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IV. List of Acts of Parliament and of Virginia Assembly, 1661–1759, concerning Religion, 19 November 1776

IV. List of Acts of Parliament

and of Virginia Assembly, 1661–1759, concerning Religion

1661. c.1. Church to be built or [chap]el of ease.
c.2. Vestries appointed.
c.3. Ministers to be inducted.
c.4. Ministers to provide [reade]rs
c.5. Liturgy to be read.
c.6. Church Catechism
 
c.7. Ministers to preach weekly
c.8. the 30th. of January to be kept a fast.
c.9. the 29th. of May to be kept holy.
c.10. Churchwardens to keep the church in repair & provide ornaments1
1663. c.1. an act for keeping holy the 13th. of September.
1680. c.4. an act prohibiting unlawful disturbances of divine service.
1705. c.6. an act for the effectual suppression of vice & restraint & punishment of blasphemous, wicked & dissolute persons.2
1713. c.1. an act for registring births, christenings, & burials.
1730. c.2. an act for enforcing the act intituled an act for the effectual suppression of vice, & restraint & punishment of blasphemous, wicked & dissolute persons; & for preventing incestuous marriages & copulations.
1744. c.2. an act to explain & amend an act intituled an act for the effectual suppression of vice & restraint & punishment of wicked, blasphemous & dissolute persons.
<Stat. 2.H.4.c.15. [4.Blackst.45]3 defining heresy & gi ….4
3.H.5.c.7. [4.Bl.47]3 Lollardy made a heres ….>4
1.El.c.1. under which 2 Anabaptists were ….4
& 2. Arians in 9. Ja ….4
yt. stat. repeald. by 29.Car.2.c.9. but do ….4
1.Edw.6.c.1.
1.Eliz.c.2. 4.Bl.50.
23.Eliz.c.1.
3.Jac.l.c.4.
35.Eliz.c.1.
27.Eliz.c.2.
3.Jac.1.c.21.
33.H.8.c.8.
1.Jac.1.c.12.
4.Jac.1.c.5.
5.Eliz.c.1.
<1.Ed.6.c.12.>
1754. c.7. <act for> disqualifying dissenters from [….]4
1756. c.1. act for disarming papists &c.
act.ass.1748.c.2.S.2. ‘popish [rec]usants’ made incapable of beg. given [….]4
1753.pa.300 ‘po[pish rec]usants convict’ incapable of being witness[es in] any cause whatever.
 
1756.c.1. act for disarm[ing] papists & reputed papists [this act prohibits a papist from keeping horse above £5.]3
1748.c.26. an act concerning marriages
28. an act for the support of the clergy & for the regular collecting & paying the parish levies
1759.c.7.S.3.4. Dissenter incapable of being Vestryman.

N (DLC). A two-page MS with portions worn or torn away.

This list of Acts of Assembly relating to the colonial church was obviously drawn up before 19 Nov. 1776. See the general Editorial Note at the head of this sequence of documents.

1The ten Acts listed above were passed by the Assembly in its session begun 23 Mch. 1661/2, and will be found in Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends ii, 44–52, where, however, the numbering of the Acts is not the same as TJ’s.

2This Act is included in TJ’s Draft Resolutions (Document i, above) and also in those of 19 Nov. (Document i, note).

3Brackets in MS.

4MS torn; undetermined number of words missing.

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