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To the Reader. THE first Edition of this Collection was * published Anno 1725; to which there is prefixed an Advertisement, giving the Reasons why it was then published, which Advertisement, we have thought fit here to omit: And the Reason given for publishing this new Edition is, That the former Editions are sold off, and there seems now to be a Demand for more; Besides, we can never think it unfeasonable to publis such a Collection, when the doctrinal Part, and even those Parts relating to Governo ment and Discipline, are thereby brought to your Eye, with their Proofs from the Scripture.
In this, as in the former Editions, you have such a Collection of our publick Standards and Aits, from the Time that the Light and Power of the Gospel recovered us from Popery, till the gear of our Lord 1650, as may fully hold forth the blessed Reformation in Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government, to which by the good and special Hand of our Lord, the Church of Scotland attained.
Tho' we don't here leave out any part of the former Collection, yet, in order to oblige A 2
the the Subscribers, and render the Book yet til more useful; we have added the Form of Pro cess, used in the 7udicatories of the Church of Scotland; likewise subjoined several A& and Overtures of the General Assemblies there anent; with other Things of a publick and in teresting Nature: Hoping this Edition wir give a general Satisfaction to all the Member of the Church of Scotland, especially those wh want to be informed, and retain the Knowledg of their own Principles.
You'll also pleafé be informed, that as th Scriptures at large were left out of the forme Impressions, so they are likewise left out of this and for the very fame Reason, viz. Because th Confession and Catechisms are frequently printed, and many have them already; and I have put them in, would have swelled the Boo
too much in Bulk and Price for poor Peopl · But whoever wants the Westminster Confessio and Catechisms with the Scriptures at larg may be furnished with them by the Printeri this Book
And now, wishing your Edification in tł Perufal and Study of this Collection, he refi
The PUBLISH ER
This is printed from Calderwood's History, printed
dinburgh, Anno 1722, by James Watson.
This is conformable to the Edition, printed Anno
This is printed from the Edition printed at Edinburgh,
This Edition is printed according to the Copy in the
VII. The Solemn League and Covenant. p. 137.
This is printed from the Copy in the Acts of Parliament, Anno 1644, printed by Evan Taylor; compared with several principal Copies, with many original Subfcriptions, 1643 and 1648; printed at Edinburgh the same Years, by Evan Taylor. VIII. The form of Presbyterian Church-Government,
p. 163. This is printed from the Edition approven by the Geo neral Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Anno 1645; and printed at Edinburgh 1647, by Evan Taylor. IX. The Directory for the Publick Worship of God p. 197.
This is printed conform to the Copy approven by the General Assembly, Anno 1645; and, by the Order of the Estates, and Commission of the General Assembly, printed at Edinburgh 1647, by Evan Taylor. X. The Directory for Family.Worship P. 251.
This is printed from the Copy fet down in the printed
XI. The Westminster Confession of Faith p. 265.
This is printed from the Edition, printed first at Lon. don, by Ordinance of the Parliament of England, 29th of April 1647; and again, by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Anno 1647, by Evan Taylor. XII. The Larger Catechism. .. : p. 325. |
This is conform to the Edition, printed by Appointment of the Commission of the General Assembly, Deo cember 23d. 1647, at Edinburgh, by Evan Taylor; compared with several other Editions. XIII. The Shorter Catechism.: . ; p. 395.
This is printed from the Edition, printed by an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons, September 25th, Anno 1648 ; compared with a former Edition, printed