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Jaw or statute of non-reldence, or other law or statute injoining their atten. dance upon their respective miņistries, or charges, to the contrary thereof, noto withstanding. And if any of the persons above-named shall happen to die before the said assembly shall be dissolved by order of both houses of parliament, then such other person or persons, shall be nominated and placed in the room and stead of such person or persons so dying, as by both the said houses shall be thought fit, and agreed upon; and every such person or persons, so to be named, shall have the like power and authority, freedom and acquittal to all intents and purposes, and also all such wages and allowances for the said service, during the time of his or their attendance, as to any other of the said persons in this ordinance, is by this ordinance limited and appointed. Provided always, that this ordinance, or any thing therein contained, shall not give unto the perfons aforesaid, or any of them, nor shall they in this assembly assume to exercise, any jurisdi&tion, power or authority, ecclesiastical whatsoever, or any other power than is herein particularly expressed.
Assembly at EDINBURGH, August 19, 1643. Seff. 14. Commission of the General Assembly to some Ministers and Ruling
Elders, for repairing to the Kingdom of England. THE General Assembly of the Church of Scotland finding it necefs T sary to send some Godly and Learned of this Kirk to the Kingdom of England, to the Effect under-written; Therefore gives full Power and Commiflion to Mr. Alexander Henderson, Mr. Robert Douglas, Mr. Samuel Rutherfoord, Mr. Robert Baily, and Mr. George Gillespie, Ministers, John Earl of Casfils, John Lord Maitland, and Sir Archibald Johnfton of Waristoun, Elders, or any Three of them, whereof two shall be Ministers, to repair to the Kingdom of England, and there to deliver the Declaration sent unto the Parliament of England, and the Letter sent unto the Assembly of Divines now fitting in that Kingdom; and to propone, consult, treat and conclude with that Assembly, or any Commissioners deputed by them, or any Committees or Commissioners deputed by the Houses of Parliament, in all Matters which may further the Union of this Island in one Form of Kirk-government, one Confeffion of Faith, one Catechifm, one Directory for the Worship of God, according to the Instruc-' tions which they have received from the Assembly, or shall receive from Time to Time hereafter from the Commissioners of the Assembly, deputed for that Effect: With Power also to them to convey to his Majesty the humble Answer sent from this Assembly to his Majesty's Letter, by such occasion as they shall think convenient; and such like, to deliver the Arsembly's Answer to the Letter sent from some well-a:fected Brethren of the Ministry there; and generally authorizes them to do all Things,
which may further the so much desired Union, and nearest Conjunction of the Two Churches of Scotland and England, conform to their Instructions aforesaid. Many of the Persons who were called by the foresaid Ordinance of the
Lords and Commons, (in that broken State of the Church) to attend the Assembly, appeared not; whereupon the whole Work lay on the Hands of the Perfons hereafter mentioned. .
The Promise and Vow taken by every Member admitted to fit in the
Assembly. T A, B, do seriously Promise and Vow, in the Presence of Almighty I GOD, That in this Affembly, whereof I am a Member, I will maintain nothing in Point of Doctrine, but what I believe to be most agreeable to the Word of GOD; nor in Point of Difcipline, but what may make moft for God's Glory, and the Peace and Good of this Church.
A LIST of the DIVINES who met in the Assembly at Westminster. D R. William Twille of New- George Walker, B. D'. bury, Prolocutor
Edmond Calamy, B. D. of Alder. Dr. Cornelius Burges of Waterford manbury. John White of Dorchester, Affeffors Dr. Lazarus Seaman of London Dr. William Gouge of Blackfriers Joseph Caryl of Lincoln's Inn London
Dr. Henry Wilkinson Senior of Robert Harris of Hanwell, B. D. Waderston. :'. Thomas Gattaker of Rotherhithe, Richard Vines of Calcot B.D.
Nicolas Proffet of Marlburrough Oliver Bowles of Sutton, B. D. Stephen Marshal, B. D. of Finch, Edward Reynolds of Bramston ingfield Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton Dr. Jothua Hoyle late of Dublin Dr. Anthony Tuckney of Boston Thomas Wilson of Otham John Arrowímith of Lynne
Thomas Hodges of Kensington Simeon Afhe of St. Brides
Thomas Bailie of Mildenhal, B.D.' Philip Nye of Kimbolcon
Francis Taylor of Yalding Jeremiah Burroughs of Stepney Thomas Young of Stownmarket, John Lightfoot of Ashley
. Thomas Valentine, B. D. of Chal., Stanley Gower of Brampton Bryan font St. Giles Richard Heyrick of Manchester William Greenhill of Stępney: Thomas Case of London
Edward Pele of Compton Dr. Thomas Temple of Battery John Green of Pencomb, George Gipps of Ayleston
Andrew Pern of Wilby Thomas Carter
Samuel de la Place Dr. Humphrey Chambers of Cla. John de la March verstoun
John Dury Thomas Micklethwait of CherryPhilip Delme burton
Sidrach Simpson of London John Guibon of Waltham
John Langly of Westuderly Christopher Tesdal of Uphulborne Richard Clayton of Showers Henry Philps
Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestoak
John Ley of Budworth
Peter Smith Charles Herle of Winwick, Prolo- John Maynard of Mayfield cutor after Dr. Twisse
William Price of Paul's Church in Herbert Palmer, B. D. of Ashwel, Covent Garden Aflessor after Mr. White
John Whincop of St. Martins in the Daniel Cawdry of Great Billing Fields Henry Painter, B. D. of Exeter William Bridge of Yarmouth' Henry Scudder of Colingborn Peter Sterry of London Thomas Hill, B. D. of Titchmarsh William Mew, B. D. of Ellington William Reynor, B. D. of Egham Benjamin Pickering of East Hoatly Dr. Thomas Goodwin of London John Strickland of St. Edmonds in Dr. William Spurstow of Hampden Sarum Matthew Newcomb of Dedham Humphrey Hardwick Dr. Edmond Staunton of Kingstoun Jasper Hicks of Lawrick or Lanrake John Conant of Lymmington, B.D. John Bond Anthony Burges of Sutton Coldfield Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich William Rathband . · Thomas Ford of London, after. Dr. Francis Cheynel of Oxon
wards of Exeter Dr. Henry Wilkinson younger of Thomas Thorowgood of Massing. Oxford
ham Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of Cog. Peter Clark of Kerby Under-hill shal
Richard Byfield of Long-Ditton Thomas Coleman of Bliton
Francis Woodcock Theodore Backhurst
John Jackson of Marske William Carter of London
the General Assembly of the Church
Lexander Henderson of Edin- John Earl of Callils
John Lord Maitland, afterward Cdinburgh Robert Douglas of Edinburgh Duke of Lauderdale Samuel Rutherfoord of St. Andrews Sir Archibald Johnston of WarifRobert Baily of Glasgow
Affembly ASSEMBLY at EDINBURGH, August 27th, 1647. Seft. 23
Act approving the Confession of Faith.
Confeffion of Faith for the Kirks of God, in the Three Kingdoms, A being the chiefest Part of that Uniformity in Religion, which, by the solemn League and Covenant, we are bound to endeavour; and there being accordingly a Confession of Faith agreed upon by the Asseinbly of Divines fitting at Westminster, with the Alliitance of Commissioners from the Kirk of Scotland; Which Confession was sent from our Commiflioners at London, to the Commissioners of the Kirk inet at Edinburgh in January last, and hath been in this Assembly twice publickly read over, examined and confidered; Copies thereof being also printed, that it might be particularly perused by all the Members of this Assembly, unto whom frequent Intimation was publickly made, to put in their Doubts and Objections, if they had any: And the said Confeffion being, upon due Examination thereof, found by the Assembly to be most agreeable to the Word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received Doctrine, Worship, Difcipline and Government of this Kirk. And lastly, it being so neceffary, and so much longed for, that the said Confeffion be, with all pollible Dii ligence and Expedition, approved and established in both Kingdoms, as a principal Part of the intended Uniformity in Religion, and as a special Means for the more effectual Suppressing of the many dangerous Errors and Herefies of these Times. The General Assembly doth therefore, after mature Deliberation, agree unto, and approve the said Confeffion, as to the Truth of the Matter; (judging it to be moit Orthodox, and grounded upon the Word of God) and also, as to the Point of Uniformity, agreeing for our Part, that it be a common Confession of Faith' for the Three Kingdoms, The Assembly doth also bless the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great Mercy, in that. so excellent a Confeffion of Faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both Kingdoms; which! we look upon as a great strengthning of the true Reformed Religion, against the common Enemies thereof. But, lest our Intention and Meaning be in fome Particulars misunderstood, it is hereby exprefly declared and provided, That the not mentioning in this Confeffion, the several Sorts of Ecclefiaftical Officers and Assemblies, shall be no Prejudice to the Truth of Christ, in these particulars, to be expressed fully in the Directory of Government. It is further declared, That the Assembly understandeth fome Parts of the second Article of the Thirty-one Chapter, only of Kirks not settled, or constituted in Point of Government: And that although, in such Kirks, a Synod of Ministers, and other fit Persons, may be called by the Magistrate's Authority and Nomination, without any other Call, to consult and advise with, about Matters of Religion; and altho’likewise the Ministers of Christ, without Delegation from their Churches, may of themselves, and by virtue of their Office, meet together Synodically in such Kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought to be done, in Kirks constituted and settled: It being always free to the Magistrate to advi!e
with Synods of Ministers and Ruling-Elders, meeting upon Delegation from their Churches, either ordinarily, or, being indicted by his Authority, occasionally and pro re nata; it being also free to assemble together Synodically, as well pro re nata às at the ordinary Times, upon Delegation from the Churches, by the intrinsical Power received from Christ, as often as it is necessary for the Good of the Church so to assemble, in caso the Magistrate, to the Detriment of the Church, withhold or deny his Confent; the Neceflity of occasional Assemblies being first remonstrate unto him by humble Supplication.
Charles I. Parl. 2. Seff. 2. Act 16. Act adent the Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and Ratification
. At EDINBURGH, February 7th, 1649, THÉ Estates of Parliament now presently conveened in this second
T Session of the second Triennial Parliament, by Virtue of an Act of the Committee of Estates, who had Power and Authority from the last Parliament for conveening the Parliament, having seriously considered the Catechisms, viz. the Larger and Shorter ones, with the Confeffion of Faith, with Three Acts of Approbation thereof by the Commissioners of the General Assembly, presented unto them by the Commissioners of the said General Assembly; Do ratify and approve the faid Catechisms, Confeflion of Faith, and Acts of Approbation of the fame, produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, published and practised. ,