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DECI Μ Ο Ν Ο Ν Ο.
fter, the First Day of December, Anno Dom. 1741,
King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
E DIN BURGH:
An AEt more effe&tually to prow
bibit and prevent Paftors or Ministers from officiating in Episcopal Meeting-houses in Scotland, without duly qualifying themselves according to Law; and to punish Perfors for reforting to any Meetinghouses where such unqualified Pastors or Ministers Mall officiate:
HEREAS it is noto. Preamble rious, that for many
Years last past, during the Reign of His present Majesty, and of His late Majesty King George the First, a great Number of Meeting
4 Anno Regni decimo nono houses have been set up and maintained in the City of Edinburgh, and other Parts of Scotland, by Persons profeffing to be of the Episcopal Communion, whereof the Pastors or Ministers have never taken the Oaths to His Majesty, or His Royal Father ; nor ever did, in express Words, during the Exercise of Divine Service, pray for His Majesty, and the Royal Family; by Means whereof, those illegal Meetings have greatly contributed to excite and foment a Spirit of Disaffection amongst Numbers of Persons in that Part of the Kingdom, against His Majesty's Person and Government, which hath. been one of the Causes of the wicked and unnatural Rebellion, lately raised and carried on against His Majesty, in Favour of a Popish Pretender : And whereas the Abuse of so much Lenity and Forbearance, as has.
Georgii II. Regis. 5 been hitherto shewn under the gracious and mild Government of His Majesty, and His Royal Father, towards such Nonjuring Episcopal Ministers, makes it :absolutely necessary, that the Laws in Force concerning them be more punctually executed, and that some further Provision be made, to prevent the Continuance of so great a Mischief; be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal; and Commons, in this present Parliament affembled, and by the Authority of the fame, That all and every Sheriffs, &c. the Sheriffs of Shires, Stewards 10 enquire into of Stewartries in Scotland, and Episcopal their Deputies, and the Magi- houses. strates of Royal Boroughs, shall, and they are hereby authorized and strictly required, ' with all: convenient Speed, on or before the First Day of November, in