In 1672, Charles II published his Declaration of Indulgence
, which granted 1,500 licenses to dissenting ministers.
They pursue clues to Palmer's identity, family ties, and religious alignment through directories of learned societies, parish records, and state papers to place her in London during a crucial two years, 1671-73, in the Restoration context of the Declaration of Indulgence
(1672) and during the years in which the Crown sought the cooperation of dissenters in tolerating a war with the Dutch.
Until James II issued his Declaration of Indulgence
in 1687, the Nonconformists, or Dissenters, were punished for holding illegal meetings for worship.
Miss Hit finished ninth at Southwell on April 4 behind Ellens Academy in the Declaration of Indulgence
Handicap, Spencer having failed to take 'reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that the mare was given a full opportunity of obtaining the best possible placing'.
TRAINER Gerard Butler was fined pounds 1,000 and jockey Jamie Spencer banned for seven days after the Southwell stewards found them guilty of not allowing Miss Hit to run on her merits when ninth to Ellens Academy in the Declaration of Indulgence