ARTICLES To be inquired of, in the first Metropoliticall visitation, of the most Reuerend Father, GEORGE, by Gods pro­uidence, Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, and Primate of all England; in, and for the Dioces of [...] in the yeare of our Lord God, [...] and in the fifth yeare of his Graces Translation.


LONDON, Printed by William Iaggard.

The Tenor of the Oath, to be Ministred to the Church-wardens and Side-men.

YOu shall sweare, that you, and euery of you, shall duly con­sider, and diligently enquire, of all and euery of these Arti­cles giuen you in charge; and that all affection, fauour, ha­tred, hope of reward and gaine, or feare of displeasure, or malice set aside; you shal present all and euerie such person, of, or with­in your Parish, as hath committed anie offence, or made any de­fault mentioned in these, or any of these Articles; or which are vehemently suspected or defamed of any such offence or default: Wherein you shal deale vprightly and fully; neither presenting, nor sparing to present any, contrary to trueth: hauing in this ac­tion God before your eyes, with an earnest zeale to maintaine trueth, and to suppresse vice. So helpe you God, and the holy Contents of this Booke.

¶ Concerning the Church, the Ornaments thereof, and the Churches possessions.

1 IMprimis, whether haue you in your seuerall Churches and Chappels, the whole Bible of the largest volume, and the Booke of Common Prayer, lately set forth by his Maiesties authoritie, both fairely and substantiallie bound: a Font of Stone, set vp in the auncient vsuall place: a conuenient and decent Communion Table, with a Carpet of Silke, or some other decent stuffe, continuallie laide vpon the Table at time of Diuine seruice, and a faire Linnen cloath vpon the same, at the time of the receiuing of the holy Communion. And whether is the same table placed in such conuenient sort within the chancell or church, as that the Minister may be best heard in his Prayer and administration, and that the greatest number may communicate: And whether is it so vsed out of time of Diuine seruice, as is not agréeable to the holy vse of it; and by sitting on it, throwing Hats on it, writing on it, or is it abused to other prophaner vses: and are the Ten Commaundements set vpon the East­end of your church or chappell where the people may best sée and reade them, and other sentences of holy Scripture, written on the walles like­wise for that purpose?

2 Item, whether haue you in your said church or chappell, a conuenient seat for your Minister to read seruice in, together, with a comely pul­pet set vp in a conuenient place, with a decent cloath or cushion for tho same, a comely large Surplice, a faire Communion cup, with a couer of Siluer, a Flaggon of Siluer, Tinne, or Pewter to put the Wine in, whereby it may be set vpon the Communion Table, at the time of the blessing thereof, with all other things and ornaments necessarie for the celebration of Diuine Seruice, and administration of the Sacraments? And whether haue you a strong Chest for Almes for the poore, with thrée Lockes and Keies, and another chest for kéeping the Bookes, and Orna­ments of the Church, and the Register Booke. And whether haue you a Register Booke in Parchment, for Christnings, Weddings, and Buri­als, and whether the same be kept in all pointes, according to the Can­nons [Page] in that behalfe prouided? And whether haue you in your saide Church or Chancell, a Table set, of the degrees wherein by Law Men are prohibited to marry?

3 Whether are your Church and Chappels, with the Chancels there­of, and your parsonage or vicarage house, your Parish Almes-house and Church-house, in good reparations: and are they imployed to godly, and their right holy vses? Is your Church, Chancell, and Chappell decently and comely kept, as well within as without, and the seats well maintai­ned, according to the 85. Cannon, in that behalfe prouided? Whether your Church-yard be well fenced, and kept without abuse: and if not, in whose default the same is, and what the defect or fault is? And whether any person haue incroached vpon the ground of the Church-yard, or whe­ther any person or persons, haue vsed any thing or place consecated to ho­ly vse, prophanely or wickedly?

4 Whether haue you the Terrier of all the Gleabe Lands, Medowes, Gardens, Orchards, Houses, Stockes, Implements, Tenements, and portions of Tiths (whether within your Parish or without) belonging vnto your parsonage or vicarage, taken by the view of honest men in your said Parish? And whether the same Terrier be laid vp in ye Bishops Registery, and in whose hands any of them are now. And if you haue no Terrier already made in Parchment, you the Church-wardens & Side-men, together with your Parson or Vicar, or in his absence, with your Minister, are to make diligent inquiry and presentment of the premises, and make, subscribe, and signe, the said Terrier, as aforesaid?

Concerning the Ministers.

1 VVHether doth your Minister, distinctly and reuerently say Di­uine seruice vpon Sundaies and Holidaies, and other daies appointed to be obserued by the booke of Common Prayer; as Wednes­daies, and Fridaies, and the eeues of euery Sunday and Holiday, at fit and vsuall times? And doth your Minister duely obserue the Orders, Rites, and Ceremonies, prescribed in the said Booke of common Pray­er, as well in reading publike prayers and the Letany, as also in admi­nistring the Sacraments, solemnization of Matrimony, visiting the sick, burying the dead, Churching of Women, and all other like Rites and Offices of the Church, in such manner and forme, as in the said Booke of Common prayer hee is inioyned, without any omission or addition. And doth hee reade the Booke of the last Cannons once yearely, and weare a Surplice according to the said Cannons?

2 Doth your Minister bid Holidaies and Fasting-daies, as by the [Page] Booke of Common Prayer is appointed? And doth hee giue warning be­fore hand to the Parishioners, for the receiuing of the holy Communion, as the two and twentith Canon requireth: and whether hee doth admini­ster the holy Communion so often, and at such times, as that euery Pari­shioner may receyue the same, at the least thrice in euery yeare: whereof once at Easter, as by the Booke of Common Prayer is appointed? And doth your Minister receyue the same himselfe, on euery day that hee ad­ministreth it to others, and vse the words of Institution according to the Booke, at euery time that the Bread and Wine is renewed, according­ly as by the prouiso of the 21. Canon, is directed: And doth he deliuer the Bread and Wine to euery Communicant seuerally, Whether hee hath admitted to the holy Communion, any Offender or Schismaticke, contrary to the 26. and 27. constitutions, or receyued any to the communion be­ing not of his owne Cure, or put any from the communion, who are not publickly infamous for any notorious crime? Doth he vse the sign of the crosse in Baptisme, or baptize in any Bazon, or other vessell, and not in the vsuall font, Or admit any Father to be God-father to his owne childe, or such which haue not receyued the holy Communion, or baptize any Chil­dren that were not borne in the parish, or wilfully refuse to Baptize anie Infant in his parish, being in danger, hauing béene enformed of the weak­nesse of the saide childe: and whether the childe dyed through his defaulte without Baptisme?

3 Whether hath your Minister married any without a King, or with­out Banes published thrée seuerall Sundayes or Holydayes in time of di­uine seruice, in the seuerall Churches or Chappels of theyr seuerall abode, according to the Booke of common Prayer, or in times prohibited, albeit the Banes were thrice published, without a License or dispensation from the Archbishop, the Byshop of the Diocesse, or his Chancellor, first obtai­ned in that behalfe? Or not betwixt the houres of eight and twelue in the forenoone, or haue maried any in any priuate house, or if the parties be vn­der the age of 21. yeares, before their parents or gouernors haue signifyed their consent vnto him?

4 Doth he refuse to bury any, which ought to be interred in Christian buriall, or defer the same longer then hee should, or burie any in Christian buriall, which by the constitutions of the Church of England, ought not to be so interred?

5 Is your Minister a preacher allowed? If yea, then by whom. If not Whether doth he procure some who are lawfully licensed, to preach monthly amongst you at the least?

[Page]6 Doth your Minister (being licenced,) preach vsually according to the Cannons, either in his owne Cure, or in some other Church or Chappell neare adioyning, where no Preacher is, and how often he hath béene neg­ligent in that behalfe, and doth he Preach standing, and with his Hat off? Or whether doth he or his Curate vpon euery Sunday, when there is no Sermon, reade an homilie, or some part thereof, according as hee ought to doe: or in case hee be not licensed to Preach, doeth hee take vppon him to preach or expound the Scriptures in his owne Cure, or elsewhere: If so, then you are to present the same, the time and place, when, and where hee did it.

7 Doth your Minister vse to pray for the Kings Maiesty, King Iames, and for the Quéenes Maiesty, the Prince, and all their Royall Progeny, with addition of such stile and Titles as are due to his Highnesse, and ex­hort the people to obedience to his Maiestie, and all Magistrates in autho­ritie vnder him?

8 Is your Minister continualy resident vpon his Benfice, and how long­time hath he béen absent, & in case he be licensed to be absent: whether doth he cause his Cure to be sufficiently supplied, according to the Cannons: or in case he hath another Benefice, whether doth he supply his absence by a Cu­rate sufficiently licenced to preach in that Cure where he himselfe is not re­sident. Or otherwise, in case the smalnesse of the Liuing cannot finde a Preaching Minster, doth he Preach at both his Benefices vsually?

9 Doeth your Minister or Curate, serue any more Cures then one: If yea, then what other Cure doeth hee serue, and howe farre are they di­stant?

10 Doeth your Minister euery Sunday and Holliday, before Eue­ning Prayer, for halfe an houre or more, examine and instruct the youth and ignorant persons of his Parish, in the Tenne Commandements, Arti­cles of the Beliefe, and in the Lordes Prayer, and the Sacrament, accor­ding as it is prescribed in the Catechisme, set foorth in the Booke of Com­mon Prayer?

11 Doth your Minister in the Rogation dayes, goe in perambulati­on of the circuit of the Parish, saying and vsing the Prayers, Suffrages, and Thanksgiuing to God, appoynted by Lawe, according to his duty, thanking God for his blessings, if there be plenty on the earth: Or other­wise, to pray for his grace and fauour, if there be a feare of scarsity?

12 Hath your Minister admitted any Woman, begotten with child in adultry or Fornication, to be Churched without license of the ordinary?

[Page]13 Hath your Minister or any other Preacher, baptized children, churched any woman, or ministred the holy Communion in any priuate house, otherwise then by Law is allowed?

14 Doth your Minister, being a Preacher, endeuour and labour di­ligently to reclaime the Popish Recusants in his parish from their errors, (if there be any such abiding in your parish.) Or whether is your Parson, Vicar, or Curate, ouer conuersant with, or a fauourer of Recusants, whereby he is suspected not to be sincere in Religion?

15 Hath your Minister taken vpon him, to appoint any publique or priuate Feasts, Prophecies, or exercises, not approued by Law, or publike authority, or hath vsed to méete in any priuate house or place, with any person or persons, there to consult howe to impeach or depraue the Booke of common prayer, or the Doctrine or Discipline of the Church of Eng­land: If yea, then you shall present them all?

16 Hath your Minister stayed the publication of any excommunica­tions or suspitions, or doeth hee euery halfe yeare denounce in his Parish church, all such of his parish as are excommunicated, and perseuer therein without séeking to be absolued or doth he wittingly and willingly keepe companie with such as are excommunicate: And hath hee admitted into your church any person excommunicate, without a certificate of his abso­lution from the Ordinary, or other competent Iudge?

17 Doth your Minister carefully looke to the reléefe of the poore, and from time to time call vpon his Parishioners to giue somewhat, as they can spare to godly and charitable vses, especially when they make their Testaments?

18 Whether your Minister or any hauing taken holy Orders, be­ing now silenced or suspended, or any other person of your knowledge, or as you haue heard, hold any conuenticles, or doth preach in any place, or vse any other forme of Diuine seruice then is appointed in the Booke of Common prayer: If yea, then you are to present their names, and with whome?

19 Whether is your Curate licensed to serue, by the Bishop of this Diocesse, or by any other, and by whome?

20 Doth your Minister vse such decencie and comelinesse in his ap­parrell, as by the 47. Cannon is enioyned: and is he of sober behauiour, and one that doth not vse such bodily labour, as is not séemely for his sun­ction and calling?

21 Is your Minister noted or defamed, to haue obtained his Bene­fice or his orders, by Symony, or anie other way defamed, to be Symo­niacall [Page] person, or any way noted to bee a Schismaticke, or scismaticallie affected, or reputed to be an incontinent person, or doth table or lodge any such in his house: or is he a frequenter of Tauernes, Innes, or Ale hou­ses, or any place suspected for ill rule: Or is hee a common Drunkard, a common Gamster, or player at Dice, a Swearer, or one that applieth him selfe not at his study, or is otherwise offensiue and scandalous to his func­tion or Ministry?

22 Doth your Preacher or Lecturer read Diuine seruice, and Mini­ster the Sacraments twice a yeare at least in his owne person, according to the Cannons?


23 DOth any in your Parish take vppon him to teach Schoole, with­out License of the Ordinary, and is he conformable to the Reli­gion now established? And doeth hee bring his Schollers to the Church, to heare Diuine seruice, and Sermons? And doth he instruct his Schol­lers in the groundes of the Religion nowe established in this Church of England, and is he carefull and diligent to benefit his Schollers in lear­ning?

Parish Clearkes and Sextons.

24 HAue you a fit Parish Clearke, aged twenty yeares at least, of ho­nest conuersation, able to read and write? Whether are his and the Sextons wages paid without fraud, according to the ancient custome of your Parish: if not, then by whome are they so defrauded or denyed? By whome are they chosen? and whether the said Clearke bee approued by the Ordinarie? and hath he taken an Oath, as in such cases is fit and required: and is he diligent in his Office, and seruiceable to the Minister, and doth he take vpon him to meddle with any thing aboue his Office: as Churching of women, burying the dead, or such like?

25 Doth your Clarke or Sexton kéepe the Church cleane, the doores locked? Is any thing lost or spoyled in the Church, through his default? doth he suffer any vnseasonable ringing, or any prophane exercise in your Church? Or doth he (when any is passing out of this life) neglect to tole a Bell, hauing notice thereof.

Concerning the Parishoners.

1 VVHether any of your Parishioners, béeing sixetéene yeares of age or vpwards, or others lodging or commonly resorting to any House within your Parish, do wilfully absent themselues from your Parish-church, vpon Sondayes or Holidaies, at Morning and Euening Prayers? Or who come late to Church, and depart from Church, before [Page] seruice be done vpon the said daies? Or who doe not reuerently behaue themselues during the time of Diuine seruice, deuoutly kneeling, when the generall confession of sins, the Letany, the ten Commandements, and al Prayers and Collects are read, and vsing al due and lowly reue­rence when the blessed Name of the Lord Iesus Christ is mentioned, & standing vp when the Articles of the Beleefe are read; or who doe couer their head, in the Church during the time of Diuine seruice, vnlesse it be in case of necessity, in which case they may weare a Night-cap or coyfe? Or who do giue themselues to babling, talking, or walking, and are not attentiue to heare the word preached, or read: or reading, or praying, during the time afore-said? Whether any of your parish being of sixteen yeares of age or vpwards, doe not receiue the holy communion in your Church thrice euery yeare: whereof once of Easter, and whether they do not deuoutly kneele at the receiuing thereof?

2 Whether any of your Parishioners, being admonished thereof, do not send their Children, Seruants, and Apprentizes, to the Minister, to be Catechized vpon such Sundaies and Holidaies as are appointed? Or whether any of them doe refuse to come; or if they come, refuse to learne those instructions set forth in the Booke of common prayer.

3 Whether any of your parish doe entertaine within their house, any soiourner, common guests, or other persons, who refuse to frequent Diuine seruice, or receiue the holy communion, as afore-said? Present their names, their qualities, or conditions.

4 What Recusant Papists are there in your parish? present their names, qualities, or conditions? whether keepe they any Schoolemaister in their house, which commeth not to church to heare Diuine seruice and receiue the Communion? What is his Name, and how long hath hee taught there, or else where?

5 Whether any of the saide Popish Recusants, do labour to seduce and with-draw others from the Religion now established? Or instruct their Families or children in popish Religion: or refuse to entertain any especially in place of greatest seruice, or trust, but such as concurre with them in their papistry?

6 Now long haue the said Popish Recusants abstained from diuine seruice, or from the communion, as aforesaid?

7 Is there any in your parish that retaine vndefaced, or sell, vtter, or disperse, any popish Bookes or Writings, or other Bookes, Libels, or writings of any Sectuaries, touching the Religion, State, or Gouern­ment Ecclesiasticall of this Kingdome of England, or keepe any Orna­ments [Page] of superstition vncancelled or defaced?

8 Whether haue you any in your Parish, which héeretofore being Popish Recusants or Sectuaries, haue since reformed themselues, and come to Church to heart Diuine Seruice, and receiue the Sacraments: If yea, then who they are? And how long since haue they so reformed themselues? And whether they still remaine and abide in that conformi­tie?

9 Is there any in your Parish that refuse to haue their Children Baptized, or themselues to receiue the Communion at the hands of your Minister, taking exception against him, and what causes or exceptions doe they alledge; or haue any married Wines refused to come to church, according to the Booke of common Prayer, to giue God thankes after their Child-birth, for their safe deliuerance? And whether doe any of, or in your Parish, refuse to haue their children Baptized in your parish-church, according to the forme prescribed in the Booke of common Pray­er?

10 Whether any of your Parish hauing a Preacher to their parson, Vicar, or Cudite, doe absent themselues from his Sermons, and resort to other places to heare other Preachers? Or whether any of your parish doe communicate or baptize their Children in any other parish?

11 What persons within your parish, for any offence, contumacy, or crime, of Ecclesiasticall Conusance do stand excommunicate? present their names, and for what cause they are excommunicated, and how long they haue so stood, and what parson or persons doe writingly and vsuallie kéepe them company?

12 Whether any, not being in orders, doe execute any priestlie or ministeriall office, in your Church, Chappell, or Church-yard, and what be their names?

13 Whether any in your parish that hauing héeretofore taken vp­on him the order of Priest-hoode or Deacon, hath since relinquished the same, and liues a Lay-man, neglecting his vocation?

14 Haue any person in your Parish, quarrelled, or stricken, or v­sed any violence to your Minister, or haue strucken or quarrelled with a­ny other person within your Church or Church-yard, or demeaned him­selfe disorderedly in the Church, by filthy or prophane talke, or any other lend or immodest behauiour? Or haue disturbed the Minister in time of Diuine seruice or Sermon, or haue libelled or spoken slanderous wordes against your Minister, to the scandall of his vocation, or diffamed any of his Neighbours, touching any crime of Ecclesiasticall conusance?

15 Whether any of, or in your Parish, without consent of the Or­dinary, or other lawfull authority, haue caused any to doe pennance, or to be censured or punished for any matter of Ecclesiasticall conusance, by a­ny Vestry méetings, or otherwise by their owne authoritie? Or haue ta­ken any money or commutation for the same? Present their names that haue done it? And who haue been so punished? In what manner, and v­pon what cause?

16 Whether any person in your Parish, doe exercise any Trade or labor, buy or sell, or keepe open Shoppes or Ware-houses vppon anie Sunday or Hollidaie by themselues, their Seruants, or Apprentices, or haue otherwise prophaned the saide daies, contrarie to the orders of the Church of England? And whether there bee any Inne-kéepers, Ale-house-kéepers, Victualers, or other persons, that permitte any persons in their Houses, to eate, drinke, or play, during the time of Diuine Seruice or Sermon, or reading the Homilies in the forenoone or afternoone, vpon those daies?

17 Whether the fift daie of August, and the fift daie of Nouem­ber, be kept holie, and thanks-giuing made to God, for his Maiesties and this States happie deliueraunce, according to the Ordinance in that be­halfe?

18 Whether anie of your Parish hold or frequent anie conuenti­cles or priuate Congregations, or make or maintaine anie constitutions, agreed vppon in anie such assemblies? Or anie that doe write, or pub­liquelie or priuatelie speake against the Booke of Common prayer, or any thing therein contained, or against anie of the articles of Religion agréed vppon, in Anno 1562. or against the Kinges Supremacie in causes Ec­clesiasticall, or against the Oath of Supremacie, or of Allegiance, as pre­tending the same to bee vnlawfull, and not warrantable by the worde of GOD? Or against anie of the Rites or Ceremonies of the Church of England now established? Or against the gouernment of the Church of England, vnder the Kings most excellent Maiestie, by Arch-Bishops, Bishoppes, Deanes, Arch-Deanes and other Officers of the same: affirming, that the same is repugnant to the Worde of GOD, and that the saide Ecclesiasticall Officers, are not lawfully ordained? Or whe­ther there bee anie Authours, Maintainers, or Fauourers of Heresie or Scisme, or that be suspected to be Annabaptists, Libertines, Brownistes, of the Familie of Loue, or of anie other Heresie or Scisme? present their names?

19 Whether any in your parish haue [...]arried within the de [...]rées by Law prohibited, or any couple in your parish being lawfully married, liue apart one from the other, without our separation of the Law, or any that haue beene diuorced, which kéepe company with any other at B [...]ode or at Boord, and when and where were they married?

Phisitions, Surgeons, and Mid-wiues.

20 HOw many Phisitions, Chirurgions, or Mid-wiues haue you in your parish? How long haue they vsed their seuerall Scien­ces or Offices, and by what authority? And how haue they demeaned themselues therein, and of what skill are they accounted to be in theyr profession?

21 Whether do any persons administer the goods of the dead with­out lawfull authority, or suppresse the last will of the dead? Or are there in your parish, any wils not yet prooued, or goods of the dead dying in­testate) left vnadministred? By authority in that behalfe, you shall not faile to present; the Executors, and all others faulty therein: and also how many persons being possessed of any Goods and chattels, haue died within your parish since the xvii. day of Aprill. 1613.

22 Whether any with-hold the stocke of the church, or any goods, or other things, giuen to good and charitable vses.

23 Whether your Hospitals and Almes-houses, and other such hou­ses and corporations, founded to good and charitable vses: and the lands possessions, and goods of the same, be ordered & disposed of as they should be? And do the Maisters, Gouernours, Fellowes, and others of the saide Houses and corporations, behaue and demeane themselues, accor­ding to the godly Ordinances and Statutes of their seuerall Foundati­ons?

24 Whether haue you any in your parish to your knowledge, or by common fame or report, which haue committed Adultery, Fornication, or Incest; or any which haue impudently bragged or boasted, that he or she haue liued incontinently with any person or persons whatsoeuer: or any that hath attempted the chastitie of anie woman, or solicited anie woman to haue the carnall knowledge of her bodie, or which are com­monly reputed to be common Drunkards, Blasphemers of Gods holie Name; common Sweaters, common Slanderers of their Neighbours, and sowers of discord, filthy and lasciuious Talkers, Vsurers, fr [...]mo­nicall persons, Bawdes, or Harborers of women with childe, which bée vnmarried, or conueying or suffering them to goe awaie before they haue made satisfaction to the congregation, or any that hauing [Page] héeretofore béene presented, or suspected of any the foresaid crimes, haue for that cause departed your Parish, and are now returned againe? Or any which haue vsed any inchantments, sorceries, incan [...]ation [...] or witchcrafts, which are not made fellony by the statutes of this Realme, or am which haue committed any periuty in any Ecclesiasticall Court, in an Ecclesi­asticall cause, or which haue committed any forgery, punnishable by the Ecclesiasticall Lawes, and the procurors and abeitors of the said offences: You shall truely present the names of all, and singuler the said Offendors, and with whome they haue committed the laide offences, in case they haue not béene publikely punnished to your knowledge for the same cr [...]mes?

Touching the Church-wardens, and Side-men.

1 WHether you and the Church-wardens, Quest-men, or Side-men from time to time, doe, and haue done their diligences, in not suffering any idle person to abide eyther in the Church yard, or Church-porch, in Seruice or Sermon time, but causing them eyther to come in­to the church to heare diuine Seruice, or to depart, and not disturbe such as be hearers there? And whether haue they, and do you diligently see the parishioners duely resort to the Church euery Sunday and Holliday and there to remaine during Diuine Seruice and Sermon? And whe­ther you or your predecessors, Church-wardens there, suffer any Plaies, Feasts, Drinkings or any other prophane vsages, to be kept in your church, chappell or church-yards, or haue suffered to your and their vt­termost power and endeuour, any person or persons to be tipling or drin­king in any Inne or Victuling House in your parish, during the time of Diuine Seruice or Sermon, on Sundaies and Hollidaies?

2 Whether, and how often haue you admitted any to preach with­in your church or chappell, which was not sufficiently licensed? And whether you, together with your Minister, haue not taken diligent héed and care, that euery of your parishioners béeing of sixtéene yeares of age o [...]vowards, haue receiued thrice euery yeare, as aforesaid: and also th [...]t no stranger haue vsually come to your church, from their owne parish church?

3 Whether haue there béene prouided against euery communion, a sufficient quantity of fiue white bread, and of good and wholesom wine forthe communicants that shall receiue? And whether that wine bée brought in a cleane and swéete standing pot of pewter, or of other purer Mettall?

4 Whether were you chosen by the consent of the Minister and the parishioners? And haue the late Churchwardens giuen vp a iust account for their time, and deliuered to their Successors the Money, and other things belonging to the Church, which was in their hands? And are the Almes of the Church faithfully distributed to the vse of the poore?

Concerning Ecclesiasticall Magistrates and Officers.

1 VVHether doe you know or haue heard of any payment, compo­sition, or agréement, to, or with any Ecclesiastical M [...]gi [...]trate Iudge, or Officer, for winking at, or sparing to punish any person for any offence of Ecclesiasticall Conusance, or for suppressing or concealing of any excommunication, or any other Ecclesiasticall Censure, of, or a­gainst any Recusant, or any other offender in the cases aforesaid? what summe of Money, or other consideration hath beene receiued or promised, by, or to any of them, in that respect, by whom, and with whom?

2 Hath any person within your parish, paide or promised any sum of Money or other reward, for comutation of pennance for any crime of Ecclesiasticall Conusance? If so, then with whom? When, and for what, and how hath the same beene imployed?

3 Are your Ecclesiasticall Iudges and their substitutes Maisters of Artes, or Batchellors of the Lawes at the least, learned and practised in the Ciuill and Ecclesiasticall Lawes: Men of good Life and Fame, zea­lously affected in Religion, & iust and vpright in executing their offices? Haue they heard any matter of office priuately in their Chambers, with­out their sworne Registers, or their Deputies presence?

4 Doe you know, or haue you heard, that any Ecclesiasticall Iudge, Officer, or Minister, hath receiued or taken any extraordinary Fées, [...] other rewards or promises, by any wayes or meanes, directly or indirect­ly, of any person or persons whatsoeuer, either for the graunting of the administration of the Goods and Chattelles of those that haue died inte­state, to one before another, or for allotting of larger portions of the goods and chattels of those that haue dyed intestate, to one more then to ano­ther: or for allowing large and vnreasonable accounts, made by Execu­tors or Administrators: or for giuing them Quietus est, or discharges, without Inuentory or account, to defraude Creditors, Legataries, or those who are to haue portions. And what summes of Money doe you know, or haue you heard, that any Ecclesiasticall Iudge or Officer hath taken out of the state of any dying intestate, vpon pretence to bestow the same, in pios vsus: and how haue the same béene bestowed?

5 Hath any Ecclesiasticall Magistrate, Iudge, Officer, or any other, exercising


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