God, that

I am a christian and a Protestant, and as such, that I believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, as commonly received among Protestant churches, do contain the revealed will of God; and that I do receive the same as the rule of my doctrine and practice. shall be, and every such person is hereby declared to be, entitled to shall be entiall the exemptions, benefits, privileges, and advantages, granted to privileges Protestant dissenting ministers by the said act, made in the first granted by year of the reign of king William and queen Mary; and by an act, țion act, and made in the tenth year of the reign of queen Anne, intituled, an act 3 annet for preserving the Protestant religion, by better securing the church of confirming England, as by law established; and for confirming the toleration granted the same, &e. to Protestant dissenters by an act, intituled, an act for exempting their majesties' protestant subjects, dissenting from the church of England, from the penalties of certain laws; and for supplying the defects thereof; and for the further securing the Protestant succession, by requiring the practisers of the law in North Britain to take the oaths and subscribe the declaration therein mentioned ; and the justices of the peace at the general session of the peace to be holden for the county or place where any Protestant dissenting minister shall live, are hereby required to tender and administer the said last mentioned declaration to such minister, upon his offering himself to make and subscribe the same, and thereof to keep a register; and such minister shall not give or pay, as a fee or reward to any officer or officers belonging to the court aforesaid, above the sum of sixpence for his or their entry of such minister's making and subscribing the said last mentioned declaration, and taking the oaths, and making and subscribing the declaration against popery, required by the said act, made in the first year of the reign of king William and queen Mary, to be taken, made, and subscribed by Protestant dissenting ministers; nor above the sum of sixpence for any certificate thereof to be made out and signed by the officer or officers of the said court; and every and shall be such person, qualifying himself as aforesaid, shall be exempted from from serving serving in the militia of this kingdom; and shall also be exempted in the militia from any imprisonment, or other punishment, by virtue of an act, punishment made in the thirteenth and fourteenth years of the reign of king by virtue of Charles the second, intituled, an act for the uniformity of public uniformity, prayers and administration of sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies ; and for establishing the form of making, ordaining, and consecrating, bishops, priests, and deacons, in the church of England; or by an act made in the fifteenth year of the same reign, intituled, an act

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for relief of such persons as by sickness, or other impediment, were disabled from subscribing the declaration in the act of uniformity, and erplanation of part of the said act; for preaching or officiating in any congregation of Protestant dissenters, for the exercise of religion permitted and allowed by law.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that no themselves dissenting minister, nor any other Protestant dissenting from the as aforesaid, church of England, who shall take the aforesaid oaths, and make

and subscribe the above mentioned declaration against popery, and youth. the declaration hereinbefore mentioned, shall be prosecuted in any

court whatsoever, for teaching and instructing youth as a tutor or schoolmaster; any law or statute to the contrary notwithstanding.

III. Provided always, that nothing in this act contained shall mastership extend, or be construed to extend, to the enabling of any person lege or

school dissenting from the church of England to obtain or hold the masterof royal foun- ship of any college or school of royal foundation, or of any other dation, &c.

endowed college or school for the education of youth, unless the same shall have been founded since the first year of the reign of their late majesties king William and queen Mary, for the imme

diate use and benefit of Protestant dissenters. The said act IV. And whereas it hath been doubted, whether the said act, A Gul Mar. made in the first year of the reign of king William and queen Mary, to be deemed be a public or private act; be it enacted and declared, that the said public acts.

act, and also this present act, shall be adjudged, deemed, and taken to be public acts; and shall be judicially taken notice of as such, by all judges, justices, and other persons whomsoever, without specially pleading them, or either of them.

25 ĠEORGE 3, Cap. 75.-An act to extend the provisions of an act, made in the twenty-third year of his present majesty's reign, for granting to his majesty a stamp duty on the registry of burials, marriages, births, and christenings, to the registry of burials, births, and christen

ings of Protestant dissenters from the church of England. - Whereas 23 G. 3, c. 67. by an act, made in the twenty-third year of the reign of his present

majesty (intituled, an act for granting to his majesty a stamp duty on the registry of burials, marriages, births, and christenings), a stamp duty of three-pence was imposed on the entry of any burial, marriage, birth, or christening, in the register of any parish, precinct, or place in Great Britain : and whereas it is expedient to extend the provisions of the said act to all his majesty's Protestant subjects dissenting from the church of England, be it therefore enacted by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal

, and commons, in this preActextended sent parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that

. dissenters. from and after the first day of October one thousand seven hundred

and eighty-five, the provisions of the said act, made in the twentythird year of the reign of his present majesty, shall extend to all his majesty's Protestant subjects dissenting from the church of England; and that the registers of births, burials, and christenings of such of them as use infant baptism, now kept, or hereafter to be kept by them; and the registers of births and burials of such Protestan: dissenters as do not use infant baptism, now kept, or hereafter to be kept by them, shall be subject and liable to the stamp duties by

to Protestant

the said recited act imposed upon the registers of births, burials, and christenings; any thing therein, or in any other law contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

53 GEORGE 3, Cap. 160.-- An act to relieve persons who impuyn the doctrine of the Holy Trinity from certain penalties.—Whereas, in the nineteenth year of his present majesty an act was passed, inti- 19 G. 3, c. 44. tuled an act for the further relief of Protestant aissenting ministers and schoolmasters; and it is expedient to enact as hereinafter provided; be it therefore enacted by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that so much of an act passed in the first year of 1 W. & M. the reign of king Willian and queen Mary, intituled an act for 3.17, repealed exempting his majesty's Protestant subjects dissenting from the church of England, from the penalties of certain laws, as provides that that act or any thing therein contained should not extend or be construed to extend to give any ease, benefit or advantage to persons denying the Trinity as therein mentioned, be and the same is hereby repealed.

II. And be it further enacted, that the provisions of another act 9 & 10 W. 3, passed in the ninth and tenth years of the reign of king William, repealed.' intituled an act for the more effectual suppressing blasphemy and profaneness, so far as the same relate to persons denying as therein mentioned, respecting the Holy Trinity, be and the same are hereby repealed.

III. And whereas it is expedient to repeal an act, passed in the Acts passed parliament of Scotland in the first parliament of king Charles the second, intituled an act against the crime of blasphemy; and another blasphemy act, passed in the parliament of Scotland in the first parliament of king William, intituled an act against blasphemy; which acts respectively ordain the punishment of death; be it therefore enacted, that the said acts and each of them shall be, and the same are and is hereby repealed.

IV. And be it further enacted, that this act shall be deemed and Public act. taken to be a public act, and shall be judicially taken notice of as such by all judges, justices and others, without being specially pleaded.

4 GEORGE 4, Cap. 64, Sec. 31.-An act for consolidating and amending the laws relating to the building, repairing and regulating of certain gaols and houses of correction in England and Wales.

XXXI. Be it further enacted, that if any prisoner shall be of a Dissenting religious persuasion differing from that of the established church, a lowed to visit minister of such persuasion, at the special request of such prisoner, prisoners. shall be allowed to visit him or her at proper and reasonable times, under such restrictions imposed by the visiting justices as shall guard against the introduction of improper persons, and as shall prevent improper communications.

7 & 8 VICTORIA, Cap. 102.- An act to repeal certain penal enactments made against her majesty's Roman catholic subjects.-See Title "L'NIFORMITY OF SERVICE."

in Scotland against

repealed.

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