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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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This Edition is printed according to the Copy in the
and printed at Edinburgh 1647, by Evan Taylor.
. This is printed from the Edition, printed first at Lon-
'This 5s conform to the Edition, printed by Appoint-
nance of the Lords and Commons, September 25th!