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. Act of 13 Feb. 1760, Acts and Laws
386 (1759); c. 24, 4 A&R
“[I]t shall not be lawful for any town, district, precinct or parish to assess the
inhabitants thereof for or towards the support or maintenance of any person who shall
be hereafter called to or settled in the work of the gospel ministry in such town,
district, precinct or parish, unless such person shall have been educated at some
university, college, or publick academy for the instruction of youth in the learned
languages, and in the arts and sciences; or shall have received a degree from some
university, college, or such publick academy; or shall have obtained testimonials
under the hands of the major part of the settled ministers of the gospel in the county
where such town, district, precinct or parish shall lie, that they apprehend him,
the said person being a candidate for the gospel ministry, to be of sufficient learning
to qualify him for the work of such ministry.”
See, generally, text at note 15
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.