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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 407



doctor locked up the church and took away the keys. Hie societies ordered fresh keys to be made, and the church to be set ^ open. ISoy, to settle all differences, appointed to meet the contending parties in the church, and then alluding to the pretensions of the doctor, he declared that if he were visitor he would proceed against him tanquam clatus et superbus. In the end the doctor got nothing by his petition. In the time of the Commonweiilth, after Dr. Mickletbwaite's death, Oliver Cromwell sent to inquire into the duties and emoluments of the post of " Master of the Temple," as appears from the following letter :— " From his highness I was commanded to speake with you for resolution and satisfaction in theise following particulers— " 1. Whether the Master of the Temple be to be putt in him by way of presentation, or how ? " 2, Whether he be bound to attend and preach among them in terme times and out of terme ? " 3. Or if out of terme an assistant must be provided ? then, whether at the charge of the Master, or how otherwise ? " 4. Whether publique prayer in the chapell be allwayes performable by the Master himselfe in terme times ? And whether in time of vacation it be constantly expected from himselfe or his assistant. " 5. What the certain revenne of the Master is, and how it arises? " 2. Sir, the gentleman his highness intends to make Master is Mr. Besburne of Oundle, a most worthy and learned man, pastor of the church there, whereof I niyselfe am an unworthy member. " 3. The church would be willing (For publique good) to spare him in terme times, hut will not part with him altogether. And in some of the particulers aforementioned Mr. R. is very desirous to be satisfyd ; his highness chiefly in the first.


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