Baxter's queries on conformity

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      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/174
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      GB 123 Treatises v.134 Treatises v.3
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Scope and Content

Baxter’s seventeen queries on the Uniformity and Conventicle Acts (Oxford Oath. Rel. iii.7-8), as applicable to himself. ‘Q. 1˚ Whether any Minister who was in no place of ecclesiasticall promotion or Employment May 1˚ 1662, nor ever since, be bound to any other Conformity by the Act of Uniformity than a private man. 2˚ Whether he be a nonconformist in the sense of the Law, who conformeth as farre as the Law requireth him.’


See also DWL/RB/1/176; 178; 216; 226; 275.

Argent notes: 'The Oxford Oath was a declaration of non-resistance to church or state as then established, required of nonconformist ministers under the Five Mile Act, if they were to come within a corporation or borough where they had formerly ministered or taught or preached. It was so called because the Five Mile Act was passed in 1665 when parliament was meeting in Oxford while the plague raged in London.'

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black v.134 (also listed as Treatises v.3); Thomas p.12


For the Oxford Oath see E Vallance Revolutionary England and the National Covenant: State Oaths, Protestantism, and the Political Nation, 1553-1682(Boydell Press, Woodbridge 2005) pp 189-193 and N H Keeble The Restoration: England in the 1660s(2008) p 121. For the Five Mile Act see Entring Book Glossary.