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Old English Catholic Missions

Excerpt from Old English Catholic Missions On the 13th of September, 1836, a Royal Commission was issued for the purpose of enquiring "into the state, custody, and authenticity of any such Records of Births or Baptisms, Deaths or Burials, and Marriages lawfully solemnized," as had been formerly kept in England and Wales, "other than the Parochial Registers;" as also for enquiring what measures could be adopted for their collection, arrangement, and final deposit within the office of the Registrar-General. On the 26th of October, in the following year, this Commission was renewed, and a Secretary appointed, who, by letters addressed to dissenting ministers and others having custody of such Registers, acquainted them with the existence and object of the Commission itself, while, - what is more to our purpose, - the Commissioners, in their Report, dated 18 June, 1838, add that "communications to a similar effect were also addressed to the prelates of the Roman Catholic Church." These prelates at this time were the Rt. Revv. Peter Augustine Baines, John Briggs, Thomas Griffiths, and Thomas Walsh, respectively Vicars Apostolic of the Western, Northern, London and Midland Districts. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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