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NORTH WALES.

ENOItMOUS AMOUNT OF POOR 11ATES.

OUT-DOOR BELIEF.

BURIAL CHARGES.

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BURIAL CHARGES. The Chairman directed attention to a bill from the curate of one of the parishes, for burying a pauper. He wished to have the sense of the meeting upon the subject, as there were two or three more on the books. Dr. Roberts felt bound upon principle to object to the pay- ment of any fees for reading the funeral service. The payment of such fees was contrary to canon law. It was very certain that they were contrary to the custom of North Wales. Three statutes were passed upon the subject, which were the 27 and 32 of Henry VIII., and the 2 & 3 Edward VI. When the godly and. virtuous monarch, generally known as Old Harry, became the Defender of the Faith and the worthy head of the Church in England, he, like his successors, took particular interest in the management of church property. By the two statutes re- ferred to, as well as by the statute of Ed. VI., the payments to the clergy were restricted to what they had accustomedly been heretofore. There being no fixed burial fees in Wales, but merely such offerings as the friends of the deceased might think proper voluntarily to place upon the altar, the demand of fees for reading the burial service was an illegal one. He was sorry to take the objection in the case before them, because the claimant was but a perpetual curate. He should have pre- ferred to have raised the question in Llanllechid, or some other parish where the parson was a rich pluralist. He would, therefore, move That the payment of funeral fees to clergy- men for reading the service is contrary to law and custom, and that for the future no such payments be allowed by the Board." Mr. Williams begged to second the resolution as proposed. Relieving Officer.-Ilow are the parsons to be paid? (Laughter.) Dr. Roberts.âWhat do they get the tithes for ? Why, the income of the clergy within this Union amounted, a few years ago, to more than the rates levied for the use of the now uuuw. «Yv»^ me iiiOTicjr ui ure rate- payers unnecessarily. After a good deal of desultory conversation the resolution was agreed to.

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