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HISTORICAL ACCOUNT

OF THE

SAYBROOK PLATFORM.

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HISTORICAL ACCOUNT

OF THE

SAYBROOK PLATFORM.

The Congregational churches of Connecticut have had public and known standards of their common faith and discipline, from nearly the time of their earliest organization. Though the Saybrook Platform was not formed until 1708, "yet the ministers and churches of Connecticut and New Haven, [colonies] were present and united in the formation of the Cambridge Platform in 1648, which, with the ecclesiastical laws, became thenceforward the religious constitution of these, as well as of the other New England colonies."* The synod which framed this Platform, unanimously adopted the Westminster Confession of Faith, in the following words: “This synod having perused and considered, with much gladness of heart and thankfulness to God, the confession of faith, published of late by the reverend assembly in England, do judge it to be very holy, orthodox, and judicious in all matters of faith, and do therefore freely and fully consent thereunto, for

* Trumbull's History of Connecticut, Vol. I, page 289,

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