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To the Reader. THE forf Edition of this Colle&tion 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 unseasonable to publish such a Collection, when the doctrinal Part, and even those Parts relating to Government 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 Atts, from the Time that the Light and Power of the Gospel recovered us from Popery, till the year 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 Subscribers, and render the Book yet still more useful; we have added the Form of Process, used in the Judicatories of the Church of Scotland; likewise subjoined several Acts and Overtures of the General Asemblies thereanent; with other Things of a publick and in. teresting Nature: Hoping this Edition will give a general Satisfaction to all the Members of the Church of Scotland, especially those who want to be informed, and retain the Knowledge of their own Principles.
You'll also pleafe be informed, that as the Scriptures at large were left out of the former Impressions, so they are likewise left out of this, and for the very fame Reason, viz. Because the Confession and Catechisms are frequently so printed, and many have them already; and to have put them in, would have swelled the Book too much in Bulk and Price for poor People. But whoever wants the Westminster Confession and Catechisms with the Scriptures at large, may be furnished with them by the Printer
of this Book.
And now, wishing your Edification in the Perusal and Study of this Collection, he rest
The PUBLISH ER
Apno 1722, by James Watfon.
This Edition is printed according to the Copy in the
This is printed from the Edition approven by the Ge-
nance of the Lords and Commons, September 25th,