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mers shall have power to constitute and appoint Mr. Oliver St. Fobas, and such others as they judge fit for their faid Service, to be of Standing council with the said Grand Commissioners and Farmers: And the said Mr. Oliver St. Johns, being so constituted and appointed under the publick Seal of the said Office, shall, and may be exempted and discharged from being in any publick Office, or Place of Trust or Profit, for the said Term of seven Years, any thing to the contrary notwithstanding.
That if any person or Persons shall happen to be proceeded against, in any of the Ecclefiaftical Courts of the Bishops of this Kingdom, for Contumacy, for Non-Conformity, for Non-Payment of Tythes and other Church-Duties, for publick Railing against the Bishops, the Common-Prayer, or the Government of the Church of England, or shall speak Opprobriously or Scandalousy against the
Doctrine or Discipline thereof, as Antichristian, or thall maintain any Pofitions or Doctrines contrary, thereunto; every such Perfon producing a Certificate from the faid grand Commissioners and Farmers
under the publick Seal of the said Office, that luch Person or Perlons are under Composition for Liberay of Conscience, Ihall actually be discharged, and all farther Proceedings stayed ; any thing to the contrary notwithstanding
That if any Persons shall happen to be indicted, or criminally proceeded against, in any of His Majesty's Courts at Westminster, or elsewhere, within the Kingdom of England, either for Treasonable Speeches, or Practices, for publick railing at the Government, or for Scandalous Words against either or both Houses of Parliament, or for transgrefling any of the penal Laws and Statutes of this Kingdom, every such Person or Persons, producing a Certificate from the said Grand Commissioners and Farmers, under the publick Seal of the said Office, that such Person or Persons are under Compofition for Liberty of Conscience ; and that such Words or Practices were not spoken or acted malitiosè, but were only the natural and proper Effects and Product of Liberty of Conscience, shall be discharged, and all further Pro
ceedings stayed ; any thing to the contrary notwithstanding,
That the said Grand Commissioners and Farmers of Liberty of Conscience, may have Power from time to tiine, to ordain Paftors, Elders, and Doacons, or any other Officers, under any Administration whatsoever, by the
laying on of the publick Seal of the į
Office: Which said Imposition of the faid publick Seal being received with a Certificate, shall be as lawful an Or. dination, as if every such Person had received Imposition from the Hands of the Presbytery ; any late Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding,
That the said Grand Commiflioners and Farmers may have Power, from time to time, to set apart Days of publick Fasting, and Humiliation, and Thanksgiving ; on which Days it may
be lawful for any person or Persons A appointed, to officiate before the faid
Grand Commiflioners and Farmers, to ftir up the People to a Holy Indignation against themfelves, for having, by their Want of Zeal and Brotherly Kindness one towards another, loft many precious Enjoyments; and above E 2
all, the never-to-be-forgotten Loss of the late Power and Dominion, which with the Expence of so much Blood and Rapine, was put into the Hands of the Saints. And to take up for a La. mentation, and great Thoughts of Heart, the Divisions of Reuben, that having our Sacks full, such an Evil Spirit Mould be found in the midst of us, as to fall out by the way; might it have been with those that abode by the Stuff, as with those that went out to the Battle, it had not been with us as at this Day. Some starting aside, like a broken Bow, in the Year 48, others continue to bear the Burden and Heat of the Day until 60, being harness'd, did then turn their Backs in the Day of Battle: As was most sweetly handled at the Fast kept Yesterday, at Mr. Beal's, by Mr. Calamy, Mr. Baxter, and others.
Íhat the twentieth Day of April next, commonly callid Easter Monday, be kept as a Day of folemn Fasting and Humiliation, for a Blessing upon these Gospel-Undertakings, and that Mr. Edmund Calamy, Mr. Peter Sterry, Dr. Lazarus Seaman, and Mr. Feake, be defired to carry on the Work of the
Day in Prayer and Preaching, before the said Grand Farmers; and that the Particulars following be recommend. ed to their Consideration in the Work of the Day.
Lally, For Deliverance from the Hand of Dun, that uncircumcised Philiftine.
That the said Grand Commiflioners and Farmers of Liberty of Conscience, may have Power to build Churches and Chappels in any Place or Places, ex