The Larger Treatise Concerning Tithes, Long Since written and promised by Sir Hen: Spelman Knight. Together with some other Tracts of the same Authour, And a Fragment of Sir Francis Bigot Knight, all touching the same Subject.

SPELMAN, Sir Henry

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Spelman was an historian and antiquary (1564? -1641). Before 1595, he composed a Latin treatise on coats of armour. "Aspilogia" was not pub. until 1654. He also transcribed many of the deeds and charters relating to the monasteries of Norfolk and Suffolk, and wrote the description of Norfolk printed by John Speed before 1610. In 1593 he was admitted to the Society of Antiquaries. He also wrote a dialogue for the society concerning the coin of the kingdom and existing prices. Spelman resettled in London, in 1612, and completed his treatise 'De non temerandis Ecclesiis', which was written about his uncle Francis Sanders. According to the title, it was written 'to a gentleman who, having an appropriate parsonage, employed the church to prophane uses, and left the parisioners uncertainly provided of Divine service. A conversation between Spelman and Sanders resulted in the writing of the treatise. It was intended only for private circulation, but was printed in London in 1613. A reissue came in 1616. Spelman also took interest in the colonies in America, and became a member of the council for New England shortly after its foundation in 1620. He took a prominent part in the control of the company from this period up to the resignation of their charter in 1635.

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