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Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty .
( Continued from p . 520 . ) On thess subjects be would repeat former cautions and advice . Meeting-Houses were rateable to the poor if any beneficial occupier could be found . I $ ut ali neces * sary outgoings , including reasonable salaries of ministers , were to be allowed out of the receipts . On the net remaining
proceeds only could the charge be made . The necessity of the expenses was then the matter mainly to be discussed , and which Churchmen , heing the magistrates at Quarter Sessions , on an appeal against the rate , could alone decide . To prevent the vexation and expense of such appeals , he recommended , that in parishes where such charges were intended , the Dissenting inhabitants should attend the vestries
and there remonstrate . If that effort was v ain , then they should immediately demand a copy of the rate ; being ever mindful , that unless the appeal was made to the next possible Sessions , the charge was confirmed . Having obtained the co let them examine what property was omitted or under-rated . Especially , let them turn to the assessments of the
parochial officers , and the persons most desirous to burden them . Let them note whether the parsonage-house , the glebe , the rectorial apd vicarial tithes , the Easter offerings , and all monies received fox pew rents in the . church or Episcopabau chapels were fully charged- Of any omissions or under-rating , le , t them complain on their appeal . Self-interest
recefe ^ en the j ^ me jgggpegwg mfrr uve ibat y * $ * ym te . « mmb mmm * mn pily re- ^ ct ; ^ o 4 $# ^ hr ^ tened ^ r ^ wou 4 d te omitted , orjh ^ <^ m fpr ^ i ^ e Recent cases render this result njore ## pbable . At the tfo * fotk Session * M && last month , a decision j&fi occurredjwqpropitious to t ) ie clergy , * n $ favourable to this mean of Dissenting self-de / e <*^
p Dr . Bulwer , Rector of Cawston ^ had appealed against a full charge for tithes ^ and his appeal was disallowed . H 3 was held liable to pay rates on thVfoU v # I # e of all his tithes : since , whilst the fall of agricultural produce precluded farmers from a profit , yet all the receipts of the clergymen were profit , resulting too from
the capital and industry of those by whonv no profit was obtained . T ^ he erection of new churches by the Church Society , and out < of the parliamentary grants for those objects , would increase thjs mean of re-, sistance . In all those edificesL , pews we ^ re to be let , and their costly faues would be
as rateable as the hurpbler Nonconformist House of Prayer . Thus the . security from payment and vexation , which tolerating principles , public virtue and true policy should have given unasked , may result from less noble motives—and the very clergy and the enthusiasts for the . Established Church become the
earnest advocates for an exemption they have , been earnest to resist . On these pecuniary affairs h , e was more diffuse , because a writer in the Edinburgh Review had made them the subject of remark . The article was obviously written by a hand neither unfriendly to himself nor to their cause ;
but it evinced that the magnitude and nature of these questions were not understood . As to turnpike-toils it states , " Dissenters are made to pay turnpikes if they attend any place of worship out of their parish ; so are Churchmen : if apy relief is granted to Dissenters in this
point , the difficulty will be to prevent frauds upon turnpikes ; fpr if any man going to any place of worship is to ba * exempted from tolls on Sundays , the number of religious persons rushing about on that day will be strangely increased ; and the astonished toll-man will in vain
look for a single person whose purpose is secular , or whose master ia Mammon . If the interests of the , tabernacle apd the toll-bar can be accommodated , the Pissen ters certainly ought to be u * du ] ged . "
The cases supposed were not pfrt ^ lM * aud the difficulties apprehended aid , UQt exist . Churchmen ought not to leare their , parish and parish church , nor to urigntte beyond the parochial boundary . Iu that fold , and from the pastor whom the pa *
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© f tb&r ^ dojj&ted rights »* f n 4 bemuse they ha « e r&aapi ^ e ^ syn ^ ptoxas of increasing iudiflferencsp m the Dissenting body to the assertion of their right tp equal prplection and equal civil advantages with all other subjects of this realm . The following ministers were present
at this Meeting : —Rev . J . Fullagar , of Chichester ; W- Marshall , of St . Albans ; K . Chapman , of Billingshurst ; Dr . Morell and — Ketley , of Brighton ; W . Kite , of Ditchling ; J . Taplin and Horsfield , of Lewes .
Many new subscribers to the Institution were obtained ; and as the Committee are empowered by the Association to draw up and publish for the use of the Society a more extended catalogue of Hooks and Tracts than that which has hitherto been used , it is anticipated that a large increase will be made to the list of subscribers before the next Annual Meeting . T . W . HORSFIELD , Secretary .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 581, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/61/