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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

Your Friend


VII. The Solemn League and Covenant. p. 137.

This is printed from the Copy in the Acts of Parlia.

ment, Anno 1644, printed by Evan Taylor; compared

with several principal Copies, with many original Sub-

fcriptions, 1643 and 1648; printed at Edinburgh the

fame Years, by Evan Taylor.

VIII. The Form of Presbyterian Church-Government,

p. 163.

This is printed from the Edition approven by the Ge-

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

Acts of Assembly, Anno 1647, printed by Evan Taylor.

XI. The Westminster Confession of Faith

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 Appoint-

ment 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 Ordi.

nance of the Lords and Commons, September 25th,
Anno 1648; compared with a former Edition, printed


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