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^ ilidity of the return , they may bring an action for a false return , by which the truth of the return may be brought in question .
. Upon these grounds , therefore , without pronouncing at present ( because it is premature to pro - nounce ) whether a person pretending to holy orders , must not be understood , in all sense and
meaning , to be a person pretending to the actual possession and having the holy orders , respecting which I should rather think that the persons pretending to holy orders , according to the best inquisition
into the subject I have been able to make , were not entitled , generally , to : preach under any allowance ; and when speaking on this subject , I will just mention that we have been referred to what
passed in the times of the troubles ; now , in the 52 d Statute , in Scobell ' s Acts , it is said , that of the persons who expect holy orders , who are candidates for holy orders , none may preach but ordained ministers , except such as intending the ministry , shall , for trial of their gifts , be allowed by such as shall be appointed by both houses of Parliament , which
clearly does not mean a general and indefinite allowance to preach , in respect of a self-designation to that profession , but they are to be sanctioned by the allowance of persons , constituted by authority to give that allowance by both ¦¦ * ki ,
houses of parliament . —In the further consideration of this subject , it may be well worth the while of those who argue that a pretence to holy orders implies the actual possession of holy orders , to look into those ordinances to see what
was expected of persons in order to their being allowed to preach the word of God . In page 8 O of Scobell's Acts , it is pre-supposed that the minister of Christ is in some measure gifted for so weighty a service , by his skill in the original languages and in such arts and sciences as are hand . maids unto
divinity ; and by his knowledge in the whole body of theology ; in times in which enthusiasm is supposed to have obtained as great a height , and literature to have been
at its lowest ebb , it appeared to be fitting to those who managed the government in that perturbed state , that there should be these qualities in the persons pretending to the ministry . —I throw this out for further consideration , when
this matter may hereafter come under the consideration of the court . At present we are of opinion this mandamus cannot be resisted , because the right in which the person applies , has not been denied or drawn in question ; it may be questioned upon the return * and it is fit the mandamus should go , in order that the magistrates may have an opportunity of making that return , if they shall think fit * ., RULE ABSOLUTE . . . . . ¦ ; t i
StJO Return of the Number of Churches and Meeting-houses .
*• ) . .. yy < / • ¦ . - , Returns of -the Archbishops and Bishops of the Number of Churches mid Chapels of the Church of England , in every Parish of ilOOO Persons and upwards ; also of the Number of other places vf Wvrship moT of the Establishment- ¦ 4 ' ; ' ' * ' ( Ordered to be Printed by the House of Lords , April 5 , 1811 . )
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 390, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/46/