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title:“A Bill Repealing the Act to Support Ministers of the Established Church”
authors:George Mason
date written:1779-11-18

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Mason, George. "Letter to Support Ministers of the Established Church." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 2. Ed. Robert A. Rutland. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 553-54. Print.
Manuscript, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va.

A Bill Repealing the Act to Support Ministers of the Established Church (November 18, 1779)

[18 November 1779]
(To remove from the good People of this Commonwealth the Fear of being compelled to contribute to the Support or Maintenance of the former established Church, And that the Members of the said Church may no longer relye upon the Expectation of any Re-establishment thereof, & be thereby prevented from adopting proper Measures, among themselves, for the Support and Maintenance of their own Religion and Ministers,)
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, that so much of the Act entitled "an Act for the Support of the Clergy, and for the regular collecting and paying the Parish Levys" and of all and every other Act or Acts providing Salaries for the Ministers and authorising the Vestrys to levy the same, shall be and the same is hereby repealed. Provided nevertheless that the Vestries of the several Parishes, where the same hath not been already done, may, and they are hereby authorised and required, at such time as they shall appoint, to levy and assess on all Titheables within their respective Parishes, all such Salaries and Arrears of Salaries as were due to the Ministers or Incumbents of their Parishes for Services to the first Day of January in the Year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven, moreover to make such Assessments on all Titheables as will enable the said Vestries to comply with their legal Engagements entered into before the same Day: and lastly to continue such future provision for the poor in their respective Parishes, as they have hitherto by Law been accustomed to make, and levy the same in the Manner heretofore directed by Law; any thing in this Act to the Contrary, or seeming to the Contrary notwithstanding.

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