An Act for exempting Dissenters from certain laws

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  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/224
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises v.179 Treatises v.49
  • Dates of Creation
      February 1688-1689
  • Physical Description
      8 folio; ff 270-277 (f 270v, f 271v, f 272v, f 273v, f 274v, f 275v, f 276v are blank); 305 x 195 mm.

Scope and Content

An act for exempting Protestant subjects dissenting from the Church of England from the penalties of certain laws. Commonly called an 'Act for Impunity or Toleration'. Brought into the Lords house in the latter end of February 1688. Endorsed by Morrice’s amanuensis, to whom Black ascribes the copying of this act. Includes: 'Forasmuch as some ease to tender Consciences in the Exercise of Religion may be an effectuall meanes to Unite their Majesties Protestant Subjects in interest and affection’.


The Toleration Act of 1689 did not contain the word toleration in its title, although it was soon given that name. See Entring Book Glossary.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black v.179 (also listed as v.49); Thomas p.22