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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
page 482

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XVTI. When anyone of the metropolitans under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Cyprus for the time being proposes to journey to our capital, to see after his own private affairs, let this be arranged through the said Archbishop, and let no one else hinder him. XVIII. When any of the metropolitans and bishops owe canonical dues, and have no money to pay thein, and in the place of money offer stuffs and clothing, which are to be reckoned in lien of their canonical dues, the overseers and agents at the several stations and customs' wharfs, and all persons without exception, shall not harass his servants and agents employed in transporting such goods for the payment of any tax or dnty whatsoever. XIX. The overseers of customs and octroi and their chiefs, and all persons soever, are forbidden to make the smallest demand upon those who transport the fruit of as many vine-yards as the said Archbishop may cultivate for his own use, and such produce as ah antiquo the Christians have been accustomed to offer, as wine, oil, honey and the like. XX. AH the wag/ possessions of the churches which are under the Archbishop's jurisdiction, vineyards, gardens, forms, fields, pastures, fairs, holy wells, mills, flocks and other ecclesiastical property, are entirely under the lordship and control of the said Arch-bishop, and no one else may interfere with them. XXI. When an enquiry has been made by the Pashas, Qazis and Nnibs, and a petition has reached us against a metropolitan, or bishop of a district, touching his bad conduct and behaviour, and praying that he may be deposed or banished, effect shall not be given it until the very truth of the matter has been ascertained : and even though our exalted firman, however procured, has been issued on the subject, yet nevertheless it shall have no force. XXII. And if by some intrigue a sacred order has been issued on behalf of our govern-ment, and has reached the place to which it was addressed, in order that it be of no effect, let thein write to our imperial government to announce the affair, and put an end to it. XXIII. If any Christians during their lifetime dedicate to the Archbishop, the metro-politans and bishops, any small objects, or again, according to their religious customs, do so by word of mouth or in intention, after their deaths these shall be recovered from their heirs through a court. XXIV. In the collection of dues in general, canonical and customary, whether it be much or little, in proportion to the status of each church, by the metropolitans or bishops or their duly appointed agents, no hindrance sball be offered by anyone. XXV. When a dispute arises between two Christians concerning marriage or divorce, and other matters, let him reconcile the parties through their mutual concessions. XXVI. When according to their religious uses they put a man on his oath, or punish him with excommunication (as they term this penalty), the judicial authorities shall iu no way interfere, or trouble them, or cause them to suffer any loss or harm. XXVTI. Without the dispensation and license of the Archbishop and the metropolitans, the priests of the several dioceses under their jurisdiction shall not celebrate marriages contrary to their religious rules, or to some definite canon. XXVIII. When metropolitans, bishops, nuns and other monks die without heirs what-ever they may possess, cash or chattels or horses or other ecclesiastical object, the Archbishop takes thein: and the officers of the Beit*d-Mal and Qaêsam, the Mut evelli*—no one, in short, shall interfere. 47:2 EXCERPTA CYPRIA.

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