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noun accordance, acquiescence, allowance, approval, benevolence, benignitas, clearance, clemency, compassion, favor, forgiveness, generosity, grant, gratification, gratification of desire, inabstinence, indulgentia, leave, lenience, leniency, lenity, license, magnanimity, obligingness, pampering, patience, permission, quarter, sanction, sufferance, toleration, venia, vouchsafement
See also: benevolence, clemency, condonation, consent, dispensation, exception, favor, franchise, grace, grant, greed, largess, leave, lenience, license, longanimity, permission, philanthropy, privilege, remission, sanction, sufferance, temperance, tolerance, understanding, vice

INDULGENCE. A favor granted.
     2. It is a general rule that where a creditor gives indulgence, by entering into a binding contract with a principal debtor, by which the surety is or may be damnified, such surety is discharged, because the creditor has put it out of his power to enforce immediate payment; when the surety would have a right to require him to do so. 6 Dow, P. C. 238; 3 Mer. R. 272; Bac. Ab. Oblig. D; and see Giving Time.
     3. But mere inaction by the creditor, if he do not deprive himself of the right to sue the principal, does not in general discharge the surety. See Forbearance.

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to Issue forth this Our Declaration of Indulgence .
Thus the statement that Phoebus is 'the new rising star of the ocean' could be intended to represent the idea that with James's Declaration of Indulgence, the English king was ushering in a golden age of empire, in which the energy previously expended on domestic religious strife would now be devoted to building overseas trade, thereby increasing England's power and prestige abroad.
Yet it opens up at least the possibility that Dido and Aeneas may have been written to celebrate James II's Declaration of Indulgence in 1687 or early 1688.
The licensing provisions of the Declaration of Indulgence of 1672 gave Calvinists in a region like the West Country of Devon and Cornwall an institutional cohesion--established congregations--that they had hitherto lacked, but politically motivated persecution and prosecution during the turmoil of the following decades reduced Calvinist Nonconformity to a largely urban phenomenon by 1692.
English Calvinists legally began forming congregations around licensed ministers and meeting houses separate from those of the Church of England in 1672 when Charles II issued a Declaration of Indulgence in an attempt to garner political support against the increasingly obdurate Cavalier Parliament from Puritans excluded from Anglican Church offices by the acts of 1661-65.
Before the Declaration of Indulgence, only thirty--forty staunch Presbyterians in Exeter had patronized the ten ministers there.

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