From the Diocesan Registry.
Document No. 107.
Whereas I have received information and complaint that some evil-disposed persons in severall places of this Isle presumed to sell ale in time of Divine Service upon Sundays in the afternoon, and others instead of coming to Divine service prophanely spend their time in drinking there.
I do therefore require all such persons to forbear such prophane abuse of the Lords Day, or otherwise that the Church wardens and Chapter Quest make diligent search in their severall respective parishes, and present all such as shall be found offending to the contrary, either by selling of ale or drinking in time of Divine service, and hereof they are not to fail as they will not come under censure themselves.
Given under my hand at Bishops Court, Sept. 3d, 1683.
J 0 : Sodor.
To the minister of . . . . to be published in his church the next Lords Day.
John Lake was Bishop only a short time, from 1682 to 1684, when he was translated to Chichester. He was one of the seven Bishops committed to the Tower in 1688 by James II.