Tithing to the Church of England During the Commonwealth E[lderfield], C[hristopher] [1607-1652]. The Civil Right of Tythes: Wherein, Setting Aside the Higher Plea of Jus Divinum from the Equity of the Leviticall Law, Or That of Nature for Sacred Services, And the Certain Apportioning of Enough by the Undoubted Canon of the New Testament, The Labourers of the Lords Vineyard of the Church of England are Estated in Their Quota Pars of the Tenth or Tythe per Legem Terrae, by Civil Sanction or the Law of the Land: Which Being the Foundations of All Civill Right Here, Must Needs Render Their Spoliation Wrong, The Taking or Withholding as Injurious as of Any Other Mans Due. Humbly Represented to the Judicious and Pious Consideration of All Sober and Advised Christians, Who Fearing God and Hating Covetousness, Have Learned Christ so Far, As, To Give Every One His Own; And Would do no Wrong for Conscience Sake. London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb, For John Holden, At the Anchor in the New-Exchange, 1650. [viii], 344 pp. Lacking final leaf, errata sheet on recto, blank verso. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Recent three-quarter calf over pebbled cloth, lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Negligible light rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, margins of some leaves have faint dampstaining, light soiling to title page. $500. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1650. The Church of England was disestablished during the Commonwealth and Protectorate. As a result, its status shifted with the political climate. Elderfield's treatise defended the Church's right to collect tithes, a right threatened by Puritans in Parliament. Counting both issues, OCLC locates 10 copies in North America, 5 in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, LA County, Library of Congress, University of Georgia). English Short-Title Catalogue R18717.
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