Title Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament: For the
Book Condition Good
Type Bound pamphlet
Size Quarto, 14.3 x 19cm.
Location Published London
Book Number 16453
Very precise rules for Ordaining Ministers by "Classicall Presbyters," London, 1646
ENGLAND & WALES. PARLIAMENT. An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament: For the Ordination of Ministers By the Classicall Presbyters Within their respective Bounds for the severall Congregations in the Kingdom of England. Die Veneris 28. August. 1646. Ordered by the Lords assembled in Parliament, That this Ordinance for Ordination of Ministers be forth-with printed and published. Joh. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum. London printed for Iohn Wright at the Kings Head in the Old Bayley. 31 Aug. 1646. Quarto, 14.3 x 19cm. $175.00
Pamphlet bound in modern maroon leather looking cloth material with gilt title on front cover "An Ordinance," new endpapers with bookplate of M.S. Carothers on front paste-down endpaper, leaf numbers 163-166 written in old pen in top corner on recto of each leaf, "12" written at bottom of title, almost no foxing, clean. Title printed within simple woodcut border.
Collation: A1-4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, 1-6pp. Wing E2000 with first e in "Veneris" printed upside down. Our copy has no colon between "London" and "printed." Online ESTC cit. no. R201075 with 15 libraries in the U.K. and 10 in the U.S. including 2 listings for Folger Shakespeare.
The pamphlet begins by identifying a Presbyter and Bishop as the same office: "Whereas the Presbyter, that is to say, Elder, and the Bishop, do in the holy Scripture intend and signifie one and the same Function..." The short work then goes on to give very specific rules for the examination of new ministers, including tryal preaching. (16453)
17th Century Books, Church History, Presbyterianism, Presbyters, Bishops, Elders, Pastors, England, Pamphlets-England