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N. the year 1785, King's Chapel, which be

fore the Revolution was held somewhat loosely under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London, voted by a substantial majority of the proprietors to make certain changes in its Book of Common Prayer, in order to adapt that book the better to its own use. The church had been organized in accordance with the laws and customs of the Colony, appropriate to congregational churches, and there was no Bishop or Diocese present to interfere with its action. What entirely legal, so far as the law of the land was concerned, and there was no ecclesiastical tribunal to forbid the step it was taking. That the church had no purpose to separate itself from other Episcopal churches in this country is made evident by its repeated attempts to secure Episcopal ordination for James Freeman, who had been officiating for several years as Lay Reader. When the Bishops who had come into Connecticut and New York refused to grant this ordination, King's Chapel began to understand the position of isolation it had assumed. It accepted the situation, however, rather than undo the changes it had made, and proceeded to ordain Mr. Freeman itself, in accordance with con

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