Five questions about the worship of Dissenters

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/218
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises v.43 Treatises v.173
  • Dates of Creation
      ? 1670
  • Physical Description
      f 213 (f 213v is blank); 299 x 193 mm.

Scope and Content

Five questions relative to Dissenters’ worship though under persecution for the same. By an unknown hand: ‘1 Whether was it a duty before the comeing forth of the Last Act against Conventicles to meete together to pray & preach by such as are non Conformists: & whether were not their Meetinge Maniteyned & Carried on under that notion’


The Conventicle Act of 1664 forbade conventicles or religious assemblies of more than five people (other than of the same household) outside the Church of England. The act of 1664 expired after 3 years but the Conventicles Act of 1670 continued the suppression of conventicles by imposing fines on those attending such assemblies, of five shillings for the first offence, and ten shillings for a second. Any preacher or person who used their own residence as a meeting house for a conventicle could be fined 20 shillings for a first offence and 40 shillings for a second. See Entring Book Glossary.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black Treatises v.173 (also listed as v.43); Thomas p.26