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&ali from time to time sit, and be removed from place to place; and also tliar the said Astembly (hall be distblved in such manner, as by both houses of Parliament sliall be directed: and the said persons or so many of them as sliall be so assembled, or fit, shall have power and authority, and are hereby likewise enjoined from time to time, » during this present Parliament, or until further order be taken by both the said houses, to confer and treat among themselves, of such matters and things, touching and concerning the lituigy, discipline, and government of the Church of England, for the vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the same from all false aspersions and misconstructions, as sliall be proposed unto them by both or either of the said houses of Parliament, and no other; and deliver their opinion, advices of, or touching the matters aforesaid, as sliall be molt agreeable.to the word of God, to both or either.of the houses, from time to time, in such manner and sort as by both or either of the said houses of Parliament sliall be required; and the fame not to 3ivulge, by printing, writing, or otherwise, without the consent of both or either house of Parliament. And be it further ordained, by the authority aforesaid, That William Twisle doctor in divinity sliall sit in the chair, as prolocutor of the said Aflembly; and if he happen to die, dr be letted by sickness, or other neceflary impediment, then such other person to be appointed in his place as sliall be agreed by the said houses of Parliament: And in case any difference in opinion sliall happen amongst: the said peisoiis so aflembled, touching auy the matters that shall tie proposed to them as foresaid, that then they shall represent the same, together with the reasons thereof, to both or either the said houses respectively, to the end such further direction may be given therein as sliall be requisite to that behalf. And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, That for the charges and expences of the said divines, and every one of theni, in attending the said service, there sliall be allowed every one of theni that shall so attend during the time of their said atrendance^ and fdr ten days before, and ten days after, the sum of four shillings; for every day, at the charges of the Commonwealth, at such time, and in such lhanrier, as by both houses of Parliament sliall be appointed. Ant! be it further ordained. That all and every the said divines, Ib, as aforesaid, required and enjoined to meet and astemble, sliall be freed and acquitted of. and som every offence, forfeiture, penalty, loss, or damage, which shall or may ensue or grow, by reason of any non-residence, or absence of them, or any of them, from his, 6r their, or any of their church chin ches or cures , for or in respect of their said attendance upon the said service; any law or statute of non-residence, or other law or statute enjoining their attendance upon their respective ministries or charges, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding. And if any of the persons above named sliall happen to die before the said Assembly sliall be distblved by order of both houses df Parliament, then such other person or persons, shall be nominated and placed Hi ihe room and stead ef such person or persons
fbiis so dying, as by both the said houses shall be thought fit, and aerecd upon; and every such person or persons, so to be named, shall nave 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 tliis ordinance limited and appointed. Provided always, that this ordinance, or any thing therein contained, lhall not give unto the persons aforesaid, or any of them, nor shall they in this Assembly aflume to exercise any jurisdiction, power, or authority ecclesiastical whatsoever, or any other power than is herein particularly exprested.
Assembly, at EDINBURGH, August \yth, 1S43. SeJ. 14.
Commission of the General Aflembly to feme Ministers and Ruling Elders, for repairing to the Kingdom of England.
THE General Aflembly of the Church of Scotland finding it necessary to fend some godly and learned of this kirk to the kingdom of England, to the effect underwritten; therefore gives full power and commission to Mr Alexander Henderson, Mr Robert Douglas, Mr Samuel Rutherford, Mr Robert Baillie, and Mr George Gillespie, Ministers, John Earl of Caflilis, John Lord Maitland, and Sir Archibald Johnstoun of Waristoun, Elders, or any three of them, whereof two mall 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 Aflembly of divines now sitting in that kingdom; and to propone, consult, treat, and conclude with that Assembly, or any commissioners deputed by them, or any committees or commiflioners deputed by the houses of Parliament, in all matters which may further the union of this island in one form of kirkgovernment, one confession of faith, one catechism, one directory for the worship of God, according to the instructions which they have received from the Aflembly, or shall receive from time to time hereafter, from the commissioners of the Aflembly, deputed for that effect: With power also to them to convey to his Majesty the humble answer sent from this Aflembly to his Majesty's letter, by such occasion as they shall think convenient; and such like, to deliver the Assembly's answer to the letter sent from some well-affected 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 Aflembly, appeared not; whereupon the whole work lay <yi the hands of the persons hereafter mentioned.
The Promise ancf Vow taken by every Member admitted to sit in the Assembly.
TA. B. do seriously promise and vow, in the presence of Almighty GOD, That in this Assembly, whereof F am a member, I will main-' tain nothing in point of doctrine, but what I believe to be most agreeable to the word-of GOD; nor in point of discipline, but what may make molt for GOD's glory, and the peace and good of this Church.
A LIST of the DIVINES who met in the Assembly at
F\R William Twine of New-
John White of Dorchester, Assessors,
Dr William Gouge of Blackfriers,
London, Robert Harris of Han well, B. D. Thomas Gattaker of Rotherhitlie, Oliver Bowles of Sutton, B. D. Edward Reynolds of Bramston, Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton. Dr Anthony Tuckney of Boston, John Arrowsmith of Lynne, Simeon Ame of St. Brides, Philip Nye of Kimbolton, Jeremiah Burroughs of Stepr.ey, John Lightfoot of. Ashley, Stanley Go wer of Brampton Bryan, Richard Keyrkk of Manchester, Thomas Cafe of London, Dr Thomas Temple of Battery, George Gipps of Ayleston, Thomas Carter,
Dr Humphrey Chambers of Cla
verstoun, Thomas Micklethwait of Cheriy
bnrton, John Guibon of Waltham, Christopher Tesdale of Uphus
borne, Henry Philps, George Walker, B. D. Edmund Calamy, B. D. of Alder
manbury, Dr Lazarus Seaman of London,
Joseph Caryl os Lincoln's Inn, Dr'Henry Wilkinson senior of
Waderston. Richard Vines of Calcot, Nicolas Profit of Maiiburrough, Stephen Marllial, B. D. of Finch
Dr Joshua Hoyle late of Dublin, Thomas Wilson of Otham, Thomas Hodges of Kensington, Thomas Baillie of Mildenhall/ B. D.
Francis Taylor of Y aiding, Thomas Young of Stownmarkety Thomas Valentine, B. D. of Chal
font St. Giles, William Greenhill of Stepney, Edward Pele of Compton, John Green of Pencomb, Andrew Pern of Willy, Samuel de la Place,' John de la March, John Dury, Philip Deline, Sidrach Simpson of London, John Lansrly of Westuderly, Richard Clayton of Showers, Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestockj John Ley of Budworth, Charles Herle of Winwick, Prolocutor after Dr Twisse, Herbert Palmer, B. D. of Aslrwel,
Asleslbr after Mr White, Daniel Cawdrey of Great Billing, Henry Painter, B. D. of Exeter, Henry Sc udder of Colingborn, Thomas Hill, B. D. of Tichmarfh, William
i William Reynor, B. D. of Egliam, Dr Thomas Goodwin of London, Dr William Spurstow of Hampden,
Matthew Newcomb of Dedham, Dr Edmond Staunton of Kingston, John Conant of Lymmington, B. D.
Anthony Bu'rges of Suttori Coldfield,
William Rathband, ,
Dr Francis' Cheynel of Oxoti,
Dr Henry Wilkinson younger of
Oxford, , . . Obadiali Sedgwick, B. D. of Cog*
ffial, , , Edward Corbist of Martoh College^
John Maynard of Mayfield,
John Whincop "of St. Martins in
the Fielcfs, " i '. William Bridge of Yarmouth, Peter Sterry of London, . , William Mew, B. D. of Eslingron, Benjamin Pickering of East Hoat
ly, .: ■
John Strickland of St Edmonds in
Sarum, Humphrey Hardwick, Jasper Hicks of Lawrfck or Lan
rake, John Bond,
Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich,
Peter Clark of Kerby Underbill/
Richard Byfield of Long-Dlttbri>
Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of SCOTLAND.
ALexander Henderson of Edinburgh,
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh,
Robert Baillie of Glasgow,
John Earl of Caflils,
Duke of Lauderdale, Sir Archibald Johnston of Warristoun,
Ruling Elderst Henry Robrough, ~) Adoniram IJyfield, > Scribel.' . John Wallis, )
^fstembly at EDINBURGH, August 27. 1647. &^ 23. Act approving the Confession of Faith.
A Confession of Faith for the kirks of God, in the three kingdoms, 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 Assembly of .Divines lifting at Westminster, with the assistance'of commissioners from the kirk of Scotland; which Confession was sent from our commissioners at London, to the commissioners of the kirk met at Edinburgh in January last, and hath been in this Aflembly twice publicly read over, examined, and considered; copiqs thereof being aim printed, that it might be particularly perused by all the members of this Aflembly, unto whom frequent intimation was publicly made, to put in their doubts and objections, if they had any: And die said Confession 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, discipline aud govennin.jit of this kirk. And lastly, It being so necefliiry, and so much longed for,tha£ the laid Confession be, with all possible diligence and expedition, approved and established in both kingdoms, as a principal part of the intended uniformity in religion, and as a special means lor the more effectual suppressing of the many dangerous errors and heresies of these times. The General Aflembly doth therefore, after mature deliberation, agree unto, and approve the said Confession, as to the truth of the matter; (judging ir to be most orthodox, and grounded upon the word of Gpd;) and also, as to the point of uniformity, ;igreeing for our partj that it be a common Confession of Faith for the three kingdoms. The Aflembly doth also bless the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great mercy, in that so excellent a Confession of Faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both kingdoms; which we look upon as a great strengthening of the true reformed religion, against the common enemies thereof. But, lest our intention and meaning be in some particulars misunderstood, it is hereby expressly declared and provided, That the not mentioning in this Confession the several sorts of ecclesiastical officers and Aslcmblies, 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 Allembly nnderstandeth some parts of the second article of the thirty-one chapter, only of kiiks not settled, or constituted in point of government: And that although, hi 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 although likewise the Ministers of Christ, without delegation from their churches, may of themselves, and by virtue of their office, meet together synodically in jfych kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought to be T«. • ■ -' done