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To the Reader.

THE first Edition os this Collection was

published Anno 1725; to -which there is

prefixed an ^Advertisement, giving the Reasons

vbj it was then published, which Adverttse

tnt, iue have thought fit here to omit And tb* Reason given for publishing this new Edi&&is, That the former Editions are fold off, nil there seems now to be a Demand for more; "sides, «v can never think it unseasonable to vblijbsuch a Collection, when the doclrinal Part, and even those Parts relating to Govern' tent and "Discipline, are thereby brought to vurEye, with their Proofs from the Scripture.

In this, as in the former Editions, you have wb a Colleclion of our publick Standards and Aft s, from the Time that the Light and Power J the Gospel recovered us from Popery, till "'.'■ year of our Lord 1650, as may fully hold frth the blessed Reformation in Dotlrine, Worship, Discipline and Government, to which '■: the good and special Hand of our Lord, the Zburch os Scotland attained.

Tho' -we don't here leave out any Part of

!«former Colleftion, yet, in order to oblige

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.the Subscribers, and render the Book yet more useful; we have added the Form of cess, used in the Judicatories of the Chur of Scotland; like-wise subjoined several and Overtures of the General Assemblies tht anent; with other Things of a publick and teresting Nature: Hoping this Edition z give a general Satisfaction to all the Membei of the Church of Scotland, especially those ivht want to be informed, and retain the Knowledgt of their own Principles.

You'll also please be informed^, that as Scriptures at large were left out of .the for. Imprejfions, so they are likewise left out of t. and for the very same Reason, viz. Because Confession and Catechisms are frequently printed, and many have them already; an have put them in, would have swelled the B, too much in Bulk and Price for poor Peot But whoever wants the Westminster Confess! nnd Catechisms with the Scriptures at lar^ may be furnished with them by the Printer this Book.

And now, wishing your Edification in t Perusal and Study os this Collection, he re4

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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 Tay lor; compared

with several principal Copies, with many original Sub-

scriptions, 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 Direbloryfar the PuMick Worship of God p. 197.

This is printed conform lo 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 Direilory for Family-Worship p. 251.

This is printed from the Copy set down in the printed

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

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, 29 th
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 5s conform to the Edition, printed by Appoint-
ment of the Commission of the General Assembly, De-
cember 23d 1647, at Edinburgh, by Evan Taylor;
compared with several other Editions.

XIII. The Shorter Catechism. p. 2od

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, prime*

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