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before the President and Council an estimate of any sum or sums No. 2. of money which may be required for parochial purposes, and shall Ord. No. 7, once in three months lay before the said President an account of 1855. the disbursement of public money by them, with the vouchers in support of such expenditure.
XII. That the clerks of the parishes within these islands shall Appointment from time to time be appointed by the rectors or incumbents of clerk and thereof, and shall be, ex-officio, clerk of the vestry of such parish, and the sexton shall be appointed by the vestry.
XIII. That every person not in holy orders employed in con- Person not nection with the Church of England and receiving remuneration, in holy orders wholly or in part from the public funds of the colony, shall be may be reliable for any misconduct to be suspended or removed from such
President. office by the President, by and with the advice of the Council.
XIV. That every vestryman refusing or neglecting to undertake Penalty for the duties of his office when duly elected, or neglecting to perform refusing to act the same, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding Five pounds. as vestryman.
XV. That any clergyman arriving from abroad who shall be in- Provision for ducted into a living within this presidency, shall be entitled to passage of receive out of the Public Treasury to defray his passage such rea- clergy to the sonable sum of money as the President and Council shall think fit; and the President is hereby empowered to grant his warrant for the payment of the same : Provided that if such clergyman shall depart from these islands (except on leave) before the expiration of three years from the date of his arrival, it shall be required of such clergyman to refund the whole or such part of the said allowance as may be fixed on by the President and Council.
XVI. That in case of the absence of any rector who shall be Provision for absent on leave for a longer period than three months, or in case of persons acting
in absence of the death of any rector, it shall be lawful for the President, by and R
Rector. with the advice of the Council, to grant his warrant for the payment out of the Public Chest to the person discharging the duties of such rector such portion or portions of the salary attached to such rectory as he may think proper, such proportion not being less than one half of the said salary.
XVII. That the salaries and allowances of the several ministers Salaries proof the Church of England in these islands, shall be at and after the vided for. rate set forth in the Schedule to this Ordinance attached ; and the several officers named in the Schedule aforesaid shall also receive the amount specified therein ; and the several fees set forth in the said Schedule may lawfully be taken for the services specified, and none other
XVIII. That all salaries payable under this Ordinance shall be provisions for liable to the deductions for the widows' and orphans' fund, as regu- Widows and
Orphans of lated by the Act of the General Assembly of the Bahama Islands,
clergy. eighth Victoria, chapter forty-two, extended to these islands. And the widows and orphans of the persons so contributing shall be entitled to the same benefits as other public officers contributing thereto.
XIX. That the cost of digging graves shall from time to time be fixed by the vestries aforesaid according to circumstances; and the table thereof be kept by the clerk of the parish for public inspection.
XX. That all penalties, fines, and forfeitures incurred under this Ordinance may be sued for and recovered in the name of the Queen
No. 2. in any Court of competent jurisdiction, and shall be paid into the Ord. No.7, Public Treasury for and towards the support of the Government. 1855. XXI. That if any person shall be sued for anything done under
the authority of this Ordinance, the defendant may plead the general issue and give this Ordinance and the special matter in evidence; and in case of discontinuance of action, or nonsuit, or a verdict for the defendant, he shall be entitled to double costs.
XXII. That the word “ President” shall be understood to mean the officer administering the government for the time being, and
the word “ Council,” the Executive Council of these islands. Acts repealed.
XXIII. That the following acts and Ordinances and parts thereof shall be repealed, namely: so much of the Act of the Assembly of the Bahamas, passed in the third year of Her Majesty's reign, third Victoria, chapter eleven, as provides a salary for the rector, clerk, and sextons of the Parish of St. Thomas; also so much of the Act of the said General Assembly, eighth Victoria, chapter forty-two, section one, as excepts the salaries of clergymen from any deduction in behalf of the pension fund; also the Act of the Assembly of the Bahamas, ninth Victoria, chapter one, for dividing the colony into parishes and for other purposes; also the Act ninth Victoria, chapter three, which provides a salary for the clergyman officiating at Salt Cay, and grants to the clerk and sexton of the parish of St. Thomas certain allowances in lieu of fees; also the Act tenth Victoria, chapter nineteen, which amends the parochial Acts of the colony; also the Act eleventh Victoria chapter twenty-three; also Ordinance No. 2 of 1849; also Ordinance No. 4 of 1852.
£ 8. d.
370 0 0 House allowance - - - - 45 0 0 To any future rector for salary and house rent - 3000 0 To the clerk of the parish of St. Thomas
51 13 4 To the sexton of the said parish - - - 26 16 8
1 10 0
0 1 0 For one lay reader at Cockburn Harbour
20 00 For one lay reader at Lorimers, Caicos
20 0 0 both in the parish of St. George, whenever licensed by the Lord Bishop of the diocese.
No. 3.-ORDINANCE No. 15 of 1860.
No. 3. An Ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 7 of 1855, and to erect Salt Ord, No.15,
1860, Cay into a separate Parish. To provide for the election of a Vestry, and for other purposes. (Passed 1st May, 1860.
Confirmed 17th October, 1860.) UTHEREAS the islands commonly known as Grand Cay and PREAMBLE.
W Salt Cay, and other islands designated as the Turks Islands, have hitherto formed one parish, known as the parish of St. Thomas, and whereas from the increased and increasing number of the inhabitants of Salt Cay, the many difficulties which at present attend the proper management of the affairs of the Church of England at Salt Cay under the control of a vestry residing at another island, and for other reasons, it is deemed expedient that the said island of Salt Cay with the Cays adjacent thereto should be constituted a distinct parish, and the chapel of ease at Salt Cay declared the parish church thereof; May it, &c.,
I. That from and after the commencement of this Ordinance, Salt Cay to be the island of Salt Cay, together with the several islands and Cays a separate within the parish of St. Thomas, which lie nearer to Salt Cay than parish, called to the island of Grand Turk, shall form and be erected into one st john
the parish of parish, of which the chapel of ease at Salt Cay shall be the parish church, and the parish shall henceforth be known and distinguished by the name of the parish of St. John.
II. That the following clauses of Ordinance No. 7 of 1855, shall Clauses of Ord. be held and taken to apply to the said parish of St. John, as if No. 7, 1855, they had been ordained for the management of the said parish- which are to wit-Clauses No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20,
Salt Cay. 21, and 22. Provided that all the duties required by the fifth clause aforesaid of the clerk of the parish, shall at the parish of St. John be performed by the clerk of the vestry.
III. That so soon as this Ordinance shall come into operation, Election of all persons entitled to vote for vestrymen may lawfully assemble vestry. on a day of which due notice shall be given, by the rector or officiating minister, who shall cause a poll to be opened for the four vestrymen to serve for such period of time as may remain between such day of election and the regular day in Easter week ensuing, when the duties of such vestrymen shall cease, and others be elected to serve as by Section 4 of Ordinance No. 7 of 1855 is provided. IV. That the vestry and rector, or officiating minister, shall Appointment of
Churchwardens. have power to nominate and appoint a fit and proper person to act Church as clerk of the vestry, whose duty it shall be to keep all records, and to attend all vestry meetings, and the general business of the vestry. And the said vestry and rector shall also appoint a sexton for the said parish church.
V. That the said vestry shall reserve out of the pews in the Sale of Pews. church of the parish of St. John, one pew for the President of the colony, one pew for the rector, or officiating minister, and sufficient accommodation not exceeding one fourth of the entire number of pews in the said church, for the use of the poor; and the remainder of such pews shall be sold by the clerk of the vestry at public auction to the highest bidder, for one year, and each purchaser of
No. 3. a pew shall be entitled to retain the same for three years in sucOrd. No. 15, cession, at the original rate per annum. And all such sales shall 1860. take place annually in the first week in January, in some place
other than the church of the parish, and all pews not retained shall be sold at the period, and in the manner aforesaid, notice of which shall be given at least one week previous to such sale ; provided however that nothing herein contained shall be construed to interfere with the right of any person or persons who may have pur
chased pews at any former sale of the same. Salaries of
VI. That the salary and allowances of the resident Minister of Minister, &c. the Church of England, at the said parish of St. John, shall be, at
and after the rate set forth in the Schedule to this Ordinance attached, and the several officers named in the Schedule aforesaid shall also receive the amount specified therein, and the several fees set forth in the said Schedule may lawfully be taken for the services
specified. Provision for a VII. And whereas the Caicos Islands, and the several islands
and Cays situate within the distance of three leagues thereof, have St. George's Parish, Caicos.
been long since formed into a parish, called the parish of St. George, and it is expedient that a minister of the Church of England should be appointed for the said parish ; Be it therefore ordained, that so soon as a duly ordained minister of the Church of England shall be appointed for the said parish, there shall be paid to such minister out of the Public Treasury of these islands, by warrant in the usual manner, the sum of 1001. per annum, in aid of a salary for such clergyman : Provided that a stipend to the same amount shall be granted to such minister from the funds of the Colonial Church and School Society, or of some other missionary association of the Church of England.
VIII. That so soon as a minister shall be appointed for the parish of St. George, as aforesaid, the several provisions of this Ordinance shall be held to apply to the said parish so far as circumstances
will permit. Penalty for
IX. And whereas the practice of allowing dogs to enter and allowing dogs desecrate the places of public worship in these islands, is a nuisance to enter any which should be put an end to; Be it further ordained, that if any of the Parish
person shall permit any dog to enter either of the parish churches Churches during divine
of these islands during the time of divine service, it shall be the service,
duty of the churchwardens to complain of such nuisance to the Police Magistrate resident in such parish, who shall summon the owner of such dog, and if upon hearing the case such owner be convicted of permitting such nuisance, he or she shall be liable to a fine of not exceeding One pound, and if the same be not paid, such fine may be recovered by distress and sale of the offender's
goods and chattels. Office of Parish X. And whereas, it has been found by experience, that the office Clerk to be of parish clerk is wholly unnecessary ; Be it therefore further orabolished when dained, that whenever any vacancy shall occur in the said office, so a vacancy
much of Ordinance No. 7 of 1855 as grants the sum of 511. 138. 4d. to the clerk of the parish of St. Thomas shall be repealed : Provided, however, that until such vacancy shall occur, the clerk of the parish shall sell the pews in the parish church of St. Thomas,
as provided in the said Ordinance. Salary for XI. That so soon as such sum of 511. 138, 4d, shall cease to be Vestry Clerk. paid, as aforesaid, the sum of 101. per annum shall be paid to the
clerk of the vestry, such person to be appointed by the rector, No. 3. church wardens, and vestry, and such salary shall be paid from the Ord. No. 15, Public Treasury by warrant in the usual manner.
1860. XII. That such clerk shall hold the poll for the election of vestrymen, dispose of the pews at public auction, and discharge generally the duties of clerk to the vestry.
XIII. That the following clauses of Ordinance No. 7 of 1855 shall be repealed so far as they relate to the parish of St. John—to wit : Clauses No. 1, 2, 8, 12, and 17.
No. 1. An Ordinance to provide assistance in Aid of the establishment of a VI
Ord. No.7, Resident Wesleyan Methodist Minister at Salt Cay. (Passed
13th April, 1860. Confirmed 5th Sept., 1860.) HEREAS the Committee of the Wesleyan Missionary Society PREAMBLE. W bas for many years past contributed considerable sums of money towards the support of the Wesleyan minister stationed at these islands, and the moral and religious condition of the inhabitants has been thereby greatly promoted; And whereas there has been erected at Salt Cay a large and commodious Wesleyan Chapel, but from the want of adequate means, the members of that congregation have not been able to raise a sufficient sum to provide for the maintenance of a minister on that island, and it is very desirable that some assistance should be afforded for this purpose from the funds of the Public Treasury; May it, &c.,
I. That from and after the proclamation of this Ordinance, and Allowance so soon as the Wesleyan Methodist Society shall provide and send to Wesleyan out to this colony a regularly accredited minister to reside at Salt Missionary at
Salt Cay. Cay, there shall be allowed and paid out of the Public Treasury of a these islands in monthly payments, by warrant, in the usual manner, the sum of Eighty pounds per annum to such resident Wesleyan minister at Salt Cay.