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An ordinance of the Lords and commons asembled in parlia.
ment, for the calling of an asembly of learned and Godly divines, and others, to be consulted, with by the parliament for the settling of the government and liturgy of the church of England; and for vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the said churck from falfe aspersions and intera pretations. June 12. 1643.
7 Hereas, amongst the infinite blessings of Almighty God
upon the nation,none is or can be more dear unto us, than the purity of our religion; and for that, as yet, many things remain in the Liturgy, discipline and government of the church, which do necessarily require a further and more perfect reformation than as yet hath been attained : And whereas it hath been declared and resolved by the Lords and commons assembled in parliament, that the present church government by Archbishops, their chancellors, commiffars deans, deans and chapters, archdeacons, and other ecclefiaftical officers depending upon the hierarchy,is evil and justly offensive and burdensom to the kingdom, a great impediment to reformation and groweth of religion, and very prejudicial to the state and government of this kingdom; and therefore they are resolved that the fame shall be taken away,and that such a government shall be settled in the church, as may be most agreeable to God's holy word, and most apt to procure and preserve the peace of the church at home and nearer agreement with the church of Scotland, and other reformed churches abroad: and for the better effecting hereof,and for the vindicating and clearing of the doctrine of the church of England, from all false calumnies and afperfions; it is thought fit and necessary to call an assembly of learned godly and judicious divines, who together with some members of both the houses of parliament, are to consult and advise of such matters and things, touching the premisses as Shall be proposed unto them by both or either of the houses of parliament, and to give their advice and counsel therein
to both, or either of the faid houses, when, and as often as they shall be thereunto required. Be it therefore ordained, by the lords and commons in this present parliament assembid, that all and every the persons hereafter in this prelent adinance named, that is to say,...
And such other person and persons as shall be nominated and appointed by both houses of parliament, or so many of them as shall not be letted by fickness, or other necessary impediment, shall meet and assemble,and are hereby required and injoined 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 VIIth'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, fhall from time to time sit, and be removed from place to place; and also, that the said assembly shall be dissolved in fach manner, as by both houses of parliament shall be directed; and the said persons, or so many of them as shall be fo assembled, or sit, Thall have power and authority, and are hereby likewise injoined 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 lame, from all falle aspersions and misconstructions, as shall be propoled 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 molt agreeable to the word of God, to both or either of the hou'es, 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 same not to divulge by printing, writing, or otherwise, without the confent of both or either of the houses of parliament. And be it further ordained, by the authority aforesaid, that William Twife doctor in divinity shall fit in the chair, as prolocutor of the said assembly ;, and if he happen to die, or be lested by sickness, or other neceffary 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
opinions shall happen amongst the said persons fo 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 houfes respectively, to the end luch further direction may be given therein. as shall be requisite to that behalf, And be it further ordained by the authority foresaid, that for the charges and expences of the faid divines, and every one of them, in attending the faid service, there shall be allowed every one of them that shall fo attend, during the time of their faid attendance, and for ten days before, and ten days after, the sum of four shillings for every day, at the charges of the common-wealth, 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 faid divines, fo, as aforesaid, required and injoined to meet and assemble, shall be freed and acquitted of and from every offence, forfeiture, penalty, loss or damage, which Thall 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 refpect of their faid attendance upon the faid fervice; any law or Matute of non-residence, or other law or statute injoining their attendance upon their respective ministers, or charges, to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding. And if any of the persons above-named fhall happen to die before the said assembly hall 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 allowance for the faid service, during the time of his or their attendance, as to any other of the faid 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,
Asembly at EDINBURGH, August 19. 1643. Seff. 14. Commision of the general assembly. to some ministers and
ruling elders, for repairing to the kingdom of England. "A E general assembly of the church of Scotland finding it necessary England, to the effect under written ; Thetcfore gives full power and Commission to Mr. Alexander Henderlon, Mr. Robert Douglas, Mr. Samuel Rutherfoord, Mr. Robert Baillie, and Mt. George Gillespie, ministers, John Earl of Caffils, John Lord Maitland, and Sir Archibald Johnston of Waitiltoun, elders, or any three of them, whercof two shall be minilters, 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 assembly of divines now fitting in that kingdom; and to propone, consult, treat and conclude with that allembly or any Commillioners 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 kirk-government, one confefTon of faith, on catechism, on dire&tory for the worship of God, according to the initructions whichthey have received from the aflembly, or shall receive from time to time hereafter from the commissioners of the Asembly, depnted for that effect: With power also to them to convey to his majesty the humble answer sent from this al Sembly to his Majelty's letter, by such occasion as they shall think convenient; and such like, to deliver the assembly's answer to the letter sent from lome well-affected brethren of the ministry there ; and generally authorizes them to do all things, which may
further the lo much desired union, and the nearelt conjunction
of the two churches of Scotland and England,conform to their instructions aforesaid. Many of the persons who were called by the foresaid ordinatice of the lords and commons (in that broken
itate 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
fit in the assembly. 14. B. do seriously promise and vow, in the prelence of almighty
GOD, that in this allembly,whereof I am a member, I will maintain nothing in point of doctrine, but what I believe to be molt agrees able to the word of God; nor in point of discipline, but what may make molt for God's glory, and the peace and good of this church.
A LIST of the DIVINE S who met in the assembly a
Thomas Gattaker of Rotherhithe,
Jeremiah Whitaker of Streton. cutor after Dr. Twils.
Henry Painter, B. D. of Exeter, Jeremiah Burroughs of Stepney. | Henry Scudder of Colingborn, John Lighfoot of Ashly.
Thomas Hill,B.D.of Tichmarch. Stanley Gowerof Brampton Bryan | William Reynor,B. D.of Egham. Richard Heyrick of Manchester, Dr. Thomas Goodwin of london. Thomas Cate of London.
Dr. WilliamSpurftowofHampden. Dr. Thomas Temple of Battery. Matthew Newcomb of Dedham. George Gipps of Ayleston. Dr. Edmond StauntonofKingston. Thomas Carter.
John Conantof Lymmington B.D. Dr. Humphrey Cambers of Cl2- | Anthony Burges of Sutton Coldverstoun.
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
Obadiah Sedgwick,B.DofCogshal Henry Philips.
Edward Corbist of Marton College George Walker, B. D.
Thomas Coleman of Bliton.
William Carter of London.
John Maynard of Mayfield....
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. Joshua Hyle late of Dublin.
William Bridge of Yarmoth. Thonias Wilson of Utham.
Peter Sterrye of London. Thomas Hodges of Kensington, William Mew,B.D. of Ellington. Thomas Baylieof Mildenhal,B.D. Benjamin Pickeringof east-Hoatly Francis Taylor of Yalding. John Strickland of St. Edmonds in. Thomas Young of Stownmarket. | Sarum. Thomas Valentine,B. D.of Chal- Humphrey Hardwick.
font St. Giles. William Greenhilof Stepney.
Jasper HicksofLawrick or Lanrake
Thomas Ford of London, afterAndrew Pern of Wilby.
Wards of Exeter. Samuel de la Place,
Thomas Thorowgoodof Masling. John de la March,
ham, John Dury,
Peter Clark of Kerby underbil.
Richard Byfield of long Ditton.
John Jackson of Markke.