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We have fully stated our views on the subject in the concluding article of our work: by their accomplishment a real reform would be obtained, and all good would follow in their train. Our last wishes are, that the People, to whom we dedicate our labours, will be firm—united—and persevering; and, rely upon it, we are on the eve of as great a social regeneration as the destruction of Feudality, the abasement of Popery, or any other of the memorable epochs which have signalized the progress of nations.

February lit, 1831.

I. ORIGIN AND TENURE OF CHURCH PROPERTY.

Origin and fourfold division of tithes 10

New disposition of ecclesiastical property at the Reformation 13

Church property proved to be public property from legislative acts 16

Eagle's Legal Argument on tithes 17

Tenure of the clergy—same as other public functionaries 18

Clergy, tenants-at-will, may be ejected by their parliamentary

landlords 19

II. PATRONAGE OF THE CHURCH.

Dr. Pennington's error in considering advowsons private property 19

Evasion of the laws against simony •••• ,. 20

Jews and Infidels may select persons for the Gospel ministry • • •« 20

Instance of sale advowsons •••• •• 21

Patronage among the bishops, the king, aristocracy, and gentry- • 21

Recommendations of the present bishops to promotion 23

Examples of perversion of patronage by bishops Sparke, Sutton,

and Pretyman 24

Clerical monopoly illustrated by examples • • » 28

Number of the clergy and number of preferments shared among

them 30

Singular division of parochial benefices into c 30

More than one-third of incumbents pluralists 31

III.—61NECURISM.—NON-RESIDENCE.—PLURALITIES.—

CHURCH DISCIPLINE.

Uncouth habiliments and dress of the clergy • 32

Duties of the several orders of clergy • 33

Discoveries of Mr. Wright on church discipline • 34

Pretexts of the clergy for non-residence 35

Parsons' indemnity bill 39

Dr. Johnson's employment before he received a pension 40

Primate Button's principle of church government 41

The priestly motto on Lambeth window • 41

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IV. REVENUES OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.

Suggestions for an authentic return of ecclesiastical revenues • • - • 42

Examples of increase in value of church property- • 43

Quarterly Review's estimate of church revenues ••• * • • 45

Estimate of value of sees from authentic data 47

Lectureships, public charities, surplice fees, new churches, and

other sources of clerical income 48

General Statement of church revenues, from tithe, church fees, &c. 52

Revenues of the church monopolized by 7694 individuals 53

Impositions practised in respect of poor livings 55

Question briefly stated—Ions Dignitaries, and Aristocratic Plu-

ralists, chiefly engross church income 56

Church of England without Poor Clergy, unless it be curates • I I • 58

Proportion in which revenues are divided among the several orders

of clergy 58

Observations on unequal division of ecclesiastical revenues 59

Comparative cost of Church of England and other churches I

V.— RAPACITY OF THE CLERGY EXEMPLIFIED.

Conduct of the rich clergy in respect of First Fruits 64

Rapacious claims of the London clergy 67

True policy of the church expounded 70

Conduct of the clergy in respect of tithe compositions 71

Dean and chapter of Ely's rapacious claim • 71

Mode suggested for retaliating on the clergy 72

VI.—ORIGIN AND DEFECTS OF THE CHURCH LITURGY.

Dr. Middleton's researches in church history 73

Similarity of Catholic and Church of England worship 74

Opposite conduct of Whigs and Tories in respect of religion 75

Defects in the book of Common Prayer 76

Church Catechism 77

Strange mode of ordaining priests 78

Preference of church service to the random out-pourings of the

conventicle 79

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