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CO V EN ANT
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Reformation and Defence of Religion; the
Honour and Happiness of the King; and the Peace and Safety of the Three Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland. Taken and subscribed several Times by King
Charles II. and by all Ranks in the said Three Kingdoms.
An Ast of the General Assembly 1643, and an Act
of Parliament 1644, Ratifying and Approving the said League and Covenant.
Jer, l. 5. Come let us join our felves to the Lord in a per
petual Covenant, that shall not be forgotten, Prov. xxv, 5. Take away the Wicked from before the
King, and his Throne mall be established in Righ.
teousness. 2 Chron, xv. 5. And all Judah rejoiced at the Oath;
for they had sworn with all their Heart. Gal. iii, 15. Though it be but a Man's Covenant, yet
if it be confirmed by an Oath, no Man difannulleth, or addeth thereto.
Printed in the Year 1764.
Assembly at Edinburgh, August 17, 1643. Seff. 14. The Refult of the Debates and Consultations of the Com
mittees of the Convention of Estates and General Afsembly, appointed to meet with the Commilioners of the Parliament of England.
He Committees of the Convention of Estates of
Scotland, and of the General Assembly, being appointed to meet with the Commissioners of the Two Houses of the Parliament of England, upon the Papers delivered in by the said Commissioners unto the Convention of Estates, and unto the General Assembly, upon tlie 12th and 15th of this Instant 1643, concerning the Desires of both Houses, for a near and striet Union, to be entred into ly the Two Kingdoms; and it being declared at the said Meeting, with what sensible Affections the General Assembly and Convention did receive the Desires above-mentioned, and how beneficial it would be for the more firm Settlement of the faid Union, that a Çovenant should be entred into by both Nations; and this form thereof being by all the foresaid Persons taken into most serious Debate and Consideration, and agreed unto; it was thereupon resolved by them, that it should be presented to the General Assembly, to the Convention of Estates of Scotland, and to the Two Houses of the Parliament of England, by their respective Committees and Commissioners, that it might with all Speed receive their respective Resolutions.*
Subscribed, JA. PRIMROSE.
* This Solemn League and Covenant was sent with the Commissio ners of the General Asembly to England, where, after it was there received and approven by the Parliament, and Allembly of Divines in that Kingdom, it was printed and published by an Ordinance of the House of Commons, September 24, 1643**
Affembly at Edinburgh, August 17, 1643. Seff. 14. The General Asemblies Approbation of the Solemn
League and Covenant.
tee of the honourable Convention of Estates, and the Commissioners of the honourable Houses of the Parlia. ment of England, for bringing the Kingdoms to a more near Conjunction and Union, received from the aforesaid Committees the Covenant after-mentioned, as the Re. Sult of their Consultations : And having taken the fame, as a Matter of fo publick Concernment and of so deep Importance doth require, unto their graveft Confidera. tion, did with all their Hearts, and with the Beginnings of the Feelings of that Joy, which they did find in fo great Measure
the Renovation of the National Covenant of this Kirk and Kingdom, All with one Voice approve and embrace the same, as the most powerful Mean, by the Blessing of God, for fettling and preser. ving the true protestant Religion, with perfect Peace in bis Majesty's Dominions, and propagating the fame to other Nations, and for establishing his Majesty's Throne to all Ages and Generations. And therefore, with their beft Affections, recommended the fame to the honoura. ble Convention of Estates, that being examined and approved by them, it may be sent with all Diligence to the Kingdom of England, that being received and approven there, the same may be, with publick Humilia. tion, and all religious and answerable Solemnity, sworn and subscribed by all true Professors of the reformed Religion, and all his Majesty's good Subjects in boch Kingdoms.
The Act of the Convention of Estates approving of the
League and Covenant, 17 August 1643. TH
He Noblemen, Commissioners of Shires and Bure
rows now conveened, having received the Covenant above-mentioned from their Committee, as the Result of their Coosultations with a Committee of the General Assembly, and the Commissioners from both Houses of the Parliament of England; and having ta. ken that Covenant unto their gravest Consideration, did with all their Hearts, and great Expressions of Joy and Unanimity, approve and embrace the same, as the most powerful Mean, by the Blessing of God, for settling and preserving the true Protestant Religion, with a perfect Peace in all his Majesty's Dominions, and propagating the same to other Nations, and for establishing his Majesty's Throne to all Ages. And being very confident that their Brethren in the Kingdom of England will heartily receive and approve the samen ; therefore, according to the earnest Recommendation of that venerable As. sembly of this Kirk now met, thinks it most necessary for the good Ends aforesaid, that it be sent into that Kingdom with all Diligence, that being received and approved by their Brethren there, the same may be with all Religious Solemnities sworn and subscribed by all true Professors of the reformed Religion, and all his Majesty's good Subjects in both Kingdoms.
ARCH. PRIMROSE, Cler. Com.
The Act of the Commission of the General Asembly, for
the folemn receiving, swearing and subscribing of the folemn League and Covenant,
At Edinburgh, in O&tober 1643. T
He Commissioners of the General Assembly, ha
ving received from their Brethren sent unto the Kingdom of England, the solemn League ard Covenant under-written, as it was approven by the Honourable
Houses of the Parliament of England, and the Assembly of Divines in that Kingdom, and folemnly sworn and Subscribed there * ; After due Examination thereof, did all in one Voice most heartily receive and embrace the same, as agreeing with the Draught, unanimously and chearfully approven and embraced by the late General Assembly, and Convention of Estates, as the most powerful Mean, by the Blessing of God, for settling and preserving the true Protestant Religion, with perfeat Peace in his Majesty's Dominions, and propagating the same to other Nations, and for establishing his Majesty's Throne to all Ages and Generations: And therefore, according to the Power given to them by the faid Assembly, Ordain this folemn League and Covenant to be, with publick Humiliation, and all Religious Solemnities, received, sworn, and subscribed by all Ministers and Professors within this Kirk; And, that this may be universally performed, It is also ordained, that this League and Covenant be forthwith printed, and that the printed Copies, bound with some clean Sheets of Paper, be sent unto the Ministry, and that every Minister, upon the first Lord's Day after the same mall come to his Hands, read and explain it, and by Exhortation prepare the People to the Swearing and Subscribing thereof folemnly, the Lord's Day next immediately following f. And it is further ordained, that Presbyteries take Account of the Performance hereof in their several Bounds, and that they proceed with the Censures of the Kirk against all such as shall refuse, or shift to Swear and Subscribe this League and Covenant, as Enemies to the Prefervation and Propagation of Religion ; and that they notify their Names, and make particular Report of their own Diligence hereintill, to this Com
25 September 1643. 1 Accordingly there are several Copies of this Covenant printed in 4to, bound with clean Paper at the End thereof, and upon the Head of every Page of the fame, these words are in Print, viz. The Sub. fcribers of tbe League and Covenant, under which use original Subfçriptions of many Hundreds, 1643 and 1648.