1727 Act Exempting Quakers Paying For Town Ministers
(1727) Historic Massachusetts Act exempting Quakers from paying the Town Religious Ministers, official legislation in the growing Separation of Church and State in Colonial America, at Boston, Choice Very Fine.
An Act to exempt Persons commonly called Anabaptists, and those called Quakers within this Province, from being Taxed for and toward the Support of Ministers, (Boston, 1727). Printed on period laid paper, 2 pages, disbound, measuring 7.75” x 11.75”, this historic Act that exempted Anabaptists and Quakers to be required to support their local Congregational Churches. This Act is considered a printing of a long overdue “nod” to those outside the Congregational Church, in part:
"Whereas some of the Inhabitants of this Province called Anabaptists, and others called Quakers, refuse to pay any part or proportion of such Taxes, as are from time to time Assessed, for the Support of the Ministry in the several Towns, whereto they belong, alleging a scruple of conscience for such their Refusal; and thereupon frequent Application has been made to this Court for their Relief: Be it enacted... that... none one Persons commonly called Anabaptists, nor any of those commonly called Quakers, that are or shall be Enrolled or Entred [sic] in their respective Societies as Members thereof, and who allege a scruple of Conscience as the reason of their refusal to pay any part or proportion of such Taxes, as are from time to time Assembled for the support of the Minster..."
This was an important, historical milestone, being a piece of official legislation in the growing Separation of Church and State in Colonial America. Minor dampstain and slight paper wrinkle, other minor marginal wear as shown, overall in very nice condition. Boldly printed in deep black making it excellent for display.