Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1638-1842. Originally published by Edinburgh Printing & Publishing Co, Edinburgh, 1843.
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The principal acts of the general assembly, convened at Edinburgh, May 9, 1751.
I. Sess. 1, May 9, 1751.—The King's Commission to Alexander Earl of Leven produced, and ordered to be recorded.
II. Sess. 1, May 9, 1751.—The King's most gracious Letter to the General Assembly, presented to them by his Majesty's Commissioner.
III. Sess. 3, May 11, 1751.—The General Assembly's Answer to the King's most gracious Letter.
IV. Sess. 6, May 15, 1751.—Act and Resolution concerning Lawyers who are Members of the Court appearing, as Procurators, to plead in Causes at the Bar of the General Assembly or Commission.
The General Assembly, considering that they have a title to the assistance of all their members as judges in all causes brought before them, they being expressly commissioned by their constituents to consult, vote, and determine, in all matters that shall come before the Assembly; as also, that those who are appointed members of the Commission of the General Assembly are obliged by that appointment to concur in cognoscing and determining in every matter referred to them, do, therefore, resolve, enact, and declare, that in time coming none who are constituent members of the Court shall act as counsel or procurators in any causes which come before the Assemblies or Commissions thereof.
V. Sess. 9, May 18, 1751.—Commission to some Ministers and Ruling Elders for Reformation of the Highlands and Islands, and for Managing his Majesty's Royal Bounty for that end.
VI. Sess. 9, May 18, 1751.—Commission to some Ministers and Ruling Elders for discussing Affairs referred to them.
VII. Sess. ult., May 20, 1751.—Act anent the more frequent Celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
The General Assembly renews the 11th Act of Assembly, 1712, appointing the more frequent celebration of our Lord's Supper; and in order to the better observance of the said Act, every Presbytery, at their privy censures, before the winter Synod, are hereby appointed to inquire at each of their brethren, whether they have administered that sacrament, once at least, the preceding year, and in case any of them have not done it, their excuses shall be marked in the minutes, and what the Presbytery has done in approbation or disapprobation thereof, and report the same in writing to the Synod; and in case of the absence of any member of the Presbytery from the diet for privy censures, such member shall send up his excuse in writing, either to that diet, or to the next ensuing Synod; and in the event of brethren failing in both the before mentioned injunctions, it is hereby appointed that the Presbytery next after the Synod shall call such brethren to an account, and report to the next Synod, that they may do therein as they shall see cause.
VIII. Sess. ult., May 20, 1751.—Act appointing the Diet of the next General Assembly.
Sess. ult., May 20, 1751.—Overture about the Psalmody.
The General Assembly, finding that several of the Presbyteries have not sent up any opinion to this Assembly concerning the Psalmody, notwithstanding a new edition, with amendments, of the Translations and Paraphrases of Sacred Scripture was transmitted to them, do again transmit the same, requiring such Presbyteries as have hitherto been deficient to send up their opinions to the next Assembly; and, in the meantime, the Assembly recommends the said Psalmody to be used in private families, and that Presbyteries be careful to have a sufficient number of copies of the said last edition thereof within their bounds.