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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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The Ladder of Advancement

The Ladder of Advancement

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(p.64) 3 The Ladder of Advancement
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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840
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David Albert Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.003.0003

This chapter outlines the process by which clergy were secured appointment to parishes. It discusses the complex identities and roles of curates, and their financial position, and suggests that they were not a depressed underclass. It examines the practise of patronage, describing who exercised it, how it worked, the significance or not of political influence, and the influence of the parishioners. Numerous examples are provided of how clergy set out to seek preferment, and of the expenses involved in being presented to a parish.

Keywords:   curates, patron, patronage, preferment, politics, expenses, incomes, poverty

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