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to be preached either by their President, or some member appointed for that purpose.

3. This Board shall choose a President and Secretary, keep minutes of all their transactions, and lay them with a summary account of the state of the school, before General Synod, at every stated meeting.

4. The Board shall superintend an annual examination of all the students, under the care of the Professors, to ascertain their talents and proficiency.

5. TheBoard shall be competent to reprimand or remove immoral or incompetent students, to inspect the doctrines taught by Professors and the general course of study, and to recommend to Synod such measures or changes, as they may think advantageous to the school, and the general interests of the Dutch Church.

6. The President is authorised to call a special meeting of the Board at the request of a Professor or Professors, or of any two members at any time, provided four weeks previous notice be given.


Of the Professors. 1. The number of Professors in this school shall be determined by General Synod, and their duties shall be prescribed by Synod, or by the person or persons who may endow a Professorship under the immediate direction of the Superintendants. Provided always, That the school be not considered as completely organized without three Professors, and that all of them be ordained ministers of the Reformed Dutch Church.

2. The salaries of all the Professors hereafter appointed, shall be fixed by a vote of General Synod.

3. The Professors shall attend three lectures or recitations every week, and accompany them with prayer.

4. Every Professor intending to resign, shall give six months notice to the Board of Superintendants.

5. They shall attend morning and evening prayers with their pupils, either separately or in conjunction with the faculty and students of Queen's College, and supply them with the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments by themselves or by some church in New-Brunswick.


Of Students. 1. Every student upon admission to the Theological School, shall produce a certificate of his membership in some regular Protestant Church, and testimonials of his academic attainments, or submit to an examination upon academic studies.

2. The students shall exhibit to the Professors weekly in rotation, one lecture or sermon upon such subjects as the Professors shall appoint, and each one, annually to the Superintendants, and write upon such subjects as the Professors may prescribe.

3. Strict morality, piety, diligence in studies, and attention upon lectures, recitation and prayers, are required under pain of reproof or expulsion.

4. Every student shall spend a portion of his time morning and evening in private devotion, and every Lord's Day in public, social and private worship, with a particular reference to personal religion and growth in grace.

5. Those students who are not able to defray the expenses of their education, shall be assisted, as far as practicable, from the funds devoted to that purpose.

ARTICLE V. Of the Time and Course of Study. 1. The time and course of study in this School shall not be less than three years.

2. In each year there may be two vacations corres ponding with those in Queen's College, or otherwise as the Professors and Superintendants may determine

provided that the whole time of vacation in any year, do not exceed three months.

3. Every student shall be taught Natural, Didactic, Polemic, and Practical Theology; Biblical Criticism, Chronology, and Ecclesiastical History; the form and administration of Church Government, and Pastoral duties ; and be able to read the Scriptures fluently in the original languages.

4. Students, at the expiration of three years of regular study, shall be admitted to an examination to be conducted by the Professors before the Board of Superintendants, and as the case may require, be continued longer in the school, or furnished with a certificate signed by the Professor, which shall adınit them to an examination for licensure, before their respective Classes,

(Passed in the session of General Synod, 1812.]


Whereas the students, according to the plan agreed upon, in relation to the Theological Institution, are required to submit to an examination before the Board of Superintendants, previous to their obtaining a Professional certificate for examination and licensure.

Resolved, That every student in the Reformed Dutch Church, shall, previous to his commencing the study of Theology, make himself known as such to the Board of Superintendants, and shall be considered under the care of said Board.

Resolved, That every student of Divinity under whomsoever he may have studied, shall, previous to his examination by the Professor, apply for the said purpose to the Board of Superintendants before he is examined and licensed.

[Passed in the session of General Synod, 1813.}


Whereas it has been represented, that the act of indulgence allowing particular individuals, for special reasons, the liberty of prosecuting their Theological studies in seminaries not under the patronage or care of the Reformed Dutch Church, has been construed into a general license for all : Therefore,

Resolved, That it be hereafter required of all those who design to apply for a license to preach the Gospel in the Reformed Dutch Church, to prosecute their studies in the Institution under the care of this Church, which is now, as we hope, in successful operation; unless a special act of indulgence shall be obtained from Synod to the contrary.

[Passed in the session of General Synod, 1813.) The Synod Resolved, that the above regulation has no reference to the students of Professor Fræligh’s Theological School ; but was only intended to have a bearing on the Divinity Schools of sister churches.

[Passed in the session of General Synod, 1814.] The Synod determined, on the subject of granting any farther dispensations, that, in future, none should be granted by this Synod, to any students, to pursue their Theological studies elsewhere : that as a consid. erable fund has been raised for supporting or aiding in the support of indigent students, and as Didactic and Polemic Theology, are systematically and ably taught in the School under the care of the Dutch Church ; and it is, moreover, contemplated to render the course of studies more complete, this Synod owes it to itself, as well from a consideration of its own dignity, as of other circumstances, to shut the door against such grants.

[Passed in the session of General Synod, June, 1815.; MODE OF RECEIVING MINISTERS FROM OTHER DENOMINATIONS, AND FROM


1st. With respect to Ministers of other Denominations in this Country, whose characters and standing are not known, the Synod direct and enjoin it upon the Consistories of vacant congregations not to invite or permit them to preach within their bounds, without first receiving from them a certificate, of recent date, of their regular authority for that purpose, and their good standing; and in all doubtful cases, wherein they feel themselves incompetent to decide, to consult some neighbouring Minister before an invitation be preferred.

2d. With repect to foreigners, who claim the privilege of preaching the Gospel, that no Consistory be permitted to invite any one of them, of whatever Denomination, to preach, before he shall lay his credentials before the Classis to which such Consistory is subordinate, and be regularly accepted and authorised hy them to exercise his ministry within their bounds; and that no Classis be permitted to receive and accredit such foreign Minister, unless he produce to them, besides ample and regular certificates of his license or ordination, and of his dismission and recommendations, of recent date, from the competent church Judicature, letters of recoinmendation, also, from some known respectable character, in the Country from which he has emigrated, to his correspondent in this Country, stating the authenticity of his credentials, and the good character and standing of the bearer, as a Minister of the Gospel, and that he is an advocate of the doctrines of grace professed by the Reformed Church; and further, that in all doubtful cases, the Classis be requested to refer the matter for advice to the Particular Synod, be fore they proceed to accept the applicaut.

[Passed in the session of General Synod, 1806.

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