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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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.
The Declaration of Indulgence was meant to end years of persecution for Protestant Nonconformists, whose numbers were greatly over-estimated, as well as for Catholics, but the years 1673-74 which saw the passing of the Test Act, marked a watershed in the reign, the trust between the king and the nation was shattered and many feared the establishment of popery and absolutism.

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