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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 Affeffor 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 Laprake 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 Wilkinsoni younger of Thomas Thorowgood of MallingOxford

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William Good Edward Corbist of Merton College, John Foxcroft

John Foxcroft of Cotham Oxford

John Ward Samuel Gibson of Burley

Richard Byfield of Long-Ditton Thomas Coleman of Bliton

Francis Woodcock Theodore Backhurst

John Jackson of Marske William Carter of London

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Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of


A Lexander Henderson of Edin- John Earl of Caffils burgh

John Lord Maitland, afterward Robert Douglas of Edinburgh Duke of Lauderdale Samuel Rutherfoord of St. Andrews Sir Archibald Johnston of WarifRobert Baily of Glasgow

George Gillespy of Edinburgh Ruling Elders.

Henry Robrough
Adoniram Byfield

John Wallis

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ASSEMBLY at EDINBURGH, August 27th, 1647. Seff. 23

Act approving the Confession of Faith.

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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 Confeflion of Faith agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines fitting at Westminster, with the Alliance of Commissioners from the Kirk of Scotland; Which Confession was sent from our Commiflioners at London, to the Commissioners of the Kirk met 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 Affembly, unto whom frequent Intimation was publickly made, to put in their Doubts and Objections, if they had any: And the 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, Difcipline and Government of this Kirk. And lastly, it being so necessary, and so much longed for, that the said Confeffion be, with all pollible Din 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 Suppresling of the many dangerous Errors and Herefies of these Times. The General Assembly doth therefore, after mature Deliberation, agree unto, and approve the faid Confeffion, as to the Truth of the Matter; (judging it to be molt Orthodox, and grounded upon the Word of God) and also, as to the point of Uniformi. ty, agreeing for our Part, that it be a common Confeflion 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, left 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 Diretory 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 cther 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 conftituted and settled: It being always free to the Magistrate to alvile



with Synods of Ministers and Ruling-Elders, meeting upon Delegation from their Churches, either ordinarily, or, being indicted by his Authori. ty, 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 intrinfical Power received from Christ, as often as it is necessary for the Good of the Church so to assemble, in case the Magistrate, to the Detriment of the Church, withhold or deny his Consent; the Necessity of occasional Assemblies being first remonstrate unto him by humble Supplication.


Charles I. Parl. 2. Sefl. 2. Act 16.

Act anent the Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and Ratification



At EDINBURGH, February 7th, 1649,
HE Estates of Parliament now presently conveened in this second

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 thc 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 said Catechisms, Confellion of Faith, and Acts of Approbation of the same, produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, published and practised,

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! A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches

of CHRIST in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Approved by the General Affembly 1647, and ratified and established by A&t of Parliament 1649, and 1690, as the publick and avowed CONJESSION of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND.


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