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Beginning with his work with the Feofees of Impropriations he maintained a strong desire to cooperate with his lay counterparts.
In 1630, rising star of the establishment and later biographer of Laud, Peter Heylyn, delivered a sermon at Oxford in which he denounced the Feoffees for Impropriations as an enclave of sedition.
First, in terms of practical effectiveness, Noy's claim that they had 'vast appetites to have all impropriations and advowsons that they can come by' appears specious.
43) Thus we can see in the Feoffees for Impropriations an example of a localized network of association interacting with national/central concerns.
Furthermore, as with the Feoffees for Impropriations, in the political environment of the 1630s, where dissent has been silenced or driven underground, it is impressions which can often have the most impact.
This chapter continues with a brief biography of Bramhall and a description of his and Wentworth's efforts to restore impropriations and church property through high-profile prosecutions.
94) Such extortions are linked with offerings at the Hebrew temple at Jerusalem: "For not only was her Corban to be satisfied with the product of such oblations, but lands were to be set apart and sequestred, the revenue of which past first through her fingers, and were made Impropriations of her own.
There continued to be some central leadership, most notably in the secretive Feoffees for Impropriations.
This is not how Laud saw things about ten years after this sermon was preached when he dissolved the Feoffees for Impropriations, a group including Richard Sibbes whose purpose was to buy up lay impropriations (the rights of lay people to appoint clergy to specific positions) with a view to appointing only ministers well qualified to preach.