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Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton. cutor after Dr. Twils.
Henry l'ainter, B. D. of Exeter. Jeremiah Burroughs of Stepney. Henry Scudder of Colingborn, john Lightfoot of Athly. Thomas Hill,B.D.of Tichmarch. Stanley Gowerof Brampton Bryan William Reynor,B. D.of Egham. Richard Heyrick of Manchetter. Dr. Thomas Goodwin of London. Thomas Cale of London.
Dr. WilliamSpurltowof Hampden. Dr. Thomas Temple of Battery. Matthew Newcomb of Dedham. George Gipps of Ayleston. Dr. Edmond Stauntonof Kingston. Thomas Carter.
JohnConantof Lymmington B.D. Dr. Humphrey Cambers of Cla- | Anthony Burges of Sutton Coldverlioun.
field. Thomas Micklethwaitof Cherry: William Rathband. burton.
Dr, Francis Cheynel of Oxon. John Guibon of Waltham. Dr. Henry Wilkinson younger of Christopher Teldale of Uphus- Oxford, borne.
Obadiah Sedgwick,B.DofCogshal Henry Philips.
EdwardCorbist of Marton College George Walker, B. D.
Thomas Coleman of Bliton.
John Maynard of Mayfield... Richard Vines of Calcot.
William Price of Paul's church in Nicolas Proffet of Marlburrough.
Covent-Garden. Stephen Marchal, B. D. of Finch- John WhincopofSt. Martinsin the ingfield.
Fields. Dr.Jofhua Hyle late of Dublin.
William Bridge of Yarmoth. Thönias Wilson of Otham.
Peter Sterrye of London.
Thomas Baylieof Mildenhal, B.D. Benjamin Pickeringof east-Hoatly
Jasper HicksofLawrick or Lanrake William Greenhilof Stepney.
Thomas Ford of London, afterAndrew Vern of Wilby.
Wards of Exeter. Samuel de la Place,
Thomas Thorowgoodof Masling. John de la March.
ham. John Dury.
Peter Clark of Kerby underhil. Philip Delme.
John Jackson of Marke. Eliardes tierle of Winwick,prolo
Commissioners from the General Assembly of the church of
John Lord Maitland, afterward
Assembly at Edinburgh, August 27th, 1647. Sen. 23.
Act approving the Confession of Faith.
being the chiefeft 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 assembly of divines sitting at Westminster, with the assistance of commissioner's from the kirk of Scotland; Which Confeffion was fent from our commillioners at London, to the commissioners of the kirk met at Edinburgh in January last, and hath been in this ailemby twice publickly tead over, examined and confidered; copies thereof being also printed that it might be particularly
perused by all the members of this aflembly, unto whom frequent intimation was publickly made, to put in their doubts and objections, if they had any : And the faid Confession being, upon due examination thereof, found by the affembly to be most agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline and government of this kirk. And lastly, it being fo necessary, and fo much longed for, that the faid, Confession be,with all poflible diligence 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 fuppressing of the many dangerous errors and herelies of these times. The general assembly doth therefore,after mature deliberation, agree anto and approve the laid Confession, as to the truth of the matter (judging it to be moft orthodox,and grounded upon the word ofGod) and also as to the point of uniformity, agreeing for our part,
that it be a common Confetion of Faith for the three kingdoms. The assembly doth also bless the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great mer. cy, in that so excellent a Confeffion of Faith is prepared, and thus fasi agreed uponin both kingdoms; which we look upon as a great strengthRing of the true reformed religion,against the common enemies iherof. But, left our intention and meaning be in some particulars mifuns derstood, it is hereby exprelly declared and provided, that the not mentioning in this Confession, the several sorts of eccleliaftical officers and assemblies, 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 assembly underltandeth some parts of the recond article of the thirty one chapter, only of kirks not settled, or constituted in point of governntent: And that altho', in fuch kirks, a Synod of minifters, 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 fynodically in such kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought tobe done, in kirks constituted and settled : it being always free to the magistrate to advise with fynods of ministers and ruling-elders, meeting upon delegation from their churches, either ordinarly, or, being in dicted by his authority, occasionally and pro re nata; it being also free to assemble together synodically, as well pro re nata as at the ordinary times,upon delegation from the churches, by the intrinfical power rea ceived from Christ,as often as it is nec ary for the good of the church lo to assemble, in case the magistrate, to the detriment of the church, withhold or deny his consent; the necessity of occalional affemblies being firlt remonstrate unto him by humble supplication.
Charles I. Parl, 2. Sel. 2. Act 16. Act anent the Catechisms, Confession of Faith,
and ratification thereof.
At Edinburgh, February 7th, 1649. "HE estates of parliament now prelently conveened in this second of the commitee of eltates, who bad power and authority from the Jalt parliament for conveening the parliament, having seriously confidered the Catechisms, viz. the larger and shorter ones, with the Con• fession of Faith, with three acts of approbation thereof by the com. niissioners of the general assembly presented unto them by the commi. llioners of the faid general assembly; Do ratify and approve the said Catechisms, Contellion of Faith, and Acts of approbation of the same, produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, published and practifed.
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 Assembly 1647, and ratified and established by Act of Parliament 1649, as the public and avowed Confeffion of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND.,
With the proofs From the Scripture.
G L A S G 0 W,