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who shall determine the point of privilege by a vote : and the moderator and member must fub. mit to the suffrage of the judicatory.


Of Clerks.


VERY judicatory shall choose a clerk, to

record their transactions, whose continu.. ance shall be during pleasure. It shall be the duty of the clerk, besides recording the transactions, lo preserve them carefully; and to grant extracts from them, whenever properly required; and such extracts, under the hand of the clerk, shall be considered as authentic vouchers of the fact which they declare, in any ecclefiastical judicatory, and to every part of the church.


Of vacant Congregations assem

bling for public Worship. COM IONSIDERING the great importance of

weekly affembling the people, for the public worship of God; in order thereby to im


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prove their knowledge; to confirm their habits of worship, and their defire of the public ordinances; to augment their reverence for the most high God; and to promote the charitable affections which unite men most firmly in society: It is recommended, that every vacant congregation meet together, on the Lord's day, at one or more places, for the purpose of prayer, singing praises, and reading the holy scriptures, together with the works of such approved divines, as the presbytery, within whose bounds they are, may recommend, and they may be able to procure ; and that the elders or deacons be the persons who fhall preside, and felect the portions of scripture, and of the other books to be read; and to see that the whole be conducted in a becoming and orderly manner.

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Of Commissioners to the General

Sect. I.

THE commiflioners to the gene-

ral assembly shall always be apCommillioners pointed by the presbytery from laall be appoint, which they come, at its laft stated Meeting of the meeting immediately preceding the resbytery, meeting of the general assembly ;

provided, that there be a fufficient interval, between that time and the meeting of the affembly, for their commissioners to attend their duty in due season ; otherwise, the presbytery may make the appointment at any stated meeting, not more than seven months preceding the meeting of the assembly. And as much as possible to preyent all failure in the representation of the prefbyteries, arising from unforeseen accidents to those first appointed, it may be expedient for each presbytery, in the room of each commissioner, to appoint also an alternate commissioner, to supply his place, in case of neceffary abfence. Sect. II. Each commissioner, before his

name shall be enrolled as a member Form of a

of the assembly, ihall produce, from

his presbytery, a commission under the hand of the moderator and clerk, in the following or like form : viz. “The presbytery of

being met at

doth hereby appoint

bishop of the congregation of


ruling elder in the congregation of the case may be ;]” (to which the presbytery may, if they thing proper, make a substitution in the following form, “or in case of his ab. fence, then

bishop of the congregation of



on the

day of



on the

day of


ruling elder in the congregation of the case may be ;]") to be a commissioner, on behalf of this presbytery, to the next general -affembly of the presbyterian Church in the United States of America, to meet at

· A. D. wherever, and whenever, the said assembly may happen to fit; to consult, vote, and determine, on all things that may come before that body, according to the principles and constitution of this church and the word of God. And of his diligence herein, he is to render an account at his return. Signed, by order of the Presbytery,


Clerk." And the presbytery shall make record of the appointment.

Sect. III. These commissions thall, if poffiCommiffions ble, be delivered to the clerk of the fhall be deli. affembly, in proper season, that he Clerk at the may have the roll of the assembly firft Sefion. completed before the first session. Commissions, not produced at the opening of the affembly, shall afterwards be delivered onJy in the intervals between the sessions. No commissioner shall have a right to deliberate or vote in the affembly, until his name shall have been enrolled by the clerk, and his commission publicly read, and filed among the papers of the assembly.

vered to the

a Year,

a Sermon.

Sect. IV. The general assembly shall meet,

at least once in every year ; their The Assembly shall meet once first meeting to be on the third

Thursday of May, 1784, in the Se. cond Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and afterwards on their own adjournments. If there be not a sufficient number, for the transaction of business, convened before 12 o'clock, on that day, those who are present shall have power to adjourn, from day to day, till a fufficient num. ber shall have met to constitute an assembly,

Sect. V. On the day tọ, which the general And shall be assembly stands adjourned, and beopened with tween the hours of eleyen and twelve,

the moderator of the last general asa fembly, if prefent';: or, in case of his absence, , the senior minifter present, fhall open the meet ... ing with a fermon. After sermon, the members being in the house where the assembly is to hold its sessions, the fame minister who preached shall, by prayer, publicly implore the blessing and direction of Almighty God; and (hall continue to preside till a new moderatorbe chosen.. For this purpose he shall call for the commillions of those present;, which being : read, and the : names of the members enrolled in order, if there : be a quorum, they Ihall choose a moderator..

Sect. VI. Each fession of the affembly, as of: Mode of diffolv- all the other judicatories of the ing the Afsembly: church, shall be introduced and..

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