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fame, any thing in the said recited Act to the contrary thereof notwithstanding; and all contracts, agreements, and leases, made by words, or otherwise, before the paffing of this Act, by any spiritual person, either by himself or any other, to or for his use, which if made after this A&t would, according to the provisions thereof, be good and valid, shall, notwithstanding the said recited Adt, or any Act, or law or laws to the contrary, be and be deemed to be as good and valid in the law, to all intents and purposes, as if the fame had been made after the passing of this Act.

2. And be it further enacted, That, immediately from and after the pasfing of this Act, it shall be lawful for any person or persons, against whom any original writ, suit, action, bill, plaint, or information, thall have been sued out, commenced, or prosecuted, before the passing of this Act, for any pecuniary penalty or penalties, or any forfeiture or forfeitures, incurred or alleged to be under the faid recited Act, to apply to the Court in which fuch original writ, fuit, action, bill, plaint, or information, shall have been sued out, commenced, or profecuted, if such Court fhall be fitting, or to any Judge of any such Court when not fitting, for an order that such writ, fuit, action, bill, plaint, or information, shall be discontinued, upon payment of the sum of ten pounds, in every case where a verdict shall be obtained, together with the costs; and where no verdict shall have been obtained, upon payment of the costs incurred up to the time of such application being made, all fuch costs to be taxed as between attorney and client, according to the practice of such Court, and every such Court or Judge is hereby authorized and required, upon such application, to make such order as aforesaid ; and upon the making such order, and payment of such costs as aforesaid, such writ, fuit, action, bill, plaint, or information, shall be forthwith discontinued; and in every case, until such application fhall be made as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the plaintiff or plaintiffs, in any such original writ, suit, action, bill, plaint, or information, to proceed therein, as if this Act, or an Act, passed in the forty-first year of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled, An A&t to stay, until the twenty-fifth day of March one thousand eight bundred and two, Proceedings in Actions under the Statute of King Henry the Eighth, " for abridging Spiritual Persons from baving Plzralities of Livings, and from taking of Ferms,” had not been passed ; any thing in this Act, or the said last recited

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Act, or in any other Act or Acts continuing the fame to the contrary thereof notwithstanding,

3. Provided nevertheless, That in all cases in which any such writ, fuit, action, bill, plaint, or information, shall have been sued out or commenced at any time on or subsequent to the first day of July one thousand eight hundred and one, it shall be competent to such Court or Judge as aforesaid, to make such order as aforesaid for discontinuing the fame, without payment of any costs; and upon making such order, such writ, suit, action, bill, plaint, or information, shall be forthwith discontinued.

4. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the palling of this A&, it shall be lawful for any spiritual perfon to take to farm to himself, or to any person or perfons to his use, by lease, grant, words, or otherwise, for term of life, for term of years, or at will, any messuage, mansion, or dwelling house, with or without orchards, gardens, and other appurtenances, although not in any city, borough, or town, any thing in the said recited AG, or any other Act to the contrary thereof notwithstanding; and it shall also be lawful for any spiritual person having or holding any donative, perpetual curacy, or parochial chapelry, not having any fufficient or convenient glebe or demesne lands annexed to, or in right of, or by reason of his benefice, or cure, or chapelry, or for any stipendiary Curate, or any unbeneficed spiritual person, with the confent or approbation of the Bishop of the diocese, signified in writing, to take to ferm to himself, or to any person or persons to his use, for a limited term of years, any farm or farms, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, that may, under all the circumstances, appear to such Bishop proper to be taken, held, or occupied, by any such spiritual perfon, for the convenience and accommodation of his housebold and hospitality only, without being subject or liable to any pains, penalties, or forfeitures, under the said first recited A&, or any other Act by reason thereof, any thing therein contained to the contrary notwithstanding : Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to authorize any nonresidence of any such spiritual person as aforesaid, ,

5. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the palling of this Act, it shall be lawful for any spiritual person or persons, by himself or themselves, or any other to his or their use, to have, hold, use, or occupy in ferm, any manors, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, demised, leased, or granted, to such fpiritual person or persons, as

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the property or estate of such spiritual person or persons ; or to take, purchase, receive, or hold, as the property and estate of such spiritual perfon, any lease or leases for life or lives, or for term or terms of years, absolute or detet. minable on any life or lives, or to take any annual rent, or other annual advantage or profit, by occasion of any lease or ferm of any manors, lands, tenements, or heredis taments, the property or estate of any such spiritual person or persons belonging to him or them, either in his or their own right, or in the right of any other person or persons, or in right or by reason of his or their having or holding any spiritual dignity or benefice, or so taken, purchafed, received, or held as aforesaid, as the property or estate of such fpiritual person, without being subject to any pains, penalties, or forfeitures whatever, under the said first recited Act, or any other Act, any thing therein contained to the contrary thereof notwithstanding : Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to authorize any spiritual perfon, having or holding any dignity, prebend, benefice, donative, perpetual curacy, or parochial chapelry, or serving a ftipendiary, curacy, to take, receive, or hold any such manors, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, after the passing of this Act, for the purpose of occupying or to occupy the same, for the cultivation thereof, or procuring profit therefrom, by himself, or any bailiff or bailiffs, or fervant or servants, for his use, unleis the same shall have been taken, received, or holden under a lease granted to such person on or before the first day of January one thousand eight bundred and three, or unless by the conlent or approbation of the Bishop, as aforesaid, signified in writing

6. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the paffing of this Act, it shall be lawful for any spiritual person, by himself, or by any other for him or to his use, to bargain, and buy or sell again for any lucre, gain, or profit, any manner of cattle or corn, that may be necesfary, proper, or convenient to be bought, fold, kept, or maintained by such fpiritual person, or any other person for him or to his use, for the occupation, manuring, improving, pasturage, or profit of any farms, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, that may under and by virtue of any law or laws now in force, or under any of the provisions of this Act, be lawfully held and occupied, porfeffed, or enjoyed, by such fpiritual perfon, or any other for him or to his úse, without being subject to any pains,

penalties, penalties, or forfeitures, by reason thereof, under the faid first recited Act, or any other Act, or any thing therein contained to the contrary thereof notwithstanding : Provided always, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to authorize any such fpiritual person to buy or sell any cattle as aforesaid, or corn, in perfon, in any market, fair, or place of public fale.

7. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the passing of this Act, it shall be lawful for any spiritual person having or holding any vicarage, or perpetual curacy, or for the stipendiary Curate thereof respectively, to occupy by himself or by any other to his ufe in ferm, of the lease or grant of any person or persons, the impropriate parsonage, rectory, or vicarage respectively, of the parish of which such fpiritual person shall be the Vicar, or perpetual Curate, or stipendiary Curate, or any part or parts thereof respectively, or to take any profit or rent out of any such farm, without being subject to any pains, penalties, or forfeitures, by means thereof, under the said first recited A&t; any thing therein contained to the contrary thereof notwithstanding.

8. Provided nevertheless, That in such cases in which such impropriate parsonage, rectory, or vicarage, or such part or parts thereof as Thall be fo occupied as aforesaid, Thall not, at any time before the passing of this Act, have been so occupied by the same, or any other such fpiritual person as aforesaid, such person shall remain liable to such pains, penalties, and forfeitures, unless he shall have obtained the licence of the Bishop for so occupying, the same.

9. And be it further enacted, That any Clergyman, poffeffed of any dignity, prebend, benefice, donative, perpetual curacy, or parochial chapelry, who shall be licensed or otherwise exempted from residence under this or any other Act, may take to ferm and occupy in the parish where he resides, or any adjoining parish, such lands for the convenience and accommodation of his household and hospitality only, as the Bishop of the diocese in which he resides may allow by any writing under his hand.

10. And be it further enacted, That an Act, made in the thirteenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, intituled, An Ax touching Leales of Benefices, and other Ecclefiaftical Livings with Cure, together with all and every explanations, additions, and alterations thereof, made by several statutes in the fourteenth, eighteenth, and forty

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years of her faid Majesty's reign, and also fo much of an Act, made in the third year of the reign of King Charles the First, intituled, An Ast for Continuance and Repeal of divers Statutes, whereby the same were made perpetual, be from henceforth repealed.

11. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to deprive any fpiritual person of any privilege, indemnity, or permission, as to the taking, having, or holding any ferms or lands to which any such spiritual person was or would be entitled unto, under

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of the provisions of the said recited Act of his said late Majesty King Henry the Eighth, or any otherwise howsoever.

12. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the passing of this Act, so much of the said first recited Act as imposes the penalty of ten pounds, in the said Act mentioned, on any spiritual person therein described, who shall not keep residence on one of his dignities, prebends, or benefices, but absent himself wilfully by the space of one month together, or by the space of two months, to be accounted at several times in any one year, shall be, and the same is, hereby repealed ; and that, from and after the passing of this Act, every spiritual person, being poffeffed of any archdeaconry, deanery, or other dignity, prebend, benefice, donative, or perpetual curacy, or parochial chapelry, who shall, without sufficient cause, as in the said first recited Act, or under an Act passed in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, intituled, An At that every Judge of the High Courts may bave One Chaplain beneficed with Cure, or under another Act, passed in the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, intituled, The Bill for Nonresidence of Spiritual Men and their Benefices, or under another Act, passed in the thirty-third year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, intituled, An Aet for the Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster and others to have Chaplains, is specified, or such other fufficient cause as would exempt such spiritual person from any of the pains, penalties, and forfeitures under the said recited Acts, for any non-residence, and who shall not have any such licence or exemption as is in this Act mentioned for that purpose, wilfully absent himself therefrom for the space of three months together, or to be accounted at several times in any one year, and make his residence and abiding at any other place or places, except at some other dignity, prebend, benefice, donative, perpetual curacy, or

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