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SELECT

STATUTES AND DOCUMENTS

OF

ELIZABETH AND JAMES I

PROTHERO

HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NEW YORK

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PREFACE

This volume is intended to be a contribution towards filling up the gap between the 'Select Charters' edited by the Bishop of Oxford, and Mr S. R. Gardiner's “Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution.' Of the documents which it contains, a few of the most important, such as the Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity and the High Commission of 1559, are printed in full : the rest are given in an abbreviated form. Of the latter it is hardly necessary to say that no alteration has been made in the texts, but owing to exigencies of space certain portions have been omitted. Where the omitted passages possess any importance, and the omission is not shown by the numbering of the paragraphs, it is indicated by dots. In the case of superfluities, such as are indicated by brackets in the following phrases :-person [and persons],” “all [and every],' prescribed (and appointed],' shall [and may] be lawful [to and] for,' the same for any of them],' 'bring (or cause to be brought],' 'be it further enacted [by the authority aforesaid),' 'provided [always and be it enacted],' any law statute or usage to the contrary notwithstanding],''he (she and they]' and the like, I have not thought it necessary to call attention to the omission. All additions to, or substitutes for, the original text are enclosed

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