The Protestant Dissenting Deputies

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 2013 - History - 512 pages
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First published in 1952, this book was based upon extensive close reading of the minute books preserved by the Protestant Dissenting Deputies from their inception in 1732 onwards. The group, also known as the Deputies of the Three Congregations, was made up of 21 elected laymen from the London congregations of the Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Baptists, having the express purpose of protecting the civil rights of Protestant dissenters. The text forms a historical study of the Deputies, providing detailed information on their role in the passing of legislation, as well as their place within the broader currents of British society. Appendices and detailed notes are also contained. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Deputies and the history of Protestant dissent.
 

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Contents

Who They Were
1
The Minute Books and the Sketch
8
The First Years of the Deputies
19
The Constitution of the Deputies
34
Who Were the Presbyterians among
53
The Deputies go to Law
97
The Sherifis Cause
119
Lord Sidmouths Bill of 1811
130
Oaths and Declarations
199
FROM TOLERATION TO RELIGIOUS EQUALITY
218
Births Marriages and Deaths
254
Chapter 1
272
Education
333
Disestablishment and Disendowment
385
The American Colonies
407
Officers of the Deputies
481

The Temporalities of Dissent
144
Church Rates and Church Courts
175

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