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The Introduction notes the paucity of any direct reference to Wyclif's earlier doctrine of dominion; but does not relate it to Wyclif's later insistence upon the duty of kings and lay lords to disendow the Church of all its temporalities and jurisdiction as the path back to its original apostolic state of purity before it was corrupted by the Donation of Constantine.
Those seminary students and congregations who were sympathetic found themselves expelled and disendowed. MacDonald's son Greville writes that, "Among these black sheep most certainly was George MacDonald" (George MacDonald and His Wife 79; see also Raeper 240ff.).
Cockburn accepted that the Irish Church Act of 1869 was validly passed even though it disestablished and disendowed the Episcopal Church in Ireland contrary to the 1800 Treaty of Union with Ireland.