On the Christian and Economic Polity of a Nation, More Especially with Reference to Its Large Towns Volume 1

On the Christian and Economic Polity of a Nation, More Especially with Reference to Its Large Towns Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...where the men who practically administer the fund, contribute very little towards the formation of it, as with the Kirk-Session of an assessed parish in The third change that would be required, should be in the constitution of the vestry. Now, it is a certain amount of charge or assessment for the poor rate which entitles to a vote; and that, on the principle of those who pay the money having a voice and power in the administration of it. Perhaps it would not be deviating very widely from this principle, if, in respect of the annual sum yielded by the church-door collections, or the sacrament money, the ministers and church-wardens were made members of this vestry; and were the churchwardens of a parish only a more numerous class, there would, at this point, be a very near resemblance between the parochial courts of distribution and supply in England and Scotland. And when the old charitable donations of a parish have been transferred to the new poor's fund, it maybe further right, that the legal guardians, or administrators of them, might be also members of vestry. And if a constitution still more popular were required, then the contributors of a specified annual sum might, for each year of such a contribution, be members. But we shall venture no farther upon Scotland; or, as it might often happen with the vestry of an English parish. We much fear that nothing will efiectually stay the contagion in Scotland, but a law by which it shall be declared incompetent to raise a compulsory fund in behalf of any who shall apply for parochial relief after a certain specified date. This would both limit all new applicants to the Kirk-Session, and also limit the Kirk-Session to its own proper income_and we have the confident belief, that when...show more

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  • United States
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  • 9781236822314