Henry Grattan; Being the Gladstone Prize Essay in the University of Oxford, 1902

Henry Grattan; Being the Gladstone Prize Essay in the University of Oxford, 1902

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... chiefly on the inhumanity of every system of farming revenue, and the extortion and injustice that are its necessary accompaniments. This evil was the result of the neglect of their duty by many of the Episcopalian clergy, who lived in comparative ease in the principal cities upon money drawn from classes to whom they administered no spiritual consolation in return. These speeches of Grattan are remarkable for their boldness and fire. A great portion of them was taken up with a daring comparison of the lives of the Apostles with those of the Protestant ministers of his day. He contrasted the tithe-farmers visiting the Irish cabins to extort the tithe of turf and potatoes with the visit of the Apostles to the poor, bearing contributions and administering comfort. He quoted the injunctions of the Founder of Christianity, admonishing men to "give alms," to "distribute to the poor," to "seek treasure in heaven," and asked whether the luxury and avarice of the Episcopalian priesthood exemplified the observance of them. He pleaded for resident and conscientious clergy, and he recommended that the existing system of uncommuted tithe should gradually be swept away. In April 1788, Grattan laid before the House a number of resolutions on the subject. Most of them proposed to exempt certain articles of commerce and some of the necessaries of life from tithe. ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE 87 The last was to the effect that " the better to secure the residence of the clergy, a moderate tax on nonresidence would be expedient." The influence of the Church with the Government was, however, too strong to be successfully resisted, and the grievance was allowed to grow until many years after Grattan's death.1 The evils of the...show more

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