The principal acts of the general assembly, convened at Edinburgh, May 24, 1753.
I. Sess. 1, May 24, 1753.—The King's Commission to Alexander Earl of Leven
produced, and ordered to be recorded.
The General Assembly, &c.
II. Sess. 1, May 24, 1753.—The King's most gracious Letter to the General Assembly,
presented to them by his Majesty's Commissioner.
George, R., &c.
III. Sess. 3, May 26, 1753.—The General Assembly's Answer to the King's most gracious
May it please your Majesty, &c.
IV. Sess. 3, May 26, 1753.—Act Discharging Presbyteries to elect Missionary Ministers or
Preachers as their Commissioners to the General Assemblies.
The General Assembly, taking into consideration the case of commissions given
sometimes by Presbyteries to missionary ministers, employed by the managers of the
Royal Bounty, to represent them in the Assembly, do hereby discharge all Presbyteries to elect such missionary ministers to be their commissioners to the General
Assembly in time coming.
V. Sess. 7, June 1, 1753.—Act against Simoniacal Practices.
The General Assembly, taking into consideration a representation made to them by
the Synod of Angus and Mearus, relating to bargains betwixt patrons or heritors in
parishes, and candidates for the ministry, or the friends of such candidates, and the
great danger which may thence arise to this Church, do hereby enjoin the several
Presbyteries in this Church, in order to prevent such practices for the future, to take
all proper measures to discover if any such have happened in their bounds, and if,
upon inquiry, it shall be found that any minister or probationer hath obliged himself,
or that his friends, before his settlement, and in order to promote the same, have
obliged themselves, upon the account of the candidate, that he shall not, during his
incumbency, commence any process against the heritors for augmentation of stipend,
reparation of manse, office-houses, or enlarging his glebe; or shall have become bound
in any sum or sums of money, or any prestation to the patron or persons connected
with the patron, in order to procure the presentation, or to the heritors or others concerned, in order to obtain a concurrence with the said presentation, or otherwise to
procure a call to a vacant parish; or has entered into any simoniacal paction or practice
for that effect; that such Presbytery lay a representation of the said matter before
the General Assembly, that the Procurator for the Church may have orders to raise
and carry on a process of reduction of such bargains or obligations before the Court
of Session; and also, the Assembly do hereby declare it a just cause of deposition in
ministers, or of taking away the licence of a probationer; and ordain Presbyteries to
proceed to such sentences against all such ministers and probationers as shall be hereafter found to have either entered into such bargains themselves, previous to their
settlements, or who shall, after their settlements, homologate the deed of their friends,
and do not immediately, when they come to the knowledge of it, intimate the same
to the Presbytery of the bounds. And, further, the Assembly appoint this Act to be
read by all Presbyteries to every person before he be licensed to preach the Gospel,
and to every candidate for a settlement in their bounds, before they take any steps
towards his settlement. And, further, the General Assembly being informed that in
the case of a certain settlement in the Presbytery of Dundee, the present incumbent's
friends, before his settlement, had, without his knowledge, entered into a bargain with
the heritors, which has been very inconvenient for him ever since; they do therefore
appoint their Procurator to raise and carry on a process of reduction of that bargain
before the Lords of Council and Session at the public charge; and ordain the Presbytery of Dundee to give the Procurator a distinct account of the particulars of that
matter, so far as they have access to know them, for the above mentioned purpose.
VI. Sess. 8, June 2, 1753.—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.
The General Assembly, &c.
VII. Sess. ult., June 4, 1753.—Commission to some Ministers and Ruling Elders for
discussing Affairs referred to them.
The General Assembly, &c.
VIII. Sess. ult., June 4, 1753.—Act appointing the Diet of the next General Assembly.
The next General Assembly of this National Church is appointed to be held in
this place, upon the fourth Thursday of May next, being the 23d day of that month,
in the year 1754.
Collected and extracted from the Records of the General Assembly, by
George Wishart, Cls. Eccl. Scot.
Sess. ult., June 4, 1753.
The General Assembly, finding, by the report of their Committee for Overtures,
that a great number of Presbyteries have not yet sent up their returns to the overtures
transmitted to them by the last and former Assemblies, do require such Presbyteries,
as are still deficient, to send up their opinions on these overtures to the next General
Overture about the Psalmody, transmitted in the year 1750.
Overture about Licensing Probationers, transmitted in the year 1749, and, with an
addition, in the year 1750.
Overture anent Processes against Probationers, transmitted in the year 1748.
Overture for Regulating the Effect of Dissents from Judgments of Inferior
Courts, transmitted by the Assembly 1752.
Sess. ult., June 4, 1753.—Overture anent Presbyteries neglecting to send up their
Opinions on the Overtures transmitted to them by the Assembly.
(See Act 5th, 1758.)
Upon a motion that the Assembly should consider the 7th Act of last Assembly
with respect to overtures transmitted to Presbyteries, concerning which there were
a good many instructions sent up with commissioners to this Assembly, remonstrating
against the way of passing the said Act, the same not having been previously transmitted as an overture to Presbyteries, the General Assembly do hereby now transmit
the said Act as an overture to the several Presbyteries of this Church; and appoint
that they send up their opinions thereon to the next General Assembly; of which
Act the tenor follows, viz.:—"The General Assembly, considering that a great many
Presbyteries neglect to send up their opinions concerning overtures transmitted to
them, whereby the consideration and enacting of several overtures hath been postponed, do hereby enact, that when any overture hath been twice transmitted, the
General Assembly will, without further transmission, take such overtures into consideration, and pass into Acts or reject the same as they shall see cause, although
Presbyteries have not sent up their opinions."