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Pluralities Act 1838

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VIIA Statement of certain Particulars to be made by every Spiritual Person to the Bishop of the Diocese previous to Application for a Licence or Dispensation.

And be it further enacted, That where any Spiritual Person shall be desirous of obtaining a Licence or Dispensation for holding together any Two Benefices such Spiritual Person shall, previously to applying for the Grant of such Licence or Dispensation, deliver to the Bishop of the Diocese where both Benefices are situate in the same Diocese, or to the Bishops of the Two Dioceses where such Benefices are situate in different Dioceses, a Statement in Writing under his Hand, verified as such Bishop or Bishops respectively may require, according to a Form or Forms to be promulgated from Time to Time by the Archbishop of Canterbury and approved by the Queen in Council, in which Statement such Spiritual Person shall set forth, according to the best of his Belief, the yearly Income arising from each of the said Benefices, separately, on an Average of the Three Years ending on the Twenty-ninth Day of September next before the Date of such Statement, and the Sources from which such Income is derived, and also the yearly Amount, on an Average of the same Period of Three Years, of all Taxes, Rates, Tenths, Dues, and other permanent Charges and Outgoings to which the same Benefices are respectively subject, and also the Amount of the Population of each of the said Benefices, to be computed according to the last Returns made under the Authority of Parliament, and also the Distance between the Two Benefices, to be computed according to the Directions of this Act; and it shall be lawful for the Bishop to whom such Statement shall be delivered to make any Inquiry which he may think right as to the Correctness of the same in respect to the Benefices or Benefice within his Diocese ; and such Bishop is hereby required, within the Space of One Month after he shall have received such Statement as aforesaid, to transmit to the Archbishop of Canterbury a Certificate under his Hand, in which Certificate such Bishop shall set forth or shall annex thereto a Copy of the Statement delivered to him as aforesaid, and shall thereby certify the Amount at which he considers that the annual Value and the Population of each of the Two Benefices (where both Benefices are situate in the same Diocese) and the Distance of the said Two Benefices from each other, or the Amount at which he considers the annual Value and the Population of the Benefice within the Diocese of such Bishop (where the Two Benefices are situate in different Dioceses) and the Distance of such Benefice from the other Benefice, ought to be taken, with respect to the Licence or Dispensation in question; and whenever both or either of the Benefices shall be in the Diocese or Jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury , a Certificate shall be made out in mariner aforesaid by the Archbishop, and shall be retained by him.

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