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CONTENTS.

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Introduction ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

CHAPTER I.

THE WHARTON FAMILY.
Wharton Hall—The Ancestry of the first Baron—Thomas, first

Lord-Thomas, second Lord-Philip, third Lord-Philip, fourth Lord (the Good Lord Wharton); his father, Sir Thomas of Aske; his brother, Sir Thomas of Edlington; his own household-Thomas, fifth Lord, and Marquis-Philip, sixth Lord, and Duke-The extinct Barony ... ... ... ...

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CHAPTER II.
THE LIFE OF THE GOOD LORD WHARTON.
His early life-Beginning of the Civil War-Triumph of the

Parliamentary Army-The Westminster Assembly of Divines
-Friendship with Cromwell—Retirement from Public Affairs--
The Restoration—The Act of Uniformity-Sympathy with
Nonconformist Ministers—Declaration of Indulgence-Com-
mittal to the Tower-Absence from England-The Act of
Toleration-Swaledale-Ravenstonedale-His old age-His
favourite Psalms—His death-His Benefaction to Noncon-
formist Ministers ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

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CHAPTER III.
THE BIBLE CHARITY—ITS EARLY ADMINISTRATION.
Origin of the Charity-The Founder's own Management-The

Assembly's Shorter Catechism-Lye's Catechism-Alleine's
Sure Guide-Trust Deed-Original Trustees-A Protestant
Dissenters' Charity-Instructions—After the Founder's death
-Early changes among the Trustees-Unchanged adminis-
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CHAPTER IV.
THE BIBLE CHARITY-ITS DIVERSION.
Change of administration Churchmen alone Trustees—The

Church Catechism and Book of Common Prayer adopted
Clergymen alone Distributors-Sermons only by Clergymen-
Church Books as Rewards -A distinctly Church of England
Charity - First Report of the Charity Commissioners-An
Exception to the Rule-Further changes among the Trustees
-Sale of Bible Lands-Last Trustees ... ... ... ... 151

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INTRODUCTIOX.

THIS volume is based upon a pamphlet vid
for private circulation in January, 15, 2014 T
contained the following Prefatory note

At an inquiry held by the Charity Comission z brade
or three years ago [January, 1894), the late vizi
remarked (after some dispute had arised on anotte ate,
cerning Lord Wharton's Bible Charity, from vi te te me
accustomed to receive a number of Bibles asi pisir s on getti
with 175. 6d. for their distribution and 105. íe precarg
on the Holy Scriptures : “I presume no one time to
is a distinctly Church of England Charity, im I pe:
Catechism to be learnt.” His remark was doute

: u faith ; it did not occur that another Catechusa afisar ve of the Church of England was meant by te segura . unfortunately there was no one present capable of afir information concerning the origin and purpose of te &

The account of this Charity, which is given is die fursue o will show beyond dispute that it is not what it was abou the momento en the occasion above mentioned; and will, I know

LLUM towards restoring it to its proper administration N A the Charity, if they are preserved, and were ch a would probably furnish a suggestive history of the ma many other Special and General Charities kaus m

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Some particulars of the Wharton family ze ás se
although they have little direct connection

# the Bible Charity founded by Philip, the fourt's Let vina . have not thought it necessary to refer to the are

wou for every statement, and in correcting mistakes nata s may have fallen into some mistakes myself ; I

te best to avoid them, and now commend the wo

d judgment of the reader.

My attention had been for some yon gaseshi, directed to the manner in which the Ca v e administered ; and, although I found the risks by obtain satisfactory information on the baja. Bertan tured to place a Memorial before the en missioners, setting forth the main facts

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