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А

SUMMARY

OF

THE LAWS

PECULIARLY AFFECTING

PROTESTANT DISSENTERS.

WITH

AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING

ACTS OF PARLIAMENT, TRUST DEEDS, AND

LEGAL FORMS.

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PREFACE.

The arrangement of this volume is not original: its form was suggested by that of a slender digest appended to a history of the Dissenting Deputies,the recommendation consists in its natural division of a subject extremely intricate and perplexed.

In the SUMMARY, which proposes to present an Epitome of the subsisting Laws, concentration has been the Author's principal aim; but a concise historical sketch of the progress of these laws is prefixed, as being calculated to elucidate the subject and to make it more generally interesting.

A copious Appendix, containing the most important Acts of Parliament cited in the body of the work; together with oaths, declarations, trustdeeds, and various legal forms is subjoined.

It will be observed, that in determining the legal character of non-conformity, the author has adopted the definition of Blackstone ; it being more easy,

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