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'Twere indeed very desirable, that all the Law that does any ways concern Churchmen were drawn up in one moderate Volume, and in such a Manner, that those who are not acquainted with the Phrases and Terms of Art, might yet underftand it, This is an Esay toward that Design, and with the Additions and Amendments which you'll find in this Sixth Edition, if it do not wholly answer the propos’d End, yet, I think, I may juftly say, it bids very fair for it : at least it may serve as a Direction to any PrivateClergyman, by giving him an idea, not only of our whole Confitution, but of that Station which he has in it.
There is nothing has more convinced me of the Neceflity of some Books of this kind, than a late Pamplet callid, The Parson's Jewels; wherein the Author, (Mr. Morgan, who stiles himself Vicar de Jure, of Lihan tri fanét, in Comitat Glamorgan”,] pretends to go no farther, than to direct a Clergyman how he may qualify and settle himself in a single Benefice; and yet is guilty of so many Mistakes, in imperiously telling his Reader, that he must do many Things, without giving any Reason but his own - Word for it; and, on the other side, forgets other things of greater Consequence; that if any young Clergymen, believing this Confident Alsertor, and taking him for their Guide, fhould follow his Directions, they would lay an unnecessary Load upon their own Backs; when the Law has already laid more than enough; and yet at last find, that his Instructions are short and defective.
He advises his Clergyman, “ To have a publick Notary along with him to
the Bishop, to attest his Institution ; ". and both a Notary Publick and an At
torney to be present at his Induction, " G. I suppose, because the Charge of Institution and Induction are not great enough already. Iis certain, there is no other Reason for it. The Law will take the Attestation of any honest, understanding Man, as well as of an Attorney or Notary.
He supposes, the Witness mast fwear, That the Clergyman read every Syllable of the Liturgy and Articles, &c. and did act mispronounce one Word, p. 6. Who told him so? If this were Truth, the Witnesses who were in such a Cafe to make Qah for a Welchman, or Foreigner, woud be hard put to it, if the Liturgy be to be read in Englih,
He p. 6.
He tells us, the Witnesses must undersi and Latin, because otherwise they cannot Swear, that you read the Latin Certificate,
By what Law, or Canon is the. Clerk bound to read his Latin Certificate ? 'Tis certain, by none at all ; except it be one of Mr. Morgan's making. He, indeed, that had been Ordained by some other Form, than that of the Church of E NGLAND, was bound by 13 Eliz. not only to read the Articles, but a Certificate from the Ordinary, of his having subscribed them ; but that was only for such Ministers, and for that Time: Andris now sufficient to subscribe them before the Bishop; and read them, and give Affent and Consent before the Congregation; the having a Certificate of it is not prescribed by the Act, much less the Reading of it.
But he tells you, the Witnesses must understand Greek too; How else can they swear, That
you read the two Greek Words? Artic. 9. p. 6. I answer, by having them wi: in vulgar Characters in the Margin, thus, Fronema Sarcòs. The Law is so far from oliging the Witnesses to understand Greek, diat the Clerk himself is not bound to know so much as the Greek Alphabet. The more is the Pity.
He advises the Inducted Clerk, Page 4. To keep the Key of the Church, if he expects any Contest. As if, when the Title to a Benefice were disputed, the Law would give it to him who had the Itrongest Arm, or the greatest Sleigit in holding fast a Key. No, aflure your self, the Church may be sued from you, ,
have the Key never so close in your Pocket.
'Twould be loft Time, to mention all the little Niceties about Induction, on which he lays so great a Stress; his enjoining his Clerk, to give Affent and Consent to the Liturgy three several Times ; and to Hold up the Book of Common-Prayer, every: Time he does it: And moreover, to be at the Expence or Trouble of giving Copies of his Certificates to every Witness; all which Particulars, feem meerly invented to stuff out a thin Pamphlet.
But above all, he charges his Clergyman over and again, To receive the Sacrament, and take Certificate of it, against the next Quarter-Sessions ; in order to take the Test: And he would make the Clergyman believe, that except this be done, He hazards all, Page 3. He ought to have given fome Reason for it, but that is not his Way; nor indeed is there any Reason.
to be given for what he says on this Head; but of this, and all other Matters he treats of, see Chap. 9.
And yet, after all, he forgets to remind his Clerk of taking the Abjuration Oath; as if the AA of Parliament, by which this is enjoin'd, were not yet received in Wales.
There is one Advertisement, which I doubt not, but that all will agree to be very pertinent; That when your Instruments are ready, you are to pay for them. But tho' this be much to the Purpose, yet there is less Fear that this should be forgot, than any thing else; because there will be fo many about the Clerk at his Institution in the Ecclefiaftical Court,“ ready to refresh his Memory, if he should be willing to forget this Particular. I should rather caution my Reader, that he don't overdo, and pay too much; but remind him-' felf and the Officers, of the Clauses in the A& against Simony; which see Chap. 11. Art. 5.
And having used my best Endeavours to present the Clergy with a clear and distinct View of what is due from them to others, and from others to them, by our Laws, as they stand at present, so far as was possible in so small a Sketch; I wish