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ihtrn part thereofto his majesty , arid his successors ; the other third p « : ft to the use of the poor of the parish where the offence shall be committed ; and the other third part thereof , to such person or persons as shall or will sue for the same , by action of debt , plaint , bill , or information , in any Court of Record at Westminster , or before any justices of Assize , Over and Termmer , or goal delivery , or before any justices of the counties palatine , of Chester , Lancaster , or Durham , or the justices of the Great Sessions of Wales , or before any justices of peace in their Quarter Sessions , wherein no assoign , protection or wager of law shall be allowed . IV . Provided always , and be it further enacted , by the authority
aforesaid , That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons restrained from coming to any city , town corporate , bor 6 ugh , parish , town or place , as aforesaid , or for any other person or persons as shall not first take and subscribes
the said oalh , and as shall not fre - quent divine service , established by the Itiws of ( his kingdom , and carry hirn at herself reverently , decently and orderly there , " " teach any public or private schnol ,
or take any boarders or tablers that are taught or instructed by him or herself , or any other , upon pain fdr every $ uch offence to forfeit thesurn of forty pounds , to be recovered and distributed as aforesai V d . . Provided also , and be it fur . ther enacted , by the authority aforesaid , That it shall be lawful for any two justices of the peace , of the respective 'bounty , upon o ^ th t 6 them of any offen ce against thifc fcet * tvliich oath they are hereby impowered to administer ,
to commit the offender for six months , without bail or mainprizej unless upon or before such com - mitment , he shall , before the said justices of the peace , swear ami subscribe the aforesaid oath and declaration .
VI . Provided always , That if any person intended to be restrain * ed by virtue of this act , shall , without fraud or covin , be served with any writ , subpoena , warrant ,
or other process , whereby his personal appearance is required , his obedience to such writ , subposma , or process , shall not be construed an offence against this act .-
The Conventicle Act , 22 Charles II . Chap 2 . intituled—An Act t& prevent and suppress seditious Conventicles . For providing further and more speedy remedies against the growing and dangerous practices of seditious sectaries and other
disloyal persons , who , under pretence of tender consciences , have or may at their meetings contrive insurrections ( as late experience hath shewn "); be it enacted by the King ' s mo <* t excellent Majesty , by and with the fcdvice and consent of the
Lords ^ p iritum and temporal , and Commons in this present parliament assembled , and by authority of the same , That if any person of the age of sixteen years or upwards , beincr a subject of this
realm , at any time after the tenth day ot May next , shall be present at any assembly , conventicle , or meeting , under colour or pretence of any exercise of religion , in other manner than accotdinz to the
Liturgy and practice of the Church of England , in any place within the kingdom dt England , or dominion of Wales , or town 6 f Berwick upon Tweed , at which conventicle , meet .
The Conventicle Act . SSI
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 381, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/37/