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fall from time to time fit, and be removed from place to place ;
and also that the faid Allembly shall be dissolved in such manner, as
by both houses of Parliament shall be directed : and the said persons

of them as shall be so aflembled, or fit, fhall have power
and authority, and are hereby likewise enjoined from time to time,
during this prefent Parliiment, 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,

government of the Church of England, for the vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the same from all false afperfions and inisconstructions, as fhall be proposed unto them by both or either of the said houses of Parlianerit, and no otlièr ; 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 shall 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 fall fit in the chair, as prolocutor of the said Assembly; and if he happen to die, or be letted by sickness, or other necessary impediment, then such other person to be appointed in his place as shall be agreed by the said houses of Parliament: And in case any difference in opinion shall liappen amongit the said per fons fo aflembled, touching any the matters that shall be proposed to them as foresaid, that then they shall represent the fame, together with the reasons thereof, to both or either the said houses respectively, to the end fuch further direction may be given therein as shall 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 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, ånd for ten days before, and ten days after, the sum of four shilling

ogs for every day, at the charges of the Commonwealthi, at such time, and in such manner, as by both houses of Parliament shall be appointed. And be it further orrlained. That all and every the faid divines, fo, as aforesaid, required and enjoined to meet and afleible, shali be freed and acquitted of. and from every offence, forfeiture, pefialty, 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, 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 respective ministries or charges, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding. And if any of the perfons above named shall happen to die before the faid Afíembly shall be disolved 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


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foris fo dying, as by both the faid houses shall be thought 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 faid 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.

Aljernbly, at EDINBURGH, August 19th, 1643. Sej. 14. Commission of the General Assembly to fome Ministers and Ruling

Elders, for repairing to the Kingdom of England. THE General Affembly of the Church of Scotland finding it ne. I cessary to send some godly and learned of this kirk to the kingdom of England, to the effect underwritten; therefore gives full power and commiffion to Mr Alexander Henderson, Mr Robert Douglas, Mr Samuel Rutherford, Mr Robert Baillie, and Mr George Gillespie, Ministers, John Earl of Cassilis, 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 Allembly 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 kirkgovernment, one confession 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 hereafter, 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 Asiembly to his Majesty's letter, by such occafion as they shall think convenient; and such like, to deliver the Arsembly'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 forefaid ordinance of

the Lords and Commons (in that broken state of the church,) to attend the Aflembly, 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. A. B. do feriously promife and vow, in the presence of Almighty GOD, That in this Aflemlly, whereof I am a member, I will maintain nothing in point of doctrine, but what I believe to be most :greeable 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.

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A LIST of the DIVINES who met in the Assembly at

R William Twiste of New- Joseph Caryl of Lincoln's Inn,
bury, Prolocutor,

Dr. Henry Wilkinfon fenior of
Dr Cornelius Burges of Water-


Richard Vines of Calcot,
John White of Dorchester, Af- Nicolas Profit of Marlburrough,

Stephen Marshal, B. D. of Finch-
Dr William Gouge of Blackfriers, ingfield,

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 Sutter, B. D. Thomas Baillie of Mildenhall;
Edward Reynolds of Bramston, B. D.
Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton. Francis Taylor of Yalding,
Dr Anthony Tuckney of Boston, Thomas Young of Stownmarket,
John Arrowfmith of Lynne, Thomas Valentine, B. D. of Chal-
Simeon Afne of St. Brides,

font St. Giles,
Philip Nye of Kimbolton,

William Greenhill of Stepney,
Jeremiah Burronghs of Stepney, Edward Pele of Compton,
John Lightfoot of Atley, John Green of Pencomb,
Stanley Gower of Brampton Bryan, Andrew Pern of Wilby,
Richard Feyrick of Manchester, Samuel de la Place,
Thomas Case of London,

John de la March,
Dr Thomas Temple of Battery,

John Dury,
George Gipps of Ayleston, Philip Deline,
Thomas Carter,

Sidrach Simpson of London,
Dr Humphrey Chambers of Cla- John Langly of Westuderly,

Richard Clayton of Showers, Thomas Micklethwait of Cherry- Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestock burton,

John Ley of Budworth,
Jolin Guibon of Waltham,

Charles Herle of Winwick, Pro-
Christopher Tesdale of Uphuf locutor after Dr Twiffe,

Herbert Palmer, B. D. of Ashwel,
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,


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William Reynor, B. D. of Egliam, John Whincop of St. Martins
Dr Thomas Goodwin of London, the Fields,
Dr Williain Spurstow of Hamp- William Bridge of Yarınouth,

· Peter Sterry of London,
Matthew Newcomb of Dedham, Willian Mew, B. D. of Ellington,
Dr Edmond Staunton of Kingston, Benjamin Pickering of East Hoat-
John Conant of Lymmington, B, ly, ..

John Strickland of St Edmonds in Anthony Burges of Suttori 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 Cogo Thomas Ford of London, after fhal,

wards of Exeter, Edward Corbist of Marton College, Thomas Thorowgood of Massing: Oxford,

ham, , .
Samuel Gibson of Burley, Péter Clark of Kerby Underhill,
Thomas Coleman of Bliton, William Good,
Theodore Backhurst,

John Foxcroft of Cotham,
William Carter of London, John Ward,
Peter Smith,. .

Richard Byfield of Long-Dittoni,
John Maynard of Mayfield, Francis Woodcock,
William Price of Paul's church in John Jackson of Marfise.

Covent Garden,


Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of

A Lexander Henderson of Edin- John Earl of Caffils,
A burgh,

John Lord Maitland, afterwards
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh, Duke of Lauderdale,
Samuel Rutherford of St. An- Sir Archibald Johnston of War-

ristoun, Robert Baillie of Glasgow,

Ruling Elders, George Gillespie of Edinburgh, Henry Robrough, )

Ministers, Arloniram Byfield, & Scribet.,

John Wallis,


Ajsembly at EDINBURGH, August 27. 1647. Self. 23:

Act approving the Confession of Faith. A Confeffion 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 Arsembly of Divines sitting at Westminster, with the afliitance of commissioners from the kirk of Scotland; whích 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 confidered; copies the eof being also printed, that it might be particularly perused by all tlie members of this Affembly, unto whom frequent intimation was publicly made, to put in their doubts and obje&tions, if they had any: And the said Confession being, upon due examination thereof, found by the Alsembly to be molt agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing con trary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline and governarpt of this kirk. And lastly, It being fo neceflàry, and fo much longed for that the said Confession be, with all posfible diligence and expedition, approved and estab]ished 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 herefies of these times. The General Allembly dioth therefore, after mature deliberation, agree unto, and approve the faid Confeffion, as to the truth of the matter ; (judging it to be most orthodox, and grounded upon the word of God;) and also, as to the point of uniformity, 11greeing for our part, that it be a common Confeflion of Faith for the three kingdoms. The Aflembly doth also bless the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great mercy, in that to excellent a Confeflion of faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both kingiloms; which we look upon as a great strengthening of the true reformed religion, 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 Asemblies, shall be no prejudice to the truth of Christ, in these particulars, to be expreffed 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 fettled, or constituted in point of government. And that although, in such kirks, a fynod of Ministers, and other fit perfons, may be called by the Magistrate's authority and nomination, without any other call, to consult

and allvife 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 fucl kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought to be


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