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DIRECTIONS OF THE LORDS and COMMONS Aſſembled in PARLIAMENT. After advice had with the Aſſembly of Divines, for the electing and chooſing of RULING-ELDERS in all the Congregations, and in the Claſſicall Aſſem­blies for the Cities of London and Weſtminſter, and the ſeverall Counties of the Kingdom: For the ſpeedy ſetling of the Presbyteriall-Government.

Die Martis 19 Auguſt. 1645.

ORdered by the LORDS Aſſembled in Parliament, That theſe Directions for electing of Elders in particular Congregations, and Claſſicall Aſſemblies, be forthwith prin­ted and publiſhed.

Joh. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum.

London printed for Iohn Wright at the Kings Head in the old Bayley. 1645.

Die Martis, 19 Auguſti. 1645. DIRECTIONS FOR TNE Election of Elders.

1 THat the Ruling Elders of a Paro­chiall and congregationall Elder­ſhip ſhall be choſen by the ſeverall Miniſters, and members of their Congregation reſpectively, being ſuch as have taken the Nationall Covenant, and are not perſons under age, nor ſervants that have no families.

2. That notice of ſuch election, and of the day when it ſhall be given by the Miniſter in the publique aſſembly the next Lords day but one before, and on that ſaid Lords day a Sermon be preached preparatory to that weighty buſi­neſſe.


3. That no man be choſen for a Ruling-Elder but onely for one Congregation, and that in the place where his moſt ſetled dwelling and imploy­ment doth lie.

4. That it ſhall be lawfull for the Congrega­tion reſpectively, or any other perſons to exhi­bite exceptions againſt any perſon elected as aforeſaid, touching the right of his election, or touching matter of ignorance, or ſcandall, here­after mentioned, within fourteene daies next after the ſaid election to ſuch perſons, Miniſters, and others, as ſhall be appointed by Authority of Parliament, to receive the ſaid exceptions, which ſaid perſons ſhall have power to receive, heare, and determine all complaints againſt any Elder of ignorance and ſcandall, within the de­ſcription of ignorance and ſcandall hereafter mentioned.

And ſhall have power to approve the perſon ſo elected, in caſe no juſt exception, as aforeſaid, ſhall be proved againſt him. But if he ſhall upon juſt proofe be found ignorant or ſcandalous, as aforeſaid, then to remove him. And if any of the ſaid Elders ſhall be adjudged to be removed, as aforeſaid, then another ſhall be choſen in his place, as aforeſaid.


5. That ſuch ſhall be choſen for Ruling Elders as are men of good underſtanding in matters of Religion, ſound in the faith, prudent, diſcreet, grave, and of unblameable converſation. And willing to undergoe the ſaid Office.

6. That all pariſhes and places whatſoever, (as well priviledged places, and exempt juriſdi­ctions, as others) be brought under the gouern­ment of Congregationall, Claſſicall, Provinciall, and Nationall Aſſemblies. Provided that the Chappels or places in the houſes of the Peeres of this Realme ſhall continue free for the exerciſe of Divine duties, to be performed according to the Directory.

7. That the Chappell of the Rolles, the two Serjeants Innes, and the foure Innes of Court, ſhall be each of them a Congregationall Preſ­bytery within themſelves, and make a Claſſicall Presbytery in the whole.

8. That the Province of London ſhall be di­vided into twelve Claſſicall Elderſhips accor­ding to the diſtributions hereafter following:

The firſt Claſſis to containe:
  • ALhallowes Breadſtreet,
  • Andrewes Wardrope,
  • Anne Black Friers,
  • Auſtins Pariſh,
  • 4
  • Bennet Pauls wharfe,
  • Faiths,
  • Gregories,
  • John Evangeliſt,
  • Margaret Moſes,
  • Martin Ludgate,
  • Mary Aldermary,
  • Mary le Bow,
  • Matthew Fridayſtreet,
  • Mildreds Breadstreet,
  • Pauls,
  • Peters Pauls wharfe.
The ſecond Claſſis to containe:
  • Anthomes vulgo An­thelms,
  • Bennet Sherehogge.
  • James Garlickhithe,
  • John Baptiſts,
  • Martin in the Ʋintry,
  • Mary Magdalen old fiſh­ſtreet,
  • Mary Somerſet,
  • Mary Mounthaunt vul­go Mounthaw.
  • Michael Queene Hithe,
  • Michael Royall,
  • Nicholas old Abby,
  • Nicholas Olaves,
  • Pancret Soperlane,
  • Thomas Apoſtle,
  • Trinity Pariſh.
The third Claſſis to containe:
  • Alhallowes the greater,
  • Alhallowes the leſſe,
  • Alhallowes Lumberſtreet,
  • Edmunds Lumberſtreet,
  • Laurence Pountney,
  • Mary Abchurch,
  • Mary Bothaw,
  • Mary Woolchurch,
  • Mary Woolnoth,
  • Nicholas Aron,
  • Stephens in Walbrook,
  • Swithens,


The fourth Claſſis to containe:
  • Andrew Hubbert,
  • Bennet Grace-church,
  • Buttolph Billingſgate,
  • Clements in Eaſtcheape,
  • Dionis Backchurch,
  • George Buttolph-lane,
  • Leonard in Eaſtcheape,
  • Magnus,
  • Margaret New-fiſhſtreet,
  • Martin Orgars,
  • Maryhill,
  • Michael Crookedlane.
  • Michael Cornhill,
  • Peters Cornhill.
The fifth Claſſis to containe:
  • Anne Alderſgate,
  • Buttolph Alderſgate,
  • Brides,
  • Bridewell,
  • Chriſtchurch,
  • John Zachary,
  • Leonard Foſterlane,
  • Mary Staynings,
  • Michael in the Corne,
  • vulgo in the Querne,
  • Olaves Silverstreet,
  • Peters Cheape,
  • Pedaſt, alias Foſters.
The ſixth Claſſis to containe:
  • Albanes Woodſtreet,
  • Alhallowes Honi-lane,
  • Alphage,
  • Giles Creeplegate,
  • James Chappell,
  • Laurence in the Jury,
  • Martin in Jremengerlane,
  • Mary Aldermanbury,
  • Marymaudlins Milkſtreet
  • Mary Colechurch,
  • Michael in Woodſtreet,
  • Mildred in the Poultry,
  • Olives in the Jewry.


The ſeventh Claſſis to containe:
  • Alhallowes by the Wall,
  • Bartholmew Exchange,
  • Bennet Fynck,
  • Buttolph Biſhopſgate,
  • Chriſtophers,
  • Margaret Lothbury,
  • Michael Baſhinſhaw,
  • Peter Poore,
  • Stevens Colemanſtreet.
The eight Claſſis to containe;
  • Andrew Ʋnderſhaft,
  • Buttolph Algate,
  • Ethelburge,
  • Hackney,
  • Hellens,
  • James Dukes-place,
  • Katherine Cree-Church,
  • Leonard Shoreditch,
  • Martins Oteſwich, vulgo Outwich.
  • Mary Newington, alias Soke Newington.
The ninth Claſſis to containe:
  • Alhallowes Barkin,
  • Alhallowes Stanings,
  • Dunſtans in the Eaſt,
  • Gabriel Fenchurch,
  • Katherine Coleman,
  • Katherine Tower,
  • Margaret Pattons,
  • Olaves Hartſtreet,
  • Peters in the Tower,
  • Stepney,
  • Trinity Minories,
  • Wapping,
  • Whitechappell.


The tenth Claſſis to containe:
  • George Southwarke,
  • Lambeth,
  • Mary Magdalen
  • Bermondſey,
  • Mary Overs,
  • Newington Buts,
  • Olives Southwarke,
  • Rotherhithe vulgo Redriff
  • Thomas Hoſpitall,
  • Thomas Southwarke,
The eleventh Claſſis to containe:
  • Clemnets Danes,
  • Giles in the Fields,
  • Knightsbridge,
  • Margaret Weſtminſter,
  • Martins in the Fields.
  • Newchurch,
  • Peters Weſtminſter,
  • Pauls chappell in covent
  • Garden.
The twelfth Claſſis to containe:
  • Andrew Holborne,
  • Bartholmew the greater,
  • Bartholmew the leſſe,
  • Charterhouſe,
  • Dunſtones in the Weſt,
  • James Clarkenwell,
  • Mary Iſlington,
  • Sepulchers.

9. That all the ſeverall Pariſhes and Places within the Cities of London and Weſtminſter, and the parts adjacent, according as they are diſtinguiſhed into twelve ſeverall Claſſis, ſhall8 be the extent and bounds of the Province of London.

Concerning the members of the Claſſicall and Congre­gationall Aſſemblies in the ſeverall Counties.

THat in the ſeverall Counties certain per­ſons, Miniſters, and others, ſhall be appoin­ted by authority of Parliament, who ſhall con­ſider how their ſeverall Counties reſpectively may be moſt conveniently divided into diſtinct claſſicall Presbyteries, and what Miniſters and o­thers are fit to be of each Claſſis. And they ſhall accordingly make ſuch diviſion, and nomination of perſons for each claſſicall Presbytery, which Diviſions, and perſons ſo named for every Divi­ſion ſhall be certified up to the Parliament. That the Chancellors, Vice-chancellors, and heads of the Uniuerſities ſhall conſider how the Colled­ges may be moſt conveniently put into claſſicall Presbyteries, and doe certifie the ſame up unto the Parliament.

And the ſaid ſeverall Claſſis reſpectively be­ing approved by Parliament within their ſeve­rall Precincts ſhall have power to conſtitute Congregationall Elderſhips where a competent number of perſons ſo qualified for Elders, as a­foreſaid,9 ſhall be found. And where no perſons ſhall be found fit to be Elders, as aforeſaid, then that Congregation ſhall be immediately under the Claſſicall Presbytery, untill that congrega­tion ſhall be enabled with members fit to be El­ders, as aforeſaid.

The congregationall Aſſembly ſhall meet once every weeke, and oftner if occaſion ſhall ſerve.

The claſſicall Aſſembly ſhall meet once every moneth.

Concerning members of the Provinciall Aſſembly.

THe Provinciall Aſſembly ſhall be conſtitu­ted of members ſent from every Claſſis within the Province.

The number of the members ſent from each Claſſis ſhall be ſo proportioned, as that the Pro­vinciall Aſſembly may be more in number then any Claſſicall Presbytery within that Province. And to that end there ſhall be at leaſt two Mi­niſters, and foure Ruling-Elders out of every Claſſis. And that where there ſhall be need, the number may be increaſed, as to the perſons ap­pointed for the bounding of the Provinciall Aſſembly ſhall ſeem meet. Provided, that the10 number doe not exceed nine of each, Miniſters and Ruling-Elders, from any one Claſſis. And that there alwaies be two Ruling-Elders to one Miniſter. That the Provinciall Aſſembly being conſtituted, ſhall meet twice every yeere, the firſt meeting ſhall be determined by the perſons appointed for the bounding of the Provinciall and Claſſicall Aſſemblies.

Concerning the Nationall Aſſembly.

THat the Nationall aſſembly ſhall be con­ſtituted of members ſent from the ſeverall Provinces aforeſaid, the number of the members from each Province to the Nationall Aſſembly ſhall be two Miniſters, and foure Ruling-Elders. The Nationall Aſſembly is to meet when they ſhall be ſummoned by Parliament, and to ſit and continue as the Parliament ſhall order, and not otherwiſe.


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TextDirections of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament after advice had with the Assembly of Divines, for the electing and choosing of ruling-elders in all the congregations, and in the classicall assemblies for the cities of London and Westminster, and the several counties of the kingdom, for the speedy setling [sic] of the Presbyteriall-Government.
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Bibliographic informationDirections of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament after advice had with the Assembly of Divines, for the electing and choosing of ruling-elders in all the congregations, and in the classicall assemblies for the cities of London and Westminster, and the several counties of the kingdom, for the speedy setling [sic] of the Presbyteriall-Government. England and Wales. Parliament.. [2], 10 p. For John Wright ...,Imprinted at London :1645.. ("Die Martis 19 August 1645. Ordered by the lords assembled in Parliament, that these directions for electing of elders in particular congregations and classicall assemblies, be forethwith printed and published. Jo. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum.") (Reproduction of originals in: Harvard University Library and Folger Shakespeare Library.)
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