An Epitome of the Evidence Given Before the Select Committee of the House of Commons, on Church-Rates, in the Session of 1851

An Epitome of the Evidence Given Before the Select Committee of the House of Commons, on Church-Rates, in the Session of 1851

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... person. 2561. Can you state the circumstances which gave rise to that particular change?--It was, I believe, in consequence of the consb-nt litigation which had taken place in the ecclesiastical court, and it was thought an extreme hardship, that as on religious grounds the Quakers refused to pay the church-rate, the churchwardens should proceed against them in the ecclesiastical court, and that they should be committed by the authority of the ecclesiastical court to prison, and there remain. 2562. Mr. Bright.' How long is it since that Act was passed?--I cannot give the precise date, but in the beginning of the last century. 2563. Has not there been an Act passed more recently, to apply the same principle arising out of a case in the north of Ireland?--Yes, there is a more recent Act, but I am alluding to that Act under which the levy has always been made by distress for above 100 years; I will not pledge myself to the date of the Act. 2564. Mr. Hortman." In fact the resistance of the Quakers to the rate was so determined, that it was thought desirable to pass an Act specially to make a change in their favour?--Yes. 2565. The fact is, as you have said, the principle upon which the law of church-rates was established, was with reference to a state of things quite different from the present?--I think it was; because, I think, it was established upon the ground of the religious obligation of everybody to contribute: there is no religious obligation upon a man who disbelieves the religion which he is called upon to support, 2566. Mr. Bright.' How long is it since church-rates have been resisted; how long is it back that you have any accounts of churchrates being resisted and litigated in parishes?--The very first decision that we have upon...show more

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