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Written by Emmy
(5/22/2007 1:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, ch.28: His two meadows?, penned by Line
"two meadows: these meadows would be part of the living Mr. Collins enjoys here. Giving such land, traditionally called glebe land, to clergymen was longstanding practice; by farming the land they could add to their income. The trend at this time was for tithes to be commuted in exchange for additional glebe land, which made the clergy more like landowners. Jane Asuten's father engaged in a variety of agricultural endeavors while a clergyman, including planting vegetables and herbs and (sic)fruit in his garden, dairy farming, beekeeping, and raising pigs and sheep (sic) and different types of fowl."
I presume the land would stay with "the living", in other words passed along from rector to rector as opposed to the individual owning it. They would have the income and use of it whilst they had the living but it would pass on to the next rector rather than the heirs of the decendent.
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