§ Order of the Day for the House to be put into a Committee read.
THE BISHOP OF OXFORD
said, the Amendment which that Bill would effect would be this—that under its action all beneficed clergymen who were now rectors would remain under the appellation of rectors, and all those who were now vicars would remain under the appellation of vicars; while all perpetual curates would become vicars. That was to say, there would henceforth be only two classes by name of beneficed clergy—namely, rectors and vicars. There was no sort of use in maintaining the three-fold designation, which was formerly a reality, but was now an unreality, introducing confusion without any countervailing advantage.
House in Committee; Amendments made: The Report thereof to be received on Thursday next; and Bill to be printed as amended. No. 251.