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prelacy

1. 
a. the office or status of a prelate
b. prelates collectively
2. Often derogatory government of the Church by prelates
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(27.) Since Milton, the modern English republic of "wisdom" had been haunted by the ancient republic of "vertue." See the Second Book of The Reason of Church Government Urged Against Prelaty, Complete Prose Works of John Milton, 8 vols.
In the fourth pamphlet, The Reason of Church Government Urg'd against Prelaty, Milton answers these questions.
In The Reason of Church Government Urged Against Prelaty (1642), Milton famously refers to his own activities as an author in prose (as opposed to poetry) as "but of my left hand" (667).