Religion: For Favors Received

Sitting in its green square of graveyard among Wall Street's skyscrapers, old, brown Trinity Church looks like a little missionary in the land of Mammon. Perhaps no other one church in the world has Mammon working for it so well.* Trinity collects a substantial annual income from its $32 million worth of Manhattan real estate.

Trinity got most of its land by grant from King William III in 1697 and from Queen Anne in 1705. As a London model for the New York parish to follow, King William named Wren-designed St. Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside. Trinity's first bell was a 1704 gift from...

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