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OBSERVATIONS

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CONCERNING THE WORSHIP, DISCIPLINE, AND
GOVERNMENT OF THE

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.

IN FOUR BOOKS.

By WALTER STEUART, Esq.

OF FErDITAN.
TO WhIch IS ADDED, ThE

FORM OF PROCESS,

IN THE JUDICATORIES OF THE CHURCH 0?

SCOTLAND.

AS AlSO,

AN ABRIDGMENT OF THE
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT,

rElATING TO ThE

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,

FROM THE REFORMATION TO THE PRESENT
TIMES.

Centra Rationem, nemo Sebrius; Centra Scripturam, nemo Chrii-
lianus; Contra Ecclesiam, nemo Pacificus senserit.

ARBROATH:

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To the Honourable,

Ulr JOHN M AX TV EL L

i O F

N E T H E R-P O L L O C K,

10 Knight Baronet;

One of the Senators of the College vf

Jujlice.

My Loral,

IT was Matter of Regret, especially about the beginning of our happy Revolution in the Year 1689, that the Juticatories of this Church, very much wanted sixed and established Rules, for directing their Proceedings; Or, though they had them, yet they lay so scattered and hid, that Intrants to the Holy Ministry, and the younger Pastors, yea even some among the more aged of that sacred Order, were too much Strangers to them. The Consideration whereof, did chiesly move me to set about this Work: And if my Endeavours herein, may but a little contribute to the Benefit or Service of the Office-Bearers and Guides of this Church, it is a Reward greater than I deserve. However, to testify the Honour and Respect I have for your Lordship, I dedicate them to You, one of Her Honourable Ruling Elders. It gives no small Satissaction to all honest Men who know You, that ye still enjoy the ancient Heritage of Your Honourable Family, in despite of all the illegal Attempts made against both Your Excellent Father and Yourself, under the two Reigns before the year 1689. But above all,it is ground of Praise to God, that you Walk in the Steps of such a Father, and thofe of Your Pious Mother. That You may all the Days of Your Life go on, and serve Your Generation according to the Will ofGod, arid in the End be gathered to Your godly Progenitors in his eternal glory, is the hope and wish of

My LORD,

ITonr Lordjhips "very
Humble Servant,

WALTER STEUART.

THE PREFACE.

1HAVE already, in, my Dedication, hinted at the design and Usefulness of these Colleclions, unto the Office-bearers in this Church \ and if there be yet among them any want of Uniformity or Exactness in the Exercise of the Discipline, TVirship and Government thereof, it may not without ground be imputed to our nottraining up the Students of Theology ex profess at Universities, in the knowlege of these as well as in her doctrine- Therefore, to prevent all grounds for fearing . of such Ignorance, and the bad Effects thereof; it were sit, that Professors of Divinity were enjoined to give their Scholars Lessons on these Sufyecls: and till a better compend be compofed, these Collections are humbly offered, tobe recommended by Professors to their Students: for except this Subjectbe studied andunderstood by Minislers and Elders, their Memories may well be burdened with their Duty, but their "Judgmentif, till then,lhall still remain ignorant and unsatissied about it.

Now, as for thofe of our Neighbour Churches in this and the other Island, who now differ from us, I herebypresent them

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