probably cites the Act of 5 Jan. 1753, c. 15, § 1, 3 A&R
644, relieving such Anabaptists of taxes for the support of the ministry as should
be either upon the assessors' lists, “or such as shall produce a certificate, under
the hands of the minister and of two principal members of such church, setting forth
that they conscienciously believe such person or persons to be of their perwasion
and that he or they usually and frequently attend the publick worship in such church
on Lord's days.” In §2 it was provided
“That no minister, nor the members of any Annabaptist church as aforesaid, shall be
esteemed qualified to give such certificate as aforesaid other than such as shall
have obtained from three other churches commonly called Annabaptists, in this or the
neighbouring provinces, a certificate from each respectively, that they esteem such
church to be one of their denomination, and that they conscientiously believe them
to be Annabaptists.”
This act expired of its own force in 1758 (id.
§3), and was not renewed, although its provisions were apparently still observed.
and notes 6