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Thail from time to time fit, and be removed from place to place ; and also that the faid Allembly shall be dissolved in fuch manner, as by both houses of Parliament hall be directed : and the said persons or so many of them as shall be so allembled, 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 faid houses, to confer and treat among themselves, of such matters and things, touching and concerning the litui gy, discipline, and goveriiment of the Church of England, for the vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the same from all false afpersions and inisconitructions, as shall 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 shall be most agreeable to the word of God, to both or either of the houses, from time to time, in fuch manner and fort as by both or either of the said houses of Parliament fall be required; and the saine not to divulge, 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 Williain Twisle doctor in divinity Thall sit in the chair, as prolocutor of the said Alíembly; and if he happen to die, or be letted by sickness, or other neceflary impediment, then such other person to be appointed in his place as shall be agreed by the faid louses of Parliament: And in case any difference in opinion shall liappen amongit the said persons so allembled, touching ariy the matters that shall be proposed to them as foresaid, that then they shall represent the fame, together with the reasons there. of, to both or either the said houses respectively, to the end such further direction may be given therein as shall be requisite to that be-' half. And be it further ordained by the autliority aforesaid, That for the charges and expences of the said divines, and every one of thein, in attending the said service, there shall be allowed every one of them that shall so attend, during the time of their faid atrendance, and for ten days before, and ten days after, the sum of four shillings for every day, at the charges of the Commonwealtli, at such time, and in such manner, as by both houses of Parliament shall be appointed. And be it further ordained. lhat all and every the faid divines, fo, as aforesaid, required and enjoined to meet and allemble, fhall, be freed and acquitted of, and fiom every offence, forfeiture, peraltý, loss, or damage, which shall or may enfue or grow, by reason of any non-residence, or absence of them, or any of them, from his, br their, or any of their church churches, or cures, for or in respect of their faid attendance npon the said service ; any law or statute of rion-residence, or other law or statute enjoining their attendance u. pon their refpective ininiitries or charges, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding. And if any of the persons above named shall happen to die before the faid Assembly shall be diffolved by order of both houses of Parliament, then such other person or persons, shall be nominated and placed in the room and Itead of such person or per
foris fo dying, as by both the faid houses shall be thorglit fit, and agreed upon; and every such person or persons, fo to bo nan:ed, 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 persons aforesaid, or any of them, nor shall they in this Assembly assume to exercise any jurisdiction, power, or authority ecclefiaftical whatsoever, or any other power than is herein particularly expressed.
Aljembly, at EDINBURGH, August 19th, 1643. Sell. 14. Commission of the General Assembly to fome Ministers and Ruling
Elders, for repairing to the Kingdom of England. THE General Afeinbly of the Church of Scotland finding it neT cessary to send 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 Caffilis, John Lord Maitland, and Sir Archibald Johnitoun of Waristoun, Elders, or any three of them, whereof two Thall be Ministers, to repair to the kingdom of England, and there to deliver the declaration fent unto the Parliament of England, and the letter fent unto the Affembly of divines now fit. ting 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 kirkgovernment, one confeffion of faith, one catechisin, che directory for the worship of God, according to the instructions which they have received from the Allembly, or shall receive from time to time liereafter, from the commissioners of the Allembly, deputed for that effect : With power also to them to convey to his Majesty the humble answer sent from this Allembly to his Majesty's letter, by such occafion as they shall think convenient; and such like, to deliver the Alsembly'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, conformn 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 Allembly, appeared not; whereupon the whole work lay on the hands of the persons hereafter mentioned.
The Promise and Vow taken by every Member admitted
to fit in the Assembly. | A. B. do seriously promise and vow, in the prefence of Almighty I GOD, That in this Afiembly, whereof I am a member, I will maine tain nothing in point of doctrine, but what I believe to be most algreeable to the word of GOD; nor in point of discipline, but what may make most for GOD's glory, and the peace and good of this Church. A LIST of the DIVINES who met in the Assembly at
Westminster. DR William Twisle of New- Joseph Caryl of Lincoln's Inn, V bury, Prolocutor,
Dr Henry Wilkinfon senior of Dr Cornelius Burges of Water. Waderiton. ford,
Richard Vines of Calcot, John White of Dorchester, Afs Nicolas Profit of Marlburrough, fefors, .
Stephen Marshal, B. D. of FinchDr William Gouge of Blackfriers, ingfield, London,
Dr Joshua Hoyle late of Dublin, Robert Harris of Hanwell, B. D. Thomas Wilson of Otham, Thomas Gattaker of Rotherhithe, Thomas Hodges of Kensington, Oliver Bowles of Sutte, B. D. Thomas Baillie of Mildenhall; Edward Reynolds of Bramston, : " B. D. Jereiniah Whitaker of Streton. Francis Taylor of Yalding, Dr Anthony Tuckney of Boston, Thomas Young of Stownmarket, John Arrowsmith of Lynne, Thomas Valentine, B. D. of ChalSimeon Ashe of St. Brides,
font St. Giles, en
John Green of Pencomb,
Sidrach Simpson of London, Dr Humphrey Chambers of Cla- John Langly of Westuderly, veritoun,
Richard Clayton of Showers, Thoras Micklethwait of Cherry Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestock, burton,
John Ley of Budworth, Jolin Guibon of Waltham, i Charles Herle of Winwick, ProChristopher Tesdale of Uphus locutor after Dr Twisse, borne,
Herbert Palmer, B. D. of Afhwel, Henry Philps,
Afleflor after Mr White, George Walker, B. D.
Daniel Cawdrey of Great Billing, Edmund Calamy, B. D. of Alder Henry Painter, B. D. of Exeter, manbury,
Henry Scudder of Colingborn, Dr Lazarus Seaman of London, Thomas Hill, B. D. of Tichmarsh,
Williain Reynor, B. D. of Egliam, John Whincop of St. Martins in
Peter Sterry of London, .
Jolin Strickland of St Edmonds ini Anthony Burges of Sutton Cold: Sarum, field,
Humphrey Hardwick, William Rathband, ,
Jasper Hicks of Lawrick or Lan. Dr Francis Cheynel of Oxon, rakë, , Dr Henry Wilkinson younger of John Bond, Oxford,
Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich, Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of CogThomas Ford of London, afterfhal,
wards of Exeter, Edward Corbist of Marton College, Thomas Thorowgood of MassingOxford,
John Foxcroft of Cotham,
Richard Byfield of Long-Ditton,
Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of
John Lord Maitland, afterwards
ristoun, Robert Baillie of Glasgow,
Ruling Elders, George Gillespie of Edinburgh, Henry Robrough,
Ministers, Adoniram Byfield, Scribet.,
Ajembly at EDINBURGH, August 27. 1647. Seff. 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 folemn League and Covenant, we are bound to endeavour; and there being accordingly a Confession of Faith agreed upon by the Af sembly of Divines sitting at Weftininfter, with the affistance of commissioners from the kirk of Scotland; which Confeffion was sent from our commissioners at London, to the commissioners of the kirk met at Edinburgh in January last, and hath been in this Allembly twice publicly read over, examined, and considered; copies thereof being also printed, that it might be particularly perused by all tlie members of this Aflembly, unto whom frequent intimation was publicly made, to put in their doubts and objedtions, if they had any: And the said Confession being, upon due examination thereof, found by the Afsembly to be most agreeable to the word of God, and'in nothing courtrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline and government of this kirk. And lastly, It being so necessary, and so much longed for, that the said Confefsion be, with all possible diligence and expedition, àpproved and established in both kingdoms, as a principal part of the intended uniformity in religion, and as a special means for the more effectual fuppreiling of the many dangerous errors and heresies of. these times. The General Allembly cloth therefore, after mature deliberation, agree unto, and approve the said Confeffion, as to the truth of the matter; (judging it to be moft orthodox, and grounded upon the word of God;) and also, as to the point of uniformity, ilgreeing for our part, that it be a common Confession of Faith for the three kingdoms. The Allembly 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 strengthening of the true reforined religign, against the common enemies thereof. But, left our intention and meaning be in fome particulars misunderstood, it is hereby expressly declared and provided, That the not mentioning in this confeffion the several forts of ecclefiaftical officers and Alicmblies, fhall be no prejudice to the truth of Christ, in these particulars, to be exprefled fully in the directory of government. It is further declared, that the Allembly understandeth some 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 perfons, may be called by the Magistrate's authority and nomination, without any other call, to consult and alvise with, about inatters 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 fynodically in luch kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of thesc ought to be