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No person admitted into holy orders by any bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Scotland shall be entitled to be admitted or instituted to any benefice or other ecclesiastical preferment in England or Ireland, without the consent and approbation of the bishop of the diocese in which such benefice or other ecclesiastical preferment may be situated; and any such bishop shall be entitled to refuse such consent and approbation without assigning reason for such refusal, any law or practice to the contrary notwithstanding; and every such person seeking to be admitted or instituted to such benefice or other ecclesiastical preferment, or to be licensed to any curacy, shall, before being admitted, instituted, or licensed make and subscribe before such bishop every such declaration and subscription as he would by law have been required to make and subscribe at his ordination if he had been ordained by a bishop of the [F1church of England]: Provided always, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any such person who shall hold or shall have held any benefice or ecclesiastical preferment in England or Ireland.
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