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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER II.

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CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER V.

State of Ecclesiastical Questions, and the Claims of the Dissenters in

England-Petitions for Separation of Church and State-Motion in the

Commous to exclude the Bishops from Parliament-Petition of some

Members of the University of Cambridge to Admit Dissenters to take

Degrees-Motion for an Address to the King to Recall the Regulations

Preventing Dissenters from taking Degrees—Motion withdrawn, and

Leave given to bring in a Bill to effect the same Object-Counter

Petitions from Cambridge and Oxford-Debate on the Second Reading

of the Bill for the Admission of Dissenters-Speeches of Mr. Estcourt,

Mr. Wynn, Mr. Spring Rice, Mr. Goulburn, Mr. Stanley, and Sir R.

Peel-l'he Bill is Passed-Debate on the Second Reading in the Lords

Speeches of the Earls of Radnor- The Dukes of Gloucester and Welling-

ton-Lord Melbourne-The Lord Chancellor--The Bishop of Exeter

The Lords reject the Bill-Motion in the Commons for the Abolition of

Church Rates-The Motion withdrawn in respect of Government

being about to introduce a Measure to Relieve the Dissenters froin

Church Rates—The Ministerial Plan is laid before the House, The

Dissenters violently oppose it, and it is withdrawn-Bill to authorize

the Celebration of Marriage by Dissenting Clergymen in Dissenting

Meeting-houses-Is opposed by the Dissenters, and withdrawn-Peti-

tions for Commutation of Tithe-Resolutions and Plan of Ministers for

Commuting Tithes-The Measure is not proceeded with, Proceedings

• in the General Asseinbly of the Church of Scotland regarding Patron-

age. .

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CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER XI.

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