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behalf of Dissidents from the Established Church , will be locally frustrated if the bill in its present form should be passed into a law . "A petition is in the course of sign ature by the Dissenters of Birmingham , to be heard by counsel against the bill , and will be immediately presented . " Birmingham , May 20 , 1830 . "
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Matters agreed on between the Solicitors for the Parties , and in behalf of their respective Clients . " The Governors are to present a petition to the Lord Chancellor , praying that the words requiring future Governors to be of the Church of England , may be struck out of the schedule .
* ' The bill not to proceed to any further stage , until his Lordship shall have decided upon such petition . "In page 39 of the printed bill , before the word ' birth , * insert place of , ' and strike out ( qualification . ' " J . W . WHATELEY-, " WILLIAM WILLS . " May 28 , 1830 . "
Extracts from Resolutions of a General Meeting of Dissenters , Sfc , May 24 , 1830 , convened by public Advertisement in the Birmingham Newspapers , Resolved unanimously , cc 1 . That this meeting has heard ,
with regret and indignation , of the attempt made by the governors of the Free Grammar School , in this town , to deprive those inhabitants who are not members of the Established Church , of their eligibility to the office of governor of the said school .
" 2 . That the proscription thus attempted to be established is altogether unauthorized by the Charter of the Royal Founder of the school , Edward the Sixth , which merely directs that the governors shall be of the more discreet and more trusty inhabitants of the town , parish , or manor of Birmingham .
" 3 . That believing the contemplated system of exclusion , if accomplished , will attach a most unmerited stigma to those who , on principle , are dissentient from the Church of England , and that its natural tendency will be to revive divisions and to perpetuate jealousies , which it has been the wise and
beneficent policy of the Legislature to heal and extinguish , this meeting feels greatly indebted to those gentlemen who have been the means of bringing the subject before their fellow-townsmen , and approves and confirms the measures which , as a provisional committee , they have adopted to frustrate the object proposed by the governors .
" 4 . That petitions be immediately presented to both Houses of Parliament , praying that the bill may not be passed into a law in its present form . " 5 . That the petitions now produced and read be adopted . " 6 . That the gentlemen who form the provisional committee , with power to add to their number , be appointed a committee for carryiug the resolutions of this meeting into effect ; and that they be authorized to take such further
measures as shall appear to them necessary for the protection of the interests confided to their care . ' *
Report , 8 fc , of the Deputies sent to London on behalf of the Dissenters of Birmingham , & ( C . " Public Office , June 4 , 1830 . " The Deputies sent to London , to oppose the Free School Bill , on behalf of the Dissenters of Birmingham , being returned , and having delivered in a report of their proceedings , stating , among other matters , —
" That the Governors of the Free School had agreed to petition the Lord Chancellor for permission to strike out of the bill the clause , directing that ' no person shall be eligible to be a Governor of the school who is not a member of the Established Church of England *—
which petition , there can be no doubt , his Lordship will immediately grant ; and that they had likewise agteed , in the most prompt and conciliatory manner , to alter two other clauses in the bill , which appeared to admit of an interpretation unfavourable to Dissenters : —
" Resolved unanimously , " That the highly gratifying report now read be received and approved ; and that the cordial thanks of the committee be presented to the gentleuieu of the deputation , for the ability and zeal with which they have conducted , to a successful termination , the business entrusted to their care . "
Thanks were also voted to Lord Holland , the Marquis of Lausdown , Lord Calthorpe , Francis Lawley , Esq ., aud other Pailiamentary supporters or advisers of the petitioners ; to William Smith , Esq ., M . P ., the Chairman , and
to the Committee , of the * Deputies appointed to protect the Civil Rights of Dissenters , ' and to John Wilkx , Esq ., Secretary to the « Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty / ( Signed ) " EDWARD CORN , " Low Bailiff , Chairman .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 71, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/71/