Friday, the 11th of February, 1652.
ORDERED, That the Business of the Northern
Officers be taken up on Thursday Sevennight.
Thanks to Salwey.
Mr. Speaker, according to former Order, did give
Thanks of the Parliament to Major Salwey, one of the
Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy, for his great
Service in managing the Affairs of the Navy.
The Question being put, That the Bill for Relief of
the Poor, be now read;
The House was divided.
The Yeas went forth.
|Sir John Danvers,
||Tellers for the Yeas:
||With the Yeas:
|Sir Arthure Heselrig,
||Tellers for the Noes:
||With the Noes:
So it passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That the Council of State do take Order,
that the Votes of Parliament touching the Fast be sent
down speedily to the Sheriffs of the several Counties, to
be dispersed to the Ministers of the several Places within
the several Counties.
Propagating the Gospel.
Mr. Scott reports from the Committee appointed to
receive Proposals for the Propagation of the Gospel, several Proposals tendered unto that Committee; whereof
the first was, with some Variation, made by the Committee, upon Debate had with the Proposers, and Ten
others, in terminis, as they were presented by the Proposers; save only in the Tenth Proposal, next after the
Word "Gospel," these Words were thought fit to be
added by the Committee; viz. "and other Religious
Exercises there;" and in the Close of it these Words,
"Provided that this Liberty be not understood, to exempt Persons profanely, or otherwise wickedly, employed
in the Time of the said Exercises."
And the Proposals, thus reported, were in these Words:
1. That Persons of Godliness and Gifts, of the Universities, and others, though not ordained, may be admitted
to preach the Gospel, and receive the publick Maintenance, being approved when they are called thereunto.
2. That no Person shall be admitted to Trial and Approbation, unless he bring a Testimonial of his Piety and
Soundness in the Faith, under the Hands of Six godly
Ministers and Christians, gathered together for that End
and Purpose, unto whom he is personally known; of
which Number, Two at the least, to be Ministers.
3. That a certain Number of Persons, Ministers, and
others of Eminency, and known Ability and Godliness,
be appointed to sit in every County to examine, judge,
and approve all such Persons, as, being called to preach
the Gospel, have received Testimonials as above; and, in
case there shall not be found a competent Number of
such Persons in the same County, that others of One or
more neighbour Counties be joined to them.
4. That Care be taken for removing the Residue of
Ministers, who are ignorant, scandalous, Non-Residents,
or Disturbers of the publick Peace; and likewise of all
Schoolmasters, who shall be found Popish, scandalous, or
disaffected to the Government of this Commonwealth.
5. That, to this End, a Number of Persons, Ministers,
and others of eminent Piety, Zeal, Faithfulness, Ability,
and Prudence, be appointed by Authority of Parliament,
to go through the Nation, to inquire after, examine, judge
of, and eject all such Persons as shall be found unfit for
the Ministry, or teaching Schools, being such as above
6. That, for the expediting this Work, these Persons
may be assigned in several Companies, or Committees,
to the Six Circuits of the Nation, to reside in each of the
Counties, for such a convenient Space of Time as shall
be requisite, until the Work be done; calling to their
Assistance, in their respective Circuits, such godly and able
Persons, Ministers, and others, in each of the Counties
where they shall then reside, to assist them in this Work,
as they shall think fit: That these Persons, so sent and
commissionated, may be impowered, before they shall depart out of each County, to return, and to represent, to
the Parliament, the Names of fit and sufficient Persons,
Ministers, and others, to be appointed Approvers of such
as shall be called to preach the Gospel in such Counties;
and that, in the mean time, the Persons so commissionated
as aforesaid, shall have Power, while they reside in each
County, to examine, judge, and approve of such Persons,
as, having a Call to preach the Gospel in such County,
shall upon such Testimonial, as aforesaid, offer themselves
to such Examination.
7. That it be proposed, that the Parliament be
pleased to take some speedy and effectual Course, either
by impowering the Persons in the several Counties, to Le
appointed for Trial and Approbation of such Persons as
shall be called to preach the Gospel there, or in such
other way as they shall think fit, for the uniting and dividing of Parishes in the several Counties and Cities
within this Commonwealth, in reference to the preaching
the Gospel there, saving the Civil Rights and Privileges
of each Parish.
8. That the Ministers, so sent forth and established, be
enjoined and required to attend the solemn Worship of
God, in Prayer, Reading, and Preaching the Word,
Catechising, expounding the Scriptures; and, as Occasion
shall require, visiting the Sick, and instructing from
House to House; residing amongst the People to whom
they are sent, and using all Care and Diligence, by all
Ways and Means, to win Souls unto Christ.
9. That, as it is desired, That no Persons be required
to receive the Sacraments, further than their Light shall
lead them unto, so no Person sent forth to preach, and
already placed, or which shall be placed, in any Parish
within this Nation, be compelled to administer the Sacraments to any but such as he shall approve of, as fit
for the same.
10. That a Law may be provided, That all Persons
whatsoever, within this Nation, be required to attend unto
the publick Preaching of the Gospel, and other religious
Exercises there every Lord's Day, in Places commonly
allowed, and usually called Churches, except such Persons
as, through Scruple of Conscience, do abstain from those
Assemblies; provided that this Liberty be not understood to exempt Persons profanely, or otherwise wickedly, employed in the Time of the said Exercises.
11. That whereas divers Persons are not satisfied to
come to the Publick Places of hearing the Word upon
this Account, That those Places were dedicated and consecrated; that the Parliament will be pleased to declare,
That such Places are made use of, and continued, only
for the better Conveniency of Persons meeting together
for the publick Worship of God, and upon no other
He also acquaints the House, that there were some
other Proposals in the same Paper, which were resolved
at the Committee not be reported.
Resolved, That the Remainder of that Paper of Proposals be reported to the House.
Which were accordingly reported; and were as followeth:
12. That all Persons dissenting to the Doctrine and
Way of Worship, owned by the State, or consenting
thereunto, and yet not having the Advantage or Opportunity of some of the Publick Meeting-Places, commonly
called Churches, be required to meet (if they have any
constant Meeting) in Places publickly known, and to
give Notice unto some Magistrate of such their Place of
13. That this honourable Committee be desired to
propose to the Parliament, That such who do not receive,
but oppose, those Principles of Christian Religion,
without the Acknowlegement whereof the Scriptures do
clearly and plainly affirm, that Salvation is not to be obtained (as those formerly complained of by the Ministers),
may not be suffered to preach or promulgate any thing in
Opposition unto such Principles.
And further, That the Parliament be humbly desired
to take some speedy and effectual Course for the utter
suppressing of that abominable Cheat of Judicial Astrology; whereby the Minds of Multitudes are corrupted,
and turned aside, from Dependency upon the Providence
of God, to put their Trust in the Lyes of Men, and
Delusions of Satan.
February 18th, 1651.
We, whose Names are subscribed, do, with others,
humbly desire, That these Proposals be presented to the
Right honourable Parliament.
John Blakewell junior.
Resolved, That on this Day Fortnight the House do
take into Consideration what Duty lies on the Magistrate
for the Propagation of the Gospel; and by what Means
he ought to proceed in it.
The House, according to former Order, adjourned
itself to Tuesday Morning next, Eight of Clock.