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present Parliament assembled, That all and every the persons hereafter in this present ordinance named, that is to say,

And such other person or persons as shall be nominated and appointed by both Houses of Parliament, or so many of them as shall not be letted by sickness, or other necessary impediment, shall meet and assemble, and are hereby required and enjoined, upon summons signed by the clerks of both Houses of Parliament, left at their respective dwellings, to meet and assemble themselves at Westminster, in the Chapel called King Henry the VII's Chapel, on the first day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and forty-three; and after the first meeting, being at least the number of forty, shall from time to time sit, and

be removed from place to place; and also that the said Assembly shall be dissolved in such manner as by both Houses of Parliament shall be directed: and the said persons, or so many of them as shall be so assembled, or sit, 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 liturgy, discipline, and government of the Church of England, for the vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the şame from all false aspersions and misconstructions, 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 such manner and sort as by both or either of the said Houses of Parliament shall be required; and the same 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 William Twisse doctor in divinity shall sit 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 on by the said Houses of Parliament: And in case any difference in opinion shall happen amongst the said persons so


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assembled, touching any the matters that shall be 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 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 them, in attending the said service, there shall be allowed every one of them that shall so attend, during the time of their said attendance, and for 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 manner, as by both Houses of Parliament shall be appointed. And be it further ordained, That all and every the said Divines, so, as aforesaid, required and enjoined to meet and assemble, shall be freed and acquitted of and from 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 or their, or any of their church, churches, 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 shall happen to die before the said Assembly shall be dissolved by order of both Houses of Parliament, then such other person or persons shall be nominated and placed in the room and stead of such person or persons so dying, as by both the said Houses shall be thought fit and agreed upon; and every such person or persons, so to be named, 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 ecclesiastical whatsoever, or any other power than is herein particularly expressed.








ed e, Assembly at EDINBURGH, August 19. 1643. Sess. 14. id

Commission of the General Assembly to some Ministers and

Ruling Elders, for repairing to the Kingdom of England. he of THE General Assembly of the Church of Scotland finded

ing it necessary to send some godly and learned of this of

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 Cassilis, John Lord Maitland, and Sir Archi-

bald Johnstoun of Waristoun, Elders, or any three of them, 28, le,

Whereof two shall 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 Asue

sembly of Divines now sitting in that kingdom; and to proll,

pone, 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 ir

further the union of this Island in one

may Form of Kirk-government, one Confession of Faith, one ot

Catechism, one Directory for the worship of God, accord

ing to the instructions which they have received from the DY

Assembly, or shall receive from time to time hereafter from ad

the Commissioners of the Assembly deputed for that effect :

with Ed

power also to them to convey to His Majesty the humble answer sent from this Assembly to His Majesty's гу

letter, by such occasion as they shall think convenient ; and sicklike, to deliver the Assembly's answer to the letter sent from some well-affected brethren of the ministry there ; and generally authorises 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.


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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 Assembly 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 sit

in the Assembly. I 4. B. do seriously, promise, and vow, in the presence of

Almighty God, That in this Assembly, whereof I am a member, I will maintain 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 most for God's glory, and the peace and good of this Church.

A LIST of the DIVINES who met in the Assembly at


Dr. William Twisse of Newbury, Edmund Calamy, B. D. of Alder. Prolocutor,

manbury, Dr. Cornelius Burges of Waterford, Dr. Lazarus Seaman of London, John White of Dorchester, Asses Joseph Caryl of Lincoln's Inn, sors,

Dr. Henry Wilkinson senior of Wae Dr. William Gouge of Blackfriars, derston, London,

Richard Vines of Calcot, Robert Harris of Hanwell, B. D. Nicolas Profit of Marlborough, Thomas Gattaker of Rotherhithe, Stephen Marshal, B. D. of Finch. Oliver Bowles of Sutton, B. D.

ingfield, Edward Reynolds of Branston, Dr. Joshua Hoyle late of Dublin, Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton, Thomas Wilson of Otham, Dr. Anthony Tuckney of Boston, Thomas Hodges of Kensington, John Arrowsmith of Lynne,

Thomas Baillie of Mildenhall, Simeon Ashe of St. Bride's,

B.D. Philip Nye of Kimbolton,

Francis Taylor of Yalding, Jeremiah Burroughs of Stepney, Thomas Young of Stownmarket, John Lightfoot of Ashley,

Thomas Valentine, B. D. of ChalStanley

Gower of Brampton font, St. Giles, Bryan,

William Greenhill of Stepney, Richard Heyrick of Manchester, Edward Pele of Compton, Thomas Case of London,

John Green of Penconıb, Dr. Thomas Temple of Battery,

Andrew Pern of Wilby, George Gipps of Ayleston,

Samuel de la Place, Thomas Carter,

John de la March, Dr. Humphrey Chambers of Cla

John Dury, verstoun,

Philip Deline, Thomas Micklethwait of Cherry Sidrach Simpson of London, burton,

John Langly of Westuderly, John Guibon of Waltham,

Richard Clayton of Showers, Christopher Tesdale of Uphus. Arthur Sallaway of Seavernestock, borne,

John Ley of Budworth, Henry Philps,

Charles "Herle of Winwick, proloGeorge Walker, B. D.

cutor after Dr. Twisse,



i for


Herbert Palmer, B. D. of Ashwel, John Maynard of Mayfield, o sit

assessor after Mr. White, William Price of Paul's Church in Daniel Cawdrey of Great Billing, Covent Garden,

Henry Painter, B. D. of Exeter, John Whincop of St. Martins in the e of Henry Scudder of Colingborn, Fields,

Thomas Hill, B. D. of Tichmarsh; Willian Bridge of Yarmouth,

William Reynor, B. D. of Egham, Peter Sterry of London, but Dr. Thomas Goodwin of London, William Mew, B. D. of Eslington, on; Dr. William Spurstow of Hanipden, Benjamin Pickering of East Hoatly,

Matthew Newcomb of Denham, John Strickland of St. Edmonds in
Dr. Edmond Staunton of Kingston, Sarum,
John Conane of Lymmington, B. D. Humphrey Hardwick,
Anthony Burges of Sutton Cold Jasper Hicks of Lawrick or Laj-

William Rathband,

John Bond,
Dr. Francis Cheynel of Oxen, Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich,
Dr. Henry Wilkinson younger of Thomas Ford of London, afterwards

of Exeter,
Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of Cog- Thomas Thorowgood of Massing

Edward Corbist of Marton College, Peter Clark of Kerby Underhill,

William Good,
Samuel Gibson of Burley,

John Foxcroft of Cotham,
Thomas Coleman of Bliton,

John Ward,
Theodore Backhurst,

Richard Byfield of Long-Ditton,
William Carter of London,

Francis Woodcock,
Peter Smith,

John Jackson of Marske.
Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of

Alexander HENDERSON of Edin John Earl of Cassilis,

John Lord Maitland, afterwards
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh,

Duke of Lauderdale, Samuel Rucherford of St. An- Sir Archibald Schnstoun of Warie drews,

stoun, Ruling Elders,
Robert Baillie of Glasgow,

Henry Robrough,
George Gillespie of Edinburgh, Adoniram Byfield,

Alinisters. John Wallis, Scribera

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