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current Parliament, intitled, Ait ratifying the Confession of Faith, and settling Presbyterian Church Government, in the whole Heads, Articles, and Clauses thereof: And do further statute and ordain, that no Person be admitted, or continued, for hereafter, to be a Minister or Preacher within this Church, unless that he, having first taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance, and subscribed the Assurance, in Manner appointed by another Act of this present Session of Parliament, made thereanent, do also subscribe the Confession of Faith ratified in the foresaid fifth Act of the second Session of this Parliament, declaring the same to be the Confession of his Faith, and that he owns the Doctrine therein contained to be the true Doctrine, which he will constantly adhere to ; as likewise, that he owns and acknowledges Presbyterian Church-Government, as settled by the aforesaid fifth Act of the second Session of this Parliament, to be the only Government of this Church, and that he will submit thereto, and concur there. with, and never endeavour, directly or indirectly, the Prejudice or Subversion thereof. And their Majesties, with Advice and Consent aforesaid, statute and ordain, that a Uniformity of Worship, and of the Administration of all publick Ordinances within his Church, be observed by all the said Ministers and Preachers, as the same are at present performed and allowed therein, or shall be hereafter declared, by the Authority of the same ; and that no Minister or Preacher be admitted or continued for hereafter, unless that he subscribe to observe, and do actually observe, the aforesaid Uniformity. And for the more effectual settling the Quiet and Peace of this Church, the Estates of Parliament do hereby make an humble Address to their Majesties, that they would be pleased to call a General Assembly, for the ordering the Affairs of the Church. And to the End that all the present Ministers possessing Churches, not yet admitted to the Exercise of the aforesaid Church-Goverment, conform to the faid Act, and who shall qualify themselves in Manner aforesaid, and shall apply to the said Assembly, or the other Church-Judicatures, competent in an orderly Way, each Man for himself, be received to partake with them in the Government thereof ; certifying such as shall not qualify themselves, and apply to the said Assembly, or other Judicatures, within the Space of thirty Days after meeting of the said first Assembly, in Manner aforesaid, that they may be deposed by the Sentence of the said Assembly, and other Judicatures, tam ab officio, quam a beneficio ; and withal declaring, that if any of the said Ministers, who hath not been hitherto received into the Government of the Church, fall offer to qualify themselves, and to apply in Manner aforesaid, they shall have their Majesties full Protection, 'ay and while they shall be admitted and received in Manner aforesaid : Providing always, that this Act, and the Benefit thereof, shall no ways be extended to such of the said Ministers as are
ai c. That none of the Forms be retained in the Publick Worship of God, that are not used by the Presbyterians; viz. the Lord's Prayer, the Doxology, the
Apostles Creed; and that the Holy Scriptures must not be read in the publick Alsemblies as heretofore,
scan. fcandalous, erroneous, negligent, or insufficient, and against whom the fame shall be verified within the Space of thirty Days after the faid Applica. tion ; but these, and all others, in like Manner guilty, are hereby declared to be liable and subject to the Power and Censure of the Church, as accords. And to the Effect that the Representation of this Church, in its General Allemblies, may be more equal in all Time coming, recommends it to the first Assembly that shall be called, to appoint Ministers, to be sent as Commissioners from every Presbytery, not in equal Number, which is manifestly unequal where Presbyteries are so, but in a due Proportion to the Churches and Parochines within every Presbytery, as they shall judge convenient. And it is hereby declared, that all School-Masters, and Teachers of Youth in Schools, are, and shall be, liable to the Trial, Judgment, and Censure of the Presbyteries of the Bound, for their Sufficiency, Qualifications, and Deportment in the said Office. And, lastly, their Majesties, with Advice and Consent aforesaid, do hereby statute and ordain, that the Lords of their Privy Council, and all other Magistrates, Judges, and Officers of Justice, give all due AMiftance for making the Sentences and Censures of the Church, and Judicatures thereof, to be obeyed, or otherwise effectual, as accords. Extracted forth of the Records of Parliament, by
TAR BAT, Cls. Regist.
T HE Lords of her Majesty's Privy-Council, having taken to their
I serious Consideration a Representation made to them by the Commission of the late General Assembly of the Church, and in the Name, and .by the Warrant of the said Affembly, of several Church-Irregularities and Disorders, as particularly, that where Churches happen to vaik by Death, or otherwise, the Keys thereof are withdrawn by disaffected Persons, and the Presbytery of the Bounds refused or hindred to have Access thereto, notwithstanding of the frequent Orders and Acts made for Remedy of these Abuses. Secondly, That Persons having no Authority from, or within this Church, but pretending Warrant from the late exauctorat Bishops, do take upon them to preach and exercise other Acts of the Ministerial Function, contrary to all good Order, and to perpetuate an unhappy Schism. And, Thirdly, That where Intruders are removed from Kirks or Paroches, by Sentence of the Lords of Council, for their Intrusion, yet, for eluding of the said Sentence, they do either remove only to the Border of a neighbouring Paroch, and there continue to exercise, or otherwise intrude elsewhere, as if no Sentence had past against them. The said Lords of Privy-Council, for Remedy of she said Abuses, do therefore, in the first Place, in Prosecution, and for the more effectual Execution of the Acts of Parliament and Privy Council made for that Effect, require and command all Sheriffs, and their Deputies, and all other Magistrates and Officers of the Law, within whose Bounds any Church is, or shall happen to be vacant, that, upon Application made to them by the Presbytery of the Bounds, or any in their Name, they make, or cause to be made, the fame Patent to the Presbytery ; and deliver, or cause to be delivered, to the said Presbytery, or any having their Warrant, either the usual Keys of the said Church, or new Keys, in Place of the former usual Keys, abstracted and withdrawn, whereby the Church may be made freely Patent ; and that, within the Space of fifteen Days after, they shall be requir'd thereto, by Form of Instrument taken against them, personally for that Effect, with Certification, that if they refuse to make, or cause to be made, the said Church-Patent to the Presbytery, in Manner aforesaid, within the said Space of fifteen Days, Letters shall be direct, at the Instance of the Kirk-Agent, by Deliverance of Privy Council, summarily against them, charging them thereto fimpliciter, within the Space of ten Days. And the said Lords of her Majesty's Privy Council do hereby order and warrant the aforesaid Letters to be direct conform to the faid Certifica. tion, and that without Prejudice of the Pains contained in the Act of Parliament 1698, against the said Sheriffs, and others, who shall refuse to obtemper in the Terms of the said Act. And, in the next Place, the said Lords of Privy.Council do hereby expressly prohibit and discharge all Persons, who neither had, nor have, any Authority, from or within this Church, but pretend allennerly to a Warrant or Licence from the late exauctorat Bishops, since they were exauctorat, to take upon them to preach, or exercise any Part of the Ministerial Function, within this Church, or within any Kirk or Paroch thereof; certifying such as shall presume to preach or exercise in the contrary, without being duly authorized and qualified according to Law, they shall not only be liable, upon due Information, to be fummarily seized and secured by the Magistrates of the Bounds, in order to their Trial, (and which Magistrates are hereby authorized to seize them accordingly) but also, upon due Trial, they shall be banished, by Sentence of the Lords of the Privy-Council, forth of the Kingdom, conform to the Act of Parliament 1693; and farther, the late Bishops exauctorat, as faid is, are hereby discharged to grant any such Warrant or Licence, as they will be answerable upon their highest Peril. And, Thirdly, the said Lords of Privy Council do hereby declare and certify, that if any Minister or Preacher, either depriv'd by Sentence of the Lords of Privy-Council, or not qualified according to Law, and who shall be removed from any Church or Paroch, as an Intruder, by Sentence of the said Lords, shall be found again transgressing, by intruding into any other Kirk or Paroch, contrary to the Act of Parliament 1695, made against intruding into Churches, without a legal Call and Admission thereto, he shall not only be summarily seized and secured, upon due In. formation, by the Magistrate of the Bounds, to answer for his Transgression (and which Magistrates are hereby authorized to seize him accordingly) but
allo, after due Conviction, he shall be banished forth of the Kingdom, conform to the said Acts of Parliament. And the Lords of her Majesty's Privy Council do hereby ordain these Presents to be printed and published at the Mercat-Cross of Edinburgh, and all other places needful, that none pretend Ignorance. Given under our Signet at Edinburgh, the 21st Day of March, 1706, and of our Reign the fourth Year.
Per AEt um Dominorum Secreti Concilii,
A L. MAITLAND, Cls. Sti. Concilii. GOD save the QU E E N.
A Copy of a Letter from a Gentleman at London, to a Lord at Edinburgh, concerning the Scots Peerage.
I cannot but entertain a very high Regard for that once illustrious Body, and think myself bound to acquaint you, that I have too juft Grounds to believe, that what was lately designed against the very Being thereof, will be once more attempted in this, or some subsequent Session of the present Parliament.
I mult own, that I was much surprized at the supine Silence, with which such of the Scots Peers, who had no Designs or Hopes of being amongst the Number of those predestinated to be elected, nor influenced by the Threats or Promises of any Power whatsoever, did receive the Accounts of this intended Violation of their Rights, as it afforded an Handle to represent them in this Place, as a Pack of despicable, fpiritless Creatures, who might be kick'd and cuff'd ac Pleasure, or as tacitly submitting to, and approving of what was designed against them: And give me Leave to tell you, if they take not Care timeousy to exert themselves, and publickly manifest a Spirit of Opposition to this Measure, they are for ever utterly undone: And as a Vacancy has happened by the Marquis of Annandale's Death, if they take not such Measures as will evidently declare their Aversion to the Scheme, particularly by choosing such a Representative as will not betray and desert his Constituents, it will, in all human Probability, be the last Occafion Porvidence will cast in their Way, of providing for their future Honour and Prosperity.
Whence this strange Indolence proceeded is to me unaccountable : The Scots Peers were formerly taxed with being Proud, Ambitious and AvariVOL. III.
Procal, there and Peers Britiß per cont, cheris, or them but their
tious; but surely such as tamely submit to this Scheme are unjustly accused One would think they had sufficiently humbled themselves, by being reduced to the Condition we find them in at present; but, if once the new Scheme take Effect, what will remain to the reprobate Peers, but empty despicable Titles, and the melan choly Reflection of what they and their Prédecessors formerly enjoyed ? How contemptible must they be, when they have not the Privilege of the meanest Freeholder, I mean that of being represented any Manner of Way in the national Assembly of the States ? Being thereby reduced to a State more suitable to Slaves than Members of any civil Society, whilst a Parcel of other Peers, the best of them but their Equals, and some of them far inferior in personal Merit, or the Antiquity and Dignity of their Families, enjoy, at their Cost, the full Fruition of the most extensive Privileges of the British Peerage. In Days of Yore, the Interests of the Crown and Peers of Scotland were so interwoven, that they became reciprocal, these fupported the former, who, on that Account, cherished and rewarded them : But henceforward, when their Afliftance will not be wanted in the only Point remaining to render them significant, viz. The Election of their own Representatives : From whence can they imagine or expect to reap any the smallest Portion of the regal Bounty ? Our Kings now-a-days have too many pressing Demands upon them, to think of bestowing Favours on any Set of Men, who are but useless Drones in the Commonwealth, and can be of no Service to them, and from whom no Danger can be apprehended ; fo that these reprobate Peers may bid adieu to all Pensions and Offices, to all Honours and Preferments, and their Children
need not expect to be provided for as formerly in the Army and Judicatures. · The hereditrry Peers and Commoners will be henceforward entitled to these,
whilst the Families of the other will be left to starve and dwindle away into the most abject forlorn Condition. These, and the like obvious Considerations, should, I humbly presume, deeply affect such (if any such there be) who stupidly incline to grasp at any present Benefic or Temptation, in Prejudice of the future Profperity of their Families, and prevail with them to look one Inch before their Noses, and behold the helpless despicable Condition, into which, by their own Act and Deed, they will irrecrievably plunge themselves and their Posterity; and resolve for their own Sakes to make one noble Stand and Effore to prevent their utter Misery, in which, thoʻthey should not succeed, they'll have the Satisfaction of having acted as became Men of Honour, and the Approbation and Pity of all the impartial part of Mankind; and in Order thereto, no Time, nor no Pains should be neglected, every selfish personal View should be postponed, and such joint Measures concerted and prosecuted, as may most probably tend to promote and advance so just and honourable a Cause; and whilst we have so good and gracious a King, and so hopeful an Heir to succeed him, there is no Danger to be apprehended, nor Reason to doubt of Success in the Undertaking. Here then is a noble Opportunity for a Person of Distinction, and Abilities to cstablish his Character, and raise his Reputation, by settling himself at the