The principal acts of the general assembly, convened at Edinburgh, May 17, 1821.
I. Sess. 1, May 17, 1821.—The King's Commission to George Earl of Morton produced,
and ordered to be recorded.
The General Assembly, &c.
II. Sess. 1, May 17, 1821.—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 19, 1821.—The General Assembly's Answer to the King's most gracious
May it please your Majesty, &c.
IV. Sess. 3, May 19, 1821.—Address of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
to his Majesty.
Most Gracious Sovereign,
We, your Majesty's dutiful and affectionate subjects, the ministers and elders met
in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, eagerly embrace this opportunity of approaching the throne, to renew the assurance of our cordial attachment
and unshaken fidelity to your Majesty's person and government.
In common with all the well-disposed and loyal parts of your Majesty's subjects
throughout the realm, we have beheld with sentiments of the deepest concern and
unfeigned abhorrence, the criminal attempts to undermine the religious principles of
the people, and to create a spirit of disaffection and hostility to our invaluable institutions, sacred and civil, so frequently made by unprincipled men, taking advantage
of the temporary distresses of the public, and abusing the liberty of the press, by
the circulation of the most pernicious writings; but we rejoice in the mercy of Providence, that indications everywhere appear of returning prosperity in the manufactures and commerce of the country; and it affords us no ordinary degree of
satisfaction, that the restless spirit to which we allude, so eager to catch at every
passing event, as the means of exciting agitation, has already received what, we earnestly hope, will prove an effectual and lasting check.
With reference to this, we are happy again to bear our testimony to the steady
faith and unshaken loyalty of the great body of your Majesty's subjects in this part
of the United Kingdom. Even in districts where the worst symptoms of disaffection
and disorder had been manifested, so great is the change which has taken place,
that it is with the most heartfelt satisfaction we can now congratulate your Majesty
on the evident return, in the minds of the people, to sounder principle and better
feeling, and even a sense of the grievous delusions under which they had laboured.
And, deploring the infatuation of those who have endeavoured so nefariously to create
disrespect for the constituted authorities of the land, we solemnly pledge ourselves
to your Majesty, that we will exert, with zeal and diligence, all the means in our
power to counteract the progress of those principles of infidelity and irreligion, which
tend to incite to the perpetration of the most atrocious crimes, amidst confusion and
every evil work, and which, indeed, are so intimately counected with disloyalty, insubordination, and licentiousness, in all their froms. We will earnestly strive to cherish
and maintain among the people under our pastoral charge a due spirit of veneration
and love for that system of religion and government, of whose inestimable advantages we have had so long, not only the personal, but the recorded experience, which
has been matured by the wisdom of ages, and which challenges the admiration of the
We could not fail to contemplate with much interest those occurrences on the
Continent, which lately threatened the peace of Europe. It is fortunate for this
island, that no intention exists on the part of its Sovereign to interpose in the dissensions of Foreign States, except in cases of urgent necessity. As servants of the
Prince of Peace, we trust that the same pacifie maxims will ever actuate the executive councils of the nation.
Remembering, with the liveliest sentiments of gratitude, the paternal regard to
the National Establishment of which we are members, uniformly evinced by your
Majesty's Illustrious Predecessor, who, during a long and eventful life, approved himself a patriot King and a true Christian, the Father of his people, and the great pillar
of the Constitution in Church and State, we feel it truly gratifying to see your Majesty, in the exercise of your high constitutional functions, following the example of
a Sovereign, whose memory will never be recalled without admiration and delight,
while the noblest qualities of human nature are esteemed and respected amongst
men. Under the government of a Monarch animated by the same paternal feelings,
and ruling by principles so truly laudable and patriotic as those of your Majesty, we
fondly anticipate the perpetuity of the honour, the glory, and the prosperity of the
British empire. We are inspired with the firmest confidence in the permanent security
of our rights and liberties, sacred and civil. We trust in the strength of the Most
High, that no event will occur to endanger the existence or privileges of that Church
which was established by the zeal, energy, and blood of our fathers, and which, we
hope, will, under God, continue to form the consolation and blessing of future generations in this land, through many succeeding ages.
That Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may bless your Majesty,
direct your councils, and establish your throne in righteousness and peace; that your
Majesty may be the instrument of Divine Providence to maintain inviolate our
glorious and happy constitution of government; that, after a long and prosperous
reign over a free, a loyal, and a happy people, your Majesty may be exalted to a
crown that endureth for ever; and that the descendants of your Illustrious House,
which has so long been the ornament and blessing of these kingdoms, may continue
to sway the British sceptre till the latest posterity, are the sincere and fervent
May it please your Majesty, your Majesty's most faithful, most loyal,
and most obedient subjects, the Ministers and Elders of this General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Signed in our name, in our presence, and at our appointment, by
Duncan Mearns, Moderator.
V. Sess. 9, May 26, 1821.—Commission of the General Assembly to certain Ministers and
Ruling Elders for discussing Affairs referred to them.
The General Assembly &c.
VI. Sess. 9, May 26, 1821.—Commission to some Ministers and Ruling Elders for the Reformation of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and for Managing his Majesty's
Royal Bounty to that end.
The General Assembly, &c.
VII. Sess. 9, May 26, 1821.—Overture and Interim Act for the more effectual Preventing
VIII. Sess. ult., May 28, 1821.—Act appointing the Diet of the next General Assembly.
The next General Assembly of this National Church is appointed to be held
within the New Church Aisle of Edinburgh, on Thursday, the 16th day of May
Extracted from the Records of the General Assembly,
Andrew Duncan, Cl. Eccl. Scot.