or lecture is to be preached, the common prayers and service in and by the said book appointed to be read for that time of the day, shall be openly, publicly, and solemnly read by some Priest or Deacon in the church, chapel, or place of public worship where the said sermon or lecture is to be preached, before such sermon or lecture be preached ; and that the lecturer then to preach shall be present at the reading thereof."

Sect. 23. Provides, That the act is not to extend to university sermons or lectures to be preached or read in the university churches in the universities of this realm.

Instructions for obtaining a License to a Perpetual Curacy.

The following papers are to be sent to the Bishop by the clergyman who is to be licensed :

1. NOMINATION to the perpetual curacy, on the proper stamp, duly executed by the patron, [or petition, if the person to be licensed be patron.]

2. LETTERS of Orders, Deacon, and Priest.

3. LETTERS Testimonial. [See form No. 3. in Instructions as to Licences to Stipendiary Curates ; adding, “and moreover we believe him in our consciences to be, as to his moral conduct, a person worthy to be admitted to a benefice.”]

If the clergyman nominated should be in possession of other preferment, it will be necessary for him, if he wishes to continue to hold a cathedral preferment or a benefice with the perpetual curacy, to look to the provisions of the Act, 1 & 2 Vict. ch. 106., sect. 1. to sect. 14., before he is licensed : and he is referred to the following subjects, in this work, under the several heads, “ Observations on Pluralities," “ Observations respecting the Avoidance of Cathedral Preferments and Benefices,”and the Mode of proceeding to obtain a Dispensation.”

The same subscriptions and declaration are to be made, and oaths taken, as in the case of a license to a Stipendiary Curate; and also the oath against simony.

“I, A. B. do swear, that I have made no simoniacal payment, contract, or promise, directly or indirectly, by myself, or any other, to my knowledge or with my consent, to any person or persons whatsoever, for or concerning the procuring and obtaining the perpetual curacy of—, in the county of —

and diocese of

nor will at


time hereafter perform or satisfy any such kind of payment, contract, or promise, made by any other, without my knowledge or consent. So help me God.”

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Form of License to a Perpetual Curacy (on a stamp value £2.)

Charles Buckeridge, Doctor in Divinity, principal surrogate of the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, Precentor and first Canon Resident

iary of the cathedral church of Lichfield, and Commissary of the Honorable and Right Reverend Father in God, James, by Divine permission, Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, To the Reverend Robert Simpson, Master of arts, greeting, WHEREAS the church or perpetual curacy

of Elkstone in the county of Stafford, and within the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, lately became void by the death of James Whitaker, clerk, the last incumbent, Curate or Minister there. AND WHEREAS you, the said Robert Simpson, have been duly nominated by the Reverend John Simpson, clerk, bachelor of arts, Vicar of Alstonefield, the true and undoubted patron thereof, to be the perpetual Curate of the church and curacy of Elkstone aforesaid. And you having before us subscribed to the thirty-nine articles of the religion of the Church of England, and the three articles in the 36th canon, and taken the oaths, and made and subscribed the declaration which are in this case by law required to be taken, made, and subscribed. We do, therefore, by virtue of the power delegated to us, commit and grant to you, the said Robert Simpson, this our license or faculty to read prayers, preach, officiate, and perform all Divine offices as Perpetual Curate within the church or perpetual curacy of Elkstone aforesaid, according to law, and invest you

with all and singular the rights, fees, perquisites, salaries, members, and appurtenances thereunto belonging. And we do by these presents authorize you to preach the Word of God therein, and license you to be Perpetual Curate thereof. IN TESTIMONY whereof we have caused the seal of the said Lord Bishop to be hereunto affixed, and have subscribed our name hereto this fourteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two.

Charles Buckeridge, Commissary.

(“L. S.”)


Within two months after he is licensed, he is to read both morning and evening prayers, and to declare his unfeigned assent and consent thereto, openly and publicly in church before the congregation, thus :

“I, A. B., do here declare my unfeigned assent and consent to all and every thing contained and prescribed in and by the book intituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and administration of the Sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the United Church of England and Ireland, together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches ; and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.”

And within the same time to read the thirty-nine articles in the church, in the time of common prayer, and to declare his unfeigned assent thereunto.

Within three months after he is licensed, he is to in his arch the declaration appointed by the Act of Uniformity, and also the certificate of his having subscribed it before the Bishop.

It is prudent to obtain from the churchwardens, or some other inha

bitants of the parish, a certificate, that the new incumbent has complied with the above forms, which are required to be observed in the church; a printed form of which certificate, as set forth in the directions after institution and induction, is usually supplied by the Bishop's secretary when the license is granted.

Within six months after he is licensed, he is to take the oaths required by law in one of the courts of Westminster, or at the General Quarter Sessions of the county, city, or place where he resides.

Form of Nomination to an AUGMENTED Chapelry or Curacy. To the Right Reverend Father in God, John, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral church of Lincoln, send greeting,

Whereas the curacy of the chapel of Coddington, in the parish of Stoke, in the county of Nottingham, and diocese of Lincoln, is augmented, or shortly intended to be augmented, by the governors of the Bounty of Queen Anne, for the augmentation of the maintenance of the poor clergy; by reason whereof it is requisite that a Curate should be duly nominated, and licensed to serve the said cure, pursuant to an Act of Parliament in that case made and provided. Now we, the said Dean and Chapter, do hereby nominate Thomas Footit, clerk, (the person employed by us in serving the said cure) to be Curate of the said chapel of Coddington; and we do humbly request your Lordship to grant him your license to serve the said cure, and to perform all Divine offices therein accordingly.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our hands and seals, this eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.

Extract from an Act for the better maintenance of Curates and for

preventing any ecclesiastical persons from buying the next avoidance of any Church .

preferment. 12 Anne. cap. xii. s. 2. “If any person after 29th September, 1714, shall for any sum of money, reward, gift, &c., in his own name, or in the name of


other person, take or accept the next avoidance of, or presentation to any benefice with cure of souls, dignity, &c., and shall be presented thereto; then every such presentation shall be void, and such agreement deemed a simoniacal contract, and the crown may present to such benefice, dignity, &c, for that time only, and the person so corruptly taking or procuring such benefice or dignity &c., shall be adjudged a disabled person in law to have and enjoy the same ; and shall also be subject to any pain &c., inflicted by the ecclesiastical laws, in like manner as if such corrupt agreement had been made after such benefice &c. had been vacant."


Instructions for obtaining Institution or Collation to a Prebend,

to a Benefice.

The following papers are to be sent to the Bishop by the clergyman who is to be instituted or collated :

1. PRESENTATION to the benefice or prebend, duly stamped, and executed by the patron, Cor petition, if the person to be instituted happens to be patron of the benefice.]

(.No. 1. applies to Institutions only, not to Collations.)

2. LETTERS of Orders, Deacon and Priest.

3. LETTERS Testimonial by three grave ministers, in the following

form :

To the Right Reverend — Lord Bishop of We, whose names are hereunder written, testify and make known, that A. B., clerk, A. M., (or other degree), presented, (or to be collated, as the case may be) to the prebend, &c. &c., (or to the rectory or vicarage, as the case may be) of - in the county of — in your lordship’s diocesė, hath been personally known to us for the space of three years last past ; that we have had opportunities of observing his conduct; that, during the whole of that time, we verily believe that he lived piously, soberly, and honestly; nor have we at any time heard to the contrary thereof; nor hath he at any time, as far as we know or believe, held, written, or taught anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the United Church of England and Ireland ; and, moreover, we believe him in our consciences to be, as to his moral conduct, a person worthy to be admitted to the said prebend, or benefice (as the case may be).

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands, this -day of in the year of our Lord 18—.

C. D. rector of
E. F. vicar of

G. H. curate of-
If all the subscribers are not beneficed in the diocese of the Bishop to

whom the testimonial is addressed, the countersignature of the Bishop of the diocese wherein their benefices are respectively situate is required.

Form of PRESENTATION to a Rectory or Vicarage. To the Right Reverend Father in God, John, by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Lincoln, to his Vicar General in Spirituals, or to any

* A prebendary after institution, in such cases where that form is required, (and where institution is not required, then after the grant of the Prebend is complete,) is recommended forthwith to apply to the clerk of the Dean and Chapter as to installation and reading in.

other person or persons having or claiming to have sufficient authority in this behalf : John Foljambe of Osberton, the true and undoubted patron of the rectory of Gamston, in the county of Nottingham, and in your Lordship's diocese of Lincoln, greeting :

I present to your Lordship, and to the rectory and parish church of Gamston aforesaid, now void by the natural death of Charles Newcome, the last incumbent there, and to my presentation in full right belonging, my beloved in Christ, Thomas Massey, clerk, master of arts, * humbly praying that your Lordship would be graciously pleased to admit and canonically to institute him, the said Thomas Massey, to the rectory and parish church of Gamston aforesaid, to invest him with all and singular the rights, members, and appurtenances thereto belonging, and cause him to be inducted into the real

, actual, and corporeal possession thereof, and to do all other things which to your pastoral office may in this case appertain or belong.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.

John Foljambe. (“L. S.") N.B. When the benefice is valued at £10. or above in the king's books the presentation must be a stamp of £6., if under £10. a 6s. stamp is sufficient.

Grant or Presentation to a Vicarage on the next Avoidance.

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come, Robert Ramsden, Esq. of Carlton, true and undoubted patron of the vicarage of the parish church of Coleby, in the county of Lincoln, and diocese of Lincoln, sendeth greeting : Know ye that the said Robert Ramsden, for divers good causes and considerations, him hereunto especially moving, hath given, granted, assigned, and confirmed, and by these presents doth give, grant, assign, and confirm unto Charles Eyre, of Grove, Esq., his executors, administrators, and assigns, the first and next avoidance, donation, collation, nomination, presentation, and free disposition of the said vicarage of Coleby, in the county of Lincoln, and diocese of Lincoln aforesaid ; whensoever, howsoever, and by what means soever the said vicarage shall first and next happen to become void, by the death, resignation, deprivation, cession, permutation, dismission, or by any other way whatsoever, (other than by promotion of the present incumbent to a Bishopric, as is hereafter mentioned and expressed,) willing, and by this present writing, granting, that it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Charles Eyre, his executors, administrators, and assigns, to present a fit person to the same, and to do all and every other thing or things, which to the office or duty of a patron or patrons of the said vicarage of Coleby do, or doth belong or appertain, in as full and ample manner as he, the said Robert Ramsden might or could have done therein, if these presents had not been made. And farther know


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* If a minor present, he adds, " by the advice, and with the approbation of Philip Fulkner, Esq my guardian lawfully appointed.”

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