from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A book in which a record of rates is kept; a book of valuations.
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It appears that Niccolo Amati entered, in the year 1641, the age of his pupil Andrea Guarneri in the parish rate-book as being fifteen years, thus supplying the hitherto unknown date of his birth.
Nicholas encouraged his crusading zeal by granting him a new ecclesiastical tenth for six years, a tax made memorable by the fact that it occasioned the stringent valuation of benefices, called the taxation of Pope Nicholas, which was the standard clerical rate-book until the reign of Henry VIII.
It is a stout, florid man, a young farmer or farmer's son, riding-whip in hand, who produces a red-bound rate-book from
The test to ascertain whether a man should have a vote or not, is laid down by Mr. Cobbett as follows: -- "When a man comes to vote, the Church-wardens who have the charge of the ballot-box ask his name; the Overseers look into their rate-book, to see whether he be a TAX-PAYER; finding his name there, they bid him put in his ballot, which done, home he goes to his business.