Notes and Queries, Number 102, October 11, 1851 Volume IV

Notes and Queries, Number 102, October 11, 1851 Volume IV

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Excerpt: ...(the word "estates" being used of course in its second intention, as meaning the representatives, and not the orders en masse) are "the Lords Spiritual," "the Lords Temporal," and "the Commons," representing severally the clergy, the nobility, and the commonality. As "the Lords Spiritual" are always placed before "the Lords Temporal," he is obliged to rank the clergy before the nobility in spite of the order of precedency observed in the Collect. This seems to show that the clergy are not represented by the bishops. And in the Coronation Oath they are separately specified: "And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of the realm, and to the churches committed to them, all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them or any of them?" This in an older oath ran thus: "Et quil gardera le peas de seynt Eglise et al clergie et al people de bon accorde." From these quotations it does not seem very faulty to infer, that the clergy as represented by Convocation are the second Estate of the realm; and are not, as represented by "the Lords Spiritual," the first, which is the Estate of the nobility represented by the Peers. Against this C ANON . E BOR.'S arguments are two: first, "that the phrase 'assembled in Parliament' has no application to the Convocation;" and next, that the "Convocation does not sit at Westminster." With regard to the first, I have to say that it was somewhat late in our history that the point was settled that Convocation was not a part of Parliament. In Mr. Palin's recently published History of the Church of England, ch. x. p. 242., I read, with respect to the dissolution of the Convocation of 1701,
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