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A CONCISE DICTIONARY
STATUTES, CANONS, REGULATIONS,
AND DECIDED CASES
CLERGY AND LAITY.
BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD, B.A.,
OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, ESQUIRE, BARRISTER-AT-LAW, AND SOMETIME SCHOLAR.
STEVENS AND SONS, LIMITED,
119 & 120, CHANCERY LANE,
Paw Publishers and Booksellers.
PRINTED BY C. F. ROWORTH, GREAT NEW STREET, FETTER LANE, E.C. TO
My apology for placing this book before the clergy, the profession, and the public, is that there appears to be a demand for a work on Church Law, which, while much less voluminous than the great treatises on the subject, would still be comprehensive. This book, therefore, deals with the laws of England relating to advowsons, tithes (including the Act of 1891), glebe lands, offerings, and other Church property ; archbishops, bishops, and other dignitaries; the clergy generally, and the rights and duties of incumbents, curates, and chaplains; vestries and churchwardens, and other parish officers; public worship; church ornaments; vestments and ritual (including the recent Lincoln case); the doctrines sanctioned by the Church of England, in all cases where there has been any dispute; the sacraments; marriage, ordination, and other rites of the Church; charities and mortmain (including the Act of 1891); the division and union of parishes; feasts and fasts; Church discipline and general procedure in the Ecclesiastical Courts ; blasphemy, simony, sacrilege, &c.; convocations and synods; Jews and Dissenters, &c. The various fees and stamp duties payable have in all cases been given in detail; also the forms of the most important declarations, notices, &c. Incidentally the doctrines and usages of the Greek and Roman Churches, and of the various sects of Protestants, also Church history and statistics, have been touched upon. The nature of “establishment” and the status of the