Oh I understand that lawsuits aren't involved, but the timing of both
ministers doing this just after the decision in the case was
interesting. I have since found several others in the old newspapers.
And thanks for confirming what I thought was the case - it was for clergy.
On 2/23/2011 7:48 AM, Ann O'Hara wrote:
I've seen many references in the Wayne County PA newspapers to
soliciting donations for clergy (and only for clergy). I have the
impression that that was how some denominations paid their ministers. The
amount collected was announced in the paper. Don't know whether or not this
was their sole compensation or a supplement, but it was certainly not
unusual. It generally had nothing to do with lawsuits.
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Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:22 PM
Subject: [NYDELAWA] Donation visit
I'm researching information concerning two Bovina pastors and the
lawsuit in which they got involved in 1869. After the suit was settled
(the plaintiff one six cents!), both ministers had ads or notices as
The friends of Rev. XXXX are invited to make him a Donation Visit at his
residence in Brushland, on the afternoon and evening of Monday, February
21s, 1870. By order of the committee.
Has anyone heard of this way of collecting money? I don't know if it
was limited to just clergy or not.
Bovina Town Historian
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