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Assembly at Epixpurch, August 17, 1643. Sess, 14.

The General Assembly’s Approbation of the SoLEMN " * - LEAGUE and Coven ANT. - N

THE Assembly having recommended unto a Committee

appointed by them to join with the Committee of the Honourable Convention of Estates, and the Commissioners of the Honourable Houses of the Parliament of England, for bringing the kingdoms to a more near conjunction and union, received from the foresaid Committees the Covenant after mentioned, as the result of their consultations: and having taken the same, as a matter of so publick concernment and so deep importance doth require, unto their gravest consideration, did, with all their hearts, and with the beginnings of the feelings of that joy, which they did find in so great measure upon 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 settling and preserving the true Protestant religion with perfect peace in his Ma. jesty's dominions, and propagating the same to other nations, and for establishing his Majesty's throne to all ages and generations. And therefore, with their best affections, recommend the same to the Honourable 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 humiliation, 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 both kingdoms, - A. JOHNSTOUN,

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CHARLEs I. Parl. 3, Sess, 1. Act 5.
Act ament the Ratification Qf the calling of the Col.

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Articles of Treaty betwirt the Kingdoms of Stok land and England, and remanent Acts of the Col. vention of Estates, and Committee thereof,

At EDINBURGH, July 15, 1644.

THE Estates of Parliament, presently convened by Vir. tue of the last act of the last Parliament, holden by his Majesty, and the three Estates, in anno 1641, consides, ing, that the Lords of his Majesty's privy council, and Commissioners for conserving the articles of the to having, according to their interests and trust committelto them by his Majesty and Estates of Parliament, used all means, by supplications, remonstrances, and sending 0 Commissioners, for securing the peace of this kingdom; and removing the unhappy distractions betwixt his M. jesty and his subjects in England, in such a way as might

serve most for his Majesty's honour, and good of both. kingdoms; and their humble and dutiful endeavours for *

good ends having proven ineffectual, and their offer of

mediation and intercession being refused by his Maio || and thereby finding the weight and difficulty of affairs,

and the charge lying on them to be greater thanos

could bear; did therefore, in the month of May 16% §:

meet together with the Commissioners for the common burdens, that, by joint advice, some resolution might be

taken therein; and in respect of the danger imminent to h

the true Protestant religion, his Majesty's honour, an peace of their kingdoms by the multitude of Papists on

their adherents in arms in England and Ireland, and of o

many other publick and important affairs, whic could

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sentative body of the kingdom; appointed and caused in. dict a meeting of the Convention of Estates (his Majo

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having formerly refused their humble desires for a Parliament) to be on the 22d of June following; which diet being frequently kept by the Noblemen, Commissioners of shires # and burghs, and they finding these dangers against this kirk and state still increasing, resolved, after serious delio beration and advice of the General Assembly, and joint | concurrence of the Commissioners authorised by the Par{ liament of England, that one of the chiefest remedies for preventing of these and the like dangers, for preservation of religion, and both kingdoms from ruin and destruction, and for procuring of peace, That both kingdoms should, for these ends, enter into Covenant; which was according# ly drawn up, and cheerfully embraced and allowed.—And : at last, a treaty was agreed unto by both kingdoms, concerning the said Covenant, and assistance craved from this kingdom by the kingdom of England, in pursuance of the * ends expressed therein:—And the Estates being still desirous to use all good means, that, without the effusion of more blood, there may be such a blessed pacification betwixt his Majesty and § subjects, as may tend to the #. of religion, his Majesty's true honour and safety, and appiness of his people, did therefore give commission to John Earl of Loudon, Lord Chancellor, Lord Maitland, Lord Waristoun, and Mr Robert Barclay, to repair to of England, and endeavour the effectuating of these ends contained in the covenant of treaties, conform to their instructions.— to And the said Estates having taken the proceedings is above written to their consideration, do find and declaré, * That the Lords of council, and conservers of peace, did behave themselves as faithful counsellors, loyal subjects, and good patriots, in tendering their humble endeavours for removing the distractions betwixt his Majesty and his subjects, and in calling the Commissioners for the common burdens, and, by joint advice, appointing the late meeting of Convention, wherein they have approven themselves answerable to the duty of their places, and that trust committed to them; and therefore ratifies and approves their whole proceedings therein, and declares the said | Convention was lawfully called, and also full and free in ; itself, itself, consisting of all the members thereof, as any Comvention hath been at any time bygone; and ratifies and approves the several acts made by them, or their committee, for enjoining the Covenant.——And also, the said Estates of Parliament (but prejudice of the premises, and of the general ratification above mentioned) ratify; approve, and confirm the foresaid mutual League and Covenant, concerning the 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; together with the acts of the Kirk and Estate authorising the same League and Covenant; together also with the foresaid i. of treaty agreed upon betwixt the said Commissioners of the Convention of Estates of Scotland and the Commissioners of both the Houses of Parliament of England, concerning the said Solemn League and Covenant.--And the said Estates ordain the same acts, with the League and Covenant above specified, acts authorising the same, and the articles of treaty foresaid, to have the full force and strength of perfect laws and acts of Parliament, and to be observed by all his Majesty's lieges, conform to the tenors thereof.

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respective. Of the which League and Covenant, the teno follows.

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Reformationand Defence of Religion, the Honourand Happiness of the King, and the Peace and Safety of the Three Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland; agreed upon by Commissioners from the Parliament and Assembly of Divines in England, with Commissioners of the Convention of Estates, and General Assembly in Scotland; approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and by both Houses of Parliament and Assembly of Divines in England, and taken and subscribed by them, Anno 1643; and thereafter, by the said authority, taken and subscribed by all Ranks in Scotland and #...}the same Year; and ratified by Act of the Parliament of Scotland, Anno 1644: And again renewed in Scotland, with an Acknowledgment of Sins, and Engagement to Duties, by all Ranks, Anno 1648, and by Parliament 1649; and taken and subscribed by King Charles II. at Spey, June 23, 1650; and at Scoon, January 1. 1651.

E Noblemen, Barons, Knights, Gentlemen, Citizens, Burgesses, Ministers of the Gospel, and Commons of all sorts, in the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland, by the providence of GOD, living under one King, and being of one reformed religion, having before our eyes the glory of God, and the advancement of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus CHRIST, the honour and happiness of the King's Majesty and his posterity, and the true publick liberty, safety, and peace of the kingdoms, wherein every one's private condition is included: And calling to mind the treacherous and bloody plots, conspiracies, attempts, and practices of the enemies of GQD, against the true religion and professors thereof in all places, especially

in these three kingdoms, ever since the reformation of reli

gion; and how much their rage, power, and presumption are of late, and at this time, increased and exercised, whereof the deplorable state of the also and kingdom of Ireland,

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