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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1769-1770
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Appendix. 479

Court, or the Records of the County Court in which such Office
shall be exercised, before such Officer shall be entitled to demand,
take, or receive any Fee or Profits of his Office. And for preventing
all Simoniacal Contracts, for or concerning Church-Livings, and to
the End that faithful and able Ministers, labouring in the Work
of the Gospel, may be promoted in this Province.

Be it enacted, That every Minister, who shall be presented, in-
ducted, or appointed, to any Church-Living, or Benefice, within this
Province, shall, within Four Months thereafter, take and subscribe
the several Oaths appointed by Law to be taken to the Government,
and repeat and subscribe the Test, in the Provincial Court, or in the
County Court of the County in which his Living or Benefice shall
be, and also the following Oath, to wit: "I, A.B. do swear, that I
have made no Simoniacal Payment, Contract or Promise, directly
or indirectly, by myself or by any other, to my Knowledge, or with
my Consent, to any Person or Persons whatsoever, for or concerning
the procuring or obtaining the Benefice or Living of
Parish, whereunto I was presented, inducted or appointed, on the

Day of in the Year of

nor will, at any Time hereafter, perform or satisfy in any Manner,
directly or indirectly, any such Kind of Payment, Contract or Promise
whatsoever, made by any other without my Knowledge or Consent.
So help me God, through Jesus Christ."

And be it further enacted, That in Case any Minister shall,
directly or indirectly, give any Sum of Money, Reward, Gift, Profit
or Benefit, or shall, directly or indirectly, make or give any Agree-
ment, Promise, Grant, Bond or other Assurance, for the paying or
giving any Sum of Money, Reward, Gift, Profit or Benefit, or to
resign his Benefice, for procuring his Presentation, Induction or
Appointment to his Benefice, or shall wilfully omit or neglect to take
all and every the Oaths aforesaid, and in the Manner and within
the Time aforesaid, or in Case any Minister shall in any Manner
be concerned in any Simoniacal Contract, such Minister shall there-
upon, and from thenceforth be adjudged a disabled Person in Law,
to have or hold the same, or any other Benefice or Church-Living,
within this Province, and if any Minister shall be presented, inducted
or appointed, to any Benefice or Church-Living in this Province, by
or through the Means of any Simoniacal Contract or Agreement, to
which he shall not be privy, such Minister shall thereupon, and from
thenceforth be adjudged a disabled Person in Law, to have or hold
the same Benefice or Church-Living,

Provided always, That no Lease, really, bona fide, and for good
and valuable Consideration, made by any Person Simoniacally pro-
moted or concerned in any Simoniacal Contract, to any Tenant or
Person, not being privy to, or having Notice of such Simony, shall
be impeached or avoided for or by Reason of such Simony.


 

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