Declaration and judgment of the assembly regarding the bond, whereof their judgment was craved by the parliament

The which day Master Andrew Cant and Master John Strang, commissioners from the general assembly, compeared judicially in parliament in presence of the estates therein convened and produced the act and declaration underwritten, whereof the tenor follows: Edinburgh, 9 August 1641, act session 17, the assembly taking to their consideration the question proposed to them concerning a bond, the copy whereof was presented before them from the parliament, does find and declare that bonds of this and the like nature may not lawfully be made, by which declaration the assembly does not intend to bring any censure for what is past and by the wisdom and care of the committee of the parliament is taken away upon any person, who, being required by the moderator and clerk, shall under his hand declare before them that as the assembly does find that the subscribers are not astricted by their oath to the tenor of the said bond, so he finds himself not to be astricted by his oath to the tenor thereof, but the intention of the assembly is merely to prevent the like in time coming. Extracted out of the books of the general assembly by me, Master Archibald Johnston, clerk thereto, witnessing my sign and subscription manual. It is thus subscribed: Archibald Johnston, clerk of the church. Which declaration above-mentioned the said Master Andrew Cant and Master John Strang, commissioners sent by the general assembly, produced from the general assembly as the judgment of the assembly regarding bonds, agreeing in nature to the copy of the bond represented to the assembly by the parliament.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.84v. Back
  2. Sic. Back